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

Hi Shaina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
 I feel as though there was never really any question within me to follow my passions or not haha! Throughout my entire life, my artistic endeavors were the sources of my greatest joys, inspirations, connection to myself, others and the world around me. I have always truly believed that we can make the largest impact in this world through the things that we are each most passionate about- whatever that may be for any given person. For me, creating my music has always been a personal catharsis. I use piano, strings and percussion to vehiculate the emotion of my lyrics in the hopes that my songs will resonate in the hearts of my listeners, meet them where they are, and help them understand, heal, stand in confidence, and appreciate their experiences as well! Though it was always the clear expectation that I be responsible for my financial independence, I am grateful that, when I was young, my dad gave me the advice to, “choose a career that you would do every day of your life even if you weren’t getting paid.” Feeling fulfilled in my career has always been important to me, so the extra work it has taken to succeed in an artistic field has always felt very worth it to me!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m so truly grateful for each of my supporters! I feel that anyone who appreciates my music, my lyrics, or simply me as an artist, is genuinely appreciating ME as a human. My songs are a means of sharing my vulnerable heart, soul, thoughts, feelings and experiences unabashedly, so, in essence, every “fan” is conveying, “I see you/your experience, and I appreciate you.” That means so very much! I have loved sharing my feelings through writing both English and French songs in the past. More and more though, I am finding the fun and freedom of mixing the languages together into a single song haha! Some ideas/emotions hit me more readily in French, others in English. So, instead of trying to translate them to solely one language or another, now, I just write lyrics down EXACTLY as I think/feel them haha! It has really allowed my creativity to flow naturally, and I always love what I end up with haha! I composed my BRAND NEW single (released March 26, 2021), “Requiem on Repeat”, in English, French, and Latin which was just a total blast!!
This forced year at home, away from touring, has given me a beautiful opportunity to really push into the momentum of writing, composing, producing, and engineering in an uninterrupted manner. I am feeling so very proud of all of the new pieces I have created! I am so excited to share them with all of you throughout this year!! I’d love to have you share in my musical journey with me! Following me on Spotify and Instagram is the best way to stay updated with all my new music and projects!

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?
Though I have been writing songs since I was about 11, it was my little brother, Samuel’s, arrangement and production of my 2012 single, ” I Decided You Need Me”, that really launched me into my career as a singer/songwriter! He is a masterful musician, and his glorious violin floats through many of my songs. Though I now do my own production, he has truly helped me every step of the way! It is not being generous when I say that I absolutely could NOT do this without him!
Also, Emily Gould has been my incomparable drummer since the creation of my 2015 half French, half English EP, “Tout ou Rien”!! She has toured the world with me, eaten bear-fat pie on my behalf, and SOMEHOW translates my detailed metaphors and imagery into the exact drum beats I am imagining haha!

Websitewww.shainawexler.com

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/shainawexler/

Other:  https://linktr.ee/ShainaWexler

Spotify: Shaina Wexler https://open.spotify.com/artist/07hMNK5Nk9C7WKciYvPSDB?si=xJ-KNFPMSZKSo_7TseleEg

To purchase music and merch, visit Bandcamphttps://shainawexler.bandcamp.com/

Find Shaina Wexler also on: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, Apple Music, Deezer, etc.

Youtubehttps://youtube.com/c/ShainaWexler

Image Credits:

Photos by: Teresa Lee Photography, Robert Patrick Photography, and Four Fires Creative

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