In this era of #fake-everything, the cry for authenticity grows ever louder, seemingly by the week. We want authentic news, authentic celebrities, authentic relationships—we want honesty. But our suspicion of others and what they present also grows, seemingly by the week. And not without cause. How many times have we trusted others and who they’ve presented themselves to be, only to later find none of it was real? We crave authenticity because we’ve felt the sting of betrayal. But, if we’re being truly honest here, we also crave authenticity because we know our own bent toward hiding our true selves to maintain distance or presenting a crafted, fake self we presume others will rave about.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their new series called The Creative Process by inviting Sara Groves to a conversation about remaining authentic while pursuing your creative work. Sara has been nominated for seven Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums over the past two decades. When it comes to authenticity, Sara has wrestled this out personally through her music and interviews. How has the digital age changed the way musicians pursue their work? How do you offer your work to a crowd and still see it as an offering to God? Is it possible to maintain your true sense of self with constant feedback (both praise and criticism)? Conversation covers everything from awkward fans to keeping boundaries to practical tips for cultivating authenticity. Sara shares tips specific for musicians and performers that are easily transferable to any creative outlet. Listen in for dialogue on issues like these as we process the importance of authenticity in the creative process, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.


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Sara Groves: Web / Instagram @grovesroad


Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give these a listen:

Persuasion 171 | The Creative Life

Persuasion 172 | Processing Creative Space, with Michelle Radford

Persuasion 173 | Processing Art’s Temporal Nature, with Kendall Vanderslice

Persuasion 174 | Processing Voice & Platform, with Helen Lee

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