How would you classify your music?
My music falls within the ever-widening genre of pop music, in a special sub-category I like to call Miscellaneous Pop. I employ elements of jazz, classic rock, musical theatre, blues, and R&B to varying extents to spice up each song.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Adele, Taylor Swift, Jacob Collier, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I write music that hopefully can be related to on many levels. All my songs have a deeper meaning, even the most shallow seeming ones. The purpose is so you as the listener feel that you are not alone in the trials/suffering you are facing, and that hope, the light at the end of the tunnel, is absolutely attainable.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
Admittedly, the music scene in Nashville is predominantly country and CCM, so although it is a great place to learn the craft, I do not think this is the most advantageous place for my music.
When did you know you were destined for music?
Music has always been a part of my life, especially singing. I sing almost as much as I breathe haha. Songwriting came much later, at the start of high school. It wasn’t until after that, that I realized a career path really existed in music and that I had enough passion for the music I was writing to pursue it. It fell together pretty naturally, actually.
What is the best concert you have been to?
What do you like most about playing live? I went to the GRAMMYs in 2017, so that was pretty darn awesome. Adele, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Twenty-One Pilots, and so many more performed. It was absolutely inspiring. My favorite part of playing live is that switch that happens in your brain, when you forget yourself completely and lean in totally to the song, the meaning, and the trust of the audience. I think it’s one of the closest feelings to flying I’ve felt.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
ARTIST INTERVIEW That’s so difficult, as I’m sure you hear all the time LOL, but I must say, “Miscellaneous,” the title song of the album is extremely special to me. I’ve had that song for six years, and it’s always been a sort of mission statement for me. To be able to produce and arrange it in a fully realized way, was so satisfying, and it effectively closed out an era for me.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
Well, the biggest change is that I’ve added the hats of producer and mixing/mastering engineer to my repertoire. I get to creatively and technically puppeteer all parts of the creation process, which is an empowerment I never thought I’d have. Honestly, I think it’s what makes my sound unique.
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 and why?
I would love to collaborate with Jacob Collier—his Youtube videos inspired me to expand my thinking on what I could create. I doubt the album would have gotten out when it did without his inspiration. So yeah, meeting him and working with him would be simply wonderful. 10 What’s next for you? I have a single coming out that I’ve cowritten with Thornton Cline called “Instincts.” I’m very excited about this one. After that, who knows, I’ve already got Album 2 in the works 😉
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