We had the good fortune of connecting with Xylina Cassandra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Xylina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks have been essential to my life and career. Risk involves uncertainty, and allowing yourself to be uncomfortable not knowing the results or what the outcome may be. But what I have learned over the years is that if I’m gonna take a risk, I will always bet on myself. I may lose sometimes, but I guarantee you I will win the jackpot no matter how long it takes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I love most about singing is that it allows me freedom to be who I want to be in those two-three minutes of a song. I get to be free to express myself and be vulnerable in all in the same song. What sets me apart is the power behind my voice. My voice consists of both joy and pain, combined helps me tell a story through lyrics that can pierce the soul.I got where I’m today because of a lot of focus, discipline, a positive mindset, and risk taking. I have overcome so many challenges in my life personally and professionally. But the most important lesson I’ve learned thus far is along the way was that you can be the best singer in the world but if you don’t have the focus, discipline, the mindset and the ability to take risk, you won’t last in the this industry. Before I begin to sing rather it’s live or in the studio, I take a deep breathe and remind myself to take a risk even through my fear. You see I did not ask for my gift to sing, no asks for their gift, it was given, but it is your responsibility to use it to create positive change and growth into the world regardless of how you feel about it. Support my passion at www.XperienceXylina.com
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?
If a friend of mine were visiting my city for a few days a few of my favorites spots would be: Seven Sister Kitchen in Alpharetta, Ga, to grab a delicious breakfast and coffee. The menu has options for everyone and customer service and attention to detail is impeccable. So addictive! Next stop, I would hop on my motorcycle and head over to my hometown Gainesville, Ga where Pelican Pete’s floating Restaurant on Lake Lanier is a must for me. Here, we can rent a boat or jet ski’s or listen simply just enjoy live music and the view of the lake and take in the beautiful view. Perfect to spend the day! Taking a ride up to Helen,Ga to see the mountains and get a funnel cake is another must do! In Helen you get the opportunity to shop, hike, eat and enjoy the view of the Chattahoochee River or grab tube and jump in! There is no way I could forget to stop by North Georgia BBQ in Dahlonega. Talk about some good BBQ! But when I’m in the mood for seafood nothing tops Bucket O Shrimp in Oakwood, Ga. The entire menu is to die for and trust me on this one, you will love it! There is no place like home, and when you travel like I do these are the things and places I enjoy most and I think you will too!
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 this shout out to Hala Yassine, owner of Seven Sisters Kitchen (Alpharetta, GA). There was a time in my life when I couldn’t hear my own voice. You pushed me, inspired and loved me, all while surrounding me and welcoming me in with an overwhelming love as if I was your own. Because of your support I found my voice again at a time in my life that I needed most. Now I will pay it forward.