Hear Why Teenage Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster Will Be Huge

Katie Kittermaster

Katie Kittermaster is a British 18 year old singer/ songwriter. Her vocals are haunting, emotive and distinctive. Her writing is based on relationships, which resonates well with her target listeners. Her writing is fresh and honest. She’s funny and entertaining and her stories about her song writing are popular with the audience.
In August 2017 Katie performed to over 10K people opening for Louisa Johnson and dance group, Diversity.
In September 2018 Katie opened for Jools Holland and Marc Almond at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire. Katie supported Olly Murs in December in the same year.
Following on from her A Levels, summer 2019 saw Katie perform at many festivals including Penn Fest, Eldorado, Deebsday, The Big Feastival and CarFest.
Katie has opened for Ronan Keating at 2 gigs this summer and has just completed supporting 
Boyzlife on their winter tour; playing 15 gigs over 22 nights. 

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MT/Danielle: You recently released your single “Sunday Afternoon”.  Can you explain how this title and the meaning of the song ties into your music goals?

Katie: Sunday Afternoon was a song that I wrote for my boyfriend as birthday present. It’s about being in a very comfortable and happy place in a relationship. I’m hopeful that this track is relatable to many people. My aim through my music is to connect with the audience but also allow them to interpret my music in a way that is personal to them.  The story telling in my music seems to resonate with fans, young and older and this is something that’s important to me as I would like my music to have longevity and mass appeal.


MT/Danielle: You are now 19 and you wrote your first song when you were 15. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Katie: My first song was one called ‘Mine’. I sometimes listen back to it and realise that the structure is quite basic. I have learnt a lot over the last 4 years in terms of melody, build, timing and other elements but I think the core to my writing has stayed constant, in terms of the story telling approach. I haven’t had any formal training regarding my song writing and I am confident that with practice as well as collaboration, my songwriting will continue to develop. I would describe my sound as ‘acoustic pop’ with a hint of country perhaps. I want to retain my ‘sound’ and although some of my songs take a slightly different musical journey, I am keen that my vocal still sounds unique. I have been told that I sound very British and one fan mentioned that I sound quite ‘posh’; I always want to be true to myself and record songs that are ‘me’ but I don’t necessarily think that this means you have to pigeon-hole yourself to a certain style.


MT/Danielle: You’re originally from Kent, but you moved to Dubai for 3 years. Can you share how moving to Dubai changed your music career and opened doors for you?

Katie: I moved to Dubai when I was 11. I was lucky to get a few opportunities that not only opened a couple of doors but they also gave me confidence in my ability and the drive to work hard. I was involved in a school initiative which led to a few of us singing live on national TV and from this performance, I was then asked to open an event for The Global Gift Foundation; this was hosted by Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin and attended by 50Cent and Maxwell. Following on from this, I was also asked to perform at the Help For Heroes Charity event at The British Embassy. These two high profile events ignited a passion and made me realise that performing was something that I wanted to pursue.


MT/Danielle: You’ve opened for some amazing artists. Can you share some of the artists you have been able to open for and how those experiences have helped you grow as an artist? What has been your favourite performance to date and why?

Katie: I have been lucky. In fairness I have enjoyed all the performances that I have done, whether they have been with seasoned artists or performances in my local pub! My first major gig where I performed my original songs was at The Big Day Out in Maidstone. This was when I was 16. Louisa Johnson was headlining and other artists at this event included Atomic Kitten and Diversity. There were over 10,000 people in the crowd and although it was quite daunting, I loved it. I hadn’t actually performed any of my songs outside of my bedroom at that stage!!! So, this memory will always be very special. Since then I have opened for Jools Holland and Marc Almond, Olly Murs and Ronan Keating. The first gig with Ronan Keating was amazing at the most beautiful setting of Castle Howard, just outside York. It was certainly a very memorable night, as half way through Ronan’s set the heavens opened and thunder and lightning reigned overhead which caused the whole event to be called off. The second gig with Ronan was also very special. Once again, a stunning location, but what makes these events so special sometimes is who is there. A lot of family and some friends came to the gig with Ronan in Cambridgeshire and it means so much when you can share these moments with people who are close to you. Being on tour with Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy was incredible. Both of them are so friendly and supportive; singing on stage with them every night is something I will never forget. So generous of them to let me join them on stage and publicly call me ‘a female Ed Sheeran’. WOW.


Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster

MT/Danielle: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Katie: This is hard as I listen to a lot of music. Ed Sheeran is a huge influence and inspiration. His back story is so motivational. Maisie Peters and Gabrielle Aplin are two other singer-songwriters that have definitely influenced my style. I love Lily Allen, Kate Nash and Joni Mitchell. I listen to a lot of music! I think ‘The Big Day Out’ event was probably when I realised 100% that this is what I wanted to do. Up until then I had sung covers of other peoples music. Music is central to my life. I cannot imagine not doing what I do. When I have had times that have been challenging, music has been a way for me to express myself and deal with things that are at times hard. It’s a very competitive arena and I am realistic about that. But, despite the fact the market is flooded and the odds are stacked against me, I will do everything that I can to get my music heard.


MT/Danielle: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Katie: The biggest challenge was probably writing my first song. I had no idea where to start. I was feeling the pressure to write as everyone kept saying ‘you have a great voice, but you need to be able to write’. It’s not something that you can force. It wasn’t until my first teenage ‘heartbreak’ that this door unlocked and I’ve been a prolific writer ever since – there are over 30 songs ready to be recorded!


MT/Danielle: Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Katie: I play the guitar and piano – I use the word playing quite lightly. I have never had formal training and have taught myself what I know. I use these instruments mainly for writing but also play my guitar on stage. I am lucky to be sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Roland. 2020 is definitely my year to improve both of these instruments as it will facilitate my writing and my versatility.


MT/Danielle: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Katie: Since leaving school in June, having done my A Levels, I have been non stop on the road. The festival season was pretty busy with The Big Feastival, El Dorado, Carfest and others. Following that I went straight on tour with Boyzlife for a month. I am now on tour with Lucy Spraggan until mid December. I have a writing trip planned for January and will then be recording some new music. So, yes music is an everyday thing right now. But if I wasn’t ‘doing music’ I’d be with friends for sure. Touring can be quite lonely so I love to catch up with friends on days off.


MT/Danielle: You have an EP called “Coming Home At Dawn” Coming out on November 1, 2019. What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find  “Coming Home At Dawn” when it is released?

Katie: Coming Home at Dawn will be on Spotify – it’s on pre-order now https://music.apple.com/gb/album/coming-home-at-dawn-ep/1480033715. As well as on the digital platforms, it is also available on my website shop page. The CD has been selling really well on tour; the sadness is that very few people have access to a CD player anymore. The music on Coming Home at Dawn is a body of work that I felt was cohesive. There are 2 songs on there that I wrote when I was 15 – Kaleidoscope and T-shirt. I think that it gives fans a selection of tracks that get them to know me as a person and artist. All the tracks are all written from personal experiences. I am pretty sure that my new music will be an extension and development of this music without detracting away too far.


MT/Danielle: You are currently on tour. Where can fans find information for your upcoming performances during this tour? Is there anything else you would like to share with fans about the tour or is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans?

Katie: I post as regularly on the social platforms about what I’m up to on tour. I try and show some behind the scenes stuff too. The dates are all on my website – Lucy has the tour dates on her site too. The shows have been very full/sold out as her fan base is huge and very loyal. It’s a great tour for me as I think our music is quite similar in some ways. As a support artist you have to work very hard to win the crowd over as they are clearly not there to see you; but thankfully Lucy’s fans are very respectful and I really get the sense that they are listening to my lyrics and enjoying the music; this response gives me a huge sense of gratitude and I feel very humble to be in this fortunate position.


Hear Why Teenage Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster Will Be HUGE

Hear Why Teenage Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster Will Be HUGE


Hear Why Teenage Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster Will Be HUGE


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Hear Why Teenage Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster Will Be HUGE

FROM THE FARM TO Nashville; The City That Changed It All For Violet Lavelle

Indie Singer

“I guess, the way it reflects my music goals is that when you’re in the music industry, you don’t have time to second guess yourself. The industry is always changing and if you don’t adapt and change with it, you’ll be left to fall into obscurity. “

Danielle/MT: You recently released your song “I Gotta Know”. Can you explain the title and how this title reflects your music goals? Can you describe your sound?

Violet: To be honest, I wrote the song about this guy that I thought was the ABSOLUTE coolest and sexiest guy in the room. One night, I chugged a whiskey, sucked it up, walked straight up to him, and just shamelessly flirted with him all night. I always wanted to know what he was about, what his vibe was, and if his personality matched his looks. I had to know and I don’t think that would’ve happened if I hadn’t been so bold and just took the situation into my own hands. 

