Powerful Songstress Lumane Not Your Typical Pop Artist

Switzerland native Lumane is not your typical pop artist. Much of her inspiration stems from her mother playing “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven on the piano when she was just a toddler. 4 year old Lumane put her foot forward to be like her mom learning to play different instruments throughout the years to come. In the mix of that was learning to use her vocal gift in hopes of expressing her creative side.

Lumane had the opportunity to audition her talents at the age of 13 in front of super star judges in Germany on a show called “Das Supertalent”, which is similar to America’s Got Talent. She sang her heart out only to be left with no invitation back. Lumane was determined to grow. Years later with thousands of hours put into vocal lessons and practice, she auditioned for the Voice of Switzerland making her way through 3 rounds. While this was progress it wasn’t enough for Lumane.

Lumane did not give up. With the support of her family, she pushed further to achieve her dreams. A plane ticket to New York with hope in her heart led to an opportunity to finally take the first steps in using her talents to create her first set of songs.

Lumane worked with a Grammy nominated producer on songs like “Taboo” and “Letters”, which are two recent releases from this electro-pop artist. Her next song titled “White Lies” is a story we all have. Lumane was scared of breaking the heart of a man she was dating thousands of miles away using a white lie to ease the blow of the breakup. You can feel the battle of emotions throughout the song with verses that build up to explosive choruses. Sounds like good song, right? You can hear for yourself on all streaming platforms.

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Danielle/MT: 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?

Lumane: Growing up I always wanted to be like Christina Aguilera. She’s such a powerhouse singer. But ever since “Joanne” came out my biggest musical influence is definitely Lady Gaga. I love her musical style, the passion and power in her voice and what she stands for as a person. Lady Gaga is truly trying to make a difference in the world through her music. To me, that’s really inspiring and something we should all aim to do.

For me there was never really a moment where I was like “I have to pursue music, this is my calling”. Music was all I ever did and there was never another option on the table. I started my musical journey at 4 years old and haven’t done anything besides that. When it came to figuring out what to do after high school I was just trying to find ways to move to the US to really go after my dream of being a singer. I knew that I needed to pursue this dream because it’s all I’ve ever dreamed of. My brother fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional race car driver in Europe. Seeing him work hard for this dream and succeeding made me feel like I can do the same.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Lumane: I honestly don’t remember a time where I wasn’t just always singing. I had to wait until I was 13 to take voice lessons (that was my local music school’s rule…) but as soon as I could, I did. I remember having my first gig in school in 5th grade and I absolutely loved it. I haven’t stopped performing since. Connecting to an audience is one of the best feelings ever.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Lumane: I am a sucker for top 40 music. Right now, all I listen to is Lady Gaga’s new “Chromatica” album. It’s absolute fire! I’m the kind of person who listens to the same couple of songs over and over again until I can’t stand them anymore and move on to the next songs. But luckily, I won’t ever have to run out of music with so much amazing music out there in the world!

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Lumane: I recorded my first ever EP when I was in high school under the name “La Rebelle”. It was a live music recording with a band that I put together just for that recording. It was a lot of fun! Btw. No need to google that name, nothing will show up. I never “officially” released any of that music. Under Lumane I recorded my first songs in 2018 and released my first single in 2019. I am super happy with the songs we recorded. So far three of them are out, another 5 are to come!

 

MT: You recently released your single “White Lies”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Lumane: The song “White Lies” is all about not telling the whole truth to protect the person I’m lying to. A couple months after I moved to the US I broke up with my boyfriend back in Switzerland. Eventually we got back together again but yes, you guessed it, I wanted to break up with him for good this time. I felt really bad because I promised him that I wouldn’t do that again. So I had to tell a white lie to not completely crush him. The song is also about letting go of something that you know won’t make you as happy as you deserve to be. Sometimes it’s just better to move on than trying to fix it.
To achieve my music goals I will most likely have to let go of something in order to find something better suited for me. Just like when I first started making music under “La Rebelle”. I needed to move on from it and evolve into the singer and musician I wanted to be. Evolving is so important, not only as a singer but also as a person. A lot of times people seem to struggle with that. I think it’s something beautiful, inevitable and necessary to reach your true potential.

