Crystal Shawanda is a Canadian singer/songwriter, JUNO winner, CCMA winner, now living in Nashville. Coming from a Native family, she grew up on a reserve in Northern Ontario. She hit the country music scene with a #1 smash “you can let go”.
She then followed her heart(and raspy voice), and made a pivot into the blues world. A genre that feels more authentic to who she is as an artist.
In this episode:
-Is fame really what you expect it to be? Or is it a numbing and isolating experience.
-How close should you be with the people you employ?
-Why not being authentic to yourself will make you feel stifled in your creative journey.
-Finding the confidence to make a pivot in the middle of your career.
-Her responsibility as an Indigenous artists in the public eye as a role model.
-Why having engaged subscribers on social media are far more valuable that bought subscribers & how to still sell CD’s in a world of streaming.