Goddess Cre - 10 Questions Music Interview
Goddess Cre is an upcoming singer-songwriter, who has been inspired by great artists like Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, and Rihanna and describes herself as the “Lady of Hip-Pop Blues.” She is a Full Sail graduate, originally from Biloxi, Mississippi. In 2016, she was diagnosed with DLB Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and underwent invasive chemo and radiation treatments to restore her health. Once out of the darkness, the beauty of her very first project “In Remission” was delivered. You can find it across streaming services such as Tidal, Spotify, and AmazonMusic. Since releasing “In Remission,” Goddess Cre has released two visuals to her singles "Better Days" and "Black Lace. Cre has also landed airplay on internet radio station SugarwaterRadio.com and National Indie Radio, WNIR-Radio.com.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
When I began to experience heartbreak around the age of 19. That really began to fluctuate my emotions and make me feel things I hadn't felt before. So instead of killing the guys I dated, I began to write my feelings down and the melodies easily flowed behind them.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I think the craziest thing that happened to me was when Chrisette Michele liked one of my Instagram videos on an original song that I wrote. I was smiling for hours. It gave me this feeling that I was on the right path.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path was the opportunity to hold my very first EP listening party in Stankonia Studios. To be in a building where all of these amazingly talented artists have walked the same halls, I felt like a kid all over again.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Songwriting can be frustrating at times. I think like most songwriters, melodies live in my head and they come out at the most random times. If I'm not in a good place to write it down or record a voice note, I risk the chance in losing that song. I love writing hooks so most of my songs are usually written around that part of the song first.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge for me as an Indie Artist is branding, marketing, and promotion. As a solo artist, I don't have the backing of a label or a street team so I spend a lot of time researching cost effective techniques and making my own connections based off of that research. Social media makes it a little easier to know who is who in the industry but everyone's services aren't always affordable. It makes it a little difficult for those artists that have families support. We have to put so much out before we can receive anything in return.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I love and respect so many artists out here that it's very hard to choose. The first person that stood out for me the most right now is Big K.R.I.T. I would love to share a song with him. He's from Mississippi like me, and we don't have many opportunities there, so to share a stage with another artist who knows what it's like to come from a place as slow as Mississippi and grind our way to the top with music that actually has substance and relatable content, would be pure bliss.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I'm actually by myself a lot. So most of my rehearsing is spent in my bathroom mirror or bathroom shower with a comb or brush or whatever I have in my hand at the time as a microphone. With the release of I Am Woman though, I have been back in the routine of dancing. The song is very energetic and I definitely would like the visuals to display how colorful the song is and the best way to do that is by adding dance routines. So now, I'm currently turning my garage into a dance rehearsal space.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I have this unreleased song called "Game of Friends" and it's about the challenges I've faced in friendships. I'm actually still not finished with it and I think it's because there's something deeper that I've been digging for when it comes to how to relay the importance of this message to my listeners. I have yet to find that but I'm certain that it will come to me soon. I plan to have that song released before 2020 is up.
What's coming up in the future?
For the remainder of this year, I plan to put out at least 4 more singles along with visuals for each one of them. I've also been researching venues to create my own tour and begin to travel outside of my local area to meet new people and hopefully gain new followers and listeners.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find me across all social media platforms as Goddess Cre (ThatsCre on Twitter) You can stream my music on AppleMusic, iHeartRadio, Spotify and other streaming platforms and you can head over to SoundCloud for a few free downloads.
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