We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Lynn Bird and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Vanessa Lynn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I am a pop country singer-songwriter in Nashville in addition to being an Information Architect at a top ranking Fortune 500 company. My dad and mom always encouraged me to have a job that would enable me to be independent and fund my dreams, and they also believed in my voice, songwriting, and stage presence. I graduated college two years early, started supporting myself, and dove into my music career.

I have always had a passion for writing since I was little. I started with short stories and poems. When I was 13 I wrote 3, 100 page mystery novels. My passion for writing then turned to songwriting. I loved the idea of telling a short story within a song. Each word has to be intentional and powerful. Performing on stage also holds this magical rush for me. I love seeing the crowd stop what they’re doing and pay attention to what I’m saying. I love seeing them connect with and react to my words. I chose this career because there’s a writer in me that never stops creating, and this is my way of sharing my passion with the world.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey has been different than most. I live a life of contradictions. By day I carry on a career as an Information Architect in a data and analytics department. I write strategies, collaborate with professionals across numerous organizations, and do a lot of public speaking. While I enjoy this, when my work day is over, the fun really begins. I have songwriting sessions, recording sessions, band rehearsals, live shows, and I go support my friends at their performances.

Carrying on these two lives has not been easy. My daytime profession comes with early hours, back-to-back meetings, high-profile assignments, and many presentations. My artist career comes with late nights, flashy outfits and makeup, thinking of clever things to say on the spot while I’m on stage, and it’s all about connecting with people. I feel like I’m two different people. I have to be careful to separate my two lives, and I have to give my all to each one. I’ve had many late nights as an artist where I slept just a few hours and woke up to a day where I’ve had to be on my game all day at my day job.

However, I’ve learned that having these two careers fulfills me. By day I get to exercise more technical skills. I get to feel valued for my intellectual work and the way I present that work to others. By night, I feel valued for my unique artistry, the way I deliver songs on stage, and the creative fashion I pull together. While balancing these two careers is challenging, it makes my life feel well-rounded and complete.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Funny enough, my best friend actually moved to Nashville before I did, and we made a bucket list of things to do when I’d visit. This list is full of music venues, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, nightlife spots, outdoor activities, and photo ops.

My favorite Nashville restaurants are Superica, Loveless Cafe, and Thai Esane. My friends and I love going to The Local, Winners, and Live Oak to catch live music. Be sure to stop by Winners on Monday and Thursday nights for the famous Whiskey Jam. The Local puts on fantastic writers’ rounds including Porchlight Pickers and The Write Time. Red Door Saloon is a great bar nearby where everyone hangs out in midtown. Be sure to look through the hole in the floor.

If you’re looking for shops with the cutest clothes, Vici, Kittenish, and L.A. Green are a few of my favorites. Arrington Vineyards is a gorgeous vineyard near Franklin, and downtown Franklin is beautiful and has fantastic shopping.

There’s so much to do in Nashville. I could explore it for years and never get enough!

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?
My family and husband have been at the center of my music journey. My parents come to all my shows, and my mom goes to auditions with me. My husband took me to music venues night after night to network with other creatives when I couldn’t figure out how to build a band and book shows. They have never given up on me, and they support me every step of the way!

Website: www.vanessalynnbird.com

Instagram: @vanessalynnbird

Twitter: @vanessalynnbird

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Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/VanessaLynnBird

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