Emerging from the Charleston, South Carolina, music scene is Faith Schueler, a 19-year-old singer, songwriter, and recording artist. With a lifelong passion for music, she started over a decade earlier. Much of who she is today has been shaped by her time spent singing in her church. When she wasn’t focused on her studies, she could be found singing, writing songs, or putting on a production for her family.
Schueler’s passion for music only strengthened as the years passed. Since deciding to pursue a professional career in music, she’s traveled to and written and recorded songs in Nashville with some of the most well-known writers and producers, such as Greg Bieck, who has worked Little Big Town and Hall & Oates, Marcus Hummon, who wrote the songs Bless the Broken Road by the Rascal Flatts, and Cowboy Take Me Away by the Chicks, and Kris Bergsnes, who wrote songs for Tim McGraw.
MP recently had the opportunity to speak with Schueler about her career in music, life as a teenage recording artist, prom, and the future.
MP: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
FS: I knew I wanted to be a singer from a very young age. Growing up, my mom always sang to me and I would make her repeat the song over and over again until I knew the words. I was always singing and putting on a production in the house, at gatherings, and in stores! It was just a matter of time that I would be performing on a real stage for a real audience.
When did you commit to being a singer?
I truly committed myself to be a singer when I was 13-years-old. I decided I wanted to give my life-long dream a shot. I began singing in coffee shops around my hometown and singing at just about any open mic I could find. I even began writing my own songs and testing my creativity. In 2018 I wrote, recorded, and released my very first single, “Who Holds Your Heart.” That was the beginning of my career as a recording artist.
Are there any iconic singers who’ve inspired your music?
There are many iconic singers who have inspired me and motivated me as an artist. A few people who have inspired me are Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris.
It seems like you grow up with and through your music. Is that an accurate observation?
Yes, absolutely. Music is very inspiring, and I’ve learned a lot throughout my life about writing and making music by listening to other artists as well as getting inspiration from my own life experiences.
You’ve recorded in Nashville, which likely made your schedule difficult. Did have to be homeschooled? Did you go to prom?
Pursuing a music career throughout half of my life in school was definitely challenging. I had to find a balance between the two to make sure I was succeeding at both. I attended a private school throughout my middle school years and went to a public school throughout high school. I also continued my education at a local college and recently graduated with a degree. It was a lot of hard work.
When I wasn’t writing a paper or doing homework, I was traveling, playing a show, going to vocal lessons, or writing and practicing music. I didn’t have a lot of time to hang out with friends or go to gatherings. I did attend prom my senior year of high school. I did have to make sacrifices but honestly, I don’t regret any of them.
Do you think writing, regardless of whether you have a general focus for it, is good to do every day?
Sometimes ideas will hit me, and I can complete an entire song in a matter of minutes. But other times, writing requires a lot of thinking.
I think writing every day is very good and is something I try to do. I think it’s important because it keeps ideas and creativity flowing. Some days it works and some days it doesn’t. But the more you write, the more chances you have of finding that song that just clicks.
I also love to co-write with other writers because it allows you to inspire one another and come up with ideas together, which can typically make the process faster and smoother.
How do you deal with negativity, if any, from social media?
I think it’s important to be confident in who you are and always remember your worth. I also remind myself that not everyone is going to like the things you like or have the same opinion you have, and that’s okay.
Typically, if I receive negative comments, I just ignore it and go along with my day. I always try to focus on the positive rather than the negative. I focus on the people who support me and want to see me succeed.
Do you feel like you’re a role model for others?
I think so. I would hope so. I believe we all face obstacles and battles throughout life. We all have something we’ve had to overcome or learn from. I hope I can help others through my experiences, setting a good example for them to look up to. I also hope that people can see what I’m doing and be inspired to achieve their dreams.
You’ve been vocal about female empowerment. What does female empowerment mean to you?
Female empowerment is very important to me. As a woman in the country music industry, I want to set a good example for women and be a good representation for women. I hope to make women feel confident about who they are. I want them to feel loved and important. My song “March On Girl” is all about inspiring women to keep marching on and to keep going no matter what obstacles they face. I think it’s a message that could help many females around the world.
It seems like your faith and authenticity keep you grounded. Have there been times where you’ve felt like you’ve had to grow up too fast?
I’ve always been an old soul and very mature for my age. Pursuing this career does make you work hard and sometimes it can make you feel like you have to grow up fast. I had my parents to help me, which helped a lot. Prior to having a manager, I had to do a lot of things on my own, which is more than just writing and recording music. I had to handle the business side of things as well. I’m pretty much making my own brand and anyone with a business knows how much time, effort, and knowledge that takes. But I wanted it so bad, and it became my priority. I knew that sacrificing some of my time early on was going to allow me to live my absolute dream. I found a good balance and made sure I made time for my friends and family.
How do you decide who to collaborate with?
Collaborations can come from many different directions. Sometimes the person contacts me, sometimes I contact them if I have an idea that matches their style, and sometimes it is simply through connections. People I meet along the way have connections with another great artist or writer and oftentimes they’ll introduce us!
How did you end up collaborating with Greg Keys on Ever Yours?
Greg Keys is a great friend and mentor of mine in Charleston. He needed a female vocalist for one of his shows about 2 years ago and he found me on Instagram. Ever since then, we have written and performed music together. The first song we wrote and performed together was Ever Yours.
What is a piece of advice, or observation, that a mentor figure gave you, that has, and will likely always stick with you?
I have the honor of working with so many amazing and genuine people in the industry who truly believe in me and want to see me succeed. One thing that they’ve all told me is to stay true to who I am and to trust the timing of everything. I always remind myself of this when I get discouraged. In the past, I’ve felt as though everything has happened when it is supposed to, and I feel that for my future things will happen and opportunities will present themselves in God’s timing.
Where would you like your music career to be in fifteen years?
In fifteen years, I’d love to be traveling and playing shows around the world. I want to be singing at the CMA awards and at the Grand Ole Opry. I hope to make my mark on this world and inspire others to pursue their dreams. I also want to use my platforms to help others and put together concert fundraisers. I want to help people the way they are helping me by supporting rising artists and helping them achieve their dreams just as people are helping me achieve mine.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’m so grateful for all the people I’ve met along this journey and I’m so thankful for all my supporters. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Thank you to Modern Professional for allowing me to share my truth and for supporting me!
View this article in the July 2021 issue of MP.