Szandra Wants to Brighten a Person’s Day; An Inspiration to Teenagers

szandra mayer


Szandra Mayer hails from Los Angeles but now resides in the vibrant state of Florida. The teen singer truly brings the sunshine into her music, using her creative platform to spread positivity and her bubbly personality to her listeners. Her latest single Never Ever is a potential Euro Pop hit which speaks truth about the hardships of first love. 

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Never Evers’ funky beat and accompanying melody make it particularly striking and comparable to two of her biggest influences, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez. 

Despite her young age, Szandra Mayer is no stranger to global success. Her earlier single ‘Paradise’ was picked up by many major radio stations and sat within the pop category of Global DRT Top 50 for many weeks. 

Since then,  her fan-base has continued to grow and she now boasts over 65k followers on Instagram as well as over 40k streams on Soundcloud and 15k monthly Spotify listeners. 

Faith and Harry interviewed Szandra to find out a bit more about her and her music.


Faith and Harry: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?

Szandra: I personally think the moment it really hit me, like i knew this is wanted for my career was when i was 7 and i performed “A Whole New World” for a play that i knew this is what i wanted to do for the rest of my life.

F&H: What Genre of music do you record?

Szandra: I record all types of genres. I am still young so I’m trying to find the right one for me, but i usually record europop, r and b, dance, or pop.

Singer F&H: Who do you take inspiration from and why do they influence you?

Szandra: I usually take inspiration from Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez. They influence me because they both started at a young age and made it so far in their career. I love their music and they help me find myself.

F&H: Do you play an instrument?

Szandra: I am currently learning piano which is really exciting!

F&H: What is your native language? And do you speak any other languages.

Szandra: Yes, I speak 3 languages. English, Spanish, ad Hungarian. My native language is English

F&H: Which one of your songs is your favorite?

Szandra: Honestly they all connect to me in a different way but my favorite is “Drop Dead Diva” which is a new song i will be releasing  soon.

F&H: What’s your new single ‘Never Ever’ about?

Szandra: Never Ever is about a couple who are going through difficult times. The boy in this story cheats on the girl and the girl Is struggling to find herself again.

F&H: Do your parents support your musical aspirations? And do you come from a musical family.

Szandra: Yes, of course. I am so grateful for their love and support. My mom used to sing in the choir and my aunt plays piano. My dad is very talented in writing poems so I might have gotten my writing skills from him.

F&H: Your Instagram is very impressive. Who takes your Instagram pictures?

Szandra: Thank you. I appreciate it and usually my parents do.

F&H: You use a lot of inspirational quotes on Instagram, what are you trying to tell your audience?Quote

Szandra: I put them up to brighten a persons day or to teach a lesson. I love quotes and i love basing my life on some quotes that teach you to be better.

F&H: Who plays the instruments on your songs?

Szandra: It is all done by a Hungarian music producer but i’m pretty sure he does it, like electronic music.  

F&H: Do your friends or family act in your music videos?

Szandra: No they don’t. The people in the videos are usually professional actors. I was thinking about that though and I will definitely consider it in the future.

F&H: If you could be anyone who would you be?

Szandra: I would honestly want to stay myself. If i had to choose a character from a movie, though I would definitely choose Anne from the Greatest Showman.

F&H: Where is your favorite place in the world ?🌎

Szandra: Anywhere in Europe, especially Hungary. Its beautiful and I always have the time of my life there.

Peru is also amazing and i loving going there as well.

F&H: Do you think music will be your adult career?

Szandra: Definitely, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I know i want to do it for the rest of my life.

F&H: Have you entered any talent competitions?

SingerSzandra: Yes i have in the past. They were a few years ago though. I am concentrating on writing and recording now.

F&H: If you record a duet who would you love to sing with?

Szandra: Honestly i would love to collab with any talented rapper. I think that would be amazing.

F&H: Who is your favorite artist of all time?

Szandra: Definitely Ariana Grande!! I love her so much!

F&H: Are you homeschooled or do you attend a regular school?

Szandra: No i am not homeschooled. I go to a private school in my area.

F&H: What is your favorite thing to do when your not making music?

Szandra: Usually i like to work out to get my body moving. I also study for tests and of course do my schoolwork.

Thanks again, Faith&Harry

Thank you so much for this opportunity!

LINKS TO SZANDRA MAYER

Website: https://szandramayer.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/szandramayer

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

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/4cjcoP0KkOnED4prAyPFSO

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-248311209

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGiLzvZEeaKy8vbr-De1BjQ

 

NEVER EVER – SZANDRA

 

jayna jennings


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American 18 year old Jayna Jennings is one of those deep,  thoughtful souls. Who has a quiet unassuming way about her. But when you listen to her music it’s words are powerful and leave a lasting impression. Jennings latest album titled ‘Court Yard & Aviaries’ exposed us to a new genre of music we knew little about, so we naturally asked Jayna to explain what Americana music is? Her album is worth serious consideration both from those who already love Americana and those new to the genre. 

