What inspired you to pursue music?
When I was eight years old, my music teacher told me that I had the God-given talent of singing. I was then asked to sing for special entertainment for my school event. When I performed on stage for the first time, I knew right then and there that I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. I had no nerves whatsoever. I was at home on stage. I thought to myself, Wow, this is my passion. This is it. I’ve found it.
Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I’m eighteen years old and I’m from Warsaw, North Carolina. It’s a very small town with a population of 3,000 people. It’s literally the place where everyone knows everyone. It was a wonderful place to grow up though. I now reside in Nashville, TN. I have a twin brother. He’s my best friend. I have the most amazing family. They have supported me since day one and for that, I’m eternally grateful. I’ve been singing since the age of eight. Music is my life.
What artists do you look up to right now?
My biggest inspiration is Taylor Swift. She’s an amazing songwriter and performer. I admire her tremendously. I have been mesmerized with how her lyrics are so raw and real. She opens up her heart, and it really shows. I also love Carrie Underwood. Her voice is so big. It can fill a room without a microphone!
Your just released your debut, self-titled EP! Can you tell us about what this EP means to you?
Yes, my EP is out! I am so excited it’s finally out in the world. The EP is all about my life experiences and all about just living in the moment. It takes you on emotional roller coaster! Every song is different and brings its own light to the my first record. I also wanted each song to relate in different ways.
How did the debut single “Let It Be You” get created?& Can you tell us the meaning behind the song?
My co-writer and I were all sitting around talking about our past relationships and how sometimes brings turn into something more. It was fun to write about a topic that’s common, yet exciting and risky. I feel like everyone has been through that experience and can relate.
What has been your thought about the reaction of the new EP?
The response from the EP has been wonderful. Listeners feel the lyrics that I’m singing. When someone walks up to you and tells you that they have been through that same experience and they truly understand, is a great feeling.
Any fun moments while creating the EP?
What I love about the creative process on the EP was that every song happened organically. I’ve got a good mixture of up-tempos, mid-tempos, and ballads. Recording is so fun because you get to experiment with your different ideas and see the track come to life. I also did the background vocals, so that’s really fun for me. I’m glad that I can do them for my own songs.
What song are you most excited to perform from this new EP?
Two songs from the EP that I’m excited about performing is “You’re The One That Got Away” and “Skydiving.” Honestly, I can’t wait to perform every song. Each song has a special connection to me.
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your supporters?
When I sing each song, I’m connecting to my fans in different ways. Sometimes, you connect from a sad ballad, or a happy up-tempo song, etc. However long you’re up on the stage, you’re telling your stories from your own life. You’re giving you to them, every part of yourself. No matter what kind of song, as long as I touch one person, that means the world to me.
What are you most looking forward to while on tour?
I am literally so stoked to tour! Performing is my favorite thing in the entire world. I’m performing all originals. The songs are all written by myself and other amazing writers from Nashville, TN. I’m super excited to be singing my own stories and life experiences. I can’t wait to see everyone and meet new faces! I also want to share my music globally.
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
I want my fans to know that they’re a huge part of my journey and always will be. Fans are who buy my music, share your music, buy tickets for your concerts, etc. You want to make them proud, because they make you proud. I want them to feel connected to me. I want them to know how much I appreciate and admire them.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
I haven’t really had a crazy fan moment. I think the best fan encounter is when they come up to me and tell me how much they love my music. When they tell me that my lyrics truly connected with them, that means the world.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
I use Instagram and Facebook a lot. Facebook is great because you have a blend of all ages. You can really grow your fan base there.
Are their any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I have a booking agent, so we’re gearing up for shows soon. I’m in band rehearsals now, so I can’t wait to get on the road and start touring. I also am so excited for people to hear my original songs live.
Do you guys have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you so much for all of your love and support. I am so blessed and am truly grateful. Can’t wait to see everyone on tour!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us.
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me!