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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.

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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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Into The Night

 

I Trusted God Was Leading Me In The Right Direction

avery blank


Hey y’all, this is Avery Blank.  I’m a singer and songwriter from a small town in Kansas!  Thank you for checking out my music. 

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I began singing at a very young age in my church.  I’ve always been surrounded by my family and community that encourage me to keep pursuing music.  It wasn’t hard for me to do because I love it!  My grandmother is an accomplished pianist and growing up she was one of my biggest musical influences.  Funny that I didn’t take to playing the piano, but instead I loved vocals and playing the guitar.  

Growing up I considered singing more of a hobby, but I got more serious about pursuing music as a career after attending Christian vocal camps in Nashville, TN.  Christian music has always been my passion and going to those camps solidified my decision to become a Contemporary Christian artist. As I continued to perform more and more, opportunities kept presenting and I trusted God was leading me in the right direction.  I started really developing as a CCM artist when I was just 16 years old and professionally began writing and recording music in Nashville, TN.  Singer with Guitar

My first single, “Unbroken” was released in 2018.  This song was written at a time in my life when I was struggling with emotions, relationships, and my own body image. I wrote this song to remind people to find their worth in God’s eyes and not in earthly things. My second single, “Not Over”, was just released on May 24, 2019. This song originated with just those two words and the idea of a message that even in the darkest times God is always good and with us. You can find my music on all the digital platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, etc.

I continue to learn and grow in my own daily walk with Christ, and my goal through my music is to reach others in the same way.  I always want to be honest and true to myself when writing so that I can speak to others who may be experiencing similar things. The wonderful thing about music is that it can reach people in so many ways and this is what gives me the motivation to continue my musical journey.  I hope that you enjoy it and thank you again for taking the time to listen! 

LINKS TO AVERY BLANK

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/averyblank/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AveryBlankMusic/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AveryBlank
Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/averyblank

 

 

Unbroken – avery blank

 

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

 

The 17 Year Old Songstress With an Old-Rock’n’Roll Soul

sambea cochrane


Sambea Cochrane (pronounced Sam-bee-a) is a young artist from Toronto, Canada. Her undeniable talent has landed her all around the world, and has pushed her closer and closer to her dreams. 

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The 17 year old songstress started her musical journey at the age of 4 when both her and her parents realized her love for singing. She would learn just about every Disney song imaginable and constantly be reciting the lyrics. This brought her into vocal lessons, and after a performance of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jetplane” at a Florida Crab Bar, there was no turning back. 

Her love for music brought her to Canada’s Major Children’s Choir at the age of 12. She had the chance to not only sing with plenty of other kids her age, but learn all about the history and theory of music as well. Among other things, the choir eventually brought Sambea along on their Eastern Europe tour where she got to perform and visit some of the most beautiful venues the young artist has seen. Understandably, some of her favourite venues were the oldest churches in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. While she cherishes her time in those grand buildings, her dream venue comes from her old-rock’n’roll-soul that hopes to one day play at the great Wembley Stadium in London, England. 

While her main instruments are piano and guitar, Sambea has a knack for picking up just about any instrument she can get her hands on, including the ukulele, saxophone, and flute! 

Her urge to learn more about her musicianship is an obvious attribute in how she goes about writing her songs. It also shows her old-school taste in music. Cochrane’s influences stem from the classic rock era, and translate into her own music heavily as she’s constantly experimenting and wanting to try new things. Some of her favourites are Queen, The Beatles, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Tom Waits and plenty more of the classics. However, the influences don’t stop there! Growing up in an Irish household brought her to many classic musicians from Ireland, and as a young girl, Taylor Swift really sprung Sambea into deciding that music was her passion. 

Cochrane’s music is influenced a lot by her life, especially in the writing of her first album, “Radio Road”. Her description states that it’s “a compilation of songs that demonstrate and represent the range of emotions that I experienced during that period of my life and was, in a sense, my own diary put to a tune”. 

