Snippets from a Songwriter

Introducing the next release - Shoot for the Stars 

By this time, you should know that I’m a songwriter that likes variety. Whether it be the theme of the song, the genre or the lyrical content. 

So with this release, an alternative rock song titled Shoot for the Stars, I’ve decided to write a song about introspection and hope in a very abstract way. Initially I wrote it with my trusty old capo as I found the key I was playing in very pleasing to the ear. Once I reached the studio, I wanted a heavier sound and had to transpose it, which brought forth this cool sounding creation. 

Shoot for the stars focusses very much on the physical act of breathing and also uses the galaxy of stars as a contrasting component where oxygen isn’t readily available. The exploratory element is still at play during the song where the character keeps pushing to another level. 

This song consists of heavy guitars, pounding drums, melodic lines and subtle bass which makes Shoot for the Stars the perfect accompaniment for a couple minutes of self-reflection. 

I really hope you enjoy this track as much as I had writing it! 

If so inclined and you’d like to support me by adding it to one of your personal playlists, it would be greatly appreciated.

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You're a LIghthouse Press Release 

SINGLER SONGWRITER Chenél No.1 UNVEIL NEW SINGLE “YOU’RE A LIGHTHOUSE” 

OUT 6 MAY 2022 

 

“Best Newcomer Songwriter – Category Winner” – Afri-Indie Independent Music Awards 2022 

“Best Newcomer & Best Alternative Single – Category Nominations” – Afri-Indie Independent Music Awards 2022 

“Write a Song - Winner” – Storm Media Productions 2021 

 

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Johannesburg based singer songwriter Chenél No.1 is leaning toward a different sound in 2022. Chenél has always written and composed her own songs, shifting from a country folk influence of her previous music from 2021 to a more refined alternative rock sound. 

With You’re a Lighthouse Chenél expanded not with more people, but with more instruments by including strings in the song. This emotive blend of acoustic-based rock loaded with stunning lyrics drives the song home with a heartwarming feeling. It would fit nicely in the libraries of fans of Amy MacDonald or Texas. 

You’re a Lighthouse is about finding your way back to someone that has the ability to recenter you and make you feel safe. Chenél wrote the song during December 2021 when her hubby was man down with Covid. She self-isolated with their daughters and this song was the result of longing, anxiety and hope. 

This captivating acoustic rock ballad You’re a Lighthouse by Chenél No.1 is out 6 May 2022. 

 

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More about the EP Turquoise Tears 

Songs about love have got to be about the most common songs out there. But why love? I think people find it irresistible to allow themselves to be pulled into a song that describes strong emotions they’ve felt before. They like to know that others have felt that same sentiment. And we never seem to tire of it! 

I think that is the reason why the EP, Turquoise Tears is so special to me. 

It deals with different stages of love, heartbreak and hope. In the end, only true love stands the test of time, but we learn something about our own hearts each step of the way. 

The EP consists of four songs: 

Turquoise Tears – Themed around being so heartbroken that you could drown in your own tears. 
Will I ever love again – Themed around the question after the person has been blindsided in the relationship. 
In a moment, in a flash – Themed with a hopefulness and knowing that you’d do anything to make the person happy that you are with. 
You don’t care at all – Themed around a breakup where the person feels abandoned and wondering what had gone wrong in the relationship. 

Please enjoy this collection of songs and remember not to close your heart to someone else that might be the One even after a bad breakup. 

Listen to the songs on Turquoise Tears by clicking on this link

Trepidation & Thankfulness 

When I planned the release of my EP, Turquoise Tears, I was filled with a bit of trepidation as to how it would be received. Because I was focusing on sad themed songs, I was worried that the EP might come off a bit depressing. 

With these 4 songs I wanted to highlight the fact that everyone gets hurt some time in their lives, yet we learn through the process and healing is possible. Sometimes we guard our hearts against the next person that enters our lives. In the end true love always prevails and the brick wall built around your heart crumbles piece by piece. 

I was happy that the EP has been well received and that the title song, Turquoise Tears, got selected by Spotify for one of their editorial playlists, SAlt (South African Alternative and folk pop jams) and I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to showcase my song to the world. 

Thank you for everyone who has supported me, listened to my songs, given me a shout out and sent me messages with positive feedback. I’m humbled and thankful for you. 

Here’s the link to the Spotify Editorial playlist you’ll find Turquoise Tears on and many other talented artists. 

Link to Spotify Editorial Playlist - SAlt

I have a confession... 

It's more than halfway through January, and I have a confession. I haven't sent out a newsletter to my fans in months. I haven't been active on social media. I haven't been putting in too much energy in song writing and everything in my music world has been a total desert. I hate that I've been in a complete rut. 

I have somewhat of an excuse though... 

With the pandemic hitting close to home and my hubby landing in the hospital stole some of my spark for 2022. Um, yeah that's a whole discussion I don’t want to expand on. But in my head, I had all these plans for the future and that came to an abrupt halt. The importance of my family and my love for them has been highlighted 

If I'm being honest, I haven't really been engaging at all with anyone except fellow musicians on Twitter and Instagram. Although my head hasn't been in the game that's all changing this month. I feel rejuvenated, inspired, motivated, and ready to tackle my big dream of sharing my songs with the world. 

My EP Turquoise Tears consist of four sad songs that deals with dealing with bad breakups. Although one song can’t be classified as a sad song as it is more about love, sacrifice and hope. It has been composed in a minor key which fits in nicely with the overall theme. 

Here’s a little synopsis of each song. 

The song Turquoise Tears, which is also the title of the EP, deals about crying your heart out. 

Will I ever love again is about a person being dumped unexpectantly and trying to come to terms with the failed relationship. 