 

MT: You are now 24 and you wrote your first song when you were 10. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Lumane: I would describe my current sound as a mix between electro pop and pop/rock. The production of my songs is more electro pop while my vocals have more a pop/rock feel. I want my music to be uplifting, empowering and truthful. My personality is very bubbly and happy. While not all my songs are happy, you can definitely see my personality shine through in my songs.
My sound has definitely changed a lot! When I first started writing I was just playing chords on my piano and wrote words and a melody to those chords. But when I got older I started playing around with Logic Pro X and explored some sounds. This was amazing to me as a songwriter because it helped me get my ideas out of my head and into the software so I could actually hear what was in my head. Other than that, my sound isn’t very far off of what I started with. I always wanted to make pop music. With time and practice I developed my own sound, which I am now super happy with. I can truly say that my sound is me and that’s an amazing feeling.

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MT: Your performances have been fun and intimate. Do you have a favourite performance to date and why?

Lumane: My favourite performance so far was last December. I got to play an intimate Sofar show in Indianapolis. I love playing intimate gigs. It really gives me the opportunity to connect to the audience on a more personal level. Telling the stories behind my songs and really having the full attention of my audience is something so beautiful but yet rare to new artists. It is hard to find gigs with an audience who truly cares about you and your music when you’re just starting out. It was also super nice to talk to the people before and after my set. I love getting feedback from the audience, it helps me grow as an artist.

 

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

Lumane: My biggest challenge in my music career was right after I decided to finish Berklee online to write and record my album in Nashville. Switching to online school meant that I didn’t have a valid student visa anymore. I could only stay in the US for 90 days at a time. The US boarder patrol wasn’t happy with me and all the time that I spent in the US as a tourist. They interrogated me at the Chicago airport for 3 hours. Eventually they let me go but I got banned from the ESTA visa waiver program. This meant I only had 90 more days in the US and then I had to leave for good until I could find another way to enter the US on a different visa. I had writing sessions scheduled that I now had to reschedule and cramp all into those 90 days. I had to write and record demo versions of all the songs on my album in just 90 days. It was crazy. At the same time I was trying to find a way to get a visa so that I’ll be able to come back to actually finish the recordings. It was absolute pandemonium. I cried for many many days because I felt so helpless. It all eventually worked out because I didn’t give up. I am now a proud green card holder and my whole album is recorded and ready for release!

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Lumane: Persistence is key. You just can’t give up. There are so many artists out there trying to do the same thing as you are. You have to find a way to stand out of the crowd and you can’t give up. You will get 100 no’s before you get a yes. But once you do get that yes, it will all have been worth it!

 

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

Lumane: I do play instruments! I played classical piano for 9 years and then changed to playing chords so I could accompany myself. I also play a tiny bit of guitar. But I am definitely much more comfortable on the piano.

 

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

Lumane: I work on my music every day, yes. On the creative side that might be songwriting or singing or doing some photoshoots by myself. Everyday I try to somehow be creative. But being a singer is not just about being creative. A lot of it is business. My music business teacher at Berklee always said that the music industry is 90% business and only 10% music but the 90% doesn’t exist without the 10%. The business side of being a singer is also something I work on daily. That might be reaching out to blogs, playlists, radio stations, etc. On a typical day I spend about 2-3 hours being creative and the rest of the “working” day I pretty much spend in front of the computer emailing people.
I have always loved cooking. Starting in 5th grade I was the one cooking for my family at home.

Being quarantined these last few months helped me dig deeper into food. I started growing my own vegetables. I have zucchinis, tomatoes, carrots, eggplants, and the list goes on and on. Every time I pick up something new, I always go all the way. I don’t like doing something half hearted. So my backyard is now basically one big garden and I absolutely love it. Not only does the food taste amazing, is fresh and organic, but I’m also doing the planet a favor by growing my own food.

 

MT:   You have an album coming out this year. What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find  your music when it is released?

Lumane: I am super pumped to finally release my whole album soon. I’ve been working super hard on it and am very proud of the outcome. My heart, soul and guts are in that album. Every song tells a story out of my life. By being truthful, open and vulnerable I hope that my music can help some people out there who are going through a rough patch in their life. My whole goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it and I’m hoping my music and my stories help with that. Once the album is out you can find it on all streaming platforms. If you don’t want to wait for the digital release you can order a CD on my website lumanemusic.com so you can listen to the whole album now.

 

MT:    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? 

