We had the good fortune of connecting with Amelia Presley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amelia, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from south Mississippi. I grew up on a farm on the river. I always had access to nature just by walking outside. My dad who I call “Papa” told me when I set out on this journey to always “keep the mud between your toes”. He meant that I should stay humble. I have had to remind myself of his words when success has come my way, but it has been easy to remember. I have been so incredibly blessed with opportunities, and though they sometimes came from my hard work, they more often came from someone giving me a chance. That in itself will keep one humble.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
– What sets you apart from others? – I think my voice sets me apart. I don’t want to say that with any perceived air of conceit. It took me a long time to figure out how to use my voice because it is different from a lot of female voices I’ve heard. The difference initially gave me insecurity rather than confidence. Now, I am proud that I found a love for my voice. I try to use it to evoke emotions through its growly weirdness.
– What are you most proud of or excited about? – I am most proud of my Grand Ole Opry performance, and I am most excited about releasing new music that I feel portrays the stage of life I am currently in.
– How did you get to where you are today professionally? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? – It was absolutely not easy getting to this point in my career. I remember spending long days and nights sending booking emails, doing research, and learning how to market myself. I had no idea how to handle the business side of my career in the beginning, but I wanted success badly enough to learn.
– What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? – I have learned the hard way not to be so trusting and forgiving. I have given many people the benefit of the doubt in this industry, and it has bitten me in the you know what. The music industry is heavily weighted with males. Not all of those males have the best intentions when it comes to a business relationship.
– What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? – I have made so many mistakes and I have been knocked down so many times. I want anyone who learns about me to know that I fought to be where I am. It was not handed to me, and I self-sabotaged many times. But, there is no mistake or setback that can keep you from your purpose. We all deserve to live our purpose. We are all worthy. We have one life. In the words of The Avett Brothers, “Decide what to be and go be it.”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m sure everyone says this, but I would have to say that The Fort Worth Stockyards are the place to go. I love a little coffee shop called The Railcar. A cool place to stay is definitely Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards. I stayed there one time along with two other singer-songwriters, Lacey Ingram and Kendi Jean. It was a pretty magical and old-soul vibed place.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many that deserve a shoutout, but I’ll dedicate this one to my Papa. I learned to sing by listening to him, and he taught me how to write songs.
Daryin Long, Amelia Presley, Annette Slade, Michelle Strad, Garrett Jackson, Garrett Jackson, Cameron Bellamy, Amelia Presley