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Rising Stars: Meet Glennellen Anderson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Glennellen Anderson.

Hi Glennellen, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
The concept for my upcoming EP, “unbirthday,” was born during one of my 364 unbirthdays that I spent in quarantine. After COVID-19 canceled my entire lineup of live shows and concerts, I flew home to be with my family during the lockdown. One early morning, I threw myself a tea party on my parent’s front lawn. I poured myself some hot rose tea, ate some berries and cakes, then literally chuckled and mumbled to myself, “…a very merry unbirthday to me.” That sent my mind into a spiral, just like Alice spiraled down the winding staircase. Ideas were floating around me. It was as if the lockdown had brought on this descent into madness but in the best way possible. Something in me had to die in order for the rebirth of a new era to begin. Turns out, visiting home during the pandemic for four months was much needed.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No adventure or endeavor ever has a perfect, smooth road. But when something is destined to be, it’ll come into fruition effortlessly. “Unbirthday” has probably been the smoothest road I’ve ventured yet when it comes to my music. Every single piece of the puzzle fell into place. It took unwavering dedication, hard work and passion from all angles (me and my team), but every person involved with this project gave it all of that and then some. My manager, Taylor Noelle Krause, has paved the way for us both. It truly is a group effort, and we’ve conquered every aspect of this EP’s production no matter was thrown at us along the way. It’s been pure bliss for both of us, as artists and managers.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
To me, what makes “Unbirthday” extra magical is simply what the word represents. It stands for the 364 days out of the year that leads up to the very one day out of the year, which celebrates our birth and our existence. Why do we count down the 364 days of the year and let them pass us by in order to celebrate just the one day out of the year which is supposedly the only day dedicated to us as individuals? What if we celebrated every day with the mindset we reserve for our birthdays? Unbirthdays are just as special. Our birthdays are affected by how we spend every unbirthday prior to it. I’m proud of this EP for being an entity of its own. I’m also immensely proud of my team (and myself) for completely finding my sound through this project. As a music artist, that’s a question with which we are pressured very early on: “what’s your genre?” This EP helped me find that. I’ve learned along the way what exactly my sound is for a long time, but getting that across through music is hard sometimes. It can’t be forced. That’s what led me to finally discovering it. Nothing about this EP was forced.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Get a great lawyer. It’s worth every penny, trust me. Take workshops and classes, and seek coaching. Participate in theatre, showcases, etc. Find your dream team because they are the ones who will help keep you moving forward and progressing. They need to believe in you almost more than you believe in yourself. Also, don’t mistake being desperate with being persistent. There needs to be urgency and persistence behind every move you make, but never let that persistence turn into exasperation. Know your worth and add tax while also allowing room for growth and remaining humble.

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Roy Castro – photographer Jillian Fortner, Gogolomo David, Demetre Cartier – models

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