Singer-songwriter Tina DeCara talks motivation, most meaningful song and her latest release ‘Solo’

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

As a young girl, I was in competitive dance classes, and always loved to perform on stage. Singing came natural to me, there is literally a photo of me when I was 4 singing with a straw in my hand. Also, my mother is a singer, and can perform like a bad ass!

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

When I have a bad day, God, patience and spending time with my family motivates me to look ahead and move on.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I have experienced a few “wow” moments in my career. One of them is when I performed at SXSW and I saw a girl alone in the crowd singing to my lyrics. Another wow moment I will never forget is watching my own commercial on FUSE Network the same time everyday on national television for the reality show I was on, as I was one of the lead characters on Saturday Morning Fever.

We are loving the new single ‘Solo’. What inspired the song and how was the creative process when writing?

Thank you! My new single “Solo” was inspired by me being alone and being content with myself and loneliness. My manager sent me an mp3 and I started writing lyrics and came up with these melodic melodies. I recorded it on my phone and went to my friends’ studio in Queens and exploded all over the mic. I hope others connect with this song and realize how powerful music can be.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

All my songs are meaningful to me. “Solo” would be one of the top ones. I’d say this because I wrote it at an extremely vulnerable time in my life.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

Stay motivated and be your own artist. And realize that no usually means yes.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

The future is bright, lots of music and a hit song.

‘Solo’ is available now to purchase / stream via all major digital outlets

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