On today’s episode, I crossed another name off my bucket list and chatted with Charlene Nash – a singer and songwriter out of Ontario, Canada – again shout out to all of my fellow Canadian creatives. I’ve been a fan of Charlene’s music since 2017 and let me tell you, there’s levels to her music and to her game!
We talked about how she would describe her music, being inspired by the Spice Girls, how much the Christian music scene has changed over the years, being open to change, and new music – including her latest single “Melancholy”.
There always comes a point in an episode where my guest and I enter into the zone in which I call “the real talk” zone. At this point we’ve talked about some topics and had some laughs, but now we just have some things we need to get off of our chests. The “real talk” moment in this episode was when we talked about the creative process, dealing with crazy expectations, and the hustle stereotype that plagues so many creatives.
It’s the great struggle that many of us encounter – to push towards creativity despite not feeling any motivation or inspiration from God. The battle to feel like you have to remain “relevant” in a time where consumers are overwhelmed with the amount of choices that they have. Charlene noted of this struggle, but also said that Psalms 131 had helped her immensely in the process:
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.Psalms 131:1-3 (ESV)
The “ah ha” moment that I had was reading the words of David, when he says “I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.” No matter where we are in life, there will always be things that are greater than us that we are facing, there will always be decisions that are too big for us to make. But David instead quieted his soul, he calmed his soul despite of what he was facing.
Sometimes the hardest part is to just stop and remind ourselves to be calm. That when we stop and be still, we can hear the Lord speak and hear his direction.
- What is one show you could watch for the rest of your life?
- Are you a morning person or a night owl?
- What is your favorite cake flavor?
- If you could collaborate with anyone, who would be the first person you’d call?
- If you could only play one instrument for the rest of your life which one would you choose?
- Charlene’s Music in 5 Words/Spice Girls to Avril Lavigne/Writing Inspiration – (15:34)
- Music Is Different for Everyone/We’ve Come a Long Way – (26:45)
- God, Music & Lipstick/New Music – (33:36)
- It’s A Lot of Work Ya’ll!/Breaking Out of the Hustle Stereotype – (43:00)
keep shining bright;