Interview: Courtney Paige Nelson
Hailing from San Francisco, California, Courtney Paige Nelson is back on the release radar with her new track “Cease And Desist”. Written and performed by her, Cease And Desist is an extremely addictive track with a completely groovy tune. With over 150,000 followers on her Instagram profile, Courtney is successfully garnering a lot of supporters and listeners on her music everyday.
We caught up with Courtney ahead of the release of her phenomenal track “Cease And Desist”, the creative process behind her music and what the fans can expect from her projects in the future!
Hi there Courtney! Thank you for joining us on Deception! Let me start by talking about your upcoming single “Cease And Desist”. Congratulations on the song! Where did you draw the initial inspiration of the track from?
Awe thank you for having me! I love interviews because I love to talk haaaa.
It’s funny because this song was sparked from a super unfortunate event that happened when something was taken from me for no other reason then the person not wanting me to have it. It was hard because I looked up to this person as a fellow artist, so when they took back something I’d worked on with no reason… it struck me.
I always try to make sure I keep peace with people because one of my biggest fears is having someone dislike me. So when this happened I had to push myself to take all the things I wanted to say, and all the emotions I was feeling… and put them into public art knowing the person will hear it. But for my own sake I had to.
So I created a song about what happened to me, how something I worked on and became invested in, was ripped away from me for no reason. That’s the most amazing thing about being an artist, every time I experience this thing called life, I get to write about it. The good, the bad, the in between. It’s all art.
Kindly walk us through the creative process behind the track. Did you face any sort of challenges during the production stage of the song?
I’m a very unconventional writer. I think in pictures. So it’s easy for me to write because as soon as I start writing I have a full movie in my head to help me. I wrote this song minus production solely on my own in about 4 hours. I had so much emotion I needed to get out that it poured out in such a fast creative way!
If you could define this track through one word, which one might it be?
Oh, that’s hard.. hmm… I would say, ‘perseverance’ since I had to push myself to create art through a difficult situation while remaining vulnerable and honest.
What are the most important things you always keep in mind before working on your tracks?
I really think the one thing I always try to do is remain open and vulnerable. By me choosing to be an artist, I owe it to people who listen to me, to be honest and not hold back in my songs. Music is a way to connect people, and that’s what I’m here to do.
Where do you draw your major music influences from? If given an opportunity, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I’m a big fan of lyrics. It’s the first thing I look for in a song so I’m attracted to songs with strong lyrical content. Some of my favorites are, Julia Michaels, Shy Martin, Lauv, John-Robert.. and so many more! I’m just very into the words people write.
I love when I hear a clever lyric that can describe something I’ve felt before or make me feel something I’ve never felt before. In terms of collaboration.. honestly there’s so many artists I admire in all different genres that I would be grateful for any collaboration. It’s an honor when someone with a bigger influence then you believes in you enough to want to work with you.
What are the top three things in your bucket list regarding 2021?
Hit 1 million streams on a song, sign a pub deal (or record deal), book Outside Lands festival as an artist on the lineup! It’s a music festival in San Francisco where I’m from and I want to play at the place I used to attend so I can show myself how far I’ve come.
How are you coping up with difficult times like these? Is there anything that you are currently doing in order to maintain your creativity?
To be honest, this isn’t hard on me creatively. I busted my ass during the pandemic because I wanted to be ahead of the game with the world opened back up. I knew that if I didn’t hit the ground running while everyone else is lagging.. then I wouldn’t be doing myself justice. I have myself the first 2 months of the pandemic to ‘relax’ and feel all the feelings.. and then I got to work. I’m also a bit of a workaholic haha. I truly love sending emails, writing music, sending out feelers for different opportunities to market myself. I am a firm believer that if you aren’t working as hard as your team, then you’re not doing yourself justice. I just really want this and I know if I don’t work hard, someone out there is working harder then me.
What’s next for you Courtney? Anything you’re currently working on that you would like to hint your fans about?
SOOOOO MUCH. I have an amazing jewelry line coming out with ‘Never Take It Off’ that I’m so so excited about! I have my first EP which releases in March, ‘Cease and Desist’ is the teaser track to that project, I have some features that I worked on over quarantine that should be coming out as well! There’s a lot and I don’t want to spill all of my plans so I’ll leave you with that for now haha.
Lastly, I would like to ask you if there’s any message that you wish to convey to your supporters from all around the world?
I think my message is to not be afraid to be vulnerable. Every time I write a song, I put myself in a situation of sharing my thoughts and feelings which is a very vulnerable thing to do. I sometimes question if I’m being to honest.. but there’s no such thing. It’s extremely important to talk about how you feel and most of all be 100% authentically yourself. Even if you’re the weirdest person in the room.. you wear that badge with pride and make people uncomfortable.
Check Out “Cease And Desist” on Courtney’s Spotify. Link below!