I guess, the way it reflects my music goals is that when you’re in the music industry, you don’t have time to second guess yourself. The industry is always changing and if you don’t adapt and change with it, you’ll be left to fall into obscurity. 

It took me a long time to realize that Pop Music was the direction I needed to go. I spent college trying to discover my sound and I think what held me back for a while was the fear of sounding too generic. I honestly just had to get over myself, because my voice was trained and made for Pop and there’s so much phenomenal music made in that genre. So I spent a few years in a few different bands, and tip toed between genres for a while. And even though I thought the music we were writing was badass, none of it was truly me. I always found myself trying to throw pop-isms into the other genres, and my bandmates were like, “No, that’s too bubblegum, that’s too Top 40, it doesn’t work.” It was inevitable that I would fall into it eventually, I just needed a little convincing. I’m pretty stubborn. 

So with all that being said, I would say that I’m more along the Pop/R&B side of the umbrella. Like, the female version of Bruno Mars or a mix of Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. There’s catchy melodies, and pop production, but I’ve still got a lot of soul in my voice from previous training, and all of my original inspirations when I first started singing. 

Danielle: You record in Nashville, but are from a small town. Can you share where you are originally from and how your hometown influences your music. Has moving to Nashville changed your music? Do you think the move has opened more doors for you?

SingerViolet: I’m from Kansas City originally. Well, a small town outside of Kansas City, but nobody ever really knows what the fuck I’m talking about so I always say KC. My hometown is on the Missouri side and consists of about 2,000 people. We have a “mom & pop” grocery store, a few buildings for the kids to go to school, a couple neighborhoods, one stoplight going into town, and another going out.

My hometown has that classic Blue Collar culture, and while that’s not a bad thing, I always felt a little out of place, because at heart I feel I’ve always been a city girl. There wasn’t a ton to do in town, so my friends and I took every chance we could to go to the city and I LOVED IT. The hustle and bustle, all the lights, and THE MUSIC. Kansas City has a flourishing jazz, blues, and rock circuit so whenever there was a show, my friends and I would try to go. It was that combined with influence from my parents being Blues musicians themselves that really lead me to falling in love with music in the first place. 

Being from a farm town in Middle-America, my hometown is obviously more about Country music than I was. Don’t get me wrong, I love Country music, and obviously sin

ce I moved to Nashville, I’d be lying if I said I hated it. HAHA! But I really thought about it and writing about back roads and tractors, just isn’t who I am. Even though I lived in a farm town my whole life, I wasn’t a farm kid, and if I was singing about that kind of lifestyle, well, it wouldn’t feel authentic. I wouldn’t necessarily say that my hometown influences my music a ton. Conceptually and sonically, it’s completely different than what you would think. 

However, I am a person that takes from real life experiences to write my music so I have written songs about the people I’ve met and some of the experiences I’ve had with them… so in THAT WAY, yes, my circle back home influences my lyrics. 

Before Nashville? HA! Before I moved to Nashville, I wasn’t an artist. I wanted to be one, but I wasn’t. I didn’t write songs, I wasn’t recording anything, I just sang covers mostly. Whether it was in my high school rock band, or school choir, or at my job during the summer at the local amusement park, I was always singing other people’s songs. Moving to Nashville was the catalyst to starting my career as a real musician. I went to college for music, I was trained professionally to be a singer/entertainer, I met other aspiring musicians, and I began learning to write a well-written song. I was given all the tools I needed, so in way, Nashville literally changed everything for me. This city has given me so many more opportunities than I ever would’ve h

ad back home.


Danielle: Who are your musical influences?  If you could pick any one artist to share a stage with, who would that be?

Violet: My influences have changed so many times over the years. The common ground I find though is that I’m drawn to strong, soulful women. From about the age 8-13, I was into all the soulful greats, and everything MoTown had to offer; Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Diana Ross, etc. When I started getting into my early teenage years, I was all about the pop divas; Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Beyonce, etc. Then in college I took a turn to 80s queens like Anne and Nancy Wilson, Madonna, Blondie, and Pat Benetar.

It’s honestly SO HARD to pick someone to share a stage with. There’s so many that would blow my mind. Top 3 as of this moment would have to be Jessie J, Bruno Mars, or Lizzo. They all put on such a great show, and you never know what could happen on and off stage. They are WILD. 


Danielle: When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career? 

Violet: I was about 12 when I figured out music was my calling. My mother convinced me to sign up for a singing competition in Nebraska… of all places. haha. We drove 3 hours to get there, and I was SO NERVOUS. At this point I had never sang in front of an audience, ever. I could feel my body just shaking… but when we arrived and they called my name to come up to the stage, I stood at the ready, struck a pose, and sang like my life depended on it. I ended up winning that day and ever since then I wanted that feeling of being on stage. I wanted the rush, the cheers from the audience, the emotion you can feel from everybody watching and knowing that you made those people feel all of those emotions… 

I started doing everything that had music apart of it; choir, musicals, marching band, color guard, talent shows, and even got a job at the local amusement park during the summer doing variety shows. Sophomore year of high school is when I knew I wanted to be a performer as a career… and I haven’t stopped since. 


Indie Singer 

Danielle: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Violet: I think the biggest challenge a musician can face is, rejection. And honestly, it never ends. It’s a habitual obstacle that we have to face every day of our lives. And the thing that sucks is that it’s all a matter of someone else’s opinion of you, no matter how educated it may or may not be. Whether it be; you didn’t make callbacks because you weren’t ‘skinny enough’, or you didn’t get that playlist add because you’re ‘too generic’, or the label dropped you because you didn’t ‘sell enough’, or you didn’t get the gig because, ‘you’re not pretty enough’, rejection is everywhere. What I’ve learned about overcoming it is all about your mindset. It’s about working your ass off, having confidence in your craft, and the perseverance to keep going in spite of what others might say. You will get a billion people saying ‘no’ to you in your life, but all it takes is one person to say, ‘yes’ to change everything and that’s what I work for; that one yes. 


Danielle: Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Violet: I’ve been playing guitar since I was a teenager and I’ve been “proficient” in piano since college. haha! I even used to play flute in high school, but it’s been a while.

Danielle: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Violet: Being a working musician at the beginning is almost like having two jobs. I have my day job that I go to four to five days a week and then all the time in between that I’m working on my music career; traveling to gigs, recording, filming, co-writing, filling out blog interviews.. It’s all about the grind. 

Then when I have actual time off my hobbies consist of cooking, traveling, and wine tasting…


Danielle: What’s next? Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know?

Violet: September is a BIG month for me and the team! September 6th the whole EP drops, and then I’m having an EP release show on September 25th at Mercy Lounge! It’s going to be a fun night of supporting all women in the music industry and I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on for almost a year. 




I look Into Ways Of How I Can Blend Other Genres Into My Own sTyle

Cheyne Greene

Cheyne Greene, pop and alternative singer/songwriter who grew up and lived in Dubai for the majority of his life. Born in Dundonald, Ireland in January 2002, he started singing at a very young age and began learning the keys at 9 years old. Throughout his music career, he’s performed at school music venues showcasing the types of music he writes and songs of artists that he loves to listen to.

As someone who loves to write his own music, he focuses a lot on the alternative side and really wants to create his music where every track has a different style and tone to it.

Independent Singer

His first EP “Into the Night” is a body of work which he’s extremely proud of and contains the tracks that’s most resonated with him when he started songwriting. 


Interview with Danielle Haskell

Danielle: You recently released your album titled “Into the Night”. Can you explain the title and how this title reflects your music goals? You have four songs on the album, can you give your fans a little insight into the meaning behind each song?

Cheyne: All these songs on the EP were written back when I was 14-15 and are the one’s that’s most resonated with me when I started songwriting. None of these songs were based on my own experiences and were based more on my own imaginative thoughts and ideas.

The first track “Into the Night” which I used to title the EP tackles a man’s breakup and his own refusal to go into the deep dark depression which I symbolize as the night. The one he’s in love with still remains in the daylight while he’s slowly transitioning into the night. I find it very interesting as well as it’s this massive electro pop track however the lyrics are actually very sad. How the title reflects my music goals? Well I’m not going to say I’m moving into a state of depression, but I can see this track to be more of a push to get me out there more to others around the world as one of my goals is to write records that resonate with people’s hearts.

The second track on the EP “Say Goodbye to Melodies” was a scenario I came up with where a soldier who had left his loved one and his home to fight for a war immediately comes to regret and wants to see his loved one again. He experiences many lives that are lost through the shocking moments he endures and here I symbolize that each life lost within the war, it represents its own melody, its own motif. While this soldier is continuously saying goodbye to the melodies within the war, he wants to hold onto his own memories with the loved one he so desperately wants to see again.

“Today” and “Watching You” are both connected to me, with “Watching You” being more of a sequel to “Today”. They’re about a man who constantly checks on the one he loves bedridden. His insanity and him being unable to know if she’ll be better when he remains astray from his path are reflected off the heavy guitar played throughout “Today”. The pop-rock track “Watching You” shows that he’s finally pulling himself together and will continue to remain by her side.


