Cheryl Craigie Shares Inspiration Behind Her Latest Single ‘Migraine’

Good day ladies and gentlemen! It is my honor and immense pleasure to welcome you to this exclusive open interview with Cheryl Craigie, whose most recent single “Migraine”, has been making waves since the release date of the 1st of March. The song that ended up being written after Cheryl’s chronic migraine combined her deeply personal experience and a desire to inform others that often the disease is underestimated and even left unnoticed.

As soon as “Migraine” plays the first line, listeners are going in to its pulsating synth melodies, which, like the pain of a migraine attack, brings them right in to it. There is a transition of Cheryl’s emotional lyrics and authoritative tone that dominate the song, as she captures the dark reality of dealing with migraine status forever.

Cheryl´s father, a professional pianist, who is her greatest source of inspiration in pursuing a career in music was her biggest source of inspiration. Working with Eric Goldberg at the beginning, Cheryl improved her singing and eventually took her style beyond the mere desire to please the audience.  Her art is now characterized by risk-taking and authenticity.

Besides music, since Cheryl is a food explorer, she finds solace in cooking, usually trying out new recipes from different cultures. If not for her music career she would open up her own restaurant, featuring her passion for cooking and her gastronomy talent.

After all, she is planning to do a cover of Taylor Swift’s song, which would mean a new chapter in her music career.  She vows to continue doing what she loves with the support of her fans without whom she wouldn’t be there in the first place. Concluding, there are a lot more news from this incredible artist with a deep message and so many interesting ideas.

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What is your stage name

Cheryl Craigie

Is there a story behind your stage name?
No, just me plain and simple!

Where do you find inspiration?
I usually come up with song ideas and lyrics when I can’t sleep.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I’ve been singing since childhood and composing has evolved in recent years.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes, my father was an accomplished pianist. I grew up playing and singing with him.

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
My father. He was my biggest fan and encouraged me to keep making music.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I was very fortunate to study under Eric Goldberg who is not just an accomplished musician but knowledgeable in production and all aspects of music. He has guided me through every step of the way and co-produced all my songs. I would not be doing this without him.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Jefferson Starship. I won tickets on a radio station and was awestruck when I saw the live performance. Since then I have been to over 100 concerts and still feel the adrenline rush every time.

How could you describe your music?
My taste in music is very eclectic. I like to see where a song will take me and then decide what genre fits it best. Some of my listeners may not like that as they may be expecting a specific sound. I understand that music is very subjective and there is a risk in choosing to do this but I think it’s a risk worth taking.

Describe your creative process.
I usually write my lyrics first and then decide what genre fits the message best.

What is your main inspiration?
To write about life experiences. If you write about what you know you can convey the best message in your music.

What musician do you admire most and why?
Dolly Parton. She’s not only a musician and composer but a storyteller who’s stood the test of time and still able to connect with people of all ages through her music.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Absolutely! I’m not afraid to take risks anymore.

Who do you see as your main competitor?
That’s a tough one! I’m not sure I can answer that. 🙂

What are your interests outside of music?
I love to cook and I’m constantly coming up with new recipes spanning all ethnicities. I find cooking relaxing and rewarding when others enjoy my meals.

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I probably would have gone to culinary school and would have opened my own restaurant.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Being heard. It’s really hard to break through the barriers and get people to listen to artists who haven’t made a name for themselves yet. More doors have opened in recent years but it’s still not enough.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Make it easier for Indie Artists to be heard and get recognition.

Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
There are literally millions of people around the world who suffer from Migraines. I wanted to bring attention and awareness to a disease often misunderstood and overlooked. Also, I wanted to let other know they are not alone in their journey. What better way to do this than through the universal language of music?

What are your plans for the coming months?
I am currently working on a cover of a Taylor Swift song with a whole new arrangement. Stay tuned!

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Not at this time.

What message would you like to give to your fans?
I would like to thank them for listening and inspiring me to keep doing what I love. Their support means everything to me.

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
My name is Mister Styx and I'm a music blogger and an HVAC Engineer. I'm passionate about all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop, Jazz, and Reggae as a matter of fact I am always eager to hear new sounds as music has no barrier, and I'm always looking for new sounds to explore. Hop on lets go fetch for some new sounds!

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