Q When were you first interested in Music? And do you come from a musical family?

I grew up with two teen sisters so music was so ingrained in my life. I was always hearing so many different kinds of music from so many different new and classic bands like The Allman Brothers, Carly Simon, Carole King, Van Morrison, Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan, and so many more. Music has always been so amazing to me because of the ways that it can set the tone in a moment. When I was around 3, I started singing Jesus Loves Me in Church and fell in love with it. My sisters play the piano and my Dad plays guitar so watching them probably inspired me the most to start learning an instrument. 

Q What instruments do you play? 

 A I play guitar, piano, and some bass. 

Q Did you take any music classes at school?

A I did! I always loved my music class in elementary school, especially in 5th grade. I wrote my first song then and my music teacher let me perform it for the class! That was so life changing for me and her support really made me want to pursue music as a career. 

Q You have just graduated from school what are your plans for the future? 

 A My college goal is to get a degree in Music Business. I’m also going to continue recording and releasing albums! 

Q You play Americana music it’s not a genre we know much about; could you please explain what it is and how it evolved? 

A The other day someone asked me what kind of music I play and when I said Americana he said that was the safest answer he had ever heard! Yes, it is a safe answer because it is SUCH a broad genre. There are so many different kinds of music that can be incorporated like R&B, roots-rock, blues, folk, and it can be electric or acoustic. It’s so inclusive of other genres, but, according to http://americanamusic.org, it’s a ” distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw.” It’s an amazing genre that offers me so much freedom with my production choices. It lets me make each song on my album different from the last while still holding one genre. Singer

Q Where do you get inspiration from for your songs? 

 A Inspiration comes from so many different places for me. I sometimes write about my own experiences and sometimes I write about someone else’s story. An example of one of my songs written from someone else’s perspective is Hold On. I wrote it after I was asked to write a song for a movie about a man who was struggling with mental illness and his sister’s battle trying to be there for him. I wrote the song from the sister’s perspective but I wanted the song to be inclusive of all situations. I wanted anyone who heard it who was struggling with something to be able to find some hope and comfort in it. Inspiration can come from a million different outlets because there are so many stories that have so much to say.  

Q You’re involved in a Twitter page called unsigned-chat could you tell us how you got involved and how it supports Indie-Musicians?

A I found #MusicHourUK on twitter and started joining in last July and LOVED IT! It was the first time I found something on twitter that was such a supportive community focused on music. I was the #FaceOfAugust on the #MusicHourUK twitter page and started doing #IndieLife vlogs on the YouTube channel. Matt, who runs #MusicHourUk, asked me if I wanted to start hosting a US version of #MusicHourUK and #UnsignedChat was born! Musicians can share their music in a tweet using our hashtag and I retweet it on our page! We have an awesome community of musicians who love to support the other artists who participate. 

Q Many musicians like to use their public platform to support a charity or organization; are you supporting any projects or fund raising that you can tell us about?

A I support a community anti-suicide organization called Change. I first found out about them when I was asked to sing at their December outreach. It is an amazing organization and I love their message of hope and Jesus. Jesus is our hope! I also support SERV International and the National Headache Foundation. 

 

Facebook: https://facebook.com/jaynajennings13

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaynasongs

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

Wild Horse


Indie Rock BandThe rock band ‘Wild Horse’ are not just three talented lads from the UK they are also hard working, and while proactively seeking careers in the music biz, they’re still keeping academic studies a priority. With their passion for all things rock, it looks like rock music is safe in the hands of a new generation. Thanks guys for the brilliant Q and A Faith & Harry

Q Whose who and who plays what? Are you guys friends or related in someway?
A The band has three fixed members, Henry Baldwin ( Guitar, lead vocals, Harmonica, keyboard ), Jack Baldwin ( Guitar Backing vocals, sometimes lead), Ed Barnes (drums). Henry (18) and Jack (16) are brothers and Ed 17 is a friend from school. Rather than risk ruining the dynamics of the band we decided to bring in guest players rather than a fixed forth member. This role for the last five years has been mainly filled by Henry, Jack’s Dad Stephen Baldwin.

Q How and when did you form the band?
A All three of us independently but roughly at the same time, joined ‘Rock School’ at our school. This was an after-school activity to try to help students learn instruments and put bands together. Initially we each played in different combinations, Henry playing I’m a few bands first. However, without wanting to sound arrogant, it was clear that the three of us were way ahead of the others and shared the same musical tastes. Our favorites being the greats of Rock and Roll, The Stones, The Who, Clapton, Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and more recently, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, etc… It was then that we formed Wild Horse in April 2013 and played our first gig in May of the same year.

Q Are your songs original?
A Initially we played covers of rock standards, but quickly Henry and Jack formed a writing partnership that has been prolific ever since, often with plenty of input from Ed. Since 2015 Wild Horse plays virtually only original material, occasionally we do throw in one cover, but not for long.

