Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We were honored to use one of Ciera Kensington’s songs in our spring lookbook, Flourish! To learn more about Ciera, we interviewed her on her music, style, and the inspiration behind “Sailing.” Read on to find out more about this talented singer/songwriter.

1. What's a typical day like for you? Are you a full-time musician?
I'm kind of making the transition into full-time musician right now, so I don't even know what I would call a "typical day".

2. In three words, describe your style of music.
Acoustic, pop-ish, love stories (That was four words, sorry!)

3. Tell us a little bit about the song-writing process. Are you a laptop-at-a-desk writer or a napkin-in-a-cafe writer?
I don't have a set process, really. Sometimes I get a full chorus and other times I just get one line. I do have kind of a superstition about black Moleskin notebooks though. The first time I ran out of pages and had to start writing songs in a different notebook, none of the songs got finished. So now I only buy black Moleskin notebooks for songwriting. It's completely ridiculous, I know! Haha. But it makes me feel better, I guess.

4. Who or what inspired you to compose the song “Sailing”? And what do you hope people will take away from it?
I wrote "Sailing" the day after my boyfriend (now fiancé) told me he loved me. That sounds SO cheesy, I know. Love is what I write about though, and when I sat down with my guitar that morning I knew I had something real to write about, which is where the whole second verse about finally believing in love came from. But at the same time, I know that love isn't all puppies and rainbows. You have to work at it, but it's worth it. So I guess that's what I hope people will take away from it. Love is real. And you may have to work through rough times, but it's worth it.

5. What's the latest news in your musical career?
Now that I'm doing music full-time, there are so many things that I'm excited about. I just started a blog to keep up with everything happening. I have a new song "Dance With You" that I'm working on recording right now. And I'm working on scheduling a StageIt show for my overseas fans. During my last StageIt show I had a fan from the UK staying up until 2am so they could watch my show. I couldn't believe it! So I promised I would schedule a show earlier for all my fans outside the US.

6. Is there anything from Ruche you'd wear on stage?
YES! So many things! (I even got my Bridesmaid dresses from Ruche!) I think for bigger shows, I would definitely wear the Love Notes Lace Dress or Tranquil Rhythm Floral Dress. For more laid back things, like StageIt shows, I would wear the Yates Printed Shorts with tights, flats, and flowy top.

And now, just to get to know you a little more, here's a round of quick fire questions. Tell us the first thing that comes to your mind!
Phone, wallet, keys, and... EOS lip balm
Current favorite song or artist: "Girls Chase Boys" - Ingrid Michaelson
Sweet desserts or salty snacks? Sweets :)
Polka dots or plaid? Polka dots! I love polka dots!
Your fiance ... Makes my heart happy. :)

-- Ciera

A big thank-you to Ciera for chatting with us! Be sure to check her out on Facebook, Twitter and her blog to hear more of her amazing music!