In a Moment, In a Flash is a song that tells story of a person confessing their true love and willing to make the sacrifice for their happiness. 

You don’t care at all stamps down that although you might love someone deeply, they are not as committed to the relationship than you thought. 

In summary, the EP Turquoise Tears, leaves a trail of broken hearts, diverse experiences and different ways of finding healing again. 

If so inclined, I would appreciate any pre-saves on Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer https://push.fm/ps/e0xtkpuc 

Should you want to have an exclusive insight into my EP, Turquoise Tears, prior to the release date 28 January 2022, Bandcamp is the best place to be. 

https://chenelno1.bandcamp.com/album/turquoise-tears-the-ep 

Cheers 

Chenél

Want to hear a terrible story? Me neither. 

With the world in such turmoil since the pandemic hit, I honestly didn’t think that releasing Opry Star would be ideal. 

At first writing a song with a sad undertone was a challenge as I wanted to focus on the effects of PTSD has on soldiers. I scrapped those lyrics immediately as it felt too heavy and not something I wanted to release into the world. 

Being a great fan of Dolly Parton and her songs being rooted in strong storytelling, I opted to rather write in the country genre, focusing all my effort on telling this particular soldier’s story. 

The images that I had in my mind was of a young man full of expectation for the future that came home a broken man after his arm was ripped away by an explosion. I focused on his dreams, which would my much like my own, to one day be a successful artist. I could relate with the fact that it would be extremely hard to deal with the fact that my dreams could not come true. 

The story evolves as the soldier struggles though life searching for his purpose. There are conversations between him and his Creator of which he finally submits to God’s will and becomes a preacher. In essence he had more impact to touch peoples lives than he would have, had he become a country star. 

I hope you liked the back story of this song and please give a listen to Opry Star on Spotify 

Or your favorite streaming platform: https://songwhip.com/chenel-no1/opry-star 

Until next time, be a positive influence to others.

5 Tips I use to keep myself motivated 

Most days it’s really a struggle to remain in the creative zone. Life’s challenges get in the way and it’s easy to get demotivated. 

Today I’m going to give you 5 tips I use to keep me in the creative flow. 

  1. Always get enough sleep. (Tiredness never promotes your best work. 
  2. Use weekends to detox from social media overload. 
  3. Use scheduling tools available on the internet to help you manage your time better. 
  4. Eat chocolate to boost your mood, in moderation of course. (Chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants. Some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.) 
  5. Laugh every day. 

This is not the most scientific tips and might not work for everyone. But It works for me and I’d love to know what tips you could give that I might be able to implement in my own life.

Need More Time now exclusively available on Bandcamp 

Hi everyone, 

Are you ready for this new release? Do you feel like you’re stuck in the rat race with heart pounding and trying to figure out how you will fit everything you need to do in 24 hours? 

Then you will definitely relate to the rushed lyrics of my new energetic country song, Need More Time. The twangy guitar riff will hook you immediately and then let the images flash through your mind as you listen to the song. 

Thank you so much for your support and being lovers of music. Without you, writing songs wouldn’t be the same. 

I’d love to know whether the song is relatable and how you cope in this fast-paced world. 

If you've love any of my tracks and know anyone else who may find them enjoyable too, do share it with them please! 

https://chenelno1.bandcamp.com/track/need-more-time 

Cheers 

Chenél No.1 

If you prefer to stream it, here's a link to your favorite platform 

https://songwhip.com/chenel-no1/need-more-time

Introducing the next release - Need More Time 

Hi everyone, 

I’m so excited about this release, Need More Time, that will be exclusively available on Bandcamp the 1st of August 2021 and the official release on major streaming platforms will be Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

I’m a songwriter 24/7. Whether I’m working, playing with kids, making dinner or talking to my mother. Through this song I looked through my songwriter eyes at how I’d describe my life as a wife, mother of three energetic girls and full-time employee with the dream of becoming a great songwriter. 

This song is all about being overwhelmed! As I know many others are too. 

The theme at the core of this song is to stop rushing. Start listening. Disconnect from social media, reconnect to yourself. Not to pack your schedule to overflow, leaving time to hear the whispers of peace around you and to actually enjoy life in all its fullness. 

Now more than ever, it's so important that we life with patience, faith, love and try to find the joy in our moments. Especially as parents. We need serenity to recharge our souls. 

I hope you have an amazing rest of your week! 

Cheers 

Chenél No.1 

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Thank you all so much for your support of my music so far! Make sure to follow me on twitter.com/Chenel_No1 (where I am most active) for the latest updates.

The one fear I had to overcome early on in my music 

I’m turning 40 next year and as I look back on my life, I regret not taking the leap of faith to pursue music earlier. 

Honestly venturing out to become a songwriter had never crossed my mind. Yes, I jotted down some lyrics and composed some songs with my guitar as a trusty partner. It was purely for my own enjoyment and creative release. 

It was during the summer of 2019 that I came across a local songwriting competition and though, I might as well take a shot at it. I didn’t win, but managed to reach 15th place. You’re probably thinking, that’s not great, but I at least reached the top 20. That’s something isn’t it? 

This experience was the one thing that super charged my motivation to start actively writing songs. October 2019 I released my first song called Just because of you. It’s a country song that is personal to me as I wrote it for my husband and about our relationship. 

Although it is not one of my most popular songs it will always remain special to me as it is the song that started me on this musical journey. 

In summary, the fear I had to overcome was to not let my current lack of capabilities stand in the way of me creating the songs I wanted to write. With practice and skill development everyone becomes better. But I had to start at the bottom and work my way up. 

My hope is to keep growing and creating songs that would capture my listeners hearts.

 

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