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Daily Inspiration: Meet Like Water

Today we’d like to introduce you to Like Water.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up watching my mom practice. She taught my brother and I all of the harmonies and we’d sing with her all night. I would get lost in the layers of sound and never want it to end. Something sparked within me…I felt safe and connected to something much bigger than I could comprehend.

I studied vocal performance at Morgan State University. I learned technique and theory in class, but in the practice room, I found once again the magic of music and harmony that I experienced as a child. I would go to the practice room and see friends playing piano, go in and start singing whatever was on my heart. Then more friends would see us, enter the room and start filling in background vocals and harmonizing. With no plan at all, we found ourselves creating an atmosphere of pure expression.

In June of 2012, my younger was killed by an off-duty police officer. We were all devastated, shocked and broken. Music was the only way I could begin to process and acknowledge such a tragic moment in my life. It kept me sane and connected to myself. Truthfully it still does. I shared the songs I’d written with an incredible being who is now my wife. She told me I had to release it into the world. Although that was not my intention, I am grateful. Her suggestion led to my first album, “Begins at the End,” and I have been releasing music and performing ever since.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Outside of resources, with which I’m sure many artists can relate, I struggled a lot with getting out of my own way. For most of my life and my career, my self-worth was tied to the approval of others. I’m sure you can imagine the struggle that comes with that combination. After writing a song, performing or releasing an album, I found myself anxiously anticipating the response from listeners. The feelings were so intense that I would often write songs and never release it because I had already played out a scenario that in my mind, led to someone not liking it. My music and I were one and the same, so if they didn’t like my music, they didn’t like me, which perpetuated a cycle of negative self-talk, constant second-guessing and was at times paralyzing.

Through lots of self-work, love and support from friends, family and fans, meditation and honestly just being fed up with being my own worst critic, I am on a path that allows me to flow and create. I am still a work in progress so those thoughts of doubt do come, but less often and are met with much more resistance.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a creator of life-changing aural experiences. I am an artist, performer, sound healer, producer, film composer, Black Queer woman who is ever-evolving. I specialize in creating atmospheres with sound. I am known for looping vocals that transport the listener wherever they need to go. I am proud of my growth and ability to accept myself and use my gifts with the intention of healing myself and that it will be for the listener whatever they need as well. I am most proud of the moments I am able to create and be a part of that facilitate and inspire love, reflection, truth and safety. What sets me apart from others is no different from what sets them apart from me. We are all our own beautiful beings and only we can be just who and what we are. I celebrate the unique energy that comes with who I am and those I encounter. I am who I am for a reason and so are you!

I also help to support, create opportunities for and offer a platform to artists, creatives and local businesses through my work at Sofar Sounds and in my service on the board of the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. My desire to be for others what I needed along my journey is in practice daily and I am extremely grateful.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t lean into luck much. I lean more into alignment. If something comes into my path, I think about what I’ve been aligning myself with and putting out into the universe and give thanks for it. Either from the perspective of it been a lesson learned, growth or something that I’ve been asking for coming to fruition. The habit I try to stick with is gratitude. Even if I encounter something that would be considered “bad luck”, I try to process my initial feelings quickly (that may look like a venting or ranting session with my wife while pacing the floor lol) and then try to find something in that situation to be grateful for that brings me back into alignment with the positivity and peace I desire.

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Schaun Champion Kirby Griffin Ceandra B. Scott

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