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Daily Inspiration: Meet Castella

Today we’d like to introduce you to Castella.

Hi Castella, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
The beauty in life is that sometimes we get a chance to have a different chapter and in some cases, a new book. I’m so fortunate to have closed a chapter as a full-time HR Executive and opened a new book as a Singer/Songwriter- International Recording Artist – CASTELLA. Me as a singer is just who I am because I have sang my entire life, but as urged by Record Producer Darryl Swann, I tapped into the creative side of my brain and wow, I created lyrics and melodies that became my first EP. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could become what I’ve become. The journey to creating the music lead to my learning a whole new business, the record business. I even created a record label and publishing company- Castella Music and Cat Crow Publishing. All guided by my now friend, mentor and producer, Darryl Swann. He has truly been the constant in this new book of life for me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
A smooth road? The reality is that I’ve been tremendously blessed. I did lose my day job just after releasing my EP back in August 2019. Now that was very rough! Admittedly, it bothers me every now and again, but that’s part of the struggle, part of changing, part of growing, part of accepting this precious opportunity given to me to share my gift of song. The music has been nothing but good to me. It was actually there to hold me up when I had lost everything. While trying to figure out my next move, my natural gifts were standing before me and it was up to me to take the leap, take the chance. I’m so glad I faced my fears and went for it!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Singer/Songwriter – International Recording Artist. I am probably known best for probably coming out of nowhere and hitting the Smooth Jazz Top 100 Charts with my original song, “No Ordinary Love.” I am most proud of contributing to my artistry, not just singing but actually writing the songs and creating the melodies. I am fortunate to work with other amazing creatives who bring my music to life, my producers. It’s an amazing thing to birth a song. People say I have a unique sound. I also like to connect with people and hopefully encourage them to go after their passions in life – it’s never too late. I suppose there is nothing earth shattering about that, but I am very sincere.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
Oddly enough, the fact that I sing has really shocked my Human Resources colleagues. While I’ve always sang around the office, at church, banquets, weddings, funerals, special events… being an International Recording Artist with music on music charts, being played on the radio and being heard all over the world, is a shocker!

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Cailyn J. Thompson, PicsByCay

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