Galveston’s beloved National Recording Artist, Tanya Nolan, offers a poignant glimpse into her journey alongside her mother, Evelyn Nolan, unveiling the transformative influence of maternal support on her musical odyssey.

Since her formative years at 15, Tanya’s fervent love for music ignited, with Evelyn emerging as an anchor. Recollecting pivotal moments, Evelyn fondly reminisces about Tanya’s serendipitous venture into the world of music, when she fearlessly responded to an advertisement seeking a vocalist for a band—an audacious leap that catalyzed Tanya’s remarkable trajectory.

Through pragmatic counsel and boundless encouragement, Evelyn deftly navigated the complexities of nurturing a budding artist, imparting invaluable lessons of resilience and self-assurance to Tanya.

Together, they share a tapestry of cherished memories that have indelibly shaped Tanya’s musical expedition, emblematic of the enduring and profound relationship shared between mother and daughter that resonates with audiences far and wide, igniting inspiration across the globe.

Sheen: Tanya, can you share with us a bit about your relationship with your mother, Evelyn Nolan, and how she has supported you throughout your music career?

Tanya: Absolutely. From the moment I expressed interest in pursuing music at the age of 15, she was there, cheering me on every step of the way. Her unwavering belief in my talent and her constant encouragement have been instrumental in shaping my journey as an artist.

Sheen: Evelyn, what was it like to witness Tanya’s passion for music blossoming at such a young age?

Evelyn Nolan: It was truly a surprise and a joy to see Tanya’s passion for music emerge at such a young age. She didn’t even realize she had a talent for singing until she decided to explore opportunities to make some extra money.

When she saw an ad looking for a vocalist for a band, she took the initiative to call and audition. Witnessing her step out of her comfort zone and discover her gift for singing was an incredible moment as a parent. From that point on, I knew she had something special, and I’ve been supporting her musical journey ever since.

Sheen: Tanya, how has your mother supported you practically throughout your career, especially in those early days when you were just starting out?

Tanya: She always emphasized the importance of having a job to cover expenses while pursuing my passion for music. Her practical advice and guidance kept me grounded and focused on the realities of the industry. Moreover, during times of doubt, she encouraged me to believe in myself and to never give up, even if success didn’t come immediately. Her unwavering support and practical wisdom have been invaluable assets on my journey, and I’m grateful for her presence every step of the way.

Sheen: Evelyn, what are some of the challenges you’ve faced as a parent supporting a child in the music industry, and how have you overcome them?

Evelyn Nolan: Supporting Tanya in her music career has definitely had its challenges, as any parent knows. It can be a tough and sometimes unpredictable industry. But through it all, I’ve remained steadfast in my support for her. I’ve learned to trust in her talent and instincts, and to always be there for her, no matter what.

Sheen: Tanya, can you share a memorable moment or experience you’ve had with your mother that has had a significant impact on your career or life as an artist?

Tanya Nolan: One of the most memorable moments for me was when I released my debut single, “Good Woman.. Seeing the pride and joy in my mom’s eyes as she listened to the song for the first time was incredibly special. Her belief in me has always been unwavering, and that moment solidified for me just how much her support means to me.

Sheen: Evelyn, what advice do you have for other parents who have children pursuing careers in the arts or music?

Evelyn Nolan: My advice to other parents would be to always believe in your child’s talent and to support their dreams wholeheartedly. Encourage them to pursue their passions, even if it means taking risks or facing challenges along the way. And most importantly, be there for them every step of the journey, offering love, guidance, and support in whatever way you can.

Sheen: Tanya, in closing, what message would you like to share with your mother, Evelyn, for her unwavering support throughout your career?

Tanya Nolan: I want to express my deepest gratitude to my mother, Evelyn, for her support throughout my entire career. Thank you for showing me that family isn’t just about blood but about the bonds we create through love and support. I love you.

Follow Tanya Nolan on her social media channels at @iamtanyanolan

Photo Credit: Tanya Nolan