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Canadian Country Singer Shae Dupuy Shares Her “Selfish” Side

Shannon is a passionate country fan who enjoys getting to know the artists and their music. She also loves spreading joy through interviews.

Shae Dupuy

Shae Dupuy

Sometimes, being a little selfish is good for the soul. At least that’s what Canadian country singer Shae Dupuy attempts to convey with her single of the same name.

Preceded by “Hesitate,” “Selfish” is the singer’s second U.S. single release. Don’t let the idea of a sophomore single full you, though. It may only be her second release in this country, but the singer has quite a bit of experience under her belt.

Shae’s first release was “Grandpa’s Truck.” Since then, she has added at least half a dozen more songs to her list of singles. These singles showcase her playful side with songs like “Tin Man” as well as her sentimental side with songs like “In My Father’s Eyes.” She has released two EPs thus far, Breakdown and Brave, but now that she has made the move to Nashville, Shae is working on releasing a full-length album to add to her list of career successes.

Speaking of her career, Shae was recently gracious enough to have a chat with me about her career. She is a total delight to talk to. After chatting with her for about 45 minutes, it’s easy to see how her personality shines through in the lyrics she writes. Whether it be something sassy with a little spunk or something more down-to-earth, she clearly leaves a piece of herself behind with every song she writes. Not to mention, her answers to my questions were extremely candid, revealing a talent that is confident about who she is as a person and unafraid to share that with the world. In fact, we’re sharing that conversation with you. Take a listen as you read and enjoy!

"Self-love is always a work in progress and the relationship you have with yourself will never be perfect 100% of the time."

— Shae Dupuy

The Interview

Shannon Henry: Please share the story behind “Selfish.”

Shae Dupuy: It will be released on October 2nd. It is the song I wrote coming up on two years ago now . . . when I was trying to learn how to love myself again, learning that self-love is always a work in progress and the relationship you have with yourself will never be perfect 100% of the time. It was my way of telling the people in my life that had to put myself first and that’s okay.

SH: That one’s not always an easy lesson to learn.

SD: No, but it’s a really important lesson to learn.

SH: What drives you to succeed? And what is your definition of success?

SD: Oh, good question. I think that for me, the thing that’s always pushing me is that I know I have specific goals and I don’t really let up. I can’t let up with myself. It’s almost like this perfectionist thing that I’ve always had. When I have this destination or goal I work really, really hard until I reach it or until I get to the place I want to be. It’s never been for me a set thing like when I get to this amount of money or this amount of streams that I’ve reached success. It’s when I get to do this big thing I’ve never done before, like when I get to write with this writer who never would’ve emailed me back when I first got to town or when I get to play this song with these people on that stage. So I guess success for me is always following through with what I said I would do or where I said I would go.

"Someone told me a long time ago not to get jaded and keep doing what you do. That’s the advice I hold onto."

— Shae Dupuy

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SH: What would you be doing for a living if you weren’t pursuing a music career?

SD: I’ve tried to think about it before because I get this question a lot. My parents say that I would be a really good lawyer because I’m a really good social justice person and I am really good in conflict situations. I’d agree with them, but I have no interest in it.

SH: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? The worst?

SD: I’ve been given a lot of great advice, but right now especially, the best piece of advice is don’t let "no" and rejection make you jaded. I think it’s hard right now with everything going on to not give up. Just because of the way the world is right now. We don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and we don’t know when things are gonna go back to normal. So in the music industry, you’re going to start hearing a lot more no’s and the music industry is already notoriously an industry where you hear a lot of "no, not right now" or "no, you're not good enough." So, someone told me a long time ago not to get jaded and keep doing what you do. That’s the advice I hold onto.

SH: The worst piece of advice?

SD: I had a guy once in a cowrite tell me that I couldn’t write about certain things because I was a woman and people wouldn’t want to hear that from a woman. I was talking about wanting to kiss a guy and I was just 17 and just getting into this industry. He was like, "Maybe you should rephrase that because it’s too promiscuous for a woman in country music." And I was too young to say what I should’ve said. I think if you’re gonna hear it from a man, you can hear it from a woman. It’s twisted, the idea that you can’t hear it from a woman but if a guy says it, it's passionate and not promiscuous. I never wrote with him again.

