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Life & Work with Kirstie Horton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirstie Horton.

Hi Kirstie, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I got started singing when I was a little kid. I was maybe around 10 years old. My mom had always put a microphone in my hand and pushed me to sing. I got my start singing in the church my mom pastored.

However, music was just always a part of what we did as a family. Everyone sang and singing was the piece that knitted us all together. Whether it was lament or joy, music was always there.

When I was 13, I started writing songs, immersing myself in songs about heartbreak, and writing poetry. Throughout middle school and high school, I was always in performance choirs, talent shows, and performing in plays where I sang.

In college, I didn’t really think I could do anything with the vocal training I had, but all roads led me right back to music, which has been a saving grace for me. Fast forward to now and I am living my dream in Music City, getting to write music and really be heard.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh gosh no. Is it ever a smooth road for any journey that’s worth traveling? If so, I wish I could have signed up for that one somewhere.

The biggest setback on the journey for me has honestly been doing the work internally to say what it is I really want to say. Finding my voice. I was walking in an image that was what other people wanted me to be for a long time. I had no identity outside of what pastors, leaders, friends, family, and people heaped onto me.

But one day the jig was just up! None of the ways I use to do things even fit anymore. Which was very hard. I went on this personal journey of unraveling everything to find out who I really was, what my voice was, and how I want people to experience me.

I am still on that journey and I feel it is a lifelong road of truly discovering the many facets of who I am. As much as I want to move through things quickly, the journey has not lent itself to that. I have learned to settle in for the ride. It has been beautiful to experience who I am put on this earth to be.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an Artist, singer-songwriter, and social entrepreneur of a clothing brand, Freedom Fleur. I am most proud of my passion and advocacy for myself and women.

I have found the lanes in my life that I feel called to drive depth and impact into, and I really want to spend my life doing just that. What sets me apart from others is I can’t do any of the things that I do in life without it being connected to my personal cause in life.

Which are freedom and justice. So when I sing, I need to embody and believe what I am singing because I truly believe in the freedom that people experience when I am connected to my mission/cause.

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