Hey Annie Rose!! So excited to be chatting with you!! Now that it is officially fall!! How was your summer?
Aw good talking to you too! Summer was super busy which is usual for me – traveling, filming, decorating my room, writing and recording songs and making sure I spent time with my friends and family.
You released your new single “I think You’re Lying” today!! How excited are you that your debut single is finally out into the world?
I was so excited to bring it into the world, but now that it’s out it feels at surreal but also normal, like it was meant to be. It all came together pretty quickly, but I am used to that being a YouTuber. When you are an independent artist who is willing to work hard and find good people to collaborate with the sky is the limit!
What’s been your reaction to all the success the new single has been having?!?
I can’t be more grateful for how connected people feel to the song. So many people of all ages are saying they relate to; that they feel it was written for them. That is so amazing, to think that so many people can share thoughts and feelings through songs without even saying a word. And of course, I love that my long-term YouTube supporters love it. I was a bit worried they wouldn’t like this different side of me, but it seems they do.
What does this song mean to you?
This song means the beginning of something new. It is the beginning of my sharing the artistic, inner thinking side of me. It is the beginning of a whole new branch of my career. But it also means that I have proved to myself that I can truly face some fears, decide to do something and make it happen. And if I can do it, then so can every girl.
What inspired you to pursue music?
Well you see I’ve been passionate about writing stories, journaling, and listening to music since I was little but told myself I wasn’t good enough to sing outside of my own bedroom! It took two years of musical theater, voice lessons and watching my best friend Hope Marie step out of her shell and create her own music to inspire me to take the leap. Hope Marie joined the Sarah Kelly School of Music, so I reached out to them, too. I went with my song ideas and rough lyrics, and they matched me with musicians who helped me shape them into finished pieces. “I Think You’re Lying” is the first of many songs I will be releasing.
How would you describe your musical style?
Lyrical pop, introspective, romantic without being sappy, kind of acoustic and personal.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
I had to ask other people to give me these:
independent, sunny, hardworking, loyal, creative
What artists do you look up to right now?
I have a long list of people I listen to, but on top of my list right now is Tate McCrae, Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, Sleeping at Last, Jon Bellion and my friend Jenna Raine.
With over 800K subscribers on YouTube & almost 340k followers on Instagram, you have built a powerful fan base for yourself. Why do you think social media is so important for teen artists today?
Social media is important as it is our global community. We can connect with people who are into our idea and music all across not only our own state or country but the world. Potentially there are no borders in social media. Our only obstacle is the algorithm that the platforms use to control the flow of information, but we can get around that with peer to peer sharing. Of course, social media has its downsides. It is often talked about in the media how depressing it can be for teens watching other people living glamorous lives elsewhere, but I think that many kids my age are being more real and using social media to share their real thoughts and hearts and not only the glossy stuff. Instagram stories are a good example of that, I think. And with vlogging 2-3 times a week over years, it is hard to always put on a front that isn’t real. People can see through that. It is best to be yourself all the while striving to be your best self too.
With a massive following already, your supporters must have a name for themselves. Does your fan base have a name?
You know, they don’t. A long time ago they were called Annie’s Angels, but I never felt comfortable calling them that, so it didn’t stick.
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
I see myself as the kind of friend in the neighborhood, the girl next door who you hang out with on a regular basis and go to the mall with, someone you can get dressed up with and go to a party or be chill at home and watch a movie with. I am like my supporters. We are the same person. So, what I do I want them to feel they can do too.
What’s the feeling you get when meeting your supporters?
That has always been one of the best things about being a YouTuber. Even early on I would get recognized out shopping at Target, or in the airport, even once I was at Coney Island in New York and I met some fans and I would see that they ‘saw’ me and I would smile and make it easy for them to say hi; cause meeting fans is the best!!! I feel like all the hard work of planning videos, writing, filming, editing, taking voice lessons, traveling to events, making music, everything is worth it cause it makes people happy! If they are happy then I am happier than my normal happy self!
What type of music are you leaning towards for your music career?
I have two more songs already ready to follow up “Lying” and plenty more coming. These ones are also introspective, they deal with self-esteem and friendship. Human stuff.
Any other fun things in the works you can tell us about?
I have another song releasing in November and another in January. And I will continue to vlog my life and post lifestyle videos on YouTube and related photos and stories on Instagram. I am somewhat posting on Tiktok; it is a fun app for sure!
What’s an average day for you look like right now?
I have school in the morning, do some chores, then I either film a video or edit. Sometimes I film with my sister, Lily Kate, who also has a YouTube channel and Tiktok. I play with my brothers in the pool right before dinner or go out with my sister and our friends to the mall or to Youth Group at our church; sometimes I go to the music studio to work on the next song! What a sweet life 🙂
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
I want to say thank you for being there and believing in me and watching my videos and listening to my music and understanding me. Without watchers or listeners, it would eventually be not as fun to create. Creating is best when you have an audience in mind.
I want to tell them – I am just a kid from nowhere in Texas with limited talents but grit. I decided to do YouTube, and I have stuck at it for almost five years. I didn’t quit. Don’t quit your dream even if you are in a dry spell. Find supporters in real life and be cheerful and work hard for YOUR dreams. Don’t wait for permission. Do it now!
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