HI ELLE. THANKS FOR DOING THIS ONLINE Q&A WITH VENTS MAGAZINE. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY/DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO OUR READERS?
Thanks for having me! I would classify my music as retro-pop, like if Amy Winehouse and No Doubt era Gwen Stefani had a baby.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR TOP 5 INFLUENCES?
Amy Winehouse, Queen, Sara Bareilles, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FANS TO TAKE FROM YOUR MUSIC?
First and foremost I want my fans to enjoy themselves when they hear my music and maybe even get their groove on. When people hear my music, I want them to feel empowered and uplifted. There’s so much in this world that can bring you down, but music has go the power to turn that all around and make someone feel like they’re queen (or king) of the world.
TELL OUR AUDIENCE ABOUT YOUR LATEST CD RELEASE, “PROOF”
“Proof” is an album I’ve wanted to release for quite sometime. It’s a culmination of the past three and a half years of working around Chicago as a musician and all of the different varieties of music that poured into my life. Some songs have been ready to record for a years and some were written specifically for the album. Originally I chose to title the album “Unapologetic” because I felt that this was me saying to the world “HERE I AM AND I’M NOT SORRY ABOUT IT! TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!!” Then I realized that Rihanna had an album out with that name and I didn’t want to seem like a copy cat. When I sat back down to think of a new name, “Proof” instantly came to me. I chose this new title because in this crazy world of being a musician where rejection is constantly coming your way, you can really start to question your worth as an artist. This album is literally proof to me that I am good enough, and it also serves as proof to the world of who I am and what I’m about.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST SINGLES, ‘TOO BAD’ AND ‘YOU’.
‘You’ was the last track written before going into record the album. The countdown to recording was reaching it’s end and I needed one more song to finish the album. I sat down for a writing session and the first verse just came to me. It was one of those magical moments where I knew that something amazing was about to come. What I really love about “You” is that it’s more then just a love ballad to that special someone in my life. It’s also a promise to myself that I’ll be there for me.
What I love about ‘Too Bad’ is it fulfilled a fantasy for me that never happened in real life. You know how after a break up and you’ve moved on, found someone new and all you want to do is show off your new beau in front of your ex? Then in this scenario your ex realizes how foolish he was and begs to get back togetherand you just get to go “too bad,” and walk away. Well that never actually happened in my real life, but this song fulfills that for me.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE/HATE ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
I’ve got many opinions on the music business, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. I’m not really a fan of the vultures out there taking advantage of people’s art. An artist’s project is often judged not by it’s content, but by it’s monetary value. There is so much pressure on the business end of being a musician that it can make you forget WHY you started creating music in the first place!
WHAT WAS YOUR BEST CONCERT/ PLAYING LIVE?
Hmm, my best time playing live. Well our album release show back in December was a blast and a half. It was at one of my favorite venues in Chicago, Martyrs, and I had a ten piece band playing with me. There’s nothing like playing with horns and back up singers in addition to my amazing band. the
HOW HAVE YOU EVOLVED OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS AS A MUSICIAN?
Over the past three years I’ve explored more of the depth of range my voice has to offer. I’ve been working on really using the different parts of my voice to add another layer of story telling to each song. I’ve also upped my guitar game and have begun to take more solo gigs where it’s just me and my guitar. I recently just got myself an electric, so people can expect to see me palying along with my band. Songwriting wise I believe I’ve raised the stakes for myself. Everytime I sit down to write a song I really try to challenge myself to dig a little deeper into each theme, and mess around with interesting chord progressions.
WHO WOULD YOU DRINK/WRITE/PLAY WITH?
Freddie Mercury. In a HEARTBEAT. If I could sing a duet with him, write some banging music and then party after it would just be amazing. I think I could die a happy woman after that.
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