Pop and, when I’m writing in Nashville, sometimes a little country.
2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Amy Lee, Linda Ronstadt, Fiona Apple, Sara Bareilles, Sia.
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?
A sense of strength.
Even when I write from a dark place, I try to send a message of triumph and the ability to overcome obstacles . Music is a universal language, and we are all faced with challenges in life. I want to inspire people to never give up.
4. How’s the music scene in your locale?
I was born and raised and still reside in New York City. Most of the scene in Manhattan is down on the lower east side. That’s where most of the clubs are. There is also a big scene in Brooklyn especially for new artists in Bushwick. The studios in Manhattan are mostly in the midtown area but it’s pretty spread out. I do find myself spending a lot of time in Nashville and LA these days but New York is where my heart is.
5. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best concert I ever saw was Pearl Jam’s Halloween show a few years back when they played the Spectrum in Philadelphia the night before it was torn down. They are my favorite band and Eddie Vedder is my all time favorite performer. They played a three hour set without coming up for air and the sound system was incredible. So sad they tore that theater down.
I love connecting with the audience when I’m playing live. It’s an incredible feeling to see people singing and dancing to your own music.
6. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
I haven’t released the full CD yet. Right now we are going single by single. Last month I released my song “Up All Night” and am releasing my new single “For The Gold” on March 17th.
I released a song called “Fire” last year and donated the proceeds to my favorite charity–The EB Foundation. I am going to be re-releasing it through my new distribution company this year. Fire is a song I wrote during a very difficult time in my life and the process of writing it helped me get through it. Although all of my songs are close to my heart, Fire is probably the one I cherish the most.
7. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I think I have grown a lot as a writer this year. I used to write mostly on my own but I have opened myself up to cowriting and have learned so much from working with some incredibly gifted people.
8. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Linda Ronstadt. Also Eddie Vedder. I did get to meet Eddie for a moment (since he is involved with the EB Foundation as well) and he is one of the nicest, most gracious performers I have ever had a conversation with. But a co-write would make my head explode haha. Linda though is on my bucket list for all of the above.
9. What’s next for you?
I’m performing an acoustic set in Boston on April 1 for the Next On Scene fashion show.
This week, I am gearing up for the release of For The Gold. It’s a fun, sporty, inspirational song I wrote that also features America’s Got Talent’s 12 year old rapping sensation Sky Katz. . Hoping to get it in the Olympics somehow!