A personal favourite of hers on the album is “Cigarette Smoke”, due to the sincerity of the lyrics. She found that some of the words perfectly encompassed the idea of her album. It was her young self realizing that life wasn’t completely logical, and her coming to terms with that. The second song on the album explained that feeling with the lyrics: “I tried numbers, all I knew, my God above. Every formula, equation, ever devised, I tried codes, machines, and realised that science wouldn’t show me how to love”. 

After the release of her album at the age of 15, Cochrane has realized that she has changed a lot since then. Her most recent single “Geneva” was written and influenced with the idea of having a strong storyline. With the ideas from Billy Joel’s “Scenes of an Italian Restaurant”, and the Eagles song “The Last Resort” the young songwriter was on her way! She claims that the song was very experimental, and was a success at the same time in her eyes. And there is no doubt that others will agree with that statement. 

As she is currently finishing up high school, Sambea hopes to pursue music as a full time career when she is finally able to. The artist hopes to have a long and rewarding career, just like all of us dream, and we’re dreaming that hers in in the music industry, where she belongs! 


Maddie: How did you first get into music?Singer Singing

Sambea: That’s a pretty hard question to answer because, for as long as I can reasonably remember, music has always been a very large part of my life. It was never something I was forced into doing in any way, it was just something I always did and always wanted to do more of. When I was probably around 4 or 5, however, I began starting to really love it and began seeking it out on my own volition. It was when I learned almost every song from every Disney movie and many of the classic musicals and constantly sang them around the house that my parents thought it would be a good idea to get me a vocal coach, and it was after a successful performance of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jetplane” in a Florida crab bar that I decided to audition for the part of Gretl in Toronto’s production of The Sound of Music. After 7 months of callbacks, though, I was denied the part for being too tall! I began to create my own music when I was in grade six, while starstruck and inspired by the woman who would go on to become my childhood idol, Taylor Swift. From the moment I wrote my first song up until now, the part of my mind that comes up with these ideas is always somewhat active in the background of everything else, so much so, that writing songs has simply become the way that this manifests.

Maddie: Do you play any instruments? Which is your favourite/which would you like to learn the most? 

Sambea: I do! I’m almost completely self taught on piano and Guitar (which are the ones that are by far and away most applicable to the type of music that I currently write) and I used to play some saxophone, ukulele, and flute, but I try play whatever I can get my hands on. I’ve been wanting to learn drums, the mandolin,and violin for awhile now, mainly so that I can gain an more in-depth understanding and feel of various aspects of music, and an even wider range of sounds on which to base my creative processes.

Maddie: What has been your favourite venue to play at, as you have traveled all over the place performing? 

Sambea: There are many incredible venues but (this is a strange one!), my favourites that I’ve performed in would have to be some of the oldest churches in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Russia. When I was around 12 I joined one of Canada’s major children’s choirs, where we not only sang choral music, but learned about it, as well as the theory and history that brought it to fruition. After a few years of ‘making my way up the ranks’ in this particular choir, the group went on a 3 week tour to Eastern Europe, where we were able to perform in some of these fascinating churches, so, by sheer opulence, these would have to be some of the most beautiful venues that I’ve encountered.

Maddie: What would your dream venue be? 

Sambea: Hard question! There are so many classics, but Wembley stadium in London, England would have to be up there. Not only does it hold an enormous audience, it was the stage that my all time favourite band, Queen, performed at in 1984 during the Live aid concert series, which has been widely noted as the most significant concert in rock history. Obviously this is ambitious, but I’ve got to start somewhere! First, I’ll try and make it to Toronto’s famous Massey Hall.

Maddie: Tell us about your first album, and how it came to be? What was the inspiration behind it?

