Faith Schueler Talks About the Deeply Personal Stories Behind Her New Song ‘March on Girl’
Faith Schueler is a rising star in the pop/country music scene. She released her first single, “Who Holds Your Heart,” in 2018, and her first EP, “One Love Song at a Time,” came out earlier this year.
On Nov. 16, Schueler returned with a brand new song called “March on Girl.” Showbiz Cheat Sheet recently caught up with the South Carolina native to learn more about her career and the inspirational stories behind latest single.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What have you been up to during the pandemic?
Faith Schueler: I know the world is in quite a tough spot right now. It’s really sad to see everything that is going on, but I have been trying to take advantage of this time to do a lot of writing. I’ve been working with people through Zoom and doing writing sessions. I’ve been writing a ton of music during this time and trying to get all this content together for the new year. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’ve also been trying to do a lot of live videos through Instagram and Facebook—I think it’s a great way to connect with my fans and friends.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: I’ve read that you got into music at a young age through school and church. What made you decide to not only sing, but write songs as well?
Faith Schueler: Music has been a passion of mine since I was so little. I knew that I wanted to pursue music from a very young age—probably, like, 7 years old. A lot of people probably didn’t take me seriously, though [laughs]. I was a 7-year-old wanting to be like Hannah Montana or Taylor Swift. But I got really serious about it when I started singing in the church, and eventually I started writing my own music. That came about probably when I was 13 years old. I wrote “Who Holds Your Heart,” which was my first single. In 2017, I went into the recording studio for the first time, and I got to release that song in 2018. I really have just been trying to grow and learn more, but writing has always been super important to me.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Where do you get inspirations from when you write music?
Faith Schueler: I love when songs are personal. Growing up, Taylor Swift was a huge inspiration. I loved her songwriting, how every song told a story, and how she used really unique words in her writing. She also made all of her songs very personal, so that is kind of my goal and inspiration when I am songwriting.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Let’s talk about your new song, “March On Girl.” It’s truly an empowering song about keeping one’s head up through difficult times. Is there a story behind it?
Faith Schueler: Growing up, people didn’t understand necessarily what I wanted to do. I sang in coffee shops and performed in different places locally, and kids my age didn’t really understand that. I kept having to tell myself, “Keep going. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let that stop you.” That’s just been my motivation throughout this entire journey.
My mom actually taped a picture in my notebook when I was younger, and it was a picture of a girl straightening a crown on her head. It says “Don’t forget to straighten your crown.” In “March On Girl,” it says, “Don’t forget to dust off your crown.” So that was the inspiration behind that line. That’s where it gets more personal with me.
But I also looked at my family and friends. One of my best friends, Hayden, passed away from progeria, and I just thought to myself, “What would I want to tell these people in my life in how to overcome this battle and help them through this tough time? I would keep telling them to march on.” So that’s kind of the whole idea behind this song.
I just wanted a song that captured what motivation is like for girls of all ages around the world. I really want to inspire others and encourage others, especially now more than ever. I’m very proud of that song, and it’s a big piece of my heart. I hope this message, as much as it relates to me, can also relate to them.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Do you have any female role models you look up to? I know you mentioned Taylor Swift earlier; is there anyone else you admire?
Faith Schueler: I look up to my mom. I have such a supportive family, which is huge. I could not do what I am doing today without them, and my mom has been by my side through the whole thing. She’s so supportive. She’s definitely a woman that I look up to more than anyone.
On the music side of things, I love Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, and Miranda Lambert. I feel like I grew up listening to these girls, and I just admire them so much. When I saw Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood perform on stage, I was like, “That is my dream. I want that to be me one day.” Those are big, big inspirations in my life.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What do you enjoy doing in your free time when you’re not making music?
Faith Schueler: I like to shop. A little bit too much [laughs]. It’s every other girl’s addiction. I also like to bake. I try to go outside when I can. I love to be outdoors and explore and do fun things, take little road trips. When I do have some free time to spare—my life is getting crazier by the day—I definitely love to travel. Not very far, I just to get on the road and get out of the house. I definitely love to spend time with my friends and family.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You’re still a new singer in the industry, so what are some goals you currently have for your career? Anything you’re hoping to accomplish in the future?
Faith Schueler: I love that you use the word “goals” because I feel like when people say the word “dream” it’s so vague. I feel like a dream is your biggest absolute goal, but you can set little goals for yourself along the way, so it feels like you’re accomplishing something as you go through your journey.
Probably, some goals for me in the future would be to continue working on my platform, making music, and getting better at writing music. I think there’s always something to grow and learn from other people. I’ve been blessed to have people surround me and want to help me and take me under their wings.
I would love to sing at the Grand Ole Opry one day or go to the CMA Awards. That would be fantastic. Those are definitely big, big goals of mine. But most of all, my biggest goal is that, while I have my time here on earth, I want to really be able to use my voice and what God has given me for a bigger purpose. I want to be able to touch other people’s lives. I think that’s really important as an artist and just who I am as a person.