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Charleene Closshey talks about how music has shaped her life

Vegas- Musician, Composer, and Producer Charleene Closshey has a unique ability to produce exquisite style within the context of her songs. Her songs generate such a soothing and relatable aspect about life that a lot of individuals could understand. Closshey talked about the importance of music and how it has molded her into the individual that she is today.

“Music is the air I breathe. It’s how I experience the world. I literally see vibrations in front of me: I see colors as sound and I feel people as rhythms. And all these vibrations combine and pour over my physical body as if I were laying under some beautiful Tahitian waterfall. It’s just how I’m made, I suppose.  Piano lessons began when I was 2, teaching me to read music before I could read English. And I kept exploring, other instruments, other genres, other ways to “vibrate.”

“Ultimately, I started violin when I was 12, and my first profession was that as a violinist playing everything from classical to rock to jazz to Celtic fiddle. I thought the violin was my passion until I realized how much I enjoy sharing stories. So, singing and acting both immediately came into focus rather quickly. Any craft I study, I begin with purely classical training as I find it helps me better assimilate the theory and ultimate execution.”

Closshey produced the soundtrack for the romantic comedy No Postage Necessary, which strung together a series of different emotional songs that intertwine how the characters felt in the movie. The soundtrack takes you on an adventure through the good and bad of relationships. Closshey said that The Letter was one of the difficult songs to cue.

“The Letter” was actually the most challenging cue to compose for the film. It’s such an emotionally raw and sacred place that we’re diving into for the character Josie as she bares her soul. It’s a combination of a secret moment unveiled and a cry for help. So, it had to be treated with almost a fragility and special kind of care.”

“Whenever I compose for film, the story and its characters indicate the music. It’s my task to serve them and the story. Seldom do my own life experiences come into play directly. I mean, I believe all our life experiences mold us in unique ways that are inevitably felt at a subtle level in our creative expressions. It’s how you can tell a Beethoven symphony or a John Williams score or an A.R. Rahmann piece without looking at the composer’s name. I’ve always believed it’s less about my ego and always about something greater, which is what a good story is: a contribution to the world’s dialogue. So while I could never fully remove “Charleene Closshey” from my writing, I tend to rely less on how I view life and more on what’s happening in front of me in the eyes of the character living in that specific moment.”

Music has been the art of life that she captures with her talent, but Closshey does not shy away from helping people out when she can. There have been many people that asked Closshey about being in the music industry and how they could excel in this field and she shared this advice. 

“Woman or man, the kindest advice ever shared with me was your thoughtful intention manifests your life. For women, embrace and trust your inner voice. The female essence is just as powerful as its beautiful masculine counterpart. She births creativity and life into this world. Conformity is the end of life as we know it, as it defines an endpoint, one in which we are all the same. Diversity (or as we artists live to say, “creativity”) begets contrast which propels us forward, forever tumbling around this great sphere in perpetuity.”

“There is plenty of room to share your story. Don’t tell someone else’s story. Tell us yours. It’s perfect just as it is. For men, please never forget you are men. You are a powerful part of the creative circle — without the masculine, the feminine is half filled. Fiercely champion your feminine counterparts. She makes living possible.”

Closshey has a couple of goals that she wants to accomplish, like starring in a Bollywood film, which she always wanted to do. However, she just finished a Christmas album and released her first radio single called “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

Closshey has been blessed with the talent of doing what she loves to do while empowering others.

 

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