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Chellanie Grunwald - Nashville Musicians

Updated on October 24, 2016
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Introducing Chellanie Grunwald

What happens in Nashville, stays in Nashville. Kinda. If you have never had the opportunity to visit and experience the ambience in Music City, I highly suggest it.

Nashville isn't all about country music, I was pleasantly surprised with an amazing mixture of most genres. Rockabilly, rap, soul and musicians even sing the blues. I was impressed with the talented artists drive and desire to fuel their passion — music.

Walking around Music City the sounds of music pours out into the streets while the alcohol is poured into the chilled glasses inside the venues. Then comes the laughter, the dancing, the new friendships made. What a fine combination — music, dancing, laughter, friends and booze.

So what are y'all waiting for? Nashville musicians are waiting on you to visit so they could entertain you. They welcome song requests and please tip them well, these amazing artists work hard for their money.

Chellanie Grunwald is one of those musicians. Chellanie hails from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin but she now calls Smyrna, Tennessee home. Smyrna is 20 minutes from Nashville on a good traffic day.

I'm about to introduce you to one of Nashville's talented artists - Chellanie Grunwald and we are gonna make her shine.


Musician That Inspired You?

In Nashville there are several singer/songwriters that I have met that encourage and motivate me to do better everyday. The excitement of the likeminded people in this business is inspiring.

Who Inspired Your Love Of Country Music?

Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire. I used to listen to their music everyday. I would record Garth's live concerts on TV to re-watch them over and over and over. Reba had the voice and the look and I wanted to be like her. She was my first ever concert I went to as a child. When I got older I did get to see Garth perform and it was like a dream come true.

Have You Had Vocal Training?

I went to college at UW Platteville and minored in music, so we did have to do vocal training and prior to that I had a vocal coach when I was younger, but only for a couple of years. I try to do the little drills they teach for a warm up before I go on stage.


Are You A Songwriter?

Yes. I write my own songs. I co-write with other singers/songwriters in Nashville and they sing them out as well.

Who is Your Muse?

When I was younger it was my parents, they taught me I could be whatever I wanted to be. They inspired my drive. Today, playing around Nashville with other musicians and hearing their stories inspire me. Traveling to new places and returning back to Nashville inspires me and finally the books I read. I just finished reading 'The Miracle Morning' by Hal Elrod, that book is a life changer.

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?

Singing and songwriting, doing what I love. I have a fabulous husband, Peter Grunwald, that I plan to be with for the rest of my life. We enjoy boating/camping/hiking/music so I hope all those things continue in my life in the future.

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

— Dolly Parton

How Long Have You Been In The Music Industry?

I have been singing since I was a little girl. I got my first guitar in 6th grade when I wanted to be a singer or a lawyer, you see the path I chose. I was singing in talent shows, musicals, choirs, vocal jazz groups and weddings for years. I also sang and still sing the National Anthem at many different events along with playing writer's night in Nashville and other music venues.

Advice For An Artist Just Getting Started In The Business?

The music business is a tough, yet amazing one. There are days when you want to give up and then you hear a song or inspiring words from a friend and you remember why you moved to Nashville. Be true to yourself and who you are with your music. Always love what you do.

Most Memorable Moment So Far In Your Career?

I have two. The day I moved to Nashville, the twelve hour drive alone from Wisconsin and the nervousness and excitement that I felt. I was following my dream and it felt amazing.

I was working as a bartender at Logan's Roadhouse and two soldiers sat at the bar. They ordered and through conversation, I thanked these ladies for their service. I told them that I sang the National Anthem and if they ever needed an anthem for anything to let me know. They asked me to sing the anthem for them at the restaurant on the spot. I haven't turned down the opportunity yet so I sang for those ladies that day. At the time I was unaware that the base in Smyrna does a lot of the advertisement in the United States for the national guard. They went back and told their sound guy/event person and I was requested to come in and sing the anthem so they could use it during their advertisements. The video was aired at the Busch race in Arizona and is still played at national guard events around the U.S.

Favorite Song Lyric

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. - Garth Brooks

Who Are Your Favorite Musicians?

Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire. Still to this day. They are the two that awakened a music dream for me. However, I enjoy so many others. Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and a lot of musicians in Nashville that are songwriters. I look up to all of them.

What Are Your Thoughts On The Direction Country Music Has Evolved?

I am enjoying the evolution, but I do love the old country sound. I think music is the one thing that is powerful enough to bring people together even if only for a few minutes. I listen to all of it and try to appreciate the differences.

Your Favorite Tracks On Your EP?

'Back Of My Mind' - It's a tune that I wrote myself a few years ago and I love everything about the song. It's an old country sound that talks about love and loss.

'Cooler Attitude' - It's a fun lake kinda song. It was also a blast to write. Five ladies in a room together tossing out ideas and having a good time doing so. The entire process with this song means a lot.

American Aquarium - A Favorite Band of Chellanie's

Where Could Fans See You Perform?

  • Local Writers Night
  • Commodore Grille
  • Maxwell Millennium House
  • The Back Alley Diner
  • The Blue Bar
  • Also plays a few times a year in Seattle, WA. Gelena, IL and in Wisconsin. (Check Facebook for where Chellanie is playing next.)

Random Fun Facts About Chellanie

  • You could follow her on Facebook: Chellanie Music
  • Also on Instagram: chellaniea
  • And on her website:
  • Would like to collaborate with Garth or Reba.
  • By day she works as a Loan Processor at Churchill Mortgage in Brentwood, TN
  • Currently formed a duo called Pontiac Alley with her producer and friend, Ben Potter. They are actively seeking venues to perform and will be working on a CD soon. Check out Chellanie and Ben at ReverbNation.
  • Loves her mom's homemade lasagna.
  • Prays prior to performing that the show goes well.

Shine on, Chellanie! Thank you for the interview!

Which Country Song Would You Like To Hear Chellanie Sing?

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© 2016 Linda Bilyeu


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