Lumane: I was putting together a small tour for this summer, but now with this pandemic going on, I had to cancel all of my gigs. With the uncertainty of when things are going to open back up again I have not scheduled any more gigs. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram (@lumanemusic) to catch a live stream of me singing some tunes.
Other than that, get ready for the whole album to come out this year! I’m super excited to share it with you all and can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Lumane: I wouldn’t say that I have a specific ritual. I always warm up my voice before I record or perform and I like to make sure that I have room temperature water close by. Other than that, I like to connect with people before I go on stage or record. At the end of the day that’s all we’re looking for when we listen to music or watch a performance: a connection to someone else. Doing exactly that before taking the stage or entering the booth helps me get into the right head space.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Lumane: I’m hoping to be back out there soon, once concert venues start to open back up again. In the meantime you can catch me on my Facebook and Instagram pages for some live streams.

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Lumane, I really appreciate it and all the very best with ‘White Lies’!

Lumane: Thank you so much for giving me a platform to share my music! I really appreciate it.

 

 

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Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music


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“I really get into “focus mode” and focus on my intent and energy before going on stage to make it the best performance I can.”


Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music

Anna Pena can be described as mysterious, artistic, dark and edgy pop princess. Mostly creating alternative pop in the studio, Anna tests the limits incorporating unusual genres and contrasting musical styles together. From pop, rock, to even musical theatre, all styles are welcome in Anna’s repertoire. Growing up in professional musical theater at a young age, Anna remains true to her roots, inspired by theatrical content and incorporating that into her shows and artistry. Drawn to dark subject matter and theatrical performers, Anna’s musical inspirations include artists such as Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Queen, and Melanie Martinez.

From performing on stages from the age of 4 years old to performing for Howie, Mel, Heidi & Howard on America’s Got Talent, Anna constantly shares her art at numerous venues in Dallas/Fort Worth. In her upcoming EP, you will experience the highs and lows of love and loathing  

 

 

Danielle/MT: 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?

Anna Pena: I am super inspired by theatrical performers and artists that dabble in darker/ edgier sounds and subject matter. My biggest musical inspirations include artists such as Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Queen, Melanie Martinez, Foxy Shazam and Panic at The Disco.
I have loved singing since as long as I can remember. When I was four years old I was called on stage by a children’s singer-songwriter while on vacation with my family. That was the first time I ever sang in front of an audience and my family was absolutely stunned. They had no idea that I could sing because I was pretty shy about it as a kid. I was obsessed with all things performing arts as a kid.

There really wasn’t an exact moment I knew this was the right path for me, I kind of just always knew this is what I was born to do, even though that sounds super silly and cheesy to most people. It’s really hard to explain, I just always knew this is what I was going to do and so did my family, it never was really a question. Since as far back as I can remember I was constantly talking about this and my every thought was consumed by it. I was just born knowing my passion and I don’t think I would be happy doing anything else.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Anna Pena: I began performing in professional theaters when I was around 10 years old and attended an all fine arts high school, so I have definitely been performing and singing pretty much my whole life. I transitioned from my classical, theatrical training to pop/commercial music when I was about 18. That’s when I first started writing my own music and gigging with a band.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Anna Pena: The first person that always pops into my mind when I think of the artist I listen to the most and am the biggest fan of is Lana Del Rey. Her music has had such a unique impact on me, I truly have never seen another artist like her. I enjoy literally everything she puts out.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Anna Pena: I recorded and released some singles back around 2016 before I really found my own sound and brand that was authentic to me. Two of those single titles being “Fickle Heart” and “Never Looking Back.” You can still find these old singles on my soundcloud and my youtube channel.

 

MT: You recently released your single “Retribution”. Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Anna Pena: I came up with the concept and title for “Retribution” at a time when I was very hurt and angry. It’s definitely inspired by a specific situation that left me feeling very betrayed. “Retribution” is an angry, “revenge type”, edgy anthem. I have always loved dark pop songs and edgier production sounds so we went full force with that in the studio and I look forward on experimenting with more similar sounds in the future.

 

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MT: You are now 24 and you wrote your first song when you were 18. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Anna Pena: I definitely have found my sound since my first release to my current releases. If you look back on my old songs they were a lot more “bubble gum pop”, bright, even a little indie/acoustic sounding. I definitely was playing it safe back in the day, trying to do what I thought I should but I wasn’t really being my true creative weird self. My sound now is much edgier, darker, and feels more me.

 

MT: Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

Anna Pena: Although I don’t have a specific one that comes to mind, I will say the performances that stand out to me, the ones that I always leave feeling the best after, are the ones where I get out of my own head on stage and just have a good time. They are the times where I didn’t care about looking or sounding perfect and instead just performed the songs with the true emotion behind them and focused more on connecting with the audience. There is no better feeling in the world than really leaving it all on the stage and seeing the audience appreciate that.

