What inspired you to begin a career in music?
Definitely my Dad who worked in music and film. He brought over a ton of musicians to our house and when I saw them singing or playing instruments I immediately thought, wow this is what I’m going to do, period, not evening questioning it.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I grew up listening to so much Taylor Swift and she definitely helped mold me into the writer I am today. She was so good at telling stories through her songs and it inspired me at such a young age. I still look up to her but also look up to other female writers/artists like Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha.
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?
I love this question. On my bad days I try to remind myself to not be too precious, and that there will be new songs and better seasons in life. And that it’s all in God’s plan. It’s already so difficult dealing with other opinions thrown at you-about your songs, your voice, even your appearance – so it’s important to remind yourself that this too shall pass.
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?
Definitely, I realize that I’m in a very blessed situation; my parents are supportive, I work with amazing people, and I get to do what I love. A lot of people don’t have that-even “successful” artists. Usually when someone asks what I do-just by saying it outloud I think “wow I’m actually doing this” and that’s a definite ‘wow’ moment for me haha.
In regards to your goals and milestones, what would be the first thing to happen that truly let you know you were headed in the right direction to reach your musical dreams?
I’m very much involved with my fans so I pay close attention to what they connect with most. The more my fans say that they feel connected to a song, I know that I’m moving in the right direction.
We are loving the new single ‘r u rly sorry’. What inspired you to write the song? Tell us about the creative process.
Wow thank you! I so appreciate that. Honestly I came up with the idea ‘r u rly sorry’ while I was putting away dishes. I thought ‘hm that’s interesting’ so I wrote it down. A week later I was in LA with producers David Bone and Camron Wroblewski. I told them my idea and they immediately rushed me to get on the mic. I probably sang the hook dozens of times before anything stuck. Since this song holds a lot of different meanings the lyrics just kind of fell out. I left the studio not even knowing if the song was any good. I woke up the next morning, listened to the worktape, and fell in love with it.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
The most meaningful song I’ve ever written is one you might hear after a couple of releases. It’s called ‘erase’. Although it didn’t make the EP, the reason why it’s important is because it was the first song that really got me out of a creative funk. It also helped spark all of the other songs. It was also the first song in a long time where I felt I could be honest with myself. The song talks about when I was in a creative and emotional funk in my life and wanting to-as I say in the song ‘delete my day’. It allowed me to just be real with my feelings.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
That the saying “if you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life” is totally false, haha. Although you may love what you do, you need to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your entire life. Also to listen to constructive criticism. There are too many people in music who will give you negative feedback just because they can. You need to ask why, listen, and decide if their point is valid. It’s more productive to take people’s criticism and use it for your own growth than to use it to knock yourself down. What good does that do?
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
Hopefully lots of good things! I’ll be releasing an entire EP called ‘Airplane Mode’ that I’m so excited about. All the songs are my babies and come from my heart. I hope you guys love it.
‘r u rly sorry’ is available now via all major digital outlets.
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