Memphis native and Girls Art Show alum, V.C.R. is a ball of feel-good energy wrapped in effortless style. Raised in a musical family, V.C.R. took an interest in the violin at an early age after attending a symphony with her mother. Her melodic perspective and passion for composition were bred by a mixture of genres and creative outlets–most notably her classical/jazz training and the icon hip hop sounds of the South. The two blend perfectly, painting a scenic landscape for her stories to take place. Her sweet melodies lay on top of smooth drum patterns that you can easily get lost in, with raw lyrics about love, heartbreak, and healing that snap you out of the trance just enough to heighten your senses. V.C.R. has set out on a path that is rooted in purpose, flexing her creative muscles with the recent release of her first book The Creative Black Women's Playbook and her new single "Ascension". We got a chance to sit down with the classically trained violinist, vocalist, songwriter, and author to talk about personal highs and lows, not being afraid of the darkness, and embracing your own light.

HL: Where are you from?

V: Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, from the soul of the Mississippi River, and a sprinkle of Dallas, Texas. When you grow up in Memphis, the whole city is musical. Blues, funk, soul—it’s in my blood, it’s in my veins, it’s in the water. I always hear it. It’s engrained in my DNA at this point.

HL: What is your songwriting process like?

V: It’s sporadic, kinda like my life. Depending on vibrationally were I am, low or high, I can create something based on that. All music and all songwriting is channeling.

HL: What is the biggest thing that you’ve learned in your music journey?

V: What’s so cool about art is that it’s your unique, creative fingerprint. I used to be really insecure about my creative fingerprint and all forms of art that I create. Now I’m excited to share my weird, quirky ideas with people.

HL: How do you remain in your light when life gets tough?

V: I allow myself to evolve, and I used to not. I don’t like change so I would get stagnant; when you’re stagnant and you don’t have a release valve of some kind—you’re not creating, or you’re not changing, or you’re not moving with the flow of the universe, or with God—that’s when negativity builds up. Now I’m at a place in my life where I allow the most high to move through me. Anything that needs to be taken away, I allow it to be taken away. Any emotion that comes up, I let it come up and feel it wholly, and I write abut it or I speak on it. I have dark days and dark moments. I’m not scared of the dark, but I live in the light. I try to bring [light] to every room that I’m in, because that’s why I was put on this planet, for sure, without a doubt.

HL: What are some of the mantras or things you live by?

V: I have to do mirror work. Mirror work is standing in the mirror and purposely telling yourself how you look and how you feel, whether it’s down or up, and just really being one with yourself. That’s a form of magic, really. My affirmation for myself is, “I’m a creative innovator. I am a light being. I am here to bring light to the world. Every single gift that I have will be monetized. Every single gift that I have is here to be given because God gave it to me and I am grateful for the gifts.” Every single person I come in contact with, I want them to feel good. I want them to feel that light and see that light. And even if they can’t mirror that back to me, I stay in my own energy and I stay in my own vibration because that’s important to me. I am a light and I know my music, and my life, and my gifts will touch millions of people because of that.

Interview by Neijah Lanae

Video by Melissa Ver

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