We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcella Fruehan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcella, what inspires you?
I am inspired by everything around me. Really anything that makes me feel. I am a really emotional person and can feel others emotional pain and the world’s. It’s weird to say but I am healer and want everyone to feel like they aren’t alone in a tough situation or even to be there for someone in a positive one. The first song that I ever wrote was an anti-bullying song called Truth Is and the responses were astonishing, especially for only being 16 years old. I was saving people’s lives and inspiring them to get help. I felt like I had changed the world and from that point on I knew what my purpose was in life. I am also really inspired/drawn to specific sounds. Anything that makes me feel powerful or like I’m on top of the world. Gritty synths, huge basses, a strong, soulful voice. I use my own music to uplift and remind myself that I am powerful and strong.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My proudest moment during my whole musical journey is sticking true to who I am. I have been making music professionally since I was about 14 and have worked with a number of different producers and engineers, and although I learned so much from my time with them, I was never truly myself. They always picked a genre for me or didn’t understand my direction when I tried to explain it. I always wanted to be out of the box. Many years later, I decided to take production and songwriting into my own hands and learn for myself. Since then I have really been able to make exactly what I want and that feeling is amazing. I am finally in control or my music and what I want to sound like. It has been a long journey but I am proud of all that I have accomplished. These are some things I’m proud of that came out of this long and continuous journey: Playing Midem Festival in Cannes, France. Recording at Abbey Road. ‘Know My Name’ being a finalist in the 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Competition. ‘Know My Name’ being a semi-finalist in the 2020 International Songwriting Contest. Graduating from my dream school – Berklee College of Music. Playing Listen to Womxn Fest.
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?
First, I would take them to a Drive In. They are my absolute favorite – to get super comfy in the back of a truck, with popcorn, slurpees, and tons of blankets. Nothing beats that. Second, they would have to try Serious Pizza. and order the TEXAS SIZE. It’s bigger than my whole body and super yummy. and then we’d walk around Deep Ellum and take pics with all of the pretty street art. and Lastly, obvi my house. Its always a good time at my house. We would make a big fire and roast smores with a glass of wine and play games. and puppies!! Can’t forget my adorable puppies!
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?
Cameron Sloan – My boyfriend, Co-writer, Co-producer, Best Friend. He has been through that last 5 years of my musical career, all the ups and downs, and soul searching. He is one of the most talented human beings I know and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He is half the musical genius that is Marcella. And of course my parents, Mark and Cherie. They have been supporting my musical journey since I was like 7 and have never left my side / doubted me. They will always be my biggest fans 🙂
Cameron Sloan Cherie Fruehan
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