Amy Ray is used to wearing many hats.
She is half of the successful folk/rock duo Indigo Girls - which, along with musical partner Emily Saliers, has sold somewhere north of 12 million records.
She's also a solo artist in her own right and has been a social activist throughout her musical career, championing causes as diverse as gay and lesbian rights, the environment, rights of Native Americans, as well as voicing opposition to the death penalty, present in some U.S. states.
But she's about to take on a new challenge as well - that of being a mom. Her long-time life partner is pregnant with their first child.
"It's our first one. We're real excited about it," she said. "I don't feel scared. Everybody tells me I should, but I honestly don't. I've wanted a baby for about 15 years."
You get the impression she's taking it all in stride, even though she admits having a child might mean Indigo Girls will tour a bit less than they do currently.
Saliers and her life partner had their first child nine months ago, Ray pointed out, but they've still managed to keep the duo together and have no plans to change that.
Known musically for their socially conscious songwriting and uniquely meshed harmonies, the Indigo Girls have been together since 1985.
Since their early days, they've been known for their ability to seamlessly blend their voices together and they'll be bringing that musical chemistry to the stage of the Kelowna Community Theatre Sept. 23 when their current Canadian tour brings them to the Okanagan.
With 13 studio albums, four live releases and a handful of compilations, Indigo Girls have amassed an enviable body of work since their debut, Strange Fire, was released independently in 1987.
Interestingly, Ray pointed out that although they collaborate on arrangements, both write songs completely separately - a formula that works for them.
Ray and Saliers first met while students in elementary school in Dekalb County, Ga., just outside Decatur, and began performing together while in secondary school.
Although each went off to attend separate universities, both transferred back to Georgia to attend Emory University, and while there, the musical partnership grew.
The success of their first single, Crazy Game, got them a management deal and earned them their first record contract with Epic, which re-released Strange Fire and their second album, Indigo Girls.
It contained the hit Closer to Fine, which drew national attention and remains in their live set.
They followed up that success with 1990's Nomads Indians Saints and 1992's Rites of Passage, which contained the singles Hammer and Nail and Galileo respectively.
Having come out as lesbians several years before, the duo quickly became a touchstone for those in the LGBT community, a role which Ray says they didn't shy away from.
Nor has she or Saliers been afraid of speaking out on other issues they feel strongly about, including some that cross borders.
"Our general perspective as people in the U.S. is that Canadians are more liberal and more environmental and supportive of indigenous rights, etc.," she said.
"But, there's some nuance in there that gets lots because the reality is, there's a lot of mining and bad energy projects and big hydro dam projects that go on in Canada that are really bad for the indigenous people.
"But I feel like Canadians have more of a grasp on what's going on, and are more exposed to it and there's more of structure to have a dialogue."
These days, besides eagerly anticipating the birth of her baby with partner, Carrie, Ray is still willing to lend her voice to social causes; something she says comes naturally to Saliers and her.
"Emily and I, when we were starting out in high school, we were involved in student government and church and community organizations," she said. "Some of the events we would do would be to raise money for a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter or HIV/Aids clinic or something.
"We always did that and it was like 'Let's do a show. Who can we give the money to?' That's the way we were raised."
That includes voicing their opposition to the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would see Alberta oilsands bitumen shipped to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast for processing.
"We're funding some tribes that are working on (opposing) the pipeline on our end of it," she said.
With the sense of social justice - and musical chemistry - she shares with Saliers still very much intact, as now-independent artists, Indigo Girls have their careers in their own hands and show no signs of easing up.
"Both of us are so into that being part of our life," said Ray. "It doesn't have to be part of the songs we write or every show we play, but part of our lives.
"Sometimes that's the glue that holds us together and that can be a really good thing. And this is supposed to be fun â€¦ you can't take it too seriously."