We had the good fortune of connecting with Genesee Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genesee, how do you think about risk?
RISK is a word I’ve had on my desk for years now… It can mean so many different things.
At times, “risk” can elude to something dangerous or negative… it’s important to evaluate every situation, making sure the pro’s and con’s are considered, and that there is nothing dangerous or harmful involved.
However, not everything can be “planned” and that’s when I see this word meaning: potential
Risk has granted me many opportunities and experiences. It’s about pushing the limits, and embracing the courage to face what’s on the other side.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Emmy – Award winning Songwriter, and I started writing songs on a 6 – track machine when I was 10. I taught myself how to play the guitar around that time, and writing songs was a way that I dealt with my accompanying teenage depression / anxieties / stories.
I am very humbled to have that title, and grateful for my father who has taken the time to teach me everything that he knows about music. He is a true inspiration and has always empowered me with the music tools and advice of “an equal.” He very much so is my mentor.
Getting here has not been easy… A lot of the time, it feels like I have been rejected more than I have won. Every day is a battle. But I have very big dreams…
I gave up everything to build my own music studio that I set-up entirely to write and record, and I am in the process of recording my upcoming album, EMBARCADERO, which I have been writing for the past two years.
Embarcadero is my reflection of my time on the road, the feelings that linger, and stories waiting to be told. It’s an ode to my late grandparents, and the time I spent with them on their ranch… living with no money and picking up shifts at the local liquor store, getting to know the locals, singing down highways, and picking wildflowers.
I am looking forward to finishing the album just before summer… It’s going to be a big one!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Griffith park old zoo
Highland park bowl
Hollywood forever cemetery
Jumbo’s Clown Room and the Thai Market next door
The Blue Room
Santa Monica Pier
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
MONA at Rock n Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles
“We strive to nurture self-esteem and self-expression in girls and youth with marginalized gender identities, in a world that doesn’t always give them permission, space, or tools to do so. Our programs are designed to promote collaboration, build confidence, and celebrate unique and diverse voices.”
This is one of my favorite organizations in Los Angeles that empowers girls through music education. I was a camper and now I volunteer as a counselor! They are awesome.