Who is Jeremiah Stricklin?

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Oh, Jeremiah is the on-going story of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin and his various musical endeavors. Each verse a page; each chorus a conflict. The resolution is still on the horizon. Following the cues from great songwriters like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams, and countless others, Jeremiah and friends are embarking on an entirely new adventure.

If you could start your career over again, what would you do differently?

Those sneaky people in the music business that build their career around stealing money from Naive musicians, I’d avoid those people. When you start out, you expect at least a few short cuts. Usually those short cuts are just people promising the impossible in return for your money.

How often and for how long do you practice?

Every day at least 2 hours!

 Tell us about a time when things didn’t go the way you wanted- how did you handle it?Do you have regrets?

 I was underpaid (a significant amount) for a long and frustrating gig. I never got our agreement in writing even though I was certain of the amount I was promised. I got heated, especially because I know I was right yet have no proof. Now I always get things in writing.

 Tell me, what motivates you?

This incredible, uncontrollable, creative spark that lives in me.

What frustrates you?

Time. Sometimes it’s too fast, sometimes not fast enough. I want it to speed up so I can perform; I want it to slowdown so I can enjoy the ride. Time plays by no ones rules… but her own.

Describe your ideal “musical” lifestyle.

Pretty close to how I live now. I want to live somewhere and never be home. I want to always be traveling and performing, writing and learning. I want to write songs all over the country. I want to perform them in front of the entire world.

 Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

No, unless it’s a seated audience and I can only perform one or two songs. That just seems like too little room to express yourself and too much room to mess up. All of the emotions are magnified.

 What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Remember why you are doing this. You write songs, you dance ballet, you DJ for no one but yourself in the beginning; it’s something that moves you, beyond your own understanding. So remember that when you are nervous, you are doing this for your own sake. Not for the audience, not for the judges, but because YOU are the one that is moved first.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to be performing even more than I am now. I want a week break to be too long of a vacation. My heart is in traveling and playing. I want to do it forever. In 5 Years, I want to be 5 years into this career that I’m madly in love with. I love the pitfalls, the hardships, and the blind ambitions. I’m learning every day and growing because of it. I can’t wait to see the stories I have in 5 years.

 

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