Danielle: You were born in Dundonald, Ireland and then moved to Dubai. How did growing up in these two locations influence your music?

Cheyne: When I was born in Ireland I only lived there for a few months haha. So it was mainly Dubai that influenced my music with me growing up and listening to what everyone else listened to; Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Charlie Puth, or Shawn Mendes. I’ve seemed to move off from that path now and listen to more alternative and contemporary music. I look into ways of how I can blend other genres into my own style, so occasionally I’ll come back to pop music to see if there’s anything that catches my attention.


Danielle: It’s well known that you like to write your own music. Have you ever collaborated with anyone? Who are your musical influences?  If you could pick any one artist to share a stage with, who would that be?

Cheyne: Other artists? No, I haven’t yet but I really look forward to in the future. My musical influences I’d say come from a number of artists. The two major ones being Declan McKenna and Tom Odell. The creativity in their songs is just outstanding for me. Tom Odell is also an artist I’d love to perform with. I watched him live a few months ago in Dubai and my piano playing can’t even compare to his. The effort that he puts into his live shows amazes me so much that I actually aspire to be like him one day.


Danielle: If there was one message your fans could take away from your music, what would you want that to be? 

Cheyne: Not to take anyone or anything for granted. You won’t realize someone or something is there until they aren’t anymore.  


Danielle: How long have you been singing? When did you know that you wanted a career in music? Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments?

Cheyne: I started singing at a very young age, I think I was around 3. My family background was always very musical, my grandmother was a stage actress who played the piano, violin, and had an incredible singing voice. She had amazing vocal control and her range was amazing. My father also just loves music, you could show him any song from the 1960s to 90s and he’d know it immediately, he’s an absolute music guru. And I guess this all kind of rubbed off on me. When I was 8 I started learning the guitar and a year later I began learning the piano although I hated learning them at the time because I was playing classical and had no interest for it. It was when I was 12 and started writing my own stuff that I profoundly grew a love for music. Then I realized that this was what I wanted to do, this is what I would enjoy doing for a career.


Danielle: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about? 

Cheyne: I used to work on my music every day. I’m so focused on school now that I can hardly find the time for it. When I graduate however I’ll go back to working on it every day just like I used to. I remember going crazy when I turned 14, I would sit at the piano every day coming up with vocal melodies and recording anything that would come to my head. It’s a lot of fun when you can piece together chord progressions that work and it’s more enjoyable when you can write lyrics to it that actually fit and have their own meaning. Do I have any other activities besides music? That’s the thing, I don’t. I know, I’m a very boring person haha.


Danielle: What’s next? Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

Cheyne: I gave a small heads up on one of my posts that I’d be releasing an album next. I don’t know how long it will take but I plan on producing the whole body of work. Currently, I’m performing at local open mic nights around Dubai so anyone living there feel free to come!


Links to Cheyne Greene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheynegreene/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheynegreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cheynegreene

Website: https://www.cheynegreene.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-jrRgFsYc



Into The Night


Emme Lentino; You are loved. just as you are

Emme Lentino has been singing and performing from a very young age. American born singer, songwriter, actress and model, now calls New Zealand her new home, while her musical endeavours continue to see her travelling between the two countries. 

From performing on Broadway and collaborations with well known music producers and songwriters, Emme Lentino has gained a wealth of experience which has led her songs placements on ‘Victoria Secrets’ commercials and well know TV’s shows on the ABC to name just a few. 

Emme has many singles to date with more on the way.

Danielle Haskell interviewed Emme to find out a bit more about this upcoming talented and inspiring independent artist. 


Emme Lentino Sitting on Stairs

Danielle/MT: Your last two songs, “Oxygen” and “Shine” are so universally relatable.  “Shine”, like many of your songs, has such an important message. What influenced the lyrics and can you share the full meaning behind the song? Can you also share the inspiration behind your song “Oxygen”? 

Emme: Shine is a song close to my heart because I felt so strongly about the challenges that young folk face in school and growing up. I felt they needed to know they would be okay, and to not give up, or let anyone tell them they couldn’t dream or achieve. The lyrics just came so fast to me. I was teaching a dance class and honestly, I had to quickly jot them down in between a hip hop dance session! My friend and fellow songwriter/producer Bryan Bell came up with the amazing music behind the song. It was a wonderful co-writing experience. I’m actually releasing a brand new version of “Shine” in a few weeks! 

“Oxygen” was mainly written while I was living in my car, and a friend who believed in me lent me a Casio keyboard. I had never played keyboard before really, but felt inspired to come up with a melody line on the keys I could sing to. I wrote three songs that week. And I wrote them quickly, because well…. I also had to ask a friend to let me use their apartment as a writing and rehearsal space. I was under pressure for time! Oxygen is all about the light at the end of the tunnel. I believe we all face challenges in life, it’s how we choose to react to those that build our character. A few years went by, and with some awesome co-writers and producers from L.A., the original song evolved into what it is now. It’s really special that both songs have had new life breathed into them, and I hope they will bring encouragement to the hearts in this world that need it. 

MT: Reading your journey is such an inspiration in itself. When your fans listen to your music or read about your accomplishments, what is the one most important  message you hope to leave with them?

Emme: I love this question! My message is this: you are loved. Just as you are. Be assured that the moments of your life when you feel like giving up, I’ve also felt that before. So I can relate to anyone who is struggling. But I want to tell my listeners that there is always hope. Things turn around when you least expect it. Which is why it’s so important to face each new day with belief in your heart that you can get through anything! 

MT: Since I loved and participated in the Missoula Children’s Theater for 8 yrs in my home area, I have to ask how traveling around the US with the Missoula Children’s Theater has impacted your life and influenced your music. Do you feel like that experience has taken you full circle to what you are doing now with Theater at your farm in New Zealand?

Emme: Oh I loved touring the US with MCT! How cool you worked with them too!! The experience of being on the road, performing, directing and teaching young people was like nothing I had ever done before. Brand new faces and new towns every week. We mainly stayed in homestays so we really got to know the locals. I loved the kids and watching them blossom and build confidence in their acting. I definitely think it prepared me for what I later did on the farm in New Zealand when I ran my own theatre, music and dance classes for our local town. I love working with kids! 

MT: You’ve once said that Music pursued you. Can you explain that along with how your journey has been influenced by the early start of your music career in Oregon, to your performances in New York City and your current life in New Zealand? This has you traveling between New Zealand and the US frequently, do you find that difficult and where do you now consider home?

Singer with Guitar Emme Lentino

Emme: I have been singing since I was a little toddler. When I was two, I wore cowboy boots and used a hairbrush for a microphone. Singing as loudly as I could for anyone who would listen! I just loved music and remember dancing around the kitchen to every song my parents had playing. It has been a great source of joy for me.
I began writing my own music a few years later when I was ten, and went through a tragic loss. I always loved singing and acting, and was really active in my local theatre groups, and this continued through university and in NYC. I was portraying Lucille Ball a few years ago, and within a few months of that I fell in love and moved to New Zealand. I do travel a lot to America, my parents live there and I miss them so much. But I am very blessed to also sing and record there, so I get the opportunity to stay connected with my American family. New Zealand has been a wonderful country to live in, and I actually became a New Zealand citizen two years ago. So it looks like I am pretty happy here

MT:  With all of the experiences you have had, is there a favorite or life changing moment you would like to share with your fans?

Emme: Moving to New Zealand and learning a different culture was life changing, along with writing and singing about my experiences once I arrived. The next would be losing someone I loved and the grief that came with that – as difficult as it was, that loss provided me with a chance to help others.

MT:  What do you like to do in your spare time that is not musically related that you would like to share with fans? 

Emme: I love being in nature.  I stay active hiking and running. And I love pilates, yoga and dance.  Acting in shows and auditioning for films is something I have just started doing again. It’s super fun!  I love laughing, skipping and dancing to great tunes with good friends. Travelling and meeting new people, enjoying great movies and delicious food!

MT: Do you currently have management? 

Emme: I do, Michael has been with me on this musical journey for the last few years.  He is a great visionary.

MT: You have amazing photos on social media ect…, has this always come naturally for you? Who is the photographer behind the camera?

Emme: I used to model and be in local commercials as a kid.  In the last couple of years I have worked with a few different photographers, and my latest photoshoot was done by Suzanne Teresa.  She is brilliant and made me feel super comfortable, and I had a blast!

MT: Your songs have been featured in several daytime shows including ABC’s One Life to Live and All My Children. How did it feel to have your songs featured and hear them played on these shows?

Emme: It made me feel so thankful and very happy!  

MT:  You also had the incredible experience of having a song be a part of the Victoria Secret national BIOFIT campaign? What was it like working with the DJ/producer Vasili Gavre for that song? 

