We had the good fortune of connecting with Candasse Marie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Candasse, what are you inspired by?
I find myself really in love with clever lyrics, and oftentimes they spark something within me and get me writing. I gushed over “I chew over a word, but it’s wrong” for hours – a lyric from a recent song by Dodie. A whole original song spilled out of my body soon after.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think making art is about connecting, and while talent is a big part of making art but it’s mostly about opening up and reaching the listener, and that’s always my goal. Finding fresh ways to keep connecting to my audience keeps me busy!! I want what I make to reach someone. It’s challenging to share your soul with the world, but when you think of how many others have done it, and how much it meant to you, it makes you want to do the same. Search, discover, share and connect, and then search again!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta has a lot of fun little spots, and I’m still discovering! As we’re approaching Autumn, I’d say my favorites would be some strolling on the Beltline with a stop for a King of Pops, and hit some shops in Little 5 Points before scarfing down some of Porter’s mac ‘n cheese. Or getting your chili on at Chomp and Stomp, walking it off at Piedmont Park, and having a nightcap at a Highland Inn comedy show. Phoenix Wellness Center for A LIFE-CHANGING massage! The Painted Duck for a cool, Scott Pilgrim-esque hangout with bowling and an insanely delicious menu. Dad’s Garage and Village Theatre keep the best comedy and improv shows coming. Gaja is heaven on earth. And we can’t forget you gotta dance all this food off at Basement, or go sing your face off with live-band karaoke at Dark Horse. See a movie at the drive-in at StarLight. Play some games while you imbibe at Joystick. Church (Sister Louisa’s)! Scofflaw brewery! Plaza Theatre! The Majestic! See a show Smith’s Olde Bar, and then grab some pub snacks and play pool. Honestly, I have barely touched the surface, this list could go on and on. Atlanta is different, but in SUCH a good way. So many gems. God, I can’t wait to go see a concert again at Terminal West (or anywhere at this point).

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In general: a shout-out to the Atlanta comedy and improv community/scene. I have never felt more lifted and welcomed than with these immensely talented people. Mark Kendall and Amanda Rountree, especially! More personally: my family and friends for always being my biggest fans and always seeing more potential in me than I can, and my fellow musicians for the neverending encouragement and inspirational jam seshes. Looking at you, Lynnay Della Luce, Leah Maloof, and SeñoritAwesome!

Instagram: Ukulele_Candasse
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/candasse119

Image Credits
Leah Maloof, Jen McIntosh, Candace Randle

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