Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”
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Part II – – Interview with Nashville-based pop/rock artist Chakra Bleu
by Dave Carew
Chakra Bleu is—hands down—one of the most original and distinctive pop/rock artists ever to grace the underground Nashville music scene. Inspired by everything from transcendent New Age thought to the soulful stylings of bands like Heart and the Cowboy Junkies (with whom her co-producer David Henry worked), she has forged, over the past decade, some of the most uplifting, eclectic, thought-provoking, and empowering pop ever created in Music City. “Underground Nashville” recently interviewed Chakra Bleu about her career and new album “You’re the One.” Part II of our interview immediately follows. (Please see February posts for Part I.)
UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What is your “dream” for you music? How do you hope people are affected by it?
CHAKRA BLEU: It is always my highest intention that the fans receive a ‘positive-vibe’ from the CD’s and/or live shows. As an entertainer and singer/songwriter, it is important to relate to my audiences. We all work hard. We all want to feel good. We all aspire to feel more joy and completion and acceptance in our lives through our relationships, jobs, health, and connection to the Divine/Universe/Life.
Sometimes, we get a glimpse of the meaning of things, when something of relevance is said a little differently…without judgment…meeting our experience “where we are” on the path of life. My highest intention is to inspire the listener to greater heights of joy, understanding, love, health, and overall happiness through my music…whether it’s my love songs or the more introspective songs. Nothing in my songs is a new concept. It’s just written and conveyed a little differently. Yes, I truly aspire to providing an avenue for my audiences, to feel good about themselves and their lives…my songs, voice, and heart offering a journey to a little more joy in this unpredictable life… inspiring them through my pop/rock & Americana songs…inspiring them through my love songs and empower-insight songs.
For more about Chakra Beu, and to listen to her music, visit chakrableu.com
Coming soon in “Underground Nashville” . . . a review of Chakra Bleu’s new album “You’re the One.”
David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.