Emme: It was a very cool experience and I was super nervous while we waiting to hear if our song would be selected. Vasili is very talented and it was awesome collaborating with him.

MT:  Do you have any current projects or more music coming out soon that you would like fans to know about? 

Emme: I am super excited I have brand new music coming at the end of July, that I am thrilled to share with my listeners! I am currently co-hosting Heart of Indie Radio, an international radio show with Eddie, and I am learning so much and having a great time.  It’s a radio station close to my heart because they are helping kids make their dreams come true! I’ll be joining my friends over at Unsigned Chat and a few other podcasts over the next few weeks too. I’m also excited to continue my charity work as a princess for parties and events. Plus teaching kids theatre, music and dance is a regular gig for me – totally love it!




Shakira Winning Her Way With Debut Single


Shakira Lea Fauser, 19, of Whyalla released her Debut Single “I MISS YOU” to the world on Sunday 24th February  thanks to the Whyalla Recording Scholarship.

Shakira Lea reached NUMBER 18 on the Australian iTunes and has been voted

“Song Of The Week” on national radio programme “Oz Country DownUnder

Single cover

A “who’s-who” of musicians feature on the song including Grammy Award Winner Andrew Synowiec, Jim Riley from platinum-selling group Rascal Flatts and mastering in New York by Randy Merrill, who has been recently acclaimed for the “A Star Is Born” Soundtrack.

“I Miss You” is dedicated to anyone who’s experienced loss and found a way to heal.

This power ballad showcases her emotive vocals and sincere message.

Shakira Lea was announced as one of the WRS winners in September last year, entitling her to a year of free management from Stormfront Productions and a professional recording studio package worth $10,000.

Danielle had a chat with Shakira and this is what she had to say.

Danielle: Tell us about your creative journey. How long have you known that you wanted to be a professional singer? 

Shakira: I’ve been interested in singing and music my whole life. I’ve been writing songs since I was 6 and since then I’ve always been interested in recording a song – but there was never really a song I wrote that I fell in love with as much as “I Miss You”. I worked so hard on perfecting the lyrics and writing the music because it was important to me – and I did feel as if it could be a song I could use to push me in the direction of becoming a professional singer. 

Danielle: Your latest single is “I Miss You”. Can you explain the meaning and significance of the song? How does “I Miss You” fit into your brand or current creative direction?

Shakira: This song was written after several people in my life had experienced child loss. One of my closest friends went through it and to work through it she’d listen to the same few songs on repeat and I wanted to be able to help, and express the emotions I saw in them through a song. I did dedicate my song to my Aunty and her daughter who was sadly a victim of child loss.

This song fits into my creative direction as I love to write songs about life experiences. When I was younger I wrote songs about bullying and as I grew up it evolved more into wider personal experiences and experiences of those around me. I feel that’s when my songs are at their best. 

Danielle: Congratulations! How does it feel to know that “I Miss You” climbed to NUMBER 18 on the iTunes Australia Country Chart.  How has that impacted your music career?

Shakira: It was such an amazing and surreal feeling. When my managers were talking about the release we agreed we would be thrilled if a fully Independent Single like mine could break into the top 200 – so to get to #18 in Australia was just so exciting. 

It had a great impact with my music reaching a lot more people than I could ever imagine – and the pure excitement and joy that came along with that was amazing. 

Danielle: You were honoured with the winning of the Whyalla Recording Scholarship. How has that changed your music career?

Shakira: It has given my music career an amazing boost that I don’t think I could have achieved without the Scholarship. It gave me the opportunity to work in a recording studio, learn the whole recording process – and experience a whole new side to this industry that I love so much.

I learned about the processes of mastering, artwork and marketing which is all so fascinating – most people never see that work and don’t think about because it is all behind the scenes. 


Danielle: Do you have a favourite quote or message you’d like to leave with your fans and if so, what would that quote be?

Shakira: There are two quotes that I have always kept in mind.

The first isn’t music related but is definitely important and that is “None of your scars can make me love you less” 

The other is “Good music doesn’t have an expiration date”. This quote is important to me as I’ve had a few people judge some of my music tastes. I really do enjoy older music that’s more from my grandparents generation than mine – but if it’s a good song that you relate to and feel something from, then others opinion won’t matter. 

Danielle: At 19, how do you manage to balance life with your music career? 

Shakira: It can be hard at times to juggle everything from work, my music and also be social but I find that it’s easiest when I focus on what’s going on in the moment instead of overwhelming myself by trying to figure out everything I’ve got going on that day.

Danielle: Besides music, what other passion do you have that you would like your fans to know about?

Shakira: My other passions aside from music are my pets and making candles. Both really relax me and in times of stress calm me down! 

Danielle: What has been your favourite performance and why? 

Shakira: My favourite performance would be one of my performances at the world famous Tunarama Festival in Port Lincoln because my great grandad came to see me. He meant the absolute world to me so seeing him there supporting me meant everything.

Danielle: Do you have any upcoming performances that you would like your fans to know about? 

Shakira: Two of my upcoming performances this month are the official “Launch Party” for my Single – and I’ll be performing the National Anthem at my hometown’s Anzac Eve Vigil – Anzac Day is Australia’s most sacred moment to remember all who’ve given their lives in war for our Country.  

Danielle: Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans?

Shakira: I would love to say a massive thank you to my family and fans for all the support I’ve received since releasing my Single, and also for all the help provided by Alison Hams and Mark Tempany. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see where else it takes me. 

Links to Shakira

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shakiraleamusic

Website: www.shakiraleamusic.com

LISTEN TO “I MISS YOU” on Spotify here:


Shakira Winning Her Way With Debut Single 



Jaylee Daniels Aims For The Stars as Reality Hits with Debut Single

Jaylee Daniels

15 year old JAYLEE DANIELS from the South Australian Outback has released her Debut Original Single to the world, thanks to sponsorship from STORMFRONT PRODUCTIONS and the Whyalla Recording Scholarship.

Single Cover Jaylee Daniels

In an amazing achievement for South Australian music, Jaylee’s “Papa’s Song” has reached NUMBER 7 on the iTunes Australian Country Music Chart and is receiving radio airplay across the country. 

“Papa’s Song” is a tribute to Jaylee’s beloved late grandfather as she follows his footsteps with a passion for country music. This bluegrass song will have everyone singing around the campfire as soon as they hear it.

Danielle Haskell caught up with Jaylee and asked a few questions.

Danielle: Tell us about your creative journey. Your latest single is “Papa’s Song”. Can you explain the meaning and significance of the song?

Jaylee: I was lucky enough to be born into a family that loves music, from my Papa to my older sister who also sang and performed. I started lessons at a young age and have worked hard to be the best I can be at something I love. I enjoy the challenges of singing, and playing guitar, performing and songwriting.

I wrote “Papa’s Song” as a tribute to my late Papa and all the memories he created with our family. He taught us to love music and he was a big Country Music fan himself. He loved to listen to us sing and he really enjoyed following the other country musicians in my hometown of Whyalla.

Danielle: Tell us about how “Papa’s Song” fits into your brand or current creative direction?

Jaylee: Until I won the chance to record my Debut Single I didn’t really think I had a brand, although Country Music has been a big part of my family’s music influence. I like listening to a variety of music, but it wasn’t until I started writing my own music that the Country style came out in my writing. I have always enjoyed putting words to paper, and seeing my songs come to life. My songs tend to be life-related and very family-focused, which is how “Papa’s Song” was born.

Danielle: HUGE Congratulations! How does it feel to know that Papa’s Song, on its first day, climbed to NUMBER 7 on the iTunes Australia Country Chart where you are one of only two South Australian artist among a predominant Major American field (The other SA Artist was fellow WRS Winner Shakira Lea at NUMBER 18!)? How has that impacted your music career?

Jaylee: Number seven, WOW! I never thought that Papa’s Song would be in the top 100, let alone Number Seven. “Papa’s Song” is so special to me and I’m so proud that others loved it too. To see my Debut Single in the charts has shown me anything is possible and it’s been an awesome start to my music career as it’s given me an amazing platform to begin my journey on. It is something that I know Papa would have been super proud of too.

Danielle: Your Single was part of your prize in winning the Whyalla Recording Scholarship. How has that changed your music career?

Jaylee: Being awarded a Whyalla Recording Scholarship prize has allowed me to not only record and release my Debut Single, but it’s shown me how songs are recorded and produced, and given me a big insight into the music industry. To me the WRS is so much more than just winning a prize, it’s the guidance and mentoring that I have received from Alison and Mark at Stormfront Productions that has allowed me to achieve my dreams of becoming a recording artist. This Scholarship is huge to young musicians like myself, giving us this amazing platform to start off our own music carers with our Original music.

Danielle: Do you have a favourite quote or message you like to leave with your fans and if so, what would that quote be?