 

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

Anna Pena: The biggest obstacles I’ve had to face in my career so far have always been about staying true to myself and standing up for myself. I had a really hard time going against what someone “above” me in this industry would say even if I disagreed.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Anna Pena: People are always going to tell you what they think you should do but I had to learn the hard way that you cannot please everybody. At the end of the day you just have to trust yourself and do what you feel is best. These obstacles brought up a lot of insecurities and doubt in me that I had to face head on and realize that their is no room for those fears in this business. You have to believe in yourself even when no one else does.

 

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

Anna Pena: I play a little bit of piano. I started taking lessons a few years ago because I understand the importance of playing an instrument and the advantage that can have on a singer. I believe it helps a singer be a more well rounded, knowledgeable musician and can only help with everything that goes into songwriting, performing, and overall musical knowledge.

 

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

Anna Pena: I currently work full time on pursuing my dreams. I gig as much as possible on the weekends, I take lessons, I work on my online/social media presence and I audition constantly. I work as a nanny/dog sitter part time because sometimes being a “starving artist” doesn’t cut it. As far as hobbies, I love making video content for my youtube channel, working out, and of course going on adventures with the people I love. Another fun fact is that I love everything creepy and paranormal. Like ghosts, aliens, scary movies, and all sorts of spiritual stuff.

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MT: You have a EP Coming out on October 30th What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find your music when it is released?

Anna Pena: This EP for me is really like my introduction into my music, my sound, and who I am as an artist. The EP definitely has a common theme of love and relationships. Each song has a different sound and vibe and so I think there’s a little something for everyone.
Fans can find my music on all online music distributing platforms.

 

MT: 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?

Anna Pena: There will definitely be a EP release show/party around October, (Expect some major creepy Halloween vibes) as well as upcoming shows but unfortunately these dates are still TBD. Definitely follow me on Instagram & Twitter @AnnaPenaMusic for show updates and announcements.

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Anna Pena: Vocal warm ups, obviously, are the most important pre show/recording session ritual I have. Other than that I would say I always have a warm tea with honey for my voice, and I love to meditate/relax and practice mindfulness. I really get into “focus mode” and focus on my intent and energy before going on stage to make it the best performance I can.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Anna Pena: With the current state of the world, tour dates and shows are still TBD but still definitely in the works. I would urge fans to follow my social media so they can be updated on upcoming shows and tours. You can find me everywhere @AnnaPenaMusic and on my LinkTree https://linktr.ee/annapenamusic

Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music

Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music

Teenage Artist Cotie Making Real Noise Thats Worth Listening To

Although fairly new to the world as an upcoming artist, Cotie has been making noise since her early years after discovering that she was musically inclined at just five years old! This young artist began performing for rodeos, veterans day programs and many recitals including holly jolly ones – in just elementary school.

As time went by, Cotie started taking the stage at local competitions- and even made it as far as being discovered at an international talent showcase. To her surprise, this singer/ songwriter ended up with more exposure than she expected after being selected by multiple talent agents- her goofy personality paid off after all. Furthermore, while receiving many phone calls from unknown and far out agents along the way- she landed a studio deal allowing her to finally create her own sound waves.

With inspirations from the world known group Fleetwood Mac and musical influences from duo Louis The Child- she was able to piece her own style together. From here, she would go on to release two singles and an EP album that is currently on its way! Although, she has yet to book any concerts/shows, this artist is passionate about going far into the music industry while spreading peace and encouraging others to chase their dreams no matter how big.

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Danielle/MT: 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?

Cotie:   A few of my favorite artists / biggest influences include Fleetwood Mac, Louis The Child, Khalid, and SZA : ). I guess I figured out I wanted to pursue music by the second grade, and to follow that I auditioned to be in the GT program for my school! From there, I truly thrived when I dove into my creative zone, and I got exposure from performing at the many recitals we attended through the years. Furthermore, I never saw college as a possibility to further my future because I always had that music career in the back of my head.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Cotie: I have been singing and performing for roughly 13 years!

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Cotie: As an artist myself, i really love the vibe i get when i listen to Louis The Child and Fleetwood Mac! I feel them in my soul.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Cotie: The first time i ever recorded was in the fall of 2017! Since then, my first release was set for February 21, 2020- with a following second single.

