We had the good fortune of connecting with Chrysta Joy Jaucian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chrysta Joy, how do you think about risk?
I think of risk as a way to grow and become more open to new things. Taking risks has played a huge role in my life and career. It’s opened a lot of doors and has given me many opportunities to learn and grow both professionally and personally. In my career as a musician, taking risks sometimes looks like playing new songs and not knowing how other people will receive it. Sometimes, it looks like getting vulnerable, trying to convey a certain emotion, and putting it out there for everyone to hear. In life, taking risks has really been getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things, not knowing what will happen next. It’s looked like falling a few times and getting back up, and it’s involved a ton of learning many lessons. Overall, taking risks has helped me become more confident in myself and my gifts, and it’s taught me the importance of getting out of my comfort zone.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My music is different from others as it tells my own story. It finds its roots in my life as someone living out her faith while pursuing school and music. Even when I post covers of other artists, I’m very intentional in the songs I choose to cover, write, and post, and I do my best to add my own style to whatever I’m covering. When it comes to my music style, I’m influenced by different styles and artists, but most notably Tori Kelly, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, and Ed Sheeran. I’m a huge fan of their acoustic style, unique vocals, and raw lyrics. Professionally, I’ve been laying back more recently since I’m a full-time student, but I got my start through networking with different people around Houston. It hasn’t always been easy to play gigs and post music because I have a lot of responsibilities like school and ministry, but it all goes back to taking a breath and taking things one day at a time. I’m not in a rush to make it big or put out an album; everything will happen in due time in the way it’s meant to happen. I’m actually coming off a creative break, so I’m really excited to dive a little deeper into my writing and really letting God guide me in that. If there’s any lesson I’ve learned along the way, I’ve learned how to get out of my comfort zone and give things a try. If things don’t go well and you fall, simply get up and keep going. It’s okay if things don’t always go your way, and it’s okay to fall. You have to make the decision to learn from the experience, get up, and try again.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
-Understory: It’s a food hall in downtown Houston with a couple of my favorite spots: Boomtown Coffee and Flip ‘n Patties. I used to hang out with my friends and do homework at Understory, then we’d grab some coffee and Filipino-American fusion food during study breaks. -Hermann Park: I’ve been going to Hermann Park since I was a little kid, and it’s always been one of my favorite places to go in Houston. There’s a 2 mile trail that I used to run, and they have a beautiful Japanese Garden where you can take in the beauty of nature and simply breathe. -Color Factory: This place is so vibrant and a really cool place to take photos! They’ve created a cool experience with different colors and elements with some colors based off of local Houston experiences and landmarks. It was so fun to explore the different themes and rooms in the building. -Houston Graffiti Building: I remember passing this building almost every day in high school and seeing different art pieces on the walls every once in a while. It’s so cool to see different artists showcase their work and creating art based on current conversations we’re having right now. Seeing the different artistic styles and topics really gets you thinking about these artists’ dedication to their craft and topics we should talk about more often. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off, I’d like to dedicate this to God, the One who allows me to share my craft with the world and makes all of this possible. I’d also like to dedicate my shoutout to my close friends and family. They’ve been with me since day 1 through a ton of different seasons, and I’m so grateful for them.

Instagram: instagram.com/chrystajoy714
Other: Email: chrystajoymusic@gmail.com

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