Jaylee: “Dreams don’t work unless you do, aim for the moon and if you miss you may hit a star “

Having one of my own songs come to life and be presented to the world is definitely hitting my star. I never imagined it would become my reality.

In 2016 I was honoured to finish in the top 5 of the WRS and thoroughly enjoyed the experience – so I decided to enter again in 2018 with “Papas Song”. Winning my prize shows me dreams really do come true so dream big and never give up!

Danielle: How do you manage to balance life with your music career?

Jaylee: Being only 15 and still studying in High School, life at the moment is a juggle as my schooling is still my main priority. But the WRS team provide great guidance and encouragement with my music and with massive support from my parents, I still get to do the things I love with my creative arts of Music and Dance.

Danielle: What has been your favourite performance and why?  Do you have any upcoming performances that you would like your fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans?

Jaylee: My favourite performances so far would be Whyalla’s LIONS “Carols In The Park” in front of 5500 people. I’ve volunteered as a member of the “Carols Community Choir” for many years and feel privileged to be able to perform at this charity event which has been a huge success for so many years. I enjoy singing and performing at all my events but do love singing at charity events within our community, such as “McHappy Day” and “Jamm for Genes”.

 Links to Jaylee

Website: www.jayleedaniels.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jayleedanielsmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JayleeDMusic
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/jayleedanielsmusic

Jaylee Daniels Aims For The Stars as Reality Hits with Debut Single

papa’s song – jaylee daniels


Natalie Shay Performs to Sold Out Audiences and Smashing it as an Indie Artist

Natalie shay

Already performing to sold-out audiences in London, Natalie Shay, at 19, is already a recognized force within the music industry. With a single out that climbed the iTunes singer/songwriter charts all the way to number 4, there is no doubt this award winning artist’s career is going to continue to rise!.


Danielle: Your song “Yesterday” is generating a lot of buzz. Can you explain the title, story behind the song and how this song reflects your music style?

Natalie:  I suppose the song is basically about a short lived very one sided relationship I was in. I wrote this song essentially the day after I realised I could do so much better than chasing someone who never wanted to completely commit to me. I suppose the title is because at the time of writing it, I’d had my epiphany ‘yesterday’! I wanted the song to still be upbeat because it wasn’t something I’d gotten too down about, I hope others can relate to the lyrics and it can maybe uplift them enough to also walk away.

Danielle: You have performed for sold-out audiences at some of the iconic places in London. Can you tell everyone where you have been performing? What has been your most memorable performance and why?

Natalie:  Yes! so my most recent awesome show was my first headline earlier in Feb in London which we sold out!!! It was such an incredible but super fun evening, I’m so grateful to everyone who bought a ticket and made it down. This was probably my most memorable performance because as far as first headline’s go I think it was so fun, and will always be a special memory.

Danielle: If you had to pick three words to describe your personality, what would they be? Besides music, what do you like to do that might surprise your fans?


Natalie:  hmmmm, crazy, loud & stressed (lol).

My no.1 main hobby outside of music is musical theatre, I love seeing musicals and taking part in as many as I can, they’re so much fun and act as such a lovely way to break up a week full of music work.

Danielle: Do you write all of your own songs? If there was one message you would want your fans to take away from your music, what would that be?

Natalie: I write all of my own songs in some capacity. Some of my songs for example, ‘Whole of me” and ‘This Feeling’, I wrote solely by myself and worked with incredible producers to take them from just me and an acoustic guitar to what they have become. But of course I often write with other people too. I really enjoy writing my own lyrics because that’s what I feel most comfortable performing, but I love working with new people and seeing what we can write and create.

Danielle: At 20, you have already been recognized by the music industry with more than one award. Can you tell your fans about these awards and how winning has helped move your career forward?

Natalie: The awards I won were a few years back. I’ve always said that without winning these, I would never have ever had the confidence to pursue music as a career let alone full time. One of the main ones was the ‘Best undiscovered talent’ award at the 2015 London Music awards. This was such an incredible evening and it’s definitely changed my life.

Links to Natalie Shay

Website: http://www.natalieshay.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/natalieshay_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatalieShayMusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natalieshaymusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NatalieShayMusic

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6pDapjUwN36LXMdYk0WKuQ

Natalie Shay Performs to Sold Out Audiences and Smashing it

yesterday – natalie shay


Indie Pop Singer Songwriter, Annelie is Destined For Success

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This young singer/songwriter is currently #2 on ReverbNation for the Los Angeles area. Annelie’s amazing vocals and talent are capturing the attention of her fans on social media. She already has a >30,000 Instagram following that is growing every day. All you have to do is listen to one of her songs to know this young artist is is one to watch!


You not only sing you also play guitar. How long have you been singing and playing guitar?

Annelie: Yes I do! I also play ukulele and piano as well. I have played the piano since I was about 5, and I taught myself ukulele 2 years ago. Guitar is actually my newest instrument, which i picked up during this last summer. I have been singing as long as I can remember since I was a little girl, but around age 9 is when I formally started to take vocal lessons and put much more focus on it. 


Do you write all of your own songs? Have you ever collaborated with anyone when writing your music? Is there a particular brand you want your fans to relate to when they listen to your music?

Annelie: I have written most of my original songs with the help of some amazing producers and writers. Sometimes I come in with almost a whole song written or just an idea and sometimes I walk into a session and start from scratch with the people I am working with, it all varies.

For my sound, in the past, my earlier songs had more of a pop vibe to them, probably because I was younger and had a bit of a different taste in music than I have now. 

Now I listen to mostly indie alternative music and sometimes indie-pop, so that taste will definitely be reflected in my new stuff that I am working on. Very excited to share some of my new music!! My goal with my music is to be able to make my listeners relate to and feel what I am singing about and maybe get them to feel that they know me as a person through my music!!

Danielle Question:

You have a following on Instagram of > 30,000 fans and growing every day. What have been your favourite aspects of social using social media to connect with fans?

Annelie Response: Hahaa….we’ll see where it is when you post this as my mom is really great at blocking and deleting =))….but yes, I never really expected my instagram to grow this much when i first started it. I am very happy about it because it means that people like listening to me and that really motivates me to keep going. I think one main goal with my music is to create a story or put feelings, that are hard to describe in words, in a song, so other people and friends can relate to it. The best part about creating is seeing your creation bring out feelings in someone and that is one thing that I feel I get to see through my social media. It makes my day when I see comments about how my cover or song made someone feel happy, sad, or whatever feeling it is, that my music brought out in them!

Danielle Question:

Outside of music, what are some other interests that fans may like to know about? Describe a typical day for you?

Annelie: I am still a high school student so that keeps me very busy. Along with school and music, I love to be athletic and I was a gymnast for almost 13 years until injuries forced me to quit. Gymnastic was a huge part of my life for the longest time, so it was really hard to say goodbye. Now, I started competitive diving so that I can still keep my love from gymnastics of tumbling and flipping and to stay athletic everyday Another interest or passion of mine is helping and caring for animals. I also involve myself in various music events that helps to support funding cancer research for children’s hospital of LA and St Jude’s. My original song ‘Raining Dreams’ was written after I had spent some time for the first time, with children my own age and younger, battling different types of cancer. I dedicate any incoming funds from purchases, streams etc from that song to support funding.

A usual, typical weekday for me is probably going to school, then diving practice, and coming home to do my homework. If I have time during the week, I always try to fit a little music in, but weekends are usually when I can focus on my music. Most weekends I either have 1 or 2 writing sessions unless I have a dive meet.

annelie singerDanielle:

Congratulations! You’re currently ranked #2 on ReverbNation for the Los Angeles, CA, US charts. How has that recognition moved your career forward?

Annelie Response: Reverbnation has been very helpful to me since the beginning! As an indie artist, just starting in the music industry 2 years ago, being 13, it’s really difficult to get heard at all. They were incredible for me and I have been offered so many opportunities through them. For example, last summer I was offered the opportunity to travel to New York for the first time to record my original songs onto vinyls, it was so much fun. This past winter I was invited to be part of their ‘CONNECT’ program, which is a program for a select group of artists within all of Reverbnation. Very grateful for their support!!


Do you currently record all of your songs in Los Angeles? Do you find being in the Los Angeles area is an advantage for an artist?

Annelie Response: I mainly do work in the Los Angeles area because it is where I reside permanently. During the summer my family go to Sweden, where I have family from my moms side so I have dual citizenship as well and can work there and we also live there for a month or so during summer. Los Angeles is a great place to be for a musician because a lot of people in the music industry live here and there is so much going on here all the time. On the flip side of that, sometimes it is harder to be seen in LA because there are so many in the industry here and the competition is quite incredible!!


Where can fans find your music, performance information, merchandise…? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Annelie: You guys can find my music on almost all streaming platforms; Spotify, iTunes, Apple music, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Deezer, Google play, Tidal, Youtube music, and Amazon music and I will, if I may, include a smart link to all from my last original song ‘Honesty’!! 