 

MT: You recently released your single “Get a Grip”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Cotie: “Get a Grip” was created with ambition and passion towards being who you are without the approval of anyone else- hence the title.. GET A GRIP!! This song specifically ties into my music goals as a reminder to stay true to who I am while inspiring my listeners to do the same!

 

MT: How old are you now and when did you write your first song? Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Cotie:  I am now a few months short of twenty years old, and I had just turned 17 when I wrote my first recorded song. Aside from the professional aspect, i wrote my first ever song when i was roughly 8/9 years old. I’d say my sound has definitely changed given the time that has gone by. As I get older, i feel my voice becomes raspier naturally (and I love it).

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MT: Where have you performed and do you have a favourite performance to date and why?

Cotie:  Most of my performances include: school recitals (including Christmas recitals), The National Anthem at rodeos/ Veterans Day programs, a song of choice at an international talent showcase, auditions throughout the years including local/ far locations. If i had to pick a favorite, I would definitely say that the song of choice performance was by far the best experience ultimately because I was able to perform for people from numerous countries.

 

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

Cotie:  One of my biggest challenges, and still to this day- is letting my anxiety control me when it comes to stage freight. Personally, I am an outgoing person, but when singing with crowds i tend to tighten up and get extremely nervous. I will aways work to fix this ongoing challenge in my career.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Cotie: The challenges that come along with this career can sometimes be overwhelming, and it takes true courage and ambition to follow your dreams. However, my advice to new artist’s would be to focus on the bigger picture and your goals in the midst of the personal obstacles you will go through.

 

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

Cotie: Aside from singing, I played the flute/ piccolo in elementary school, but never touched them again since then. Following this, i picked up on a little piano without intentions on being serious about it, and as i got older Id find myself trying to play something every so often. To this day, I still don’t have it down, but it’s always an option to think about as I go.

 

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

Cotie: A typical day for me is working on myself as an artist, alongside with pure impulse of course. Music is my first thought in the morning and my last before I go to sleep. An adventure awaits every passing day, so I try to make the most of life. Other hobbies of mine include art in EVERY form, nurturing animals of every kind, meditating and practicing peace, giving life to plants of every kind, riding my bike for a breath of fresh air every day that I can, and I work at a local coffee shop in between everything else. 

 

MT:   You have an EP come out on soon.  What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find  your music?

Cotie: I have an EP album release coming out July 17, 2020! This collection of songs all have one thing in common- they are all born from personal life experiences of mine. The variety between the three range anywhere from heartbreak, standing your ground, or to falling in love of course. That being said, given the combination- listeners can relate to some part of the three songs together. All of my previous releases including my new EP album release can be found on all platforms @cotieofficial with the link in my bio for straight direction!!

 

MT:    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? 

Cotie: SADLY, I am unsure if performing will be something to look forward to given the circumstances of the world at this time, but I was planning to perform at a local festival this fall! Thankfully there will always other opportunities as I go!

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Cotie:  I do have my own rituals before performing/ going to the studio! Most times i find myself singing different sounds in weird pitches, or making fire truck siren sounds. Everyone around me finds this funny including myself but hey! It helps! I also make it a point to gulp lots of water for a smoother sound.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Cotie: In conclusion, I am unsure of my next performance at this point!! but in the near future for sure! Stay on the lookout!

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Links to COTIE

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/cotieofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cotieofficial 

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

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lsVB1VEvgVRfZTFDTphfI

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Country Singer Brianna Blankenship Warms Up For a Big Future


Independent Artist

“I am changing as I grow as a singer and an artist.  I am finding more ways to use my voice.”


Brianna Blankenship is a country singer/songwriter based out of Pennsylvania. The production, vocals and lyrics of her first single, released on May 29th, called, “Church” has Brianna already on the radar of many in the Country Music Industry. Brianna’s distinct vocals on this upbeat single have her capturing the attention of all who hear her song.  With the reaction to her song “Church”, Brianna already has her fans anxiously awaiting her next release. You can find “Church” on all music streaming platforms and all of her social media links in her LinkTree (more links below)  https://linktr.ee/briannablankenshipmusic

 

 

Danielle/MT: 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?

Brianna:  I am inspired mostly by Danielle Bradberry and Tenille Townes.  I knew I has a passion for music about 3 years ago.  I knew I needed to pursue it about two years ago.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Brianna: I took singing lessons for about 3 years through high school, but I didn’t start singing in front of people until my Junior year in high school.  I then began gigging out a little over 2 years ago.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Brianna: I really am growing to love Lady A most recently!

