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Daily Inspiration: Meet Felicity

Today we’d like to introduce you to Felicity. 

Hi Felicity, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hi, my name is Felicity. I’m an artist/ singer/ songwriter that was born in Perth, Western Australia, and raised all over the place. From Indonesia to South Africa I’ve now found my footing in Music City. When I was 17, I was living in Cape Town, South Africa, and going to high school. I would attend my regular classes during the day and after school would be spent playing my neighbors piano, and any CD I could get my hands on. On weekends I would attend theatre school and it was there that I felt my most authentic self. It was around this time I began writing songs at home, by myself. Though my love for music was nurtured in Cape Town it was by no means satiated. So, I decided to move to Colorado, where my dad had an apartment, for my senior year of high school. I met a producer in NYC and commuted there once a month to write until I graduated. Once I did, I waited tables and saved up enough money to move to the Big Apple (and by the Big Apple I mean Hoboken, New Jersey because… Well, you try paying rent in Manhattan at eighteen). I continued to write and immerse myself in the all-encompassing experience that is New York when you’re young, hungry, and naïve. It was also during this time that I had my first heartbreak, let me tell you the song idea faucet has not been closed since. In this period, I wrote some of my most vulnerable music. The process was painful but it felt right. That feeling was validated in 2018 when I was able to get a full-time artist manager. I continued to write and expand my creative Rolodex, playing any open night mic I could and so on. Though I was a full-time east coaster I still managed to get over to LA and Nashville from time to time for writing trips and it was during this time that I fell in love with Nashville, a slower pace with kinder faces – and a lot of talented ones at that. When COVID hit in 2020 I was doing music full time and bartending to help fund it, when I was let go due to the pandemic it really put things into perspective. New York was so affected and a sorry shell of itself, not the city that had shaped me into the artist and person I’d become. I fled to Colorado and stayed there for months. Again, writing, creating content, doing anything I could from home. With my mental health at an all-time low and anxiety an all-time high, for the first time, I was uncertain of what my future held. In July of 2020 Dad and I did the drive from Colorado to my Hoboken apartment where we were met with an unrecognizable New York area. Musicians, visual artists, friends, almost everyone I knew had left. Enter Nashville, I had done a lot of zoom writing with people here and got an amazing energy from them. I proceeded to book a work trip here and within 72 hours decided to move because of how taken I was with the place, not a street corner of silence for a local artist strumming a guitar or humming a lovely tune. My kinda place. Now here I am ready to take my first Nashville stage whenever it will take me. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve certainly gained knowledge through my experiences during my time making music. However, unfortunately, sometimes a lesson is learned the hard way. The most difficult lessons I’ve had to teach myself came down to trust and who to hand mine out to. As a green seventeen-year-old, you’ll offer yours out to anyone that gives you the time of day and sometimes that backfires. It backfires so much that you spend two years in an emotional rut and can barely bring your fingertips to the piano keys. The challenge for me? I knew I had to be the architect of my own rescue and I had to pull myself up. Music became so much more than a passion or even a career, it became a form of therapy, my salvation. A way to say exactly what I wanted to say and precisely how I wanted to say it. It would become a way for my family, whom I missed horribly, that lived overseas, to feel they had a piece of me and a portal to my loyal, patient fans. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have music out on all streaming platforms now! 

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
My mum can’t sing (she’s a musical desert – her words not mine) I can, is that luck? They say the harder you work the luckier you get but isn’t it luck in itself to be born hardworking? To find your passion early in life could be considered lucky, to have passion at all. Luck is not objective, nor measurable by unit, and while I think it plays somewhat of a role in any success story, in my opinion, it’s the actions we take and the words that we say that speak the loudest. 

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Carlos Guevara

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