Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Muse.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kelsey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started performing at the age of 6 years old. Moving from Oklahoma to Nashville, TN in 2003 to help pursue my music career, I’m blessed to have accomplished at a young age what many take a lifetime to achieve. In 2009, I started out as a featured artist/actress in the TV show series, “iShine Knect” along with fellow artists like Jamie Grace & Luke Benward. At 17, I became an award-winning songwriter by Song Circle (Billboard & EMI).
As a performer, I was chosen to showcase for three divisions of the NACA College Circuit in 2010. “Dear You” was a featured song for the Nick @Nite TV show, “Hollywood Heights” in 2012.
As a writer, I work to translate complicated ideas into simple phrases. I like the kind that can shine a light on your darkest and most subtle psychological tick.
I have my own unique, edgy pop/hip-hop sound, fusing a wide range of influences, spanning from Jimi Hendrix, Kid Cudi, Alanis Morissette to Erykah Badu. In the past, I had a knack for taking past hits, re-arranging and reviving them to make them huge crowd pleasers once again.
In 2016, my song “1994” channels the spirit of that year. It’s up-tempo and has a big attitude. 107.5 The river, Nashville dubbed me “YouTube’s Day Artist” and aired the song.
I’m now promoting my latest single, “Sunglasses” as part of series of singles for 2020. It introduces a more raw side of me. It talks about learning your value and protecting who you are inside. We shot a cool video here in Atlanta, directed by Ithinkethan. You can find the visual on my YouTube channel.
Has it been a smooth road?
It was always easy to know from a young age what my purpose was. The obstacles were a whole other story. I was born in a big family, so finances were a big factor. And with being young, it was competitive, in the industry being in a male dominated world practically, I was around adult conversations and picked up on things very quickly. I was also the oldest. My dad was my manager for most of my younger days in music. I was homeschooled, so I became very disciplined in rehearsal at home and in other musical activities. I ran adult bands starting at 14.
Socially, I felt black sheep a few times. Dealt with some bullying and jealousy. I was traveling, doing shows, I was a nerd. I felt older than most kids my age and always had older friends. Other obstacles consisted of being signed or not to 360 deals, being pushed to do country music maybe because of the area I was in. Almost thought I lost passion in my music in my early twenties due to people arguing over the artistry but needing all this money, or even a team staying on the same page. I chose to stay independent because I became more productive and had better results in what came natural in my voice and music taste, I could find more like-minded individuals and grew more as an Artist and performer than being shuffled around.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a music artist first, but I’m implementing my brand one step at a time. I’m known for my music placement with my songs, but I also write for other artists. I’ve contributed to music publishing catalogs as well. I do acting and voiceovers. I love fashion. I play multiple instruments. My main goal with my music and brand is conveying a message of hope and motivation to the misfits, muses & underdogs. I love diversity because diversity & culture has influenced and inspired me. So I’m proud to be in a position to push the barrier in music and art in how we see each other and express ourselves.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love about Atlanta is the hustle mindset with the musicians and performers who come here. I like the street fashion. I’m real chill, so the traffic is out of my element for the most part.
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- Website: Kelseymuse.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kelseymuse
- Facebook: @kelseymusemusic
- Twitter: @kelseymuse
Headshot credit to: Patrick C Photography