We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsey Muse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsey, how do you think about risk?
My curiosity and willingness to never quit often put me in these situations. Each time, I learned to not associate a risk with negative results. When facing fears head on, your mindset can change how you handle your success as a creative. Taking risks and making unconventional choices put me in positions that surprised me, impressed me more than, disappointing me. I elevated more in my career because of my risks.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a recording artist, songwriter and makeup artist. My sound is urban pop/hiphop. Building my brand & currently independent. I’m known for my music placements, but I also write for other artists. I’ve contributed to music publishing catalogs as well. I’m an actress and do voiceovers. I started music professionally at 14 years old. Began leading adults bands, touring and working in film before 18. I was homeschooled. I’m inspired by fashion. I play multiple instruments. In 2009, I started out as a featured artist/actress in the TV show series. At 17, I became an award-winning songwriter by Song Circle (Billboard & EMI). As a performer, I was chosen to showcase for three divisions of the NACA College Circuit in 2010. “Dear You” was featured on Nick @Nite TV show, “Hollywood Heights” in 2012. Being younger, it was competitive in the industry, being in a male dominated world. I was around adult conversations, in label meetings and picked up on things very quickly. Even though finances were a factor growing up, I stayed true to myself and showed executives what I could be. My goal with music and brand is conveying a message of hope and motivation to the misfits, muses & underdogs. Diversity & culture has influenced and inspired me. I enjoy translating complicated ideas into music and art to express things we feel in our heads. In 2016, my song “1994” channels the spirit of that year. 107.5 The river, Nashville dubbed me “YouTube’s Day Artist” and aired the song. My latest single, “Sunglasses” is part of a series of singles being released. It introduces a raw side of me. It talks about learning your value and protecting who you are inside. We shot a cool video here in Atlanta, directed by Ithinkethan. You can find the visual on my YouTube channel.
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?
My latest food favorites, The Fill-Up Station & Kale Me Crazy. I would go back to the Gold Room on a Saturday night, get the balcony and dance with the besties.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my dad for knocking on doors back in the day, he taught me my first steps on how to write and promote myself as an artist. S/O to studio owner, Kate Taylor Butler (@concordiaartsacademy). She introduced me to song placement for film & commercial tv. She helped me get my first tv placement.
Blue hair – @ShotzbyMitch Money outfit with glasses- @ShotzbyMitch Red hair- @ithinkethan