My first full length album (Radio Road) is pretty much a compilation of songs that demonstrate and represent the range of emotions that I experienced during that period of my life and was, in a sense, my own diary put to a tune. I was only around 15 at the time of its release (meaning that most of the songs were written when I was around 13), but despite being young, in retrospect, I think I had a lot to say! Be it the songs I wrote about my experiences with being in middle school, my own conceptual ideas, first time romances, or simply having fun with friends, each song describes its own realm of emotions, which, to me, are important to encapsulate and express. Each song, although not always inspired by positive emotions, acts, once written, as somewhat of a placeholder for that time frame. I find that writing a song about something that I am uneasy, happy, bothered, upset, angry, or even generally apathetic about, allows to basically say: “Yes, I experienced that, and this song signifies that I no longer need to think about it. Let’s move on!”.

Maddie: What is your favourite track on Radio Road and why? Do you have a favourite lyric?

Sambea: Hard question! I’d have to lean towards ‘Cigarette Smoke’ as a personal favourite. I remember I really put my heart and soul into those lyrics in (hopefully!) a clear and succinct way, and devised an interesting little piano ‘riff’ to set the tone. My favourite lyric, not just from ‘Cigarette Smoke’ but from the whole album would have to be: 

“I tried numbers, all I knew, my God above. Every formula, equation, ever devised, I tried codes, machines, and realised that science wouldn’t show me how to love.”

like this lyric because it acts as a metaphor for my tendency to attempt to apply some degree of logical consistency throughout all areas of my life, and I think the subtle, underlying theme of the whole album is really just my young self realizing that life isn’t always logical, and that there are many areas of life that do not benefit from being internalised by way of a logical framework. How is it that all our lives we’re told to be logical, but somehow the most important things in life are illogical!? It’s all of the questions like these that keep the song ideas coming to my mind.

EP CoverMaddie: Tell us about your most recent release, Geneva! How do you feel it differs from others you’ve put out?

Sambea:  Geneva is one that I’m very excited about! This song is actually the first ‘story song’ I’ve ever attempted. I had been listening to a lot of the older classics like “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel, and “The Last Resort” by The Eagles, so I figured that, like them, I could use the second person narrative voice to write a song not just about my own reality, but the reality of many, and could in turn, use the song and its lyrics to talk about more universal themes that exist within society, and thus, hopefully, relate to an even broader audience.  ‘Geneva’ was very experimental for me in that respect, but all said and done, I think it was a successful experiment, and I hope that others who hear it will agree with me.

Maddie: Who are some of your biggest influences (living or passes), and which would you like to work with the most if you had a chance?

Sambea: So many, almost too many to count! Queen, The Beatles, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Tom Waits, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon & Garfunkel, and Meatloaf are the kinds of things that were often played through the speakers of my house, so with the help of my parents, I fell in love and became deeply inspired by many of the greats who came before me. As well, there’s Taylor Swift, Panic! at the Disco, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry (since I can’t be a musician of today without knowing anything about ‘today’ music!), but one of my most unique influences would have to be from a lot of Celtic music, the genre of music that, personally, I hold in the highest regard of all. Having grown up in an Irish household, I have grown up hearing the fantastic music of The Irish Rovers, The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, The Dubliners, The High Kings, and so many more. Obviously the music that I write can’t be clearly described as Celtic (or as any other clear-cut genre, for that matter!), I don’t think for one second that my music lacks this Celtic influence

Maddie: What are you next plans for your career, and where would you like to see yourself in the next few years?

Sambea: At this point, were I to carry on with music on a full time basis (which I very much hope to do), I’d definitely like to see some increased traction with regards to my work. I’m yet to lay out a detailed, structured plan of measurable and attainable goals, but I would hope to land myself a record deal, and see some progress in a few of the other projects that I’ve been participating in. Down the line, however, like every other 17 year old on the planet, I want to make it big time, and to have a long, rewarding career doing something that I love

Maddie: Where can we find you on social media’s, and where can we find your music?

Sambea:  My Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are all @sambeacochrane,but I’m also on Spotify, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes, and all of the other major music streaming/purchasing platforms, so be sure to check out my stuff!

