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

Hi Chloe, how do you think about risk?
“Play to lose, fortune favors the bold, no guts no glory”… All affirmations I live my life by. It’s about being all in and embracing possibility as I let go of any idea that I might be able to foresee what will happen next. All I really know is what I have to say, what brings me joy, what I’m curious about, what brings me pain, and subsequently what I want to contribute to. That’s what’s in my control, and truthfully, the rest isn’t my business. While I wouldn’t use the idea of presence in life as a reason not to be responsible financially for example, or follow through with future commitments both personally and professionally, of course a certain amount of foresight is necessary to function in the world, I draw the line somewhere before total practicality. We are here once as far as we know. One time. Playing it safe, when you really take that fact into your body, is insane. In the words of Mary Oliver, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m first and foremost a singer-songwriter here in Atlanta, although I also act, write, and direct within the realm of theatre. I think that’s one thing that may set me apart from others, I don’t limit myself creatively. I believe that everyone is creative, and that flow of energy that you might use to write a song for example, also feeds and strengthens other aspects of your life as well as other creative endeavors. Every rehearsal, dance class, voice lesson, hike in the woods, evening spent in the kitchen cooking, and so on, finds its place when I sit down with my guitar. I’m a very introspective person and my interest and passion is personal healing and connection, so I think that self-exploration is always driving the car so to speak when I’m creating. My hope is to contribute to others a path to doing the same exploration, and maybe just maybe, healing as well. But I don’t expect to do that with a single song or album, that’s a life long project. Challenges happen all the time, we all know it from the last year spent dealing with a pandemic, and I don’t know if I would say I overcome them so much as move through them. That’s the best we all can do. Move through and learn what we can. I see challenges as opportunities for creativity. There is always a hidden opportunity even in the worst of situations, and that isn’t always something that manifests externally immediately. It can also be an internal shift that starts churning and manifests later. I have found that time and time again. The lessons have a 4-5 year lag time, and then they come into my creative work like puzzle pieces. I’m still very much on my journey and I wouldn’t say it’s an easy one, but nothing meaningful comes from an easy path. That isn’t to say suffering for your art is necessary, I don’t believe that. But there is a difference between the inevitable meeting of challenges in life and needless suffering. I’m here to meet the challenge and see what happens. I’ll be releasing a single each month starting on March 7th with “Sink Remix.” I’m very excited to release some new music and am proud to have continued to move through and create.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is a great town. I’m going to break this down categorically. I’m also going to answer this question like Covid-19 wasn’t a factor, because first I would have to say I would take them to a show at a local music venue. Some of my favorites are 529, Variety Playhouse, Terminal West, and Smith’s Olde Bar. Next, a play. There are so many great theatres here. The Alliance is wonderful, The Aurora in Lawrenceville, Actor’s Express in West Midtown to name a few. Gosh I miss live performance. Food and coffee are next. Big coffeeshop girl. Banjo in Decatur is one of my favorites, also Dr. Bombay’s in Candler Park is one of my favorite spots in Atlanta. Hodgepodge in EAV is another favorite. Foodwise… where to start! Little Rey on Piedmont, El Rey Del Taco on Buford Highway, and Supremo in Grant Park are amazing Taco spots. Varuni Napoli and Fellini’s are my favorites for pizza. Maybe some sushi at Wagaya. I also love going out for Breakfast so Ria’s Bluebird and Java Jive on Ponce would get a visit. We’d be eating a lot that’s for sure! I would take them to my favorite bookstores too: Eagle Eye in Decatur, Atlanta Vintage Books, and Book Nook. For other activities I think the Botanical Gardens are great, a hike at Arabia Mountain or Sweetwater Creek State Park, a movie at Midtown Arts Cinema, riding bikes at Piedmont Park, mini golf at Ponce City Market, walk around Little Five Points. So much to do in Atlanta we wouldn’t get bored!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out a few people. First, my partner and producer Liam for championing me from day one. My band: Sean, Shane, and JC for being both great friends and musicians who lend me their time and energy so generously. And lastly my boyfriend Jack who has believed in me from the first open mic I played at for him. I am one lucky human having such a whole hearted team and support system.

Website: chloekaysings.com

Instagram: @chloekayverse

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chloewriteschloesings/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd5vEeG5X__SbNJX2lY3cMw

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2hIVQeRLrVa7z0EUgAYI7p?si=Im8lb7ePTbSES4WuCJeL9Q

Image Credits
Destiny Talatham Lola Scott

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