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Brianna: I recorded my first single “Church” in Nashville in November 2019 and it was just released May 29th, 2020.

 

MT: You recently released your single “Church”.  Can you explain more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Brianna: The meaning behind Church describes the feelings and experiences that one person has at church and their relationship with God to the love relationship they are currently experiencing. This song really gives my listeners a feel for how my sound is going to be in other music as well.

MT: How old are you now and when did you write your first song?…. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Brianna: I am 21 and wrote my very first song at about 18/19 years old.  My sound is quite the same, but I am changing as I grow as a singer and an artist.  I am finding more ways to use my voice.

 

MT: Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

Brianna: My favorite performance so far would be at the McKean County Fair. That show was one of the first ones that I really got to perform original music for people and really connect with my fans.

 

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

Brianna: MY CONFIDENCE:  I haven’t completely overcome it, but I am working every day on growing and developing it.  Each day that goes by I am building it.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Brianna: Keep pushing for your goals and dreams no matter how far they seem. You will get a thousand no’s before just one yes. Just keep working hard and success will come!

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

Brianna: Yes, I do play guitar and picked that up about 3 years ago.  I really wanted to learn when I started singing so I could be a more rounded artist.

 

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

Brianna: I currently work for an Eye Doctor full time during the weekdays.  My evenings and weekends are then busy with music.  I get home from the doctor’s office and automatically start working on all the things related to my music career.  I love spending time with my dogs and boyfriend.  We spend a lot of time riding our side by side with friends and relaxing with family when we can.

 

MT:   Now you have released ‘Church’, what would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your next upcoming EP? Where can fans find your music when it is released?

 Brianna: My music can be found on all music platforms and I do have another single coming out.  The next single I am releasing means so much to me, it is very relatable.

 

MT:    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? 

Brianna:  I do have quite a bit of shows coming up which, they can all be found on the events tab on my Facebook, Brianna Blankenship Music. I would absolutely love if you guys could follow my social medias, Brianna Blankenship Music, on everything!

Facebook link –  https://www.facebook.com/briannablankenshipmusic/ (More links below)

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Brianna: Obviously every singer warms up their vocal, but I have TMJ so I have this exercise I do to stretch out my jaw before I go out and play/sing.  The exercise makes me look “pretty odd” so always try to hide when I am doing it.

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Brianna, I really appreciate it and all the very best.

Brianna:  Thank you so much for interviewing me as well!

 

Country Singer Brianna Blankenship Warms Up For a Big Future

Country Singer Brianna Blankenship Warms Up For a Big Future

Indie Teenager Singer YSSA Posses The Wow Factor

I am a 14-year-old singer/songwriter currently living in North Carolina.

My parents always told me that they saw something in me when I was very young, especially my mom. They always share the story of when I was 2 years old and our family went to a Christmas party. Everyone started to notice this child on the stage with a mic, that child was me, I snuck away from my parents to climb on stage and sing “My ABC’s”. From that moment they knew that I had a passion for performing. When I got a bit older, I started entering contests and soon got noticed by a Performing Arts Studio called Nixpac. The studio helped to bring up my confidence in performing and singing and gave me the opportunity to travel and sing in competitions around my home island and even in Las Vegas. All of this eventually led to me joining The Voice Kids Philippines Season 3 in 2016. The contest was such an amazing and fun experience for me and though I didn’t win, I did gain many supporters who I’m very thankful for. All of these experiences have helped create inspiration for the music that I write.

My heart is filled with a passion for singing and music and if it wasn’t for God, my parents, family & friends, and everyone who believed in me I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am very thankful and blessed to have them in my life and because of them I am able to follow my dreams.

Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends
Teenage Indie ArtistTeenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

MT:  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?

YSSASome of my musical influences are Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and Ariana Grande; but there’s so much more. I knew music was my calling when I realized how much I love to sing and even perform. I figured out why I needed to pursue music as my career when I knew it’s something I dreamed about and I saw that other artists are inspired by what I do and that’s what I want to do. To inspire people and I want people to know what if you have a dream, go for it because I know I was one of those people who had a big dream.

 

MT:  How long have you been singing and performing for?

YSSA:  I have been singing since I was two-years old, and I’ve been performing since kindergarten at my school talent shows.

 

MT:  Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan? 

