Artist: Kristen Toedtman and Abby Mott

Hometown: Baltimore; now Los Angeles and the Philippines, respectively


Sound: Toedtman does sensual, soulful, gospel-rock; Mott does avant indie-pop with powerful, noir-ish country vocals

Fact: Mott and Toedtman met 10 years ago and performed in the Baltimore Afrobeat Society collective.

Project: A homecoming show at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater Saturday

Thriller in Manila

Mott: "It was an opportunity I could not say 'no' to. It was a chance for me to spend all of my time doing music. And I'm freelancing [as a graphic designer]. ... I'd love to stay in Southeast Asia, but who knows?

Classic paycheck

Toedtman: "I joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Literally two nights ago I was at the Hollywood Bowl performing with [Venezuelan conductor] Gustavo Dudamel ... singing for Carmen with the L.A. Philharmonic. I keep really busy there singing classically. My classical life basically funds my popular life!"

Hear the interview and live music from Kristen Toedtman and Abby Mott on Morning Sessions 9:20 a.m. Friday on 89.7 WTMD, listener-supported radio from Towson University