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  • Brittney Williams

INTERVIEW WITH… INDIE AMERICANA SINGER-SONGWRITER SHARAYA SUMMERS

Updated: May 12


 
SHARAYA SUMMERS | Photo by: Kate Rentz
SHARAYA SUMMERS | Photo by: Kate Rentz

Oregon-based Singer-Songwriter Sharaya Summer's reflective, heartfelt, and honest Indie Folk and Americana melodies are garnering her acclaim and fans alike. In her latest single, ‘Forever You and Me’, she explores the fragility of relationships while examining her own, reminding everyone of loved ones and the memories you share close. The idea of the song emerged after a particularly challenging time full of changes for her. Summers had just had a daughter, was recording a new record, and lost her Grandmother. Now Summers is determined to look forward and find the light amongst the shadows, a theme she explores in her forthcoming release.


You can check out my interview with Indie Folk and Americana artist Sharaya Summers below!

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you talk about your latest single “Forever You and Me” and the inspiration behind it?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: I wrote this song after attending my grandmother's funeral last year. As the slideshow of her life played in a five-minute span, I observed my heartbroken grandfather on the pew watching. I wrote this thinking that I would play it at my husband's funeral far far in our future. But now as I am ready to release the song, we are actually separated and going through a pretty low point in our marriage. The song has taken on new meaning as I realize that no matter how, why, or when love ends there's nothing we can do to prepare for it. I suppose now it's a more positive spin on a break up considering that no matter what the future brings we will always have the wonderful memories and two beautiful children we share.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you speak a bit about your musical background? Has music always played a role in your life?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: I was a 90's youth group kid growing up. I learned how to play guitar and play music in church. I went through somewhat of an existential crisis in my mid-twenties and bailed on church and moved to Nashville to be a songwriter. I don't have any negative feelings about the experience, it was just that as I grew up and saw more of the world, music and God became bigger than something I could keep in such a limited box. When I am practicing creation/creativity it's the closest I feel to the divine. So yes, I'd say it's been an integral part of my life.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You have an LP tentatively due out later this year. How is the writing and recording process going so far?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: The album is complete! It's being mixed as we speak, soon to be mastered. I recorded with Raymond Richards in Portland, OR. When I started tracking I was nine months pregnant with my now one-year-old baby girl. It was quite a commitment to finish, as having a newborn is a challenge I can not even begin to describe. I am grateful to my mother who supported me with babysitting and Jacob, my husband, for helping to keep me motivated and contributing as band director.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Do you have a bucket list of dream artists that you’d love to collab with? If so, who are they?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, or Norah Jones



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was the last thing you discovered about your artistic self?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: After becoming a mother I thought my artistic career would be over. While I may not be free to tour or play shows or hustle as much as I used to, I was happy to discover that I didn't stop writing, it's just a part of who I am and what I do, so that was cool to realize that being an artist has nothing to do with age or situation.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Who are some of your biggest artistic influences or inspirations?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: Right now as cheesy as it sounds my two kids are my inspiration. I love seeing the world in a totally new way through their eyes. My son is 3 and my daughter is 1. The joy and wonder is everything everyone says about becoming a parent. It's just so cool. So, hard, but so fun too. They inspire me to slow down and really be present where I am at, to be more observant of the world around me, and more appreciative and grateful for the small things every day.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was the last album you played with no skips?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: Erykah Badu - Baduizm - last week while making dinner, sipping wine, and then doing the never-ending dishes.



THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And lastly, what’s next on the horizon for you?

SHARAYA SUMMERS: I've always been someone with a 5-year plan. This year has shown me that I can not control anything but my view of the world, and my reactions to it. I feel like I've grown into a completely new person, someone who for this season has no plan other than to be mindful, to listen, and, to choose to be grateful for every moment. I find that my creativity has never been so free-flowing as when I'm just here to take it all in and observe the pain, along with the joy. I don't know what is next, but, I do know that I am not finished.


 

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Stream Sharaya’s new single “Forever You & Me” which is out now by clicking here

 

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