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Hey Haven, So excited to be chatting with you! What inspired you to pursue your career in music?
Music has always been something I’ve loved ever since I can remember. My mom took me to my first concert to see Shania Twain when I was four years old and I looked up at her and said “I want to do that”. I’d always had the dream of selling out stadiums. I bought a guitar with my birthday money when I was 9 and started writing songs, but I didn’t start really pursuing music seriously until I was 12. I started fronting a band doing around 100 dates a year, traveling to Nashville to be in writing sessions every day and take meetings. Then I homeschooled all of high school to be traveling and pursuing music as well. I lived in my band trailer at age 15 with my mom so I could be touring and writing in Nashville. Then at around 19 I started traveling to LA to write for this pop project. Which has pretty much been my everything for a while now. 🙂
Did you have a break out song that started things for you?
We’ve just started the release process. I’ve released 2 songs “Swimming In Your Feelings” and “Be With You”. We have gotten an amazing response on both which has been super exciting! Can’t wait to release more!
Does your fan base have a name? and If so how did that name catch on?
We don’t have a name yet 🙂 If y’all have any ideas let me know haha!
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
I hope to have a close relationship with people that support me. None of this would be possible without my supporters. I am truly so grateful for the people that believe in this music and the positive response we’ve gotten. I try my best to answer all Instagram comments and stay in touch with everyone online. They mean a lot to me.
What type of music are you leaning towards for your music career?
I would say it’s a mix of Bazzi, Julia Michaels, The Weekend and Selena Gomez mashed together haha.
You just released your new single “Be With You” and it has already gained a lot of attention from your fanbase, what was your thought on the reaction of the song?
I was so so thankful for the response on “Be With You”. It’s super exciting and nerve wracking at the same time putting out new music. So, seeing people loving it and jamming to it is so fun!
What was it like having your good friend Selena Gomez share your song on her Insta when it came out?
It almost didn’t feel real. She has been so welcoming and kind to me and I am so incredibly thankful for her friendship and support. I’ve looked up to her almost my whole life. She is truly an angel! She is definitely my idol and someone I admire! Very very thankful for her support!
What’s up next for you? An Full Album? A tour maybe?
Lots and lots of music!! Will be releasing a new single almost every other month this year and YES..!! I’m going on tour with Dinah Jane and Agnez Mo starting April 7th! IM SO EXCITED!!
How excited are you to be joining DINAH JANE WORLD TOUR as an opening act?
IM SO PUMPED!! I’ve been wanting to go on tour for so long so this is a dream come true for me. Performing and touring is my favorite part of music so I can’t wait to meet everyone!!
What are you most looking forward to for this tour?
I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone in person and playing these new songs live!! It’s really cool to bring songs you wrote in the studio to life on a stage. It’s a very fun process!
Any other fun things in the works you can tell us about?
I’ve been in the studio and in rehearsals nonstop! So, lots of new music and live shows!! CAN’T WAIT!
You recently launched your new pop sound in November 2019 with the release of “Swimming In Your Feelings”. What led you to your new sound?
Growing up in Moville, Iowa the majority of the music I listened to when I was younger was country music. I wasn’t exposed to pop music until I moved to Nashville actually. Once I started listening to more pop it opened up a whole new world of music and melodies for me. Over time I started writing more pop leaning songs. I knew I wanted to do pop but everyone around me was in the country music business so I felt kind of lost. Last April my publishing company sent me on a writing trip to LA and I did a week full of pop sessions. The pop melodies flowed out of me so naturally that I knew it was the music I was supposed to be making. I was kind of in a weird in-between sonically though. My publisher introduced me to my now manager Brian Teefey on that LA trip and long story short he started helping me make the pop transition and developing me as an artist. So now about a year and a half later we’re starting to release this music and I couldn’t be more excited!
Your previous single “Swimming In Your Feelings” debuted at #6 on Radio Disney’s Top Ten and went viral on TikTok, reaching 12 million+ users on the platform within the first week of its release!! What was it like receiving this amazing news? Did you gain anything from this huge accomplishment?
I grew up watching and listening to a Radio Disney, so for my song to be playing on there has been insane for me. Radio Disney has been so supportive of me and my music. I am so incredibly grateful for them. I wasn’t expecting the love we received on TikTok, but it was definitely so fun seeing people make videos to my song. It’s so cool that so many more people heard it that wouldn’t have heard it before if it wasn’t for that app. Very cool!
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you SO SO MUCH for the support!! Truly couldn’t do it without y’all and I am so excited to share more and meet y’all on tour in April!! Love y’all!
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us 🙂