Links to Sambea Cochrane

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/SambeaCochrane/

Facebook for mobile: https://m.facebook.com/SambeaCochrane/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sambeacochrane

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Lha3pLBpdpS9q6YI3wi5P?si=qRfj7C8rQ8iZ4tcFkFqP4w

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/ie/artist/sambea-cochrane/791331606

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Sambea_Cochrane?id=Ac3qjpung4brxg5vcpghkkmg7oe

# The 17 Year Old Songstress With an Old-Rock’n’Roll Soul

 

The Future’s Looking Bright For Rising Star

toni clare


 Toni Clare is 17 year old singer/songwriter from Virginia and has been involved with music since the tender age of 10. 

Toni’s talent has taken her to heights beyond what most 17 year old teens could dream of.

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In March, Clare released her debut album, ‘Country Home’, which is already making waves throughout the industry; with notable names  involved with in the making of ‘Country Home’ such as Larry Fridie, Robinson (Justin Bieber/Usher), Peggy Johnson, a member of The Board of Governor’s at The Grammy’s and Tanner Hendon of Atlanta Madison Records. 

Toni designed the album in such a way so teenagers have a place they can feel safe and can come to escape and submerge themselves within the catchy and fun melodies in which ‘Country Home’ offers.

Madison Mueller interviewed Toni about her music, inspirations, up coming shows and her album, ‘Country Home’


Maddie: How has the decision to record an album designed as a safe place for teens to be, change the way in which you recorded in the studio?

Toni: I wrote my album, Country Home, with a theme of high school experiences, young love, etc. I am a senior in high school, and it has been a crazy journey that has included hardships but also has opened so many doors. I really dedicate this album to my friends; we all helped each other get through high school together, and we have all supported one another no matter what happened. They have always been very supportive of my music, even though it brings out a unique lifestyle that most teens don’t go through. Now that we all are graduating in May, it has been very emotional, and this album is for them. I hope teenagers, and really everyone, can relate to this album. It will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope people feel the lyrical connection in the songs.  

Toni Clare Album CoverMaddie: What was it like to record a debut album with some of the biggest names in the music industry?

Toni: Working with Tanner Hendon and Wyatt Oates was amazing, especially for my first experience in a recording studio. They were so easy going, and they made me feel very comfortable. They have worked with some of the most successful, widely-known artists, and they had so much knowledge and experience to share with me; I really enjoyed learning from them. I will also never forget how much we all laughed and had a great time during every recording session!

Maddie: Do you write your own music?

Toni: I have been writing my own music as long as I can remember, and I wrote all the songs for “Country Home”, my first album, which is available on all digital platforms including Apple Music and Spotify. I can’t wait to continue with my musical journey and to share so many other songs I have in store!

Maddie: What is your writing process?

Toni: My writing process varies everyday. The songs I write can take months, days, or even just one hour. I am very old school; I have writing journals where I jot down all my thoughts. But I also use my phone to write down notes from people, places, or things that inspire me. My friends and family will often find me humming a random tune that comes in my head on my voice memos. I enjoy adventures and traveling, for example: I like spending time at a river that’s 5 minutes away from my house (that’s where I wrote Country Home and others). I also take my journal whenever we go to the beach or on a long car or plane trip.

Maddie: Were you involved in music at school?

Toni: I am involved with music at my high school. I have been the secretary for the TRI-M music society, I sing and play bass for the jazz band, and I am apart of the choir group. I love playing at school functions for fundraisers, music nights, competitions, etc. and getting to see all my friends and family in the audience.

Singer with GuitarMaddie: You are doing some shows soon, do you have your own band?

Toni: I have played with many different types of bands, and I used to be the lead vocalist for a couple of bands in the past, but I currently enjoy jamming with other musicians and being featured in bands. Other than being mostly a soloist, I play a great deal with my younger sister who plays a mean fiddle and sings gorgeous harmony.

Maddie: What’s it like rehearsing with professional musicians? Do you have a lot of fun?

Toni: Ever since I started learning guitar at the age of eight, I’ve gotten to rehearse and perform with people that I never would have imagined. Music has opened so many doors, and I’ve gotten to meet, learn from, and play music with the most incredible artists. I have been so blessed to have musicians around me that truly desire to help me reach my goals. Events like songwriters nights in Nashville, Artist Development sessions in Atlanta, festivals, concerts, and more have given me the opportunity to meet incredible people and be truly inspired by them.

