We had the good fortune of connecting with Izzy Linder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Izzy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Pursuing music was always in the back of my mind but seemed unreachable until recently. Singing was my first love and guitar and songwriting have really deepened my love and curiosity of music. There’s nothing quite like turning silence into your own song – it’s pure magic. Growing up, I was a creative child and was drawn to art and music classes and, in hindsight, these were forms of escapism that I could lean on throughout moving place to place as a military kid.

I started singing in the church choir at age 5, and sang in choirs and played the flute throughout school. I picked up the guitar the summer after my senior year of high school and started learning youtube tutorials of my favorite songs. After high school, I went to art school for a year and quickly learned it wasn’t for me. I decided to study exercise science to eventually get into physical therapy. (Sports were something I played a lot of, but never excelled at. I knew a lot about sports injuries/therapy and this felt like this career was the best path, though I was hesitant).

After graduation, I married my husband, Jordan, and together we moved five times within five years before landing here in DFW. We lived in Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, and Kentucky prior to Texas, so PT school was not in the cards for me. The Army took us to so many beautiful places, but at the same time, it’s hard to feel like your feet are on the ground with so much uncertainty. Music always connected me to my surroundings and made me feel less alone. I practiced throughout those moves and played my first open mic in Florida in May 2019. Ever since then, I’ve made music a priority and I couldn’t be more grateful to the people who’ve pushed me to pursue music. I remember being in art school and my friend asking me “Izzy, why don’t you go to music school” as I was playing the guitar and singing an off hand melody. I shrugged it off and said I wouldn’t be any good (I really was bad), but it’s moments like that one I will never forget because I felt seen. When I play now I feel seen. Maybe it was a way of the universe leading me to where I am now. So Alice, thank you for your asking me that.

I’ve dabbled in a lot things and I think I’ve always known music was the right path, but I wouldn’t allow myself permission to pursue my dream because it seemed so far out of reach. I’m not sure where I’ll end up and that’s ok, I’m just taking it day by day. My first gig that felt like the best day of my life, and any time I get to play the next show feels like my next big break. I’ll just keep going until it doesn’t feel like that anymore. I realize how fortunate I am to go after this dream, and I can’t wait to share my stories through song.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love honesty in a song and that’s something that I’ll always try to deliver. Obviously some parts might be played up, but the message should reflect a part of me in some way. In the last couple years, I’ve written songs about the depression that I didn’t realize I’d struggled with for years, and Covid made me step back and look in the mirror. I’m proud that I came out on the other side, though it’s something that I struggle with every day. Coming to that realization made me stronger and more self aware, and I’m a more honest songwriter because of it.

I’ve been in DFW for 9 months, and I am in awe of the music scene here. There’s so much talent and I’m inspired to create more because of the artists I’m surrounded by. I’m excited about being in one place for the foreseeable future and releasing music… (and hopefully some collabs… I’m manifesting it!)

I care a lot about authenticity in myself and want to meet people where they’re at with my songs. As an aspiring songwriter, that’s all I can ask.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to White Rock Lake for a picnic, a peruse through Deep Ellum vintage shops, The Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth, Opening Bell Coffee for an iced latte and kolache, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Arboretum (I still need to go).

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family and friends deserve all the love for pushing me in this journey. Jordan gets credit for his constant support and for being the inspiration behind a lot of my songs. Any words of encouragement I’ve heard throughout the years never goes unnoticed, so thank you (to you) if you’re reading this.

My music teachers through school, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Hodge, thank you for all of your wisdom. Those classes were some of the best times in my life.

When I went through a period of feeling lost as an artist, I read and worked through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. If you’re an artist and you need a creative push, I highly recommend it.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/izzy.linder/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDXC2AXb3MnT0_VJGn2aOjw

Image Credits
Sam Cormier

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