Updated: Sep 29, 2021
Where are you from and how did you get started?
I was born and raised a farm girl in Northeast Nebraska and still live in a small town doing music full time. I grew up singing country classics on the radio or my cassette tapes. I began taking piano and clarinet lessons in elementary school, which carried through into my college days. I graduated with a degree in clarinet performance, but never stopped singing or fully gave up on my love for performing country music. I thought myself how to play the guitar, and after college, I joined an Army National Guard Band. I am still a member of the military for over 11 years now as a musician. Aside from that honor, I have played in several local cover bands, but recently have spent more time focusing on my solo music career.
How do you manage your self-care as an artist?
It can certainly be difficult to make time for yourself in any profession. As an artist, I think we especially need to check in with ourselves frequently in order to protect our passion for music and our inspiration to create that music in order to share engaging performances. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves getting caught up in comparisons or reaching a "burnout" where our passion becomes more of a chore that can drag us down. For me as a performer, it's important to remember that I do not have to book a show every weekend. Breaks are important in order to recharge the batteries. I have to allow myself a little downtime in order to feel more inspired to practice my craft. If I book multiple shows every weekend with no downtime (while still holding my regular day job as a music teacher), that doesn't allow me a lot of opportunity to want to learn fresh material.
Do you have new releases or upcoming shows you would like to share?
I currently have a single out on all streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube of course. It's called "The Playground" and I wrote this song while I was going through some majorly uncertain times in my career, both in my civilian job and in the military. Not to mention, it was during the Pandemic, so I feel like all of us were feeling another level of uncertainty. But the song has a positive outlook. I had my fiance there by my side through it all, and realized that no matter what heppens, I still have him. Each verse refers to playground equipment, but is in reality, comparing it to our lives on Earth "dreaming of things that may never come true." I also plan on releasing my next single on October 1st, 2021 called the "Darkside of the Room." The idea behind this song woke me up early one morning before the sun came up. It talks about how a memory can attach itself to a physical place like a room or even a house. For example, it's when a reminder of an event that happened or a memory of a person who is no longer there can turn a home into a place where you can no longer live.
What is challenging with wellness and/ or mental health as a musical artist?
I mentioned it a little bit earlier, but musicians can find themselves at risk for burnout where the passion leaves if it becomes more of a job and it is no longer exciting or fun. Furthermore, I think a lot of us can struggle with Imposter Syndrome. It's that comparison to others. There will always be someone out there better than you with more talent. There will always be someone who is less talented, but is better than you at marketing their music. There will always be someone who gets more followers, views, money, the list goes on and on. This is overwhelming and it can get into our heads! We are also impatient. So if we don't initially see the huge response that we expect, we may wonder what we did wrong or if we are even cut out for this. For example, you release your first single, and you hope for millions of streams, but you only reach 1,000. Don't give up. Learn what you could do better next time, and stay consistent.
Tell us about your mission as an artist!
I can't say that I expect or hope to get rich and famous as an artist. My main goal is to use music as a way to connect with people, and if I can make a sustainable living off of touching others, then I have succeeded. In most every show, I make sure to pay tribute to our military men and women who have served before me and alongside me. Many times, there isn't a dry eye in the house because I just made those audience members feel something. It made them remember their loved ones or feel proud of what they themselves have accomplished. This whole time I have really been only talking about myself as an indipendent artist in my civilian life, but my time as a member of the Army National Guard as an Army musician is equally if not more important to me. There truly has been no greater honor to serve my country in the best way that I know how: music.
What are your links and info for our readers to find you?
Make sure to search for "The Playground" by Kimberly Meyer on your preferred streaming service, and if you'd like to connect with me, I can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/kimberlymeyermusic or my website, www.kimberlymeyermusic.com. I'd love to hear from you!
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