Maddie: How did you know that you wanted to be a country singer?

Toni: Even though I am open to and have been apart of performing so many different genres like rock, classical, pop, jazz, theatrical, gospel, and bluegrass music, Country Music will always be home for me. I grew up visiting Nashville’s music festivals and having so many popular bluegrass/country festivals in my area, so it is definitely my comfort zone, and I will never give up writing Country Music.

Maddie: Who are some of your biggest influences?

Toni: Some of my biggest influences include Maren Morris, the Dixie Chicks, and Chris Stapleton.

Maddie: If you could ask them a few questions, who would you ask, and what would you ask?

Toni: If I could ask them anything, I would ask them to co write a song with me. Some of their songs are on the list of my top favourites, and it would mean so much to me if we could collaborate. I love Chris Stapleton’s heartfelt lyrics, the Dixie Chick’s sound and harmony, and Maren Morris’s fresh new take on country.

Maddie: What do you do when you are not singing, or writing music?

Toni: Other than music, I thoroughly enjoy playing sports especially soccer, track, basketball, and swimming. I love anything outdoors including horseback riding, hiking, and fishing.

Singer Singing With GuitarMaddie: Do you have a favourite song on the album and why is it your favourite?

Toni: I can’t say I have a favourite song because they all relate to my life stories in different ways, but it’s interesting when people tell me how different songs from my EP impacted them, and it makes me feel so satisfied that all my listeners can connect to the pieces.

Maddie: What were you doing in music and singing before the album?

Toni: Before the album, I was playing mostly in Virginia and along the east coast at various venues like theatres, festivals, weddings, restaurants, and more, I was writing nonstop, and I was playing with bands. 

Maddie: What instruments do you play?

Toni: My main instrument is acoustic and electric guitar, but I also play bass, mandolin, ukulele, and piano.

Maddie: What is your dream venue to play? What has been your favourite venue so far?

Toni: I would love to play at the Grand Ole Opry stage as the best, legendary artists in country music have performed there. One of my favourite, intimate venues was playing at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. I also liked playing on the bigger stages including the Wharf Main Stage for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC, the Lafayette Music Room in Memphis, state competitions, and sold out shows at state theatres.

Maddie: What advice do you have for other young artists with similar dreams?

Toni: I want to tell other upcoming artists to always have the people around you that support and love you. It’s important to not get in your head about the people that don’t want you to succeed. Be confident in your abilities, and stay true to who you are. And remember that it’s ok to be different.

Maddie: Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Toni: Please subscribe to my Youtube channel: toniclaremusic, check out my website: toniclaremusic.com, and follow my socials media pages: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Country Home Available on 

iTunes SoundCloud | Spotify

Links to Toni Clare

Website:  https://www.toniclaremusic.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/toniclaremusic

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

The Future’s Looking Bright For Rising Star

COUNTRY HOME – TONI CLARE

 

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!.

Singer

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

annelie


female singer

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

 

honesty – annelie

 

Country Teen Singer Kaley Pearson Already Writing About Important Life Topics

Kaley pearson


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

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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

olivia cella


girl singer

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

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

 

us 2 – olivia cella

 

It’s Impossible To Survive Off Of Talent Alone; Sansha Blue

sansha blue


Musician

Chris Paraggio, better known as Sansha Blue, has captured the attention of his fans and the music industry with his ability to write, record and produce his own music. Chris also uses his creative abilities to construct his own art work.

Chris is currently embarking on a new chapter as he begins college at The New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he will no doubt be one to follow and watch as he climbs his path to success.

Danielle:

You are currently the only member of Sansha Blue. What inspired you to choose the name Sansha Blue?

