Donna Block Interviews Cash Crawford
“Save Myself,” The Latest from Cash Crawford
For over 20 years, Cash Crawford has been involved in the music industry as a noteworthy vocalist, songwriter, and entertainer. Growing up in a rural area in Canada, Crawford and her sister Sadie would sing every chance they got, even if it was walking down their driveway to the bus, or going to church on Sunday.
Grew up in the rural area of Pritchard, Canada. How did this small community influence you to choose music as a career?
I never really chose it. It chose me. That being said, having lots of room to run around with my friends made way for lots of creative space too. There was always so much room for imagination which helped with song writing. I also sang at the local church there so that helped me grow my vocal skills.
From Canadian Idol to the Toronto Independent Music Awards, early on you worked as a voice actor. If you could be a voice actor for a Disney movie, which role would you choose and why?
I’m really loving the new Disney movies where the lead character isn’t trying to win a prince or princess to be seen as successful. Coco, Encanto and Moana are a few of my favorite ones right now, so probably a character from one of those!
“Stevie,” co-written with David Tolliver, about your idol Stevie Nicks. She said, “I’m going to spend my life writing poems, turning them into music that will affect people and touch their hearts.” What do you hope people say about how your music made them feel?
I hope that my music inspires people to strive to become the best versions of themselves mentally, physically and most of all spiritually. I think that kind of work never stops and if people can find answers or common ground through my music then I will consider myself fortunate to have been helpful in those ways.
Vocal Wizard ~ Spiritual Merwitch ~ Probably from another planet. Which other artists have most influenced your vocal styling?
Stevie Nicks, obviously… but plenty of others who have smashed barriers. Chris Stapleton, Adele, Alicia Keys, H.E.R., and John Mayer in my opinion. All those artists have found a way to successfully share their vocal styling all while breaking down stigmas and “rules” of the music industry that are outdated and no longer relevant.
Rest days are as important as grind days. The talents and dreams that you were given were for a purpose and will help others in ways you might never even imagine. What do you like to do in your time away from performing?
I try to do lots of self care things. For me that looks like healthy food, time with my close circle of friends, therapy, pedicures, listening to music, meditation, movement, going for a drive… basically anything that makes me feel good.
“Save Myself.” “You don’t get my light without my dark. You see, I’ve realized, that those are the places that tell you where the work really needs done.” Sharing that you enjoy getting to know the ‘ugly’ parts of yourself, what you call your ‘shadow,’ where you once looked to others for your own happiness. What helps you navigate the journey to become your own hero?
Everything I do in my spare time helps me navigate the journey to becoming my own hero… I really do my best to listen to my needs all the time. Some days I need to “unplug” and get out in the sun. Sometimes I stay in and watch my favorite shows, paired with my favorite snacks, or I journal. It just really depends on the day and what I feel I’m needing from myself at that moment.