It would mean a lot if you guys took a minute to check it out and please let me know what you think=)) I have not really started touring with my music yet,  instead I try to focus on writing and recording right now, but if I do have a performance, I will usually announce that on my Instagram. I also don’t have any mercy out right now, but I would look forward to making some if I get to that point, 

promoting yourself as an indie is really hard and expensive so any support here are greatly appreciated! I firmly believe though, the growth you allow yourself to have if you don’t force it, will all pay back in a more solid and mature content. Success will be a product only as good as your efforts.

Thank You so much for taking the time to write this interview. I really Love your support and I need it)

Please come along and get excited with me for new music very soon!!


Links to Annelie

Website:  http://anneliemusic.com/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVEQZSDo_U502HZ8jrdMNTg

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/annelie_music/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AnnelieMusic/

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/staring-at-the-sun-single/id1230535456

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/annelie_music

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/4qbkSzkf0maRkyaFASVAga

Smart URL: http://smarturl.it/Annelie-Honesty

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/anneliemusic

Indie Pop Singer Songwriter, Annelie is Destined For Success

honesty – annelie


Country Teen Singer Kaley Pearson Already Writing About Important Life Topics

Kaley pearson

This teen already knows how to relate to her fans through music. Kaley chooses important life topics that impact everyone! Read below and learn where Kaley has been performing and what is coming up next.


Danielle: At 14 years old, you have already started your music career and are receiving great reviews. When did you realize you wanted to be a singer / songwriter?

Kaley: I have been singing since a small child. I began singing lessons at nine years old and loved it. At eleven, I began learning to write my own songs. I love original music. 

Danielle: What was the name and meaning of your first song? How many songs have you written since? Do you collaborate with anyone when you write songs?

Kaley: My first song is titled, Find a Boy. It is about finding a boy whose heart belongs to Jesus and is a good person. I have written around 50 or more songs. I love to co-write with experienced singer-songwriters.  

Danielle: What do you love most about Music City?

Kaley: I love the opportunities for young musicians like myself. There are so many places to perform and numerous musicians who are willing to help emerging artists to learn.

Danielle: Where was your most recent performance? What has been your favorite performance so far and why?

Kaley: My most recent performance was at the Tin Roof in Nashville at one of Mary Kutter’s songwriter rounds.

My favorite place that I have performed so far is the Bluebird Café. I love that it is quiet, so that the songwriter is heard clearly and it is so packed and everyone is close together.

Danielle: If there was one message you could send to your fans or to other teens, what would it be?

Kaley:The music I write is relatable to many people. I write about friendships, love, not being accepted, and many other social issues that occur in life. I think it is important for people to hear about things that are difficult to talk about or hard for some to express.

Danielle: Where can fans find your music and performance information? Do you have any new songs coming out? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Kaley: I have a new ep coming out this spring. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

Links to Kaley Pearson

Website: www.kaleypearsonmusic.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/kaleypearsonmusic

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kpearsonmusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kpmusic13

Spotify: www.open.spotify.com/artist/4CyL0bPRz8SPJ9YWa3RAba?si=pjAywP0SRxoFbpAk5Gek1A

Country Teen Singer Kaley Pearson Already Writing About Important Life Topics

the kind i wanna be – kaley pearson


Layne Elizabeth Set To Release A New Single Every Month

layne elizabeth

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Layne Elizabeth may be in her teen years, but her drive, experience, personality and talent are grabbing the attention of the media and industry already!  All you have to do is listen to her music once to know, Layne Elizabeth can impact everyone with her talent and vocals. Teen Talks was happy to connect with Layne Elizabeth while she shared some of her already amazing stories with us for “Music Talks”!

Danielle Question:

Music comes so naturally for you that you’ve been told you have a perfect pitch. When did you realize your musical gift and that you wanted to be a singer / songwriter? You also play multiple instruments. Can you list the instruments you play and when you first started playing each one?

Layne Elizabeth:

My parents got me a piano for Christmas when I was six, and I would hear songs and be able to play them on the piano, so my parents decided to put me in lessons that year. Since then, I’ve learned how to play guitar, ukulele, and bass also. I got my Martin guitar a few Christmases ago and learned to play on that, and that’s when I really started getting serious about songwriting. With ukulele and bass, I’ve been able to just pick them up and play whatever I want from using the other instrument knowledge I already have.


How many songs have you written? Do you collaborate with anyone when writing your music? When you’re writing, is there a particular message you’re hoping your fans will take away from your music?

Layne Elizabeth:

girl holding guitarI’ve been writing since I was 13 and have written probably around 70 or more songs since I started. I write almost all of my songs on my own at the moment, but I would really like to collaborate with other artists in the future. When I write, I want my songs to represent the feelings of people who hear them and not just my own.


You also played in a band. Do you have a name for the band? Can you tell your fans how you and your band members met? How has playing in a band influenced your songs and live performances?

Layne Elizabeth:

The place where I used to take music lessons offered a garage band program that I joined. Eventually, a few other musicians from the program and I ended up leaving and making our own independent band called The Backup Plan. Playing with the band helped me build up the confidence to sing in front of people on my own because I was able to feel more comfortable with the band playing behind me. I stopped playing in the band a little over a year ago to focus more on my solo career.


Where was your most memorable performance? What made it the most memorable?

Layne Elizabeth:

I did a college house show with a friend of mine, Jake Scott, this past summer. It was one of my favourite performances because I got to explain the stories behind a lot of my original music, and the audience was the most attentive one I’ve ever played for, so I was able to share a little more about my songs.

Danielle Question:

While you were on the west coast, you walked into a particular guitar shop and started to play. The reaction of the owner and customers only confirmed that you belong in the music industry. Can you tell your fans the story of where you were, the reaction of everyone in the store as you were playing and singing, and what you were thinking at that very moment?

Layne Elizabeth:

I was visiting some family in California, and they wanted to take me to a place called Norman’s Rare Guitars because they thought I would like it. I was noodling on a few of the guitars, and I wanted to make an Instagram video of me playing something, so I had my mom record a little video of me playing and singing. The owner of the store, Norm, heard and asked if he could make a video of me singing for their YouTube channel. He interviewed me a little bit at the beginning of the video, and I was really shy in the video because I had never been interviewed before. When I saw the video online for the first time ever, I thought it was so cool because it had almost 10,000 views on it in the first week, which was a lot of people hearing my music!

Danielle Question:

You once described yourself as reserved or shy. So many artists and fans can relate to having a certain level of anxiety before going on stage or before a big event in their life. How did you overcome your stage fright? What advice would you give others who feel that same kind of angst before they go on stage or participate in an important event?

Layne Elizabeth:

Playing in a band for a long time really helped me with my confidence, but I still was terrified of singing without the band behind me. In the spring of my freshman year, some of my fellow band members and I got asked if we each wanted to do a solo act at a big showcase performance with a bunch of other local artists. For some reason, I said yes, and I pretty much overcame my stage fright instantly with that performance. It’s a very very hard thing to do, but I would encourage artists who are struggling with similar things to push themselves out of their comfort zone and maybe start with a small group of friends to sing for first. If you just do it and don’t overthink the uncomfortableness of it, you’ll be happy you did it and feel accomplished afterwards.

Danielle Question:

Where can fans find your music and performance information? Do you have any new songs coming out? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Layne Elizabeth:

People can check out my website for more information:


Also, I post about my life, my upcoming shows and new music on my social media:




I have lots of new music coming out this year! In January, I released the first single, Empty, of a 12 song album that I recorded over the summer. I’ll be releasing a new single from that album each month in 2019 and then re-releasing it as an entire album at the end of the year. Keep an eye out for the next single, The Ride, which will be out February 22. It’s about my life as a musician and how the journey can be just as enjoyable as the destination.

more Links to Layne elizabeth


iTunes: https://apple.co/2RP3SYt

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2G7FnPj

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2MzGHLY


empty – layne elizabeth


Singer Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy is a Pop/Soul artist from New Jersey who brought her stirring hooks to Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 2017. Karen’s sound is often compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Sza, and Tori Kelly, with a voice that’s said to be “sweet and smooth like honey”.

Karen was surrounded by music at a young age, from musicals at summer camp to her Dads love of The Beatles and Martin guitars. At the age of 15, Karen picked up the guitar herself and immediately began experimenting with writing songs. She left public high school at 16 to allow more time for her craft and got her diploma online. Karen released her debut EP “Clouds” in June of 2017 in October, she released her debut single “Never Do”.


Danielle: What got you into music? When did you begin singing, writing songs and playing guitar? When did you know this would be your passion and future career?

Karen: My dad plays guitar so we were always dancing and singing together. But when I was in the 2nd grade my mom got me a Carrie Underwood CD and from then on I knew that I wanted to do what she does. When I was 15 I tried out for the Xfactor (because I really thought that television shows were the only way to make it in the music industry). At the audition there were hundreds and hundreds of girls my age who looked just like me and wanted the same thing that I did. So when I didn’t make it onto the show, I went home and decided that I needed to make myself different. I picked up guitar and after learning a few chords, I began writing songs!

