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CARMEN JUSTICE GOES SOLO!



We talked with former 1 Girl Nation member Carmen Justice the other day about her solo project. Her debut single "Flaming Arrows" comes out this Friday and Carmen is totally stoked for everyone to hear it!

When asked how being in a group compares to being a solo artist Carmen shares
"I loved being in the group. Part of being a solo artist is saying in my songs what I've wanted to say for years." She excitedly adds "I'm writing a brand new book and there is fresh pages to write on."

Justice describes her sound in three words: empowering, dark, and pop. She says the past few years had a lot of struggles. "I walked through a season of uncertainty where I didn't know what my career was going to look like." However, Carmen has taken inspiration from it and is coming out on the other end.

 She encourages everyone to follow their dreams. "I think we can all find something we are passionate about and doing good for the world, and can be our complete selves." For Carmen Justice writing has always been that outlet to express herself.  "Even writing a song about something opens up a conversation, makes them feel less alone."

One of her proudest moments has been just recently, getting ready to release her debut single. "This past week has been very encouraging, feeling like I've been able to have a voice." She is proud that people will finally be able to see the real Carmen.

In this industry it can be extremely tough for artists to be authentic and show themselves. "When your young you can buy into what people tell you. Your real easily swayed because your trying to make it. Once you realize that you can be yourself and you can inspire others to be themselves, that's the most powerful moment because then you can learn to say no." She believes in following her heart and staying true to herself and her music.

Carmen doesn't define success as any material accomplishment. Rather she says "Success is when you learn to have joy and be happy and confident in who you are."

When asked what keeps her going through the tough times, she tells us her husband has been her biggest supporter. Carmen also relies on her faith for inspiration.

She grew up singing in church as a little kid, and went on to lead worship at a local Nashville church. Carmen also tudied music at Belmont, but left to join 1 Girl Nation.

Plans for 2017 include putting releasing an EP later this year and touring. She says her biggest goal is to get back out on the road and play shows. Carmen couldn't be more excited for the next chapter.

"Now it's time to enter into a new season. My whole musical journey has led me to this point and it's very exciting that I don't know what the future holds and being OK with that."

We wish her all the best on her journey!




 

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