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Art & Life with Nathan Grey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Grey.

Nathan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hi there, thanks for having me! So I moved from Kansas to Los Angeles two years ago to pursue my music and acting passions. Kansas is just a little sparse in those artistic opportunities.

Since arriving in Los Angeles, I’ve been immersed in the film world and explored modeling, acting, and being behind the camera but my overarching passion is telling stories through music. My first six months in LA consisted of going to auditions and crashing on a very gracious friend’s couch. My next six months was spent living with 60 other people in artist’s housing. I learned a lot about myself, Los Angeles, and what I really wanted to achieve there. I also learned how valuable having a door is. Since the artist house, I’ve had my own door and it’s been magical. I’ve also been able to hit the ground running on my music and truly begin to immerse myself in the Los Angeles scene, there are so many talented people here, I’m honestly in awe.

Aside from my artistic ambitions, I want to own a grey French bulldog named Spinach in the near future and will literally gush over any squishy-faced dogs.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Yeah, totally! I gravitate towards making dark pop rock music with the hopes of inspiring people to discuss the aspects we don’t talk about. As society has become more disconnected and polarized, I believe in music and film’s ability to be a bridge for conversation and connection.

I recently released two singles: Tension and Comfort and will be releasing two more in September followed by my first full performance in Los Angeles. Tension speaks to the unspoken divides in a relationship when both people can feel the connection but are stopped by old paradigms, limiting beliefs, and pressure from others. Comfort is almost an answer to Tension, where we need to make hard decision and walk away from what doesn’t serve us and push us to be better. Both seem solemn on the surface but I hope people find the hope in taking control of their lives when things get hard and I really do hope these songs serve them as they work through the bleh of life. I want to make my art as immersive as possible so we can forget all the bullshit and focus on being in these moments together as a connected people. Sounds a little idealistic, but hey gotta aim high. I’m also constructing my own sort of world where all these stories take place and I’m really excited to continue to weave it together through short films and music videos.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I think it all comes down to impacting people. Obviously, there are the standardized milestones of success: awards, radio recognition, fame. But where the fulfillment comes in is knowing that I’ve impacted someone and helped them through something or they’ve felt what I’ve felt or that we relate. It’s finding that thread of connection between different people and sharing that moment.

I recently had a friend leave a voicemail saying Comfort made her cry and she really related to the lyrics and that made the crazy amount of work worth it.

I think an artist must always be hungry to improve and relate; that’s the only way an audience can connect. Authenticity is a huge one too. It’s too easy to get lost in what we’re “supposed to be” but what’s the point of trying to be what you’re “supposed to be.” So many people are already trying that. I want to stay true to my artistic visions and find the people that connect with that.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find everything on Nathangreyofficial.com. You can stream my music on Spotify just search Nathan Grey, I’m the moody pop looking one. You can watch my music/lyrics video on my YouTube channel under the same name, Nathan Grey. I’m thankful for any and all feedback and discussion on the themes of my art and would love to talk with anyone who wants to dig deeper!

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Image Credit:
Photos: by Cam Patrick Media/Nathan Grey, Other Model Pictured: Jamie Withers

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