"He’s the kind of writer whose lyrics just kind of punch me in the chest."

— Shae Dupuy, talking about Dierks Bently songs

SH: What’s on your musical career bucket list?

SD: I definitely want to sing at the Ryman, almost more than the Grand Ole Opry [House], because I’ve gone to so many of my favorite concerts at the Ryman. Another big one is Red Rock. If I ever get the chance to collaborate with some of my favorite artists like Lady A, Dierks Bently, or Donovan Woods . . .

SH: Dierks Bently, talk about some unique lyrics.

SD: Yeah, he’s the kind of writer whose lyrics just kind of punch me in the chest.

SH: How have you adjusted your career to accommodate the new normal, thanks to the virus?

SD: I’ve had to learn how to roll with the punches a little bit more than before. I think that as artists we kind of have rough plans for what goes on in our career in a year, but there’s so much uncertainty in our life. We don’t know what songs will be a hit and which ones will go nowhere. That’s always been the case, but that’s amplified now since we can’t perform them live and see people’s reactions like before. I’ve also had to adjust to the way songwriting is now. You’re trying to connect with people and write vulnerable songs from the heart through a computer. That’s so different and so weird, but that’s the reality a lot of us have had to adjust to. It’s so hard not being out on stage, too, especially in country music. Summer is when all the country festivals take place, so not having them this year has been the first time since I started my career at 17 that I haven’t been a part of at least one festival. (I am 24).

SH: Okay. I was going to say that you’re younger than I thought, but I guess not. I’ve done some great interviews with young kids, though, and they often so much potential.

SD: Yeah . . . in this industry, there’s a stigma about women. Too young in the teen years but too old once you're in your 30’s. There's a small window.

SH: Oh. Hopefully, that’s changing now with all the technology we didn’t have available 10 years ago.

SD: I don’t think women are putting up with it anymore. Or that the fans who love these women and their music are going to put up with it either.

For Fun

SH: How would you describe your favorite color to someone who is colorblind?

SD: Oooh, that’s so tough. My favorite color is the color of the sky right after sunset. My favorite color is peace. It’s airy and feels like you could swim in it.

SH: You’ve reached a crossroads. One path leads to what appears to be a dark, gloomy forest. The other leads to a desert with no oasis in sight. Which path do you choose and why?

SD: I would choose the forest because I love being in the woods. I probably would fare better in a forest than I would in the desert, and I also hate the heat. My favorite season is winter. The desert just sounds like hell to me.

SH: What is the dumbest thing you’ve done that turned out well instead of bad?

SD: Adopting a dog. The story is kind of funny. I was still going back and forth, living between two countries. I thought it was a lonely road, so I got a dog. And my parents thought I wouldn't be able to do it, especially since I got a big dog. I have a 95 pound German Sheperd. But it’s also been the best decision.

SH: Name one thing friends would say is “so you.”

SD: There’s this line in "Lady Like" by Ingrid Andress that talks about bringing up politics on a first date and every time that line comes up all my friends scream “Shae!” It's because I forget you shouldn’t talk about a touchy subject on the first date, but I love to.

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© 2020 Shannon Henry


Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 06, 2020:

Hi, Cheryl. I'm glad you came to be introduced to her. Thanks for stopping by.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 06, 2020:

Hi, Angie. If I'm not mistaken, that song is on the radio in Canada. I believe it was released there prior to "Selfish" being released here.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 06, 2020:

Hi, Louise. She was very nice and I agree that her voice is beautiful. Thank you for taking a listen and reading about her.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 06, 2020:

Great story. I had never heard of her.

A B Williams from Central Florida, USA on October 06, 2020:

The last song, 'Black and White', is my favorite! I can easily imagine hearing that one over the radio.

Thank you Shannon for introducing us to so many talented artists, not yet famous, but they could be. :)

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 06, 2020:

I've never heard of her before, but she sounds a really nice lady, and I love her voice too.

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