Hey! Excited to be chatting with you as well. I am a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, Canada and am presently Brooklyn-based. I have been singing for as long as I can remember – Disney classics were definitely the gateway – and songwriting since I was in high school. The storytelling aspect of writing is what captivated me, and the process of songwriting has been one that is incredibly personal. These are my stories, which makes it particularly special when I see people connect with them but also nerve-wracking when it comes time to release new music. I am also a live-music junkie, which might be my favorite part about living in the city, and I am a proud co-host of a monthly jam session in Brooklyn called Femme Jam, which you can learn more about online.
What artists do you look up to right now?
The list in long! First and foremost, I am very much inspired by the artists in my community and my circle of friends. If you pop over to my instagram you’ll see I’m constantly making a fuss about them. Some other artists making waves that have been big sources of inspiration are Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote, Emily King, Anderson .Paak, and I’ve also been geeking out this last year over a bunch of different Brazilian artists both new and old.
You just released your new single “Happy To Have You”! How excited are you that this project is finally out into the world?!?
I’m stoked for this song to be out! It has been in the works for some time now and it feels really good to release it into the world.
Can you tell us about what this song means to you?
It has been a long time since I last lived somewhere where the majority of the people I love were all in one place. I miss the little things and even though technology connects us in a seemingly unceasing way, I still find it can be a challenge to truly connect with my family and friends; to find the time to get a little deeper than a like or a comment on a photo or post. And I don’t know about you, but even a few hours time difference can really get in the way of that. “Happy To Have You” is for my loved ones, and it is my reminder that it is never a bad time to tell someone you love that you love them.
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new song?
I hope it resonates with them. For anyone who has been caught in the missing, my hope is that this is a bit of lightness for the loneliness and that they may even feel compelled to reach out to someone they love and drop em a line 😉
Any fun moments while creating the song?
I worked on this with my friend & producer Julian Pollack when I was in LA, and the whole trip was a blast. It really was coffees in the kitchen every morning, some backyard grilling in the evenings, and good times hanging with his wife, who also happens to be my friend and a dope artist, Emily Hoerdemann. She made an awesome collage for me while I was there, which now hangs on the wall in apartment and serves as a beautiful reminder of my time there.
Will there be a music video for your new single? If so can you spill any details about it?
I have had some thoughts for visuals for this song. I don’t know if I can share more than that, but if it comes to life, it’d be a fun time. That’s for sure!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
Right now I’m most active on Instagram, but have been using Twitter a lot more as well.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I have a lot of new music that I will releasing this year and am presently finishing up my next single to be released this fall. It’s called ‘Girlfriend’, and it speaks to the question of ownership versus partnership in a relationship. This latest body of work has been an exciting chapter for me and I’m really looking forward to continuing to fill out these different sides of myself as an artist.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
That I really appreciate them. To everyone who’s listening, sharing the music, coming out to shows and supporting me on this journey – thank you. It starts with me writing my stories for no other reason than the need to get them out, but when it grows into something beyond myself, something that touches another person’s spirit, that’s when the real magic happens and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share that with you.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us.
Thank you for having me!