Q Where do you record and do you have a producer?
A Luckily for us, a friend Stephen Baldwin owned a professional recording studio, ‘Cobham Sound’ and in August 2013 we had a free day to record a couple of tracks to see how we got on. The studio owner, Niall Squire was impressed and has been our engineer and producer ever since, his wife Hilary is also a mean sax player and is on a number of our recorded tracks. By the time our second album comes out in June this year we would have recorded and released over 40 original tracks. Thanks to Niall we have been able to use the studios at weekends and school holidays, which has allowed us to record extensively without effecting our school work. 

Q Do you get help from your parents to run your band?
A From the beginning we received positive feedback from the music industry, and after receiving the 2014 ‘Rock The House’ (a UK competition run by the music business with Parliament member support) nomination, and then 2016 finalists, both sets of parents got together and discussed how they could make the band work. They decided we were good enough to get somewhere and since then we have had 100% support.

Q With your Band demands how do you keep up with your school studies?
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Our parents ensure school work is properly covered and we do take short breaks from the band around Exam time, although our parents are behind us they also insist that we follow a normal career path. In fact Henry is now in the first year of his degree in ‘Music Management’ at Sussex University in Brighton.


Q Is your aim to be under the umbrella of a record label?
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Early 2015 ‘Wild Horse’ was signed with a New York Record Company who released mixed EPS leading to the release of their first album, ‘Its Begun’ January 2016. Now acting as our own label we recorded a further 18 original tracks, forming three EPS ‘On the Run’, ‘It’s Only Rejection’, and ‘ Timeless Dancing’. We are back in the studio this June for our next album.

Q Some music critics insist that Rock Music is a dying form of music, do you think this is true?
A Being from England we know that Rock Music is not a dying genre and ‘Never Will Be’! Good quality rock music is an essential component of life. What may have been an issue is the supply of good quality rock bands. Right now there are some great modern rock acts, Arctic Monkeys, Portugal, Imagine Dragons, Paramore, even Harry Styles has moved over to rock! Things are even better in the US and our biggest fan base is there. However if things don’t work out we are just like our school friends looking at career options. 

Q With so much competition from other musicians how will you get noticed?
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we have always believed that a good Rock Band is not an instant thing and develops as you ‘pay your dues on the road’. We have played many gigs, some awful in real dives and many great ones, we’ve had nights where you could fit the audience in a phone booth and nights where all you can see is people, the one thing we always do is give the best performance we can every time. Growing a solid fan base that will actually pay to come and see you is a long hard process. We’re in that process still but each month we get bigger and better offers; 2018 is looking very positive.

Q What advice would you give to a young musician just starting out?
A Our advice to any young musician wanting to make a career in rock is this.
Firstly, ask yourself why you want to do it? If the answer is to get famous, this isn’t for you, do X-Factor, take 10 minutes of fame and get on with your life. If the answer is that you just love playing in front of an audience and thrilled when you see people enjoying your music, then maybe this is for you. But, a word of warning, this involves hard work, total commitment, dedication and massive support from family and friends.

Q If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be?
A If we could play anywhere in the world it would be the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury England. Once you have been invited to play there you have already made it, Our all time favorite ‘The Rolling Stones’ played a fantastic gig there.

WEBSITE: http://www.wildhorse-rockband.com/

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

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/wildhorserockuk

BANDCAMP: https://wildhorse1.bandcamp.com/

REVERBNATION: https://www.reverbnation.com/wildhorse6

unlucky in love – Wild horse

 

Landon wall


SingerLandon Wall is a 14 year old Country Music Artist from Trinity North Carolina. Landon regularly performs in Nashville, playing great songs like his ‘Lost Boys’ who he recently performed to Kelsea Ballerini. We are grateful to Landon for taking time to answer our questions.

Q. How old were you when you first started performing?
A. I was 7 when I first started performing musical theater.

Q. Whose your musical influence?
A. That’s a hard one …… I like the classics like Johnny Cash ,Merle Haggard . I love
Story songs like Garth Brooks sings, but I also love the new country Artists like
Chris Young , Brothers Osborne , Drake White, and Hunter Hayes .

Q. What do you like to do when your not playing music?
A. When I’m not playing music , I like chillin with friends and family, playing with my
dog ( Roscoe P Gravy-train ) playing video games and a little backyard football.

Q. If you could perform anywhere in the world what country would you choose?

A. Well , it would be great to travel the world and I’m sure I would enjoy seeing all the
sites, I would love to visit England but there’s no place I’d rather perform in
than right here in the good ‘ole’ USA.

Q. What’s your fav school subject?
A. That’s an easy one…My favorite school subject is Music .

Q. What was the last movie you saw?
A. The last movie I watched was AWESOME!! It was , “l can only imagine “ A movie
based on the life of the person who wrote the song .

Q. What’s your fav song in the charts at the moment?
A. My favorite song in the charts right now is “shoot me straight “ by Brothers
Osborne .

WEBSITE: www.landonwall.com