I personally haven’t met Faith Evans Ruch face-to-face, but anyone who leaves a career as a registered nurse to pursue her dream of music is a hero in my book.

Faith is a singer/song writer with a rootsy, classic country sound. And her debut album “1835 Madison” was said to be “too good to be a debut”.

We had a quick chat with Faith to learn more about what inspires her creativity and binge-watching marathons.

Studio688: Okay. Time to spill the beans. What are you watching right now and why do you like it?

Faith Evans Ruch: Ok, don’t laugh, but I’ve been re-watching “One Tree Hill” because it takes me back to warm, fuzzy memories from high school. I’m a sucker for reminiscing and nostalgia and they have all of the seasons on Netflix so here we go. I still laugh and cry with the characters and the music on the show takes me back. I feel like I’m 16 and falling in love all over again.

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688: Ummm….sames! I’m in love with Pretty Little Liars for that exact reason. Now, a more serious question, what do you struggle with most creatively?

FAE: Not allowing myself to be intimidated or start generating self-doubt by focusing on the progress of other artists around me and letting myself feel like I’m not doing enough or doing it fast enough. There is so much great music out there, especially here in Memphis, and it can be hard not to start comparing myself. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t have to remind myself at times that I will only be held back creatively by allowing myself to consciously or subconsciously compete with anyone other than myself.

668: I think many creatives struggle with that too, myself included. I highly suggest reading the book, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. On the opposite side, what’s your favorite part of the creative process?

FAE: The emotional catharsis followed by the pride in something only I can write in that way because it came from my soul. It’s like taking off all your clothes in front of everyone but being super proud of your body, because putting your private feelings and thoughts into the world in a form as vulnerable but powerful as art is scary, healing, and exhilarating all at the same time.

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That is so beautifully stated! Thanks for sharing with us, Faith. If you’d like to learn more about Faith or her musical journey, follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. And you can check out her website at www.faithevansruch.com.

Are you a Memphis creative, artist or entrepreneur? We’d love to interview you! Send us an email at hello@studio688memphis.com.

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I was born and raised in Mississippi, but as a University of Memphis alum, I claim Memphis roots. I started my first business, Memphis Gold Buyers, at 22 and was hooked to the entrepreneurial life. Now, I'm a freelance writer and spend most days alternating between coffee and wine. If you love dogs, Crossfit and sarcasm, we'll get along just fine.

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