Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

My name is Cherish DeGraaf, I’m from the United States and I grew up in a small city called Pleasant Grove. As a child I was very shy and it wasn’t until I was about 14 that I started realizing my love for music and my desire to create. At 15 I found an old acoustic guitar in my basement and taught myself a couple of songs- I’ve been writing ever since.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

I started my music career during the last semester of my senior year in high school- releasing my first EP “Find” the day after I graduated. At first I mostly focused on more of a folk genre style of writing. I secured an endorsement from Teton Guitars in the fall of 2016 and played multiple showcases around the west coast. Over the last two years I’ve gotten more into production and started testing out the waters for a synth-pop project; which led to the release of the first Ivy Ways song “Ghost”. The name Ivy Ways in a way touches on mental illness- ivy consumes anything that it is left to grow on, kind of like how a mental illness can consume your life.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

For this project I write in more of a synth-pop/ singer-songwriter genre. The idea for “Ghost” is that it’s hard to leave someone you love & when you leave you still feel attached to them. I also just wanted to song to be as spooky as possible.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

The absolute best part about being a musician is playing shows and getting to meet such amazing people. I’ve been incredibly lucky to live in a town where there are so many musicians to meet and collaborate with. The hardest part about being a musician, for me personally, is staying relevant after a release. I’ve had an extremely difficult time getting people to continue to listen to my previous releases following the shows.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

I’m the main producer behind Ivy Ways and the sole member. For this song, “Ghost”, I teamed up with the producers at Bone Shack Studio- Chris Bennion and Cat Leavy. We recorded the song using protools and various synths, such as the Prophet 6 and other software like Battery and Melodyne.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I’ve been in the music industry for about two years now and the overall experience has been very positive. Again, I’m very fortunate to live in a town with so many musicians. My goal in the future is just to write as much as possible and reach as many people as possible with my music.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

I draw a lot of inspiration from going on drives and reading. I tend to just absorb the things going on around me and write about the way I feel in that moment.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I’ve been taking a songwriting class recently and I’ve found the secret to making a hit is just to write a good song that can be translated across all genres.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

If you have a dream, just go for it. I dropped out of college a week before I was supposed to start and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve loved every minute that I’ve been able to pursue my dream.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Keep writing every single day. Even if it’s just for like 10 minutes. Just write as much as possible, you definitely will have bad songs but consistency is the only way to get better!

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

I’ve released two previous EP’s “Find” & “Giver” that were solely acoustic. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to have release shows and play my songs live so many times. The biggest recognition I’ve received is an endorsement from Teton Guitars. I’ve loved getting to know the people there and being a part of their “family”.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

Still waiting to hear back from other blogs and promoters!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I usually start with an idea or theme that I like, then I’ll come up with some chords that I feel like fit with that theme, followed by a melody for the verse and chorus, and the lyrics typically tend to come last. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some incredible producers and recording is always a breeze. We’ll typically lay down the instrumentals then vocals, followed by some “glitter” to top it all off.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols. 

My tip five artist that I look up to are: The Moth and The Flame, Fictionist, Lorde, Wet, and Goldmyth.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

In the past I’ve collaborated with Robert Connolly of Fictionist and that was super fun. I would love to collaborate with Lorde if I’m ever given the chance.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

www.facebook.com/ivyways

www.instagram.com/ivywaysmusic

www.twitter.com/ivywaysmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

 Bandcamp: www.bandcamp.com/ivyways

iTunes: Ghost – Single by Ivy Ways

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghost-single/id1294417668

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghost-single/id1294417668

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6Kxnv8Pfp2auKhZ2iYPClo?si=z2W88S2F

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day of my life so far was when I released my second EP “Giver” at Velour Live Music Gallery. So many of my friends and family came out to support and it was such an incredible experience. The saddest day of my life was when my parents got divorced, everything was messy and hard. I’m still working through some stuff because of that but I know one day everything will be good again.


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