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Conversations with the Inspiring Courtney Elayne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Elayne.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Courtney. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My family has always told me I had the personality of a star I’ve always been energetic singing around the house where I’m comfortable. I had thoughts of it since a child watching videos mimicking my favorite artist every move. A roommate of mine told me I should really look into being an artist. That’s the day I started to pursue a career in music. It’s really all I think about, I get to do all the things I like to do the most all in one. I love fashion, I love to sing and dance so it just made a lot of sense. It started off releasing a few songs and the feedback was great. I eventually ended up releasing my first EP on Soundcloud “The Mission” by Ms. Fields. I really pushed myself as an artist to step outside my comfort zone and grow, and that’s when I started relying on myself to write my own music. After that release, I had my son so I took a break from music. I had experienced so many ups and downs in the industry I had in my mind written it off. After about a year and a half, I started plotting again. I found the strength and courage to put myself out there and again and I rebranded myself. Moved to Atlanta and just this year released my first single “Reason” in over six years.

Congrats on releasing your first single in years.  Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges you’ve faced along your journey?
I took 5 years off from doing music. I pushed it so far out of my mind that I thought it was over. I had experienced things from people I trusted or didn’t know much of at all and it took me a long time to come to peace with that and heal. I looked at myself first. I tried not to blame others for anything and for those who did do things I eventually came to the realization that it is just a reflection of where they are. My advice would be to protect yourself learn your triggers and work on those because you can’t change anyone but yourself. Also, to love everyone for who they are not what you want them to be, but also know when to leave people in peace for yourself. The moment I let go was the moment I started to heal. Lots of inner work and eventually it leads me back on my path to self-discovery through my music.

Can you talk to us a bit more about what you are currently focused on?
Right now, I’m just focused on music and writing. Baby steps LOL, but I have lots of plans. I’m mostly known for music and fashion. I’ve had a clothing line, been a stylist, put on major fashion shows, hosted woman’s networking events as well. Music is a way to do all those things that bring me joy for now. I feel like what sets me apart is just me being me genuinely. There is a lot of talent out there, but at the end of the day, you have to know that no one is you and that’s is your superpower. In my music, I tell stories in my writing about my own experiences good or bad. It’s relatable, but I also have some vibes in there you just never know how I’m going to come next. I’m versatile so when I hear a beat I go with the mood of how it makes me feel.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Absolutely, I was a pew baby so I stayed at church for long hours always around music and choir rehearsals with my siblings. I cheered in high school and we were a competitive squad. I feel like that experienced single-handedly played a huge role in getting me together for the stage and performance. I didn’t know that then, but I do now. Most people just think of cheerleading not as a sport, but not my squad. My coach was a male and treated us like we were men. He was tough on us and pushed me beyond my limits I never thought I could be that good. I had no cheerleading background before high school I played other sports, but that’s the one to me where it was the most intense and I wholeheartedly enjoyed. It showed me I was a star on a stage and essential to my persona.

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