YSSA:  As a fan I enjoy listening to definitely Ariana Grande (She is amazing), Panic at the Disco, Queen, Billie Eilish, and more.

 

MT:  When was your very first recording and release?

YSSAMy first official recording and release was “Girl Gang”, but when I was 10 years old, I wrote, recorded, and released a song called “Make Myself Proud”.

 

Single Cover YSSA

MT:  You recently released your single “GLOWIN”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

YSSA:  The meaning of “GLOWIN” is like the feeling you get around this one person. It’s like whenever you are around them you feel like all your worries are gone. This ties to my music goals because I want people to express how they are feeling.

 

MT:  You are now 14 and you wrote your first song when you were 10.  Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

YSSA:  My current sound is Pop and R&B. My sound has changed a lot, I think.  I didn’t really know what kind of songs I was into before, but now I know what I like and what feels like me.

 

MT:  Your performances are full of energy and excitement. Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

YSSA:  My favorite and scariest performance was when did a concert opening performing River Deep – Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner. It was a full house at the Hawaii Theater, and the audience was full of energy while I was performing. During the song, there was a fairly long instrumental interlude and all I could think about was coming back in with vocals at the right moment. Luckily, I was able to make my mark, and finish out the performance striving off the crowd’s energy!

 

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

YSSA:  One of the biggest challenges since I am a High School student also is time management. I had to find the balance of dividing time career wise and of keeping up with my class assignments. At times it can be very difficult, because both are important, but I always manage to complete every project, at time in the early midnight hours.

 

MT:  From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

YSSA: The advice I would give is to work hard for what you believe in, stay committed, and never stop trying.

 

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

YSSA:  I have been playing the piano since I was 10, and I actually just started playing the ukulele this year.

 

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

YSSA:  A typical day is all day every day I sing lol. Then I find ideas to write about, work on them, and go outside and get some fresh air. I like to play volleyball just with the people with my neighborhood and fun fact I like to pull weeds out the grass lol. It’s so satisfying.

 

MT:  Where can fans find your music when it is released?

YSSA:  You can find my music on all digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud.

 

MT:  Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

YSSA:  Before going on stage I shake off all the nerves by jumping up and down. Before I record, I just get in my zone and stay really quiet, and I am barefoot when recording. That makes me feel comfortable and in touch with the material.

 

MT:  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? 

YSSA:  Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, my scheduled performances and appearances had to be canceled.  My fans can keep up with upcoming announcements, song and video releases by checking out my Linktree account @ https://linktr.ee/yssaofficial_. I have also released my first newsletter which you can find there and subscribe.

 

MT:  Thank you so much for your time YSSA, I really appreciate it and all the very best with all your future endeavors!

 

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Indie Teenager Singer YSSA Posses The Wow Factor

 

 

Indie Teenager Singer YSSA Posses The Wow Factor

Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

Rachel Jaymes is a teen, pop artist from Massachusetts who has dreamed of using music to help others for as long as she can remember. By using her hometown, her friends and her family to influence the meaning behind her single “Light Up The Night” , Rachel has definitely proven that the music industry is where she belongs.

Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends
Teenage Indie ArtistTeenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

MT/Danielle: Your latest single is “Light Up The Night”. Can you explain the meaning and significance of the song?

Rachel: This song was inspired by my relationship with my friends. I really wanted my first song to be about how I feel when I’m around them. During the summers in my hometown, we have concerts on the green in the middle of the town. It’s like a social gathering that so many people go to, to listen to music, lay back and spend time with friends and family. I love going to these. There was always so much love and appreciation for the same things in one place that it made me so happy to be there. I would go with my parents and when we got there I would split off to hang out with my friends and sometimes we would go a block or two down the street where there was dim light but also close enough to be able to still hear the music, we laid down in the grass and look up at the stars and admire them. We would get into really deep conversations and talk and laugh and have fun being where we were and recognizing the moment and the people we were sharing it with. I always felt that when I am with my friends, my smile is so bright that it can light up the night. I felt like it was a magic moment that needed to be shared.

MT/Danielle: Tell us about your creative journey. How long have you been singing? Do you play any instruments? Can you share with fans exactly when you knew singing was going to be your ultimate goal and why?