Danielle: You are compared to the sound of Ariana Grande, Sza and Tori Kelly. Are these artists some of your influences and did you have other musical inspirations in your creative path? What genre do you consider your music to be?

Karen: Absolutely! I mentioned before that Carrie Underwood was the one who kickstarted my dream of being a singer, and when I was 8 years old I really thought that I wanted to be a country singer. But once I started listening to the radio more and more, I realized that I wasn’t in love with country music, I was just in love with Carrie Underwood’s voice and the way she sang. It took me a while to figure out my sound. I started listening to more Carole King type music (soul from the 60s-70s) and then more current R&B and I was HOOKED. I’ve really found my place sonically and it just works so well with who I am, but it took my 6 years to figure it out. So – to answer your question, I would consider myself Pop/R&B 🙂

Danielle: You are originally from New Jersey, but are currently living in Nashville. How long have you lived in Nashville? What opportunities have you encountered since you moved to “Music City”?

Karen: I moved to Nashville in September of 2017! Nashville has been amazing. Literally everywhere you go you meet a musician. I feel that I’ve been able to start to assemble a small team of people who get my sound and what I’m trying to do. I’m so in love with this city. Singer Karen Hardy

Danielle: Your latest Album is called “Never Do”. Do you write all of your own songs? Can you explain what inspired you for the title of the single and the meaning behind the song?

Karen: I write all of my songs, including “Never Do”! “Never Do” started with my cowriter, Chelsea Balan, and I. She played me a voice memo of the chorus and I loved it! But then we ended up sitting there for 2 hours and couldn’t write the rest of it. We then took it to our producer/writer friend Brandon Meagher (who also produced it). We really worked for this song and I’m so proud of it. 

Danielle: If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would that be? If there was one message you could give to your fans, what would that be?

Karen : Thats a really hard question! I think my ultimate dream is to be a safe space for music fans. I want to create a place for fans to feel whatever they’re feeling.

Danielle: Do you have any live performances planned? Where can your fans find your music? Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?

Karen: Next year will be filled with performances in Nashville and the New Jersey area! I’m hoping towards the end of the year I can venture out of those home bases and tour some other cities! Also a few more singles in 2019 can definitely be expected 🙂

Website: https://www.karenhardymusic.com 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/karenannhardy/never-do/s-DzUF3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenhardymusic

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karenhardymusic/

Never Do – Karen Hardy


Indie Artist Madison Mueller
Singer Songwriter Madison Mueller

Madison Mueller

Interview with Danielle Haskell

As “Young Adult Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards, this 18 year old singer/songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist from Barrie Ontario, Canada is becoming a name to remember! Maddie has been playing and studying music for twelve years, and started performing wherever possible since she was 8. Writing, performing and recording her music has become her love. Maddie is proving her dream to make music her whole life is definitely becoming her reality.


Danielle: You are about to release your fourth single called “Exhale”. Can you share with your fans the meaning of “Exhale” and how you came up with the title?


Maddie: The meaning of “Exhale”, while it has many sad lyrics and points throughout the song, was mainly to remind myself that even when things get tough, sometimes all you need to do is take in a big breath, and then exhale. It’s easy to forget that doing such a simple thing can help you take in your surroundings and figure out how to go about fixing your issue.


Danielle: Do you write all of your own songs? Have you ever collaborated with anyone when writing your music? Is there a particular theme you want your fans to relate to when they listen to your music?


Maddie: So far I have been mostly writing all my own songs. I have done a bit of collaboration with others, but have yet to release any of those works in progress. Currently I am going through a lot of changes in my life right now, and writing about each situation helps me get through them. My music tends to explain what I’m going through, and also attempts to show a resolution to the issue if there is one.


Danielle: You have recorded 4 studio songs. Can you describe what one of your days in the studio is like for fans?


Maddie: A day in the studio starts off very fast paced. I normally get into the studio and show the producer in person which song we will be tackling. From there I lay down the first instrument, which will be whatever I have written the song on. After a few takes of that, we then lay down a bunch of vocals and finally the magic happens. We start adding the next instruments and ideas that have been floating around in my head. Drums, bass and guitar are built into the song and by then, that normally covers a full day in the studio. From there it’s a lot of fine tuning and realizing where I really would like the song to go. It’s always a new experience and I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching my songs develop into their final mix.


Danielle: You not only sing, you play guitar, piano, offer vocal lessons and teach piano. How does that experience influence your own music recordings?

Maddie: Teaching is a job like no other. It is extremely rewarding, and always puts a smile on my face. It’s so amazing to see other kids finally finish a song that they have been working on for what seems like forever. What’s even more astounding is what I learn from them as well. Each time I teach a new concept, it helps me understand what it is I am teaching even better, and sometimes it helps me figure out an easier way to accomplish something. I take that everywhere with me, not just into recording. If teaching has really taught me anything, it is to be open with learning.


Danielle: You recently won the “Young Adult Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards. How has winning influenced the future possibilities for your career as a musician?

Maddie : Winning any award is a push in the right direction, but winning something as highly acclaimed as a Josie Award is just incredibly motivating. It allows me to have more faith in myself that I have the ability to accomplish my dreams, and it shows that I have been working hard to reach them. I am still so honoured to have taken home that award, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the local press around my city. Overall, it just proves to me that I am on the right track with my life, and it drives me to continue working hard.


Danielle: Rumour has it that Maddie Mueller is also an amazing softball pitcher. Outside of music, what are some other interests, including softball that fans may like to know about? How have these outside influences impacted your music or creativity?

Maddie: Haha, I do love my softball! I have been playing for 10 years, and it’s my second love after music! I have a few other hobbies and interests as well. I really love to write stories. If I had the dedication to write a full book, I definitely would. That’s a trait that runs in my family through, because both my brother and sister are fantastic writers as well. On top of that, I also love to stargaze. Space really intrigues me so I like to learn all about what’s beyond our planet. And one of the things that I am truly the best at are puns. I love making them any chance I get. If you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll tell you just how annoying I can get with them. But above all that, music is my number one interest, and that is something I will never get enough of.


Danielle: You not only support your own music, but can be found supporting others via Teen Talks. How has being part of Teen Talks impacted your music career?

Maddie: Teen talks has opened my door to so many amazing opportunities, but above that it has allowed me to start conversations with some ridiculously talented young artists. Each time I interview one of them, I find myself being completely inspired. I say it all the time, but being surrounded by like minded people is one of the best feelings, and TeenTalks has opened so many doors in that respect. If I could have them all in the same place, I would! TeenTalks is for the musicians, from the musicians, and I think that automatically impacts each artists’ career.

Danielle: Where can fans find your music, performance information, merchandise…? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Maddie: My music is available on all streaming sites under the name Madison Mueller. I am also on all social medias:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/maddiemakesmusic77/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maddiemakesmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_maddiemueller_ 


I am working towards getting some merchandise in the next few months and I am super excited for it. I will be playing at a showcase called Glow over the next month and the dates will be listed on my website: www.maddiemakesmusic.com. And finally, my song “Exhale” will be dropping on November 22nd! Make sure to check it out!


Breath Of Air – Madison Mueller


Awesome Talent Like This Is Sure To Capture Your Attention

olivia cella

girl singer

Known for her soulful sound this talented 16 year old is sure to capture the attention of her audiences. Besides singing, Olivia also plays piano and a little guitar. Olivia’s talent does not stop there. She has also stared in independent films and on TV shows. You won’t want to miss what she has to say about her music and her career! 


Your  two singles “Missing U” and “Us2” have been said to be easily relatable. When did you start writing your own songs? Can you explain what inspired you to write “Missing U” and “Us2” song?


I started writing songs when I started singing. They weren’t good songs but it was a start to a long journey. I actually wrote Missing Uand Us 2 off of a bunch of different experiences. I took the relationship issues from my mother, friends and personal experiences I had and combined them into both songs. There was really no specific event but the feeling was still expressed exactly as I felt it.


Having already performed at the Apollo Theater in NYC, can you explain what that experience was like? What has been your favorite venue for performing?


 Performing at the Apollo Theater was my favorite venue, the crowd was so hype and so big. The theatre was full to capacity 1500 people. It was such an honor and preparing for that performance was such a great learning experience and I can picture the exact moment on stage perfectly in my head.


In addition to being musically gifted, you are a talented actress. Can you share some of the acting projects you have been involved in? Do you have anything you would like to share with your fans about your future acting plans?


 My first acting gig was a short film called Bodies. I was about 9 months old so I don’t remember it. I started acting classes in NYC at age 6 and continue to study my craft.  I have worked on commercials, TV appearances and two feature films. I am particularly proud of my work on crime thriller “Blowtorch”. The film is set in Brooklyn, I play the lead characters youngest daughter. I hope to do more roles like that in the future.



