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Christian in the Country – Interview with Cassandra Joy

image(5)Meeting Cassandra Joy is like meeting a Disney princess.  Full of energy and dreams, you can’t help but get caught up in her excitement.  Like all good princesses, she has a story to share and a song to sing.  Unlike most princesses, she might choose blue jeans over a ball gown.  Cassandra Joy is a country songwriter, but she’s no redneck woman.  Here’s what she had to say about singing, songwriting, and keeping her Christian values in tact.

Do you remember the first song you wrote?  Tell us about it.

It was a song called Real Life Fairy Tale, describing the true love story of my grandparents, who met in high school. He was the football captain, and she was the cheerleader. It was a love story anyone would envy, and was perfect kindling for my songwriting fire. It was good for my age at the time, but after all I’ve learned about songwriting through my local chapter of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), it makes me cringe a little when I hear it. But it was cute, and a good first song for me. J

Who did you listen to growing up?

All through my childhood, I listened to Christian classics like Sandi Patty and Steve Green. Then, through my teen years, I was addicted to Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, and Broadway’s best like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, etc. Then I was introduced to country music, and I absolutely fell IN LOVE with the style, the lyrics, and the enchanting way each song tells a unique and relatable story.

What was it like singing at the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville?

It was a BLAST! Completely nerve-wracking and totally thrilling. It was this tiny little place, with twinkling lights strung along the walls, and packed with cozy tables and eager listeners all there for the same reason—a love for music and songwriting.

You are a Christian who writes country music.  Do you feel that your testimony comes through in your songs?

Absolutely. My testimony comes out in the way I choose not to use certain words, or certain situations in my songwriting. I’m extremely careful about that. Once, I was co-writing with someone, and they suggested I use the word ‘hell’ in the song. It rhymed, and was a good fit lyrically, but I don’t curse personally, and I don’t want my songwriting to contain language that I myself don’t use. When I told my cowriter that I don’t curse, his eyes got big and he said, “Ever? Not even a ‘hell’?” We both laughed and found another word to use instead, but it stemmed a great conversation about values and Christianity that never would have happened otherwise. In that way, yes, I believe my testimony can be evident. I may not always write explicitly about God, but my songs never compromise my Christian values.

Are you working on anything currently that you are excited about?

I have what I like to call ‘Creative ADD’, with hobbies ranging from music, to photography, to drawing, and writing. Currently I’m writing a fantasy novel aimed for teens and young adults. It’s a project that I’ve been working on for a couple of years now, and it’s almost complete! I’ll be excited to send it off to my editor in Nashville as the next step in my journey of hopefully getting it published. I’m also excited about a couple of songs I’ve had the privilege of co-writing—one called “Love You All Over Again”, which I plan on pitching to non-profit organizations such as The Alzheimer’s Association, and one song called “Home Away From Home” which I think would be a good fit for the Ronald McDonald House. I also have a song called “Don’t Need A Guy To Have A Good Day” which is currently being pitched for movie and TV use. I’m excited to see how God will use my passion for creativity and imagination!

 

Cassandra Joy will be performing at the second annual Notes From Home Live! concert, September 14th, at 5:00pm.

 

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