Rachel: I have been singing and making music for as long as I can remember. Music has always been a part of my life. When I was young, I used to put on concerts in my living room, I would throw the blankets over the dining room chairs to make a stage and I would tape my hand made posters all over the house to let everyone know what was happening and I would dance and sing around the makeshift stage. I have played guitar in the past but it never stuck, my fingers were not strong enough and were not long enough to reach the strings. So I converted to piano and have been playing that for a couple of years now. There has never been a specific point in time that I knew music was it for me, it has always been a part of my life and it seems crazy for it to not be part of my future, it seems silly for my life not to include music.

MT/Danielle: Tell us about how “Light Up The Night” fits into your brand or current creative direction?

Rachel: Light Up The Night is my debut song and I really wanted to make an impression of who I am, what I value, and what drives me. I want who I am to come through my music and my life experiences to be incorporated in it. I don’t want to be singing about things I haven’t experienced or don’t feel some emotional connection too because in my opinion, it won’t sound like it is from the heart. In order to put real emotion into something, you have to have a firm grasp on what it is and how it connects to you.

MT/Danielle: Since you are still in High School which makes it difficult to tour, how has social media helped move your music career forward?

Rachel: It has helped me to give info on my creative process and sometimes explaining exactly why I haven’t been coming out with more content because of the fact that I do have school and I am trying to get into college and get through that process while also trying to write and create.

MT/Danielle: What are your musical influences? If you had to pick one artist to share a stage with, who would it be?

Rachel: If I could share the stage with any artist it would most likely be Bruno Mars, a couple years ago, my mom and I went to go see him in concert and it was by far the best concert we have ever seen, we were on our feet the entire time dancing and marveling at the incredible performance he put on. I have always admired him as a performer and a creator since I was very little and I feel like he could help me get out of my shell a bit because I do see myself as being a bit shy and awkward and I feel like it would be an amazing experience.

MT/Danielle: You recorded “Light Up The Night” in Nashville, but have grown up in Massachusetts. How has your local area influenced your music career?

Rachel: It’s not so much how my town has shaped me as an artist, but the experience and people I have met in the area. Every year in the summer my hometown hosts concerts on the green in the middle of town and people from town and the surrounding towns come and listen to music, attending these concerts was my inspiration for Light Up The Night. I used to go to concerts with all of my best friends from my town and we would have a blast and walk around downtown so the experiences and memories I have made has really shaped me as a person, artist and singer.

MT/Danielle: You are currently in High School. Do you find it difficult to balance school with the goals for you music career?

Rachel: Yes, I do find it difficult. Balancing school work, college applications , music and work can sometimes prove to be more challenging than I could have ever imagined but it just goes to prove how scheduling, organizing and planning your time appropriately can really help to see what you have done vs what needs to get done. It really helps to set goals at the beginning of every week and at the end of the week reflect on the ones you accomplished and push the ones that didn’t get done to priority the next week. It has really taught me a lot about time management and how important it is.

MT/Danielle: What has been your favorite 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? What next in your music Journey?

Rachel: It’s really hard for me to pinpoint a favorite performance because they have all been extremely fun and valuable to my musical growth and development. I am working on some upcoming performances. So people can stay connected and up to date with me via social media for immediate updates. As for my fans, I would like to just say thank you for being there and taking the time to listen and play my song and give me feedback and hope. I am trying to get more singing and recording and creating whenever I have the time at the moment, but time will only tell when the next song or album will come out.

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Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

 

 

Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

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.

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Hear Why Teenage Pop Singer Katie Kittermaster Will Be HUGE

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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

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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


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:

https://open.spotify.com/album/2ra8bYdL3Y0FpBM0rSjtr0

Shakira Winning Her Way With Debut Single 

I MISS YOU – SHAKIRA

 

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!.

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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!

Danielle:

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. 

Danielle:

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!!

Danielle:

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!!

Danielle:

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’!! 

http://smarturl.it/Annelie-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!!

Annelie

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

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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.

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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


girl holding guitar

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.

Danielle:

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.

Danielle:

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.

Danielle:

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:

http://layneelizabeth.com/

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

https://www.instagram.com/layneelizabethmusic/

https://www.facebook.com/LayneElizabethMusic1/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-8cO-S_j6u6xHCMenc7HBA

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

Spotify:https://spoti.fi/2TFuFn2

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

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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! 

Danielle:

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?

Olivia:

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.

Danielle:

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?

Olivia:

 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.

Danielle: 

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?

Olivia:

 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.

 

Danielle: 

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?

Olivia:

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.

Danielle: 

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

Olivia:

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.

 

Links to olivia cella

Music Talks Featured Artist Article

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

 

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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/

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