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What's the Music Therapy podcast?

Welcome to the Music Therapy podcast, the best music podcast for musicians and music lovers alike.


Being a musician has never been easy, but in today's over-saturated world, it feels more daunting than ever. With little money and murky paths to success, musicians are struggling to find their place and value in the world.

On the Music Therapy podcast, you'll find indispensable and inspiring conversations with musicians, industry professionals, and licensed psychotherapists. Gain insights into the ups and downs of creativity, the music industry, and the importance of mental health.

Join us as we dive deep into the creative process with your favorite artists, exploring what it's really like to be a musician in today's world. From candid music interviews to heartfelt discussions, we bring you the stories and experiences that shape the lives of musicians.

Charting all over the world and featured in Axios and NPR, the Music Therapy podcast is your #1 resource for creative and mental health support. Whether you're a musician seeking guidance, or a music fan curious about the realities behind the scenes, this podcast is your pocket guide to navigating life as an artist while keeping a firm grip on your mental well-being.

Tune in to the Music Therapy podcast and join our community of passionate music enthusiasts on a journey of self-discovery, inspiration, and empowerment.



Jessica Risker, Host

Jessica Risker is a musician, professional therapist, and visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois.  With years navigating the music scene, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, and a successful private counseling practice, the Music Therapy podcast sits comfortably at the intersection of Jessica's areas of interest and expertise. 


Risker is also working on a new album.  Learn more about Jessica's music and upcoming shows at the link. 

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Sully Davis, Producer

Sully Davis has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for nearly a decade, and has been booking and running events since middle school. Throughout, Sully has focused on investing in artists early and working with them from the ground up.

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Joshua Wentz, Engineer

Composing/performing/recording since 1996.

Joshua is a Chicago-based recording artist and composer for theater and film. He enjoys collaboration and working in different genres and styles whenever possible.

Most of Josh's work involves both analog and digital tools, synthesizers and traditional instruments, with a focus on the liminal spaces created by their combination.

Current band projects include Silvergirl (with Steve O’Connell), Brash Flair (with Kristin Johnston and Scott Simon), and Jessica Risker.


Leslie Tanner, Explorer

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Jessica Risker named "Chicagoan of Note" by Chicago Reader

Axios Feature

Interview on NPR

Music Therapy featured on LoganSquarist

Proud Recipient of 2022 DCASE IAP Grant

Group Session featured in Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf

Music Therapy on Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf

Talkhouse Magazine

Essay for Talkhouse Magazine

Chicago Reader

Jessica Risker in-depth feature in Chicago Reader

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