Chris/Sansha Blue:

That’s an interesting story. I am terribly afraid of deep and/or open water, and one day, I happened to learn about the existence of the (reportedly) deepest underwater sinkhole on earth in a city named Sansha. Sansha’s history is interesting without the presence of a giant underwater opening, but that was what really struck me; the deep blue sinkhole in Sansha. So, the name really came from something that is truly terrifying to me, and I guess I liked that. It almost feels like I’m tackling my fears head on.

 

Danielle:

You not only write, record, and produce all of your own music you also create your own art work. This gives you a great deal of diversity within the music industry. Is there one area that you consider to be your favorite and why? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

While everything I do for Sansha Blue carries near-equal importance to me, making a song come to life is the pinnacle of the process for me. To bring something out of your head into true existence is an incomparable feeling. Everything about finalising the writing, recording the song, and producing a finish product I cannot ever get tired of.

 

Danielle:

The New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where you are starting your first semester of college, is known for teaching not only music, but also performing, songwriting, recording, production and even includes a special emphasis on entrepreneurship. What do you plan on focusing on while you are attending college there? Where do you see yourself after you obtained your degree? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

 The Clive Davis Institute is without a doubt the best place for me to be. In today’s music climate, it’s impossible to survive off of “talent” alone. Someone in my field of work needs to know everything from entertaining a crowd to things like advertising, branding, and self-managing. While my focus is rooted in creating and performing my own music, I certainly need to learn how to expand my audience before that can happen fully. 

 

Danielle:

Your latest Album is called “The Grey Area”. Can you explain what inspired you for the title and the music on the album? What inspired you to create the art work on the cover of the album? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

 I think that grey areas are everywhere. If everything in life was black and white, life would be pretty straightforward. But it’s not; practically nothing is clear-cut. Grey areas are one of the core parts of life that make it difficult, but that doesn’t mean we can just pretend they’re not there. That’s how things get worse in every sense. I really wanted to draw attention to this concept with the album; I think grey areas are really important for people to acknowledge when they appear, because they are inevitable and never-ending.

 

Guy with guitar

Danielle:

Your unique music sound is classified as new alternative / experimental rock. Who and what are your musical inspirations that lead you down that creative path? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

 I’ve always looked up to outliers. People who broke out of classic structure and created entirely new ways to be popular. I love most genres of music, but some of the many big inspirations to me off of the top of my head would be artists like Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd… They innovated, and it proves that being different can totally pay off.

 

Danielle:

You have a hairstyle that easily catches the attention of your fans. How does that play into your esthetics? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

I like to keep it messy and natural, so I guess that could relate to my musical aesthetic. I like things in my performances being real, even if that means they may be a little flawed; that’s what makes them interesting.

 

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?

Chris/Sansha Blue:

Right now, live performances are TBA. My fans can find me on all major streaming/download platforms and through my website ( www.sanshablue.com). In general, things are in the works. Sometime relatively soon, people should tune in and see what’s going on with me; new things are going to be happening soon.

Links to sansha blue

Website: https://www.sanshablue.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SanshaBlue

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sansha-blue/1329987901

 

The Grey Area – Sansha Blue

 

Singer

Ava Paige


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

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

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

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

 

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

us – ava paige

 

jayna jennings


Singer

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/

Alyssa Lynn, Dual Finalist Nominee For Nashville Universe Awards

Alyssa lynn


Singer

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

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

Alyssa Lynn:

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

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

Alyssa Lynn:

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

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

Alyssa Lynn:

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

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

Alyssa Lynn:

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

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

Alyssa Lynn:

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

WEBSITE: http://alyssalynnmusic.com/

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

TWITTER:https://twitter.com/AlyssaLynnMusic

INSTAGRAM:https://www.instagram.com/thealyssalynnmusic/?hl=en

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

Alyssa Lynn, Dual Finalist Nominee For Nashville Universe Awards

epk – alyssa lynn

 

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?
A
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?
A
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?
A
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

 

Alyssa Marie Coon


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is definitely here to stay.

WEBSITE:  http://alyssamariecoonmusic.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AlyssaMarieCoon

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

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

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

you saved me – alyssa Marie coon