EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: National Broadway Touring Artist, 14 Year Old Issie Swickle to release “Me, You” On TMI

Hey Issie! So excited to be chatting with you!! What inspired you to start your music career? 

I started off my professional career at 9 when I was “Annie” on the National Broadway Tour. I toured for 20 months and when I finished I had the performing bug. I knew I wanted to continue to perform but also knew I had my own vision of what I wanted to do. I wanted to create my own music and my own show. I went to concerts like Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato and loved every minute. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. 

Did you have a break out song that started things for you?  

I actually met a producer in Los Angeles, Andrew “Drew” Lane, through a friend and I learned his process of writing and we started working together.   Drew is so amazing to work with. He is super patient, fun, knowledgeable  and guided me.  

That was when I learned and realized how to write songs. I came up with titles and just started writing lyrics to the title that stuck out the most to me.  It was the creation of “Mirror”.  That was my first single release and is so meaningful.  Its message is clear and requires all of us to look in the mirror and see who you are, question are you happy with what you see and that we can always be better. That was my first break out song. I could have never written such a deep, cool song without Drew and his production!

We are so excited to be premiering your new single “Me, You”. How excited are you that this song is finally out into the world? 

I love this song! I am so excited. I think it is truly a fun, light song that everyone can relate to.  Every time I listen to it, I raise the radio and jam out. 

How did the idea for this song come about?  

I just asked myself what did I want to write about.  For me it was a boy! Its about a teenage girl or guy in a relationship and just isn’t happy. You realize that you just want to have fun, hang with friends, know your worth and just move on. It’s about being “You,” loving who you are and that you don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy.

It was fun to write and I had such a great time with BeatsbyFresh creating this song! I want people to listen to my songs and relate. 

Can you tell us the meaning behind the name “superstar” ? 

I don’t really know what it means to be a “superstar”. I just want to continue doing what I’m doing, express myself, have fun and if I make people smile or they realize they are not alone, then I’m doing something right.

Any fun moments while creating the song?

Every producers process of co-writing and producing is different.  I just remember being stuck on a part of the song, and Fresh and I just looked at each other and started laughing.  He just let me be me, silly and all.  Through the laughter and me being silly, I came up with the hook and we both were so excited about it!!!

What do you hope your supporters will think of the new song?

I hope they think it a great song and see a different side to my writing. I hope they like it, relate to it, and fun with it. That’s what it is about. That’s what I wanted the video to be about too.  

Whats the process of writing one of your songs?

I start with a title.  It can be one word or a statement. Sometimes it’s a feeling that I’m feeling at that moment or I look back in my song book and see other titles that I wrote that didn’t speak to me at that moment but now are jumping off the page. Then either we will come up with a melody or I hum the melody. There really isn’t an exact science. I really connect to the producer that I’m working with at that moment and their style. But that’s how I start the song.  

You recently performed at New York fashion week. How excited were you to perform?

It was AMAZING!!! New York Fashion Week’s energy and creativity is just incredible. It reminds me of a concert and all the excitement and anticipation.  Anytime you mix music and fashion, but have the music performed LIVE it’s electric. It raises the shows to a whole other level.  An experience I’ll never forget. 

Any other fun things in the works you can tell us about?  I have a bunch of performances coming up but I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be performing at Rip Tide Music Festival!!! I still can’t believe it. 

Another amazing thing you’ve done is work with S.O.S. foundation that serves as an intervention for young children who are at-risk and face adversities such as: bullying, home issues and peer pressure.  Its incredible! How did you get involved with this? 

Being out in Los Angeles I have had the opportunity to meet many incredible people who are devoted to helping others. I was connected with the S.O.S. Foundation and really thought their message was important. Teens and young adults face so many adversities that have been magnified by social media and life in general. So many times people stand by watch and do nothing and someone suffers in silence. SOS stands for Stand Up, Own Up and Speak Up.  It just take one person to say something and help. I’m hoping I can do that with my music and the lyrics where people who are suffering or think they are alone realize that they are not.  

Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?

Yes, THANK YOU!!!! I hope you continue to like my music, grow with me and my music, and have fun.  Remember, be you and just do you because we are all amazing the way we are. 

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