hi! my name’s garrett, but a lot of people call me gnash, & i’m here to let you know you’re not alone. in gnash, the g is silent, but my feelings aren’t. simply put, i was raised that it’s okay to have feelings, as long as you aren’t afraid to talk about them. so i’ve chosen to do that by documenting the feelings i have in my heart in my art, & lately, more specifically, in my music.
when i have a feeling, to get it off my chest, i find it’s most therapeutic for me to make a song about it. what’s even more redeeming is that nowadays when i release a song, an open-minded & constantly growing group of people from all around the world (who have come together over my music & call themselves the dreamers) let me know they have felt, currently feel, or will eventually feel the same. that makes us both feel better, & they help me just as much as i help them. so really, what i’m creating isn’t a fan base, it’s a support group & a movement, & it’s filling with people who let each other know that whatever it is, however you feel, it’s going to be okay.
everything in life is about balance. that’s the number one thing i’ve learned while growing up in a big city like los angeles. my first single, “i hate u you i love u,” & my label, happysad, spelled :): , both, in the titles alone, tackle balancing emotional issues everyone faces daily, but most people are afraid to (or don’t find the time to) discuss. so i’ve found the best answer to this problem is for me to do the talking so the listener can focus on thinking.
my music has become a sort of emotional guide book for those who are open to experiencing life’s up’s & down’s, but who are also committed to an overall positive outlook on life. the 3 ep’s i’ve released, “u,” “me,” & “us,” serve as a walk through a break up, finding yourself, & finding something new, but also the universality of that journey (& the harmony that comes from learning how to co-exist with other people in this often self-centered world we live in). eventually, i want to make a song for every feeling, & i felt this 3-part, 21-song series was a great place to start.
i make music that connects with people. i think that’s because my music is as real as i am. i produce & write it all in my garage, which is why my production stays simple & clean — to my listeners & i, it’s not about how it sounds, it’s about what i’m saying. being honest isn’t always easy (or pretty), but it’s usually what’s best, & honestly my favorite music has always been about the lyrics to me anyway. that’s why i draw inspiration from songwriters like cisco adler, jack johnson, & ben gibbard — they’re nothing but themselves in every way.
for me, music is just one way of being creative, & so far has been the easiest way to get my feelings out. i’ll never be afraid to express myself, & i feel that’s where my biggest strength lies. i don’t see myself as just a musician, or as a songwriter, or as a producer/dj. i’m an artist in all ways, & i will use any means necessary to help people feel, & know in their hearts, minds, & souls that they are not alone.
thanks for reading this & wanting to learn more about me!
…& remember, it’s gonna be okay tonight, because tomorrow’s just a dream away :):
<3 – g
From the moment pop singer-songwriter Anna Clendening appeared on the scene, her music hit home with thousands—and very quickly, millions—of people.
Granted, that moment came when she least expected it: One night about five years ago, at home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Clendening recorded a video of herself singing an acoustic version of “Gas Pedal,” the monster hit from Bay Area rapper Sage the Gemini, and casually posted it online. It quickly went viral, so she began making more videos and eventually garnered over 2.5 million followers online. Less than a year later, she snagged her first major television appearance: competing on America’s Got Talent. (Her audition also went viral: onstage, she bravely described overcoming crippling anxiety to appear that day, then wowed the judges with a chill-inducing rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on her acoustic guitar.)
Though by 2016, she realized she wanted to establish herself as an artist in her own right: “I think it’s cool that people hear a song and they want to hear me sing it,” she says, “But what really connects me to music is the words. I really did not want to be a cover artist. For me, that sounds like purgatory,” she laughs. “You’re doing music, but you’re not doing your own music. So in early 2016, I started writing.”
In 2017, Clendening’s breakout acoustic version of her single, “Boys Like You,” proved she has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with pop’s power players. The song—which Clendening says she conceptualized as a tongue-in-cheek, script-flipping version of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”—has amassed over 12+ million streams on Spotify (without any official Spotify playlist support), plus an additional 25+ million views on YouTube. Just in time for summer, Asylum Records released a sleek new version of the song June 1, 2018.
Stylistically, Clendening’s songs range from acoustic to alternative pop with an edge, but each is hook-heavy and relatable. Vocally, she can deliver incredibly personal material with a honeyed grace (as she does in the not-yet-released “Drowning” which she wrote about her own struggles with mental health), but can also carry a power-pop chorus with confidence. In terms of career inspiration, she cites artist-songwriters Sia and Julia Michaels.
Throughout her growth as an artist over the last few years, Clendening has also continued expanding her social media presence with a YouTube channel (nearly 600,000 subscribers) and on Instagram (over 540,000 followers), where she often “field-tests” the hooks she’s working on in real time to get feedback from her fans. She also regularly shares her experiences with her own mental health. “There’s this huge stigma around mental illness,” she says. “It’s so weird to see people be like, ‘Well, I don’t want depression, I don’t want anxiety!’ This is just a normal part of my life. It shouldn’t be glamorized or romanticized, but it should be normalized.”
Ultimately, though Clendening has spent years honing her craft and building a loyal fanbase, this is just the beginning.