When you have free time, what do you like to do for fun besides music? How do you balance your music with your other obligations such as school or any other interests you may have?


I am a typical teenage girl where I like to hang out with my fiends like anyone else my age. I also study a lot as I am in 3 AP classes this year and hope to get into a good college. This month alone I took the SA

T’s and taking the ACT’s next week. My mom wanted me to stay in regular school so it has always been a challenge to pursue my singing and acting yet be in regular school. But we have managed and I will be graduating High School this June. Something about me many don’t know is  that I am actually the youngest certified yoga teacher in the state of NJ and teach every Tuesday night at a studio in my town Aerial Yoga. I’ve been doing yoga since around age 6 – yoga was incorporated as part of my training back during my figure skating days. It helped with flexibility and focus. I always wanted to become a yoga teacher and received my certificate this summer.


What’s next? Do you have any up-coming performances? Do you have anything else you would like your fans to know?


Yes, I perform regularly in and around  the NYC, NJ area. I post my up and coming performances on my Facebook page and ReverbNation page – so please follow me on those sites to be informed on my next gig. I recently signed with a new manager. Together we are planning many new things – too soon to announce but follow my social media pages as I will be letting you know once things are official. All I can say now is lots of super great things are happening.


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Website: http://www.oliviacella.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oliviacella1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OliviaCella1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oliviacella/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OliviaCella

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0012MbXnWE3SOtQdfg8CBb?si=lvf72l83RYGtlVUw2IBVPw​Reverbnation:https://www.reverbnation.com/oliviacella?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

HypeURL: http://hyperurl.co/kyf35v


us 2 – olivia cella



Ava Paige

At 13 years old, Ava Paige is already the talk of Nashville!

As the Junior Josie Award 2017 Vocalist of Year this guitar playing singer / songwriter has proven she has the talent to achieve her goal of playing at the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry!

Ava can already be found playing live weekly in Nashville. If you can’t catch her live, her appropriately titled EP “Having A Dream” is being played on indie-music stations worldwide and is available for sale on her website.

Follow Ava Paige’s social media sites and quickly understand why she captivates her fans with her songs about her friendships, being young, the love of the lake and fishing.


WEBSITE:  https://www.avapaigemusic.com/

us – ava paige


Alyssa Lynn, Dual Finalist Nominee For Nashville Universe Awards

Alyssa lynn


This 16 year old natural born singer / songwriter has “country” in her blood. She may be growing up up in a small town outside of Knoxville, TN, but there is nothing small about her distinct vocal style. She has an EP coming soon, so make sure you check out her release plans. I had the pleasure of meeting Alyssa Lynn at the Nashville Universe Awards and I agree that her dynamic personality will carry her far! We caught up again for this interview and this is what Alyssa had to say:

Danielle: You are known for your distinct vocal style. Who are your vocal inspirations and why?

Alyssa Lynn:

Vocally my inspirations are the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert because of their range and their voice characteristics fit my voice well. 

Danielle:  Like your inspiration Dolly Pardon, you are becoming a role model by finding ways to give back. Can you tell your fans more about how you sing as a volunteer?

Alyssa Lynn:

I am part of an organization called “Musicians on Call”. This organization sends artists to hospitals all around the United States to sing to the patients. The organization requires the artists to be at least 16 years old so I just started volunteering with them. I will be singing at pediatric hospitals which can range from infants to 20-21 year olds. The age group that I plan on focusing towards is people my age because teenagers are harder to reach. Little kids typically don’t fully understand why they’re in there and are just happy hearing you sing. Teenagers usually shut people out and think the worst. I know what it feels like to be hooked up to an IV and see doctors for months at a time so my goal is to show teenagers that no matter what they are going through, they can get through it and still do what they love to do because I got through it for the past 3 years doing what I love to do and that’s music.

Danielle: Congratulations, because you made the final Nashville Universe Awards nominations in not just one, but two categories, Rising Star of the Year and Song of The Year. What was your initial reaction when you saw your name on the list and to attend the awards?

Alyssa Lynn:

“Wow” was my first reaction because this was my first time being nominated for anything and my first award ceremony. I was honored to be nominated and I loved getting to meet new people and also meet some of the people that I have communicated with before. I would love to go back next year, even if I’m not nominated again or don’t win again. I would love to go back and meet more people and see the performances.

Danielle: You have participated in singing competitions since you were 4 years old. How have the singing competitions helped move your career forward and explain the excellent opportunity that you were given at age 14 when you were found at a competition by a representative from PCG Nashville.

Alyssa Lynn:

When I was four, I started singing at this really small karaoke place. That helped me figure out my career because I loved singing in front of people. When I was 7 I finally figured out that singing actually could be a career. My first biggest competition was for Taylor Swift tickets when I was 6 years old. I came in second to a 30 year old. The competitions gave me the opportunity to grow and figure out song choices. At 14 years old I was singing in a competition and one of the judges gave me a pamphlet with the information for PCG which is an artist development company. I signed with them at 15. This past January makes 1 year since I have signed with them. They have helped me a lot with my performance skills and my confidence. Before them I didn’t know how to do interviews or how to talk to people. Because of them I have been able to continuously grow.

Danielle: What’s next for you? Are you currently working on an EP? Do you have any performance dates / locations coming up that you would like to share with fans?

Alyssa Lynn:

I have been working on my very first EP album. It comes out May 27th. My song “You Keep Me Wild” is on it. I’m having a big party in Florida to release it. Also, I will have merchandise and my CD’s will be on my website soon. There will also be an option when you buy anything, that you can have me sign it before we ship it. I’m really excited because I don’t think that there’s really anything like that out there right now. As far as my tour goes, I will be doing a tour starting with my Florida release party where I will be doing a 45 minute acoustic performance of my album. Next, I’ll be in Marion Kansas for Drake White and Montgomery Gentry. After that I will be in Rich Hill Missouri for John Michael Montgomery, July 20th. Next, I will be in Hillsboro Missouri opening up for Montgomery Gentry again. I also have a couple more dates in the works but they aren’t official yet.

WEBSITE: http://alyssalynnmusic.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaLynnMusic/



YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqg0M5mrC5wr0gtUWpmCDNw​

Alyssa Lynn, Dual Finalist Nominee For Nashville Universe Awards

epk – alyssa lynn


Alyssa Marie Coon

SingerAlyssa Marie Coon may describe herself as quiet and shy, but this singer/songwriter/musician from Florida is already making great strides in the music industry.

The 13 year old musician plays piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. She is so passionate about her music she plans to add even more instruments to her list of possibilities.

With music as a huge part of Alyssa’s life for as long as she can remember, she recalls entertaining her family on car rides with her singing of the songs from the Wizard of Oz by age two.

Much to the family’s surprise Alyssa was on key and had every word memorised.

Knowing music would continue to be part of her life forever, Alyssa started taking voice and piano lessons at age 6 allowing her self-confidence to grow.

Don’t mistake her reserve personality for lack of self-assurance, because Alyssa has been performing at local events and for charities since she began her formal lessons.

Enrolled in a performing arts school as a vocal major, Alyssa also sings in chorus, chorale and girls ensemble. However, Alyssa’s talents don’t end there.

Since she loves and listens to all varieties of music, Alyssa applies that to her lessons as well. Always striving to improve her voice and challenge herself she has vocal lessons in and can sing and play classical, opera, folk, country and pop music.

Regardless of genre, Alyssa loves to learn the meaning behind songs and why they were written. Expressive music encourages Alyssa to write impactful music of her own. Her accomplishments have provided her with opportunities to play at various venues, events and competitions throughout the state of Florida. Recently she became part of Phil Collins’ Little Dreams Foundation.

Music has benefited Alyssa in all aspects of her life. Music has given her the ability to memorize things quickly, site read and has given her a photographic memory.

Since Alyssa can’t stop thinking about music, she has made her motto: “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”.

Alyssa is working towards her dreams every day. She stresses not to let anyone stop you.

Alyssa can be quoted as saying “Only you can make your dreams a reality by working and not accepting no for an answer. Focus on your dreams and don’t worry about what others are doing. Learn from others but don’t compare yourself to others. Be supportive of others and they will support you. Stay away from negativity.”

When Alyssa is not working on music, she enjoys photography, playing volleyball and getting together with my friends. One thing is definitely clear. No matter what Alyssa is doing, she is well on her way of accomplishing her goal of being a professional musician.

There is no doubt that we will continue to see Alyssa’s name more and more in the music industry.

She is definitely here to stay.

WEBSITE:  http://alyssamariecoonmusic.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AlyssaMarieCoon

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaMarieCoonMusic

YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/user/alyssamarie136

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/alyssamariecoon/

you saved me – alyssa Marie coon