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

Hi VanSwan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued a career as a singer-songwriter because it is a natural extension of who I am. I need music to breathe! Also, I believe that God called me to do this. It is my way of fulfilling my purpose. I want my music to reach people and hopefully help or inspire someone to be better, to do better, and to live better.

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.
What sets me apart from others is my transparency and the style of gospel music I sing. Both are relatable to things people go through whether they are “in church” or not.

I am most proud of the fact that I continue to follow my dream-even when things get difficult.
I am where I am professionally due to prayer, patience, and God’s favor! It is not easy, but because I am doing what I love and believe it is what God has called me to do, I keep going.

The lesson I have learned is that my dream is MY dream! Not everyone will support your dream-even those close to you. I had to accept that. It hasn’t stopped me though. I keep going.

I want the world to know that you can do all things. I hope others see that by the way I live my life. I am just an imperfect person trying to tell people about a perfect God who loves us all.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m from California but spend time in Atlanta due to the work that I do with the Nothing or Nobody brand. I’m a foodie so some of my favorite food spots in the city are the Slutty Vegan (best vegan burgers), Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine (owned by Kandi Burruss member of the R&B group Xscape and the Real Housewives of Atlanta). I also like This Is It! in Camp Creek., GA and West Egg Cafe has the best breakfast in town! Two of my favorite places to hang out and shop are Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, GA and Avalon in Alpharetta. GA. I love concerts, so I would definitely plan trip around a concert at Phillips Arena.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my sister, Pamela Frazier-Anderson. In recent years she has been very supportive in helping me with resources and encouraging words-and sometimes not so encouraging words-which then becomes my motivation!

Website: https://www.nothingornobody.com/vanswan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealvanswan/

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/vanswanwhite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/van.swan.1

Youtube: Iamvanswan

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