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Shelley Rae Speck Interview Part 3

Shelley Rae Speck Interview Part 3

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine

Award-winning singer/songwriter Shelley Rae Speck and Dream Loud records recently released the first single from her upcoming untitled debut EP. “The Bottle’s On My Side,” a buzz single debuted in the Top Ten on Amazon Music’s Hot New Releases sales chart while receiving a warm welcome from Americana, Folk, Country, and Adult Contemporary audiences and the stations they listen to.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: I love the writing process first. Secondly, recording.

 

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: My next single, I’m Not The Marrying Kind“ is pushing the boundries lyrically.

 

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: I won a talent show in middle school. I played guitar and sang a Rolling Stones song, As Tears Go by. Suddenly, I was popular.

 

Lamitschka:  Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: I left home when I was sixteen. I supported myself until I graduated high school. I found lots of support from dear friends.

 

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: One day I just opened my mouth and the voice that came out was good. Then I started writing songs at the age of 12.

 

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: I had stories to tell.

 

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: My ambition is fed from the love of the work.

 

Lamitschka:  What does it take to be a music icon?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: Ask Lil Nas X! LOL

 

Lamitschka:  What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: My songs are unique. I mix poetry with great melodies.

 

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: Not taking things personally.

 

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: Meeting Joni Mitchell at A&M studios. We both were doing some recording there.

 

Lamitschka:  Any thoughts of retirement ahead?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: Nah. Just gettin going.

 

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

 

Shelley Rae Speck: By far, I am a perfectionist. The song needs to get my idea across precisely

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