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Rising Stars: Meet Daisy Sellas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisy Sellas.

Hi Daisy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always loved music, especially country and traditional cowboy music. I grew up on the last working cattle ranch in Southern California, and I can remember super chilly fall days where my dad would take my sister and me to ride horses and we’d listen to Johnny Cash, Dave Stamey, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and Dierks Bentley.

And when I got a guitar for my 9th birthday, it all kind of fell into place. iTunes was still thriving and I would browse through it on my parents’ computer listening to everything from Taylor Swift to Patsy Cline and the Rolling Stones. I was simply astounded that entire stories could be told in three and a half minutes.

I wrote songs and performed them all through high school and when I got the opportunity to attend Belmont, I knew it was the right choice. Four years later, I’m getting to do what I love– write songs, play music for a living and work with kids at the country music hall of fame.

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?
I’m blessed to say it’s been a relatively smooth road to get to where I am, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t come with struggles and challenges.

I’ve gone through a lot of personal growth in the last years and writing through it all– moving 2,000 miles away from home, struggling through an eating disorder, and coming of age in the real world– has been immensely powerful and grounding in a time that can feel like you’re walking on shaky terrain.

Having a presence on social media isn’t easy all the time, but I’m happy to have a platform where I can share what makes me happy and help others by speaking out for things I believe in.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I love the art of all kinds– I believe that art is the purest expression of the soul and the human experience, and that’s exactly what I try to do with my music. I want to tell the truth, even if the truth isn’t exactly clean or clear or even real at times.

I write music for the wonderers and wanderers, the people that don’t just want to fit in one box. Most of it draws from my own experience, but often I write about other peoples’ lives as a way to stretch other creative muscles.

Sonically, I’m always changing. The EP I have coming out on July 1st is very much giving Gretchen Wilson meets Led Zeppelin meets Crooked Still.

But I’ve always wanted to put out a disco song!  I write and produce (with the help of my amazing producer Travis Fairley) what makes me happy, something I’d wanna listen to for the next twenty years.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Even if you don’t write every day, be a writer every day. Observe the world, take notes, and noodle around on a guitar. Allow creativity to happen even if you aren’t in a particular time or place to sit down and be creative.

What I lack in time I make up for in inspiration, because the people I’m surrounded by are wildly interesting creatures. And have fun!

Sometimes we can get bogged down by the whole business– I’ve certainly learned how oppressive and misogynistic the music business can be working downtown– but remember that it should be fun.

We do it because we love it and because it brings us and others joy– don’t ever lose that.

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Eric Sellas

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