“….I’m really proud of it, it’s one of my most poignant lyrics I’ve ever written. It’s been really fun explaining it to people and playing it for people and seeing their reactions to it….”

Following up her 2015 interview with Boston University‘s Verge Campus publication, Ms. Grey once again chatted with Editor-in-Chief Neelu Mohaghegh about where she currently stands in her musical pursuits, touring with Atlas Genius, and advice she would give aspiring artists.

A selection from the interview is available below, and you may click the Verge Campus logo underneath to view the complete article!

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“….she explained this transition back to the real Skylar Grey comes from a “grown-up place.” She has been hard at work, re-indentifying, clarifying, and being herself after facing some cases of depression over the past year and a half, but she has bounced back bigger and stronger than ever. She now displays the purity and authenticity in her music.

Her song “Moving Mountains” is about just stopping to smell the roses, to “elevate your mood,” and “be present.” She said it’s about people being able to:

“Appreciate the beauty of a flower, or a mountain, or anything…so no matter what’s in your life, that is negative, no matter what’s going on in my career, if I get rejected in the industry, I can still be happy. I should still appreciate everything around me. So that has been a really powerful message for me to learn…If my music moves someone emotionally, it’s a big compliment to me.”

She mentioned an amazing moment when a young girl came up to her once and told her how her music changed her life and kept her from committing suicide– truly amazing and moving.

Writing the music is a healing process itself, but to Skylar Grey, it is also putting it out there and letting it be heard by others to share that makes it worth while and cathartic.

She was extremely grateful to all of the opportunities she has had in the past writing music for huge music-industry names, but she feels that she has been given a second chance in the music world to really work on her own music that is meant for her to express herself and her voice.

Grey is all in, whatever opportunity comes her way that she feels passionate about, she will take!

Fortunately, this artist she has had a musically supportive family behind her aspirations. Her dad was in a barber shop quartet and her mom was an artist/musician. The two of them both understood her music, intuition, and desire to take music on as a career.

I then asked her what advice would she have for aspiring artists. Grey answered very confidently and surely that it is important to stay true to who you are because in the music industry a lot of people try to change you into something you are not. “The most successful artists have a unique sound, the most unique person you can be is yourself.”….”

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