As a newborn baby she wouldn’t eat – she couldn’t eat. The doctors tried everything but nothing was working. Her parents thought she might not make it. The parents turned to a woman who they believed could help; she turned on a metronome and started playing music. It was at that very moment they figured out this little girl would only eat or drink something when music was playing.
It was music that saved Savannah Godoliphin’s life. Throughout her childhood she grew up in a musical family.
After moving to Mount Pleasant during high school, she started turning to music to escape from the pressures and anxieties that come with being a teenager.
“I faced a lot of self-esteem issues. I had anorexia and bulimia and that was challenging and [I faced] a lot of relationship issues and mainly, I think I caused all the issues,” College of Charleston Freshman Savannah Godolphin said.
“High school was tough for me; being the new girl always comes with a lot of controversy, because these people have grown up with each other since kindergarten and with that attention comes a lot of negative attention as well,” Godoliphin said.“I started restricting what I was eating to a sense where I would work out constantly. Maybe eat a rice cake or a couple pieces of fruit for the entire day…It was a tough time and I think high school is such a critical point in finding out who you are and you’re becoming an adult,”
For Godolphin, music helped save her life in more ways than one. Struggling with an eating disorder and a negative body image, Godolphin started to write her own music at 14 with her guitar or piano, finding herself and her voice.
“I think it was just a good outlet for me for a lot of the changes that I was going through…so it started out as a great outlet in that sense but now I do it for just about everything,” she said.
Godolphin uses just about everything to inspire her, but one of her biggest influences in her music is her faith.
“But whenever I’m going through something, that’s the one thing I can always go back to and I feel like I wouldn’t be here without God,”
Not only did her faith give her strength and perseverance in her music, but also in life. Godolphin says that her faith in God helped her conquer her eating disorder and low self-esteem.
“I prayed about it and I just looked in the mirror and said ‘I don’t want to be like this anymore’ and I still deal with it today, there’s still those thoughts in the back of my mind, but I’ve learned to control that through counseling and certain medications but mainly just through faith,” she said.
Godolphin plays local shows in the Charleston area frequently and has been featured on TV multiple times. Right now, she is working on releasing her first album.
Godolphin’s life has been full of hard times, however she looks for positivity too. Some of her positive influences come from her dad and the music she likes to listen to.
“I would say the majority of my music is folk and some indie-pop…When I first started writing I was listening to a lot of The Beatles, I listened to a lot of Rolling Stones and I just loved the tone they had and how they were able to create such meaning without actually saying something. I took a lot of inspiration from them,” she said.
Now that she has been doing this for almost six years, Godolphin says that if she could give advice to her struggling teenage self, she would say something that she previously would not have thought of.
“I would say be confident and don’t give a fuck about what anyone thinks. Because back then I cared way too much,” Godolphin said “I would tell her to be confident and do your best because nobody’s perfect, you will mess up but you’ll get through it.”
For more information at Savannah and her music, go to savannah-grace.com.