My name is Skye Strickler. I’m a singer and songwriter, and music absolutely consumes my life. Night and day I think about music in every which way possible. The out-of-your-body sensation you get at the climax of an incredible song is what I live for. No matter your style of music, you can’t deny: a song that makes you stand tall is a good feeling.

I enjoy writing so many different styles of music, and I used to think this was bad; from pop to EDM, classical and theatrical. I think this parallels with my childhood. From an early age I never understood who I was, who I wanted to be, or what I wanted to share with the world. I knew though, more than anything, that I loved sharing my music. Growing up in rural Kansas I wrote a full musical, pop songs, classical pieces, and sang in a lot of choirs. I still never found an environment in which I could fully explore my inspirations.

I left school, moved to an unfamiliar city, and was fortunate enough to explore my songwriting. I wrote, rewrote, and then threw away most of what I’d written. I never felt the me I was trying to be held up to the expectations of those rooting for me. So when I started keeping the new material I wrote, I noticed many songs came from my emotional turmoil. I was getting my feels out, but I wasn’t happy with how it made me feel. I was discovering my process, but I was losing focus of who I needed to be.

And then one day, I decided to write without keeping in mind what everybody would expect of me, what I was supposed to do, or what people thought I would sound best singing. I made the conscious effort to just create whatever made me happy. I threw away all expectations, all inhibition, and I poured my heart and soul into what has now become my first EP, DNA.

I felt happiness and sadness, anger and joy, love and hate. It hurt, I grieved, and it forced me to grow in ways I never knew possible. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. Each song is so different, and each song speaks to the many sides I’ve come to understand is synonymous with who I am. I am not afraid to be happy with me. I am proud to be who I’ve become. And I can’t wait to see who I grow up to be. In the meantime, though, this is my journey and where I am. And if my music makes you stand tall, I can think of no better way to spend my day than to thank you for listening.

A like or a share will go a long way for me. Thanks for listening. 🙂

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