How did you get interested in music?
Ever since my first comprehensible thought (I think I was 3), I remember wanting to be a "pop star". I then felt compelled to write my first lyric that I put melody to around 7 with the help of my father, who is a musician & songwriter. I grew up with a strong musical influence from him. My mother also has a beautiful voice & my sister is an artist too… I guess you can say music is in my blood.
Have there been a lot of ups and downs throughout your time in the industry?
Definitely. It's very interesting when you are still figuring out who you are and creating through that transition. It's not an easy career path but for me, making music is what truly makes me happy at the end of the day, so I'll never give it up.
Along with your solo project, you've gotten writer credits on some other's works. How has that helped you grow?
It's wonderful to write for other people because you get to tap into a whole other side of your artistry. It helps you figure out what works for other people & what works for you, I think ultimately it's helped me clarify my own artistry & also stretched me to take my own sound even further.
How did "Don't Believe It" come to be? What was your inspiration behind it?
I sat down one day before a session and played the chords & heard the chorus melody & the last line "It aint real if you don't believe it"… it kind of came to me out of nowhere. So I played it for my boyfriend Brandyn & he sang the verse melody. Then we brought the idea to Steve Dresser & April Bender to finish it. I wrote the song after coming back from being in Wilmington, NC for Christmas & feeling like I saw the stars for the first time. It dawned on me how much there really is and how we let such petty, little things get in the way of a much bigger picture. You actually can create your own future.
Who are some artists both current and past that have had a massive influence on your sound and songwriting style?
Honestly… I grew up loving Britney Spears. Her first 2 (ok, 3) albums were my first real life obsessions. I loved 90's music. Max Martin is my hero. I also love Simon & Garfunkel, Local Natives, Muse, Ingrid Michaelson, John Mayer, Coldplay & Banks.
Finally, what's in store for the rest of 2015 for you?
I'm finishing recording my EP and planning for a July release. I'm also going to spend some time traveling as I start writing my album. I have an exciting collaboration with a DJ coming out this summer as well! Hoping to get on the road very soon too (tour!!)