Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Tina Collins, USA, July 27, 1982.  I grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH and enjoyed Choir the most at school.

Quetzal Jordan, Canada, June 27, 1989.  I grew up in Tampa, FL and finding the cello saved me.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

The name Tina & Her Pony came about after an intentional stream of consciousness experience, where Quetzal listened to our music and ponies kept coming into her visual mind.  We used to be called Tina Collins & Quetzal Jordan, but that was kind of a mouthful and clearly not as fun to say as pony.  Everyone wants a pony, right!?  We have both played in many other bands.  We were both trained classically, Quetzal on cello, and Tina voice.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

We call our genre of music “indie Appalachian folk”.

Champion

Quetzal Jordan:

This originally came out as a love song for Tina.  Quetzal wrote it not too long before our wedding, and a friend of ours, Amanda Platt, from the band The Honeycutters, learned the song and performed it at our wedding reception.  It was a surprise for Tina!  Since the election this song has sort of morphed into a song of support and solidarity for any person who is oppressed- people of color, the LGBTQI community and immigrants. PLEASE, let me be your champion.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

As indie folk artists, it’s a challenge when people don’t understand folk as a genre, and therefore don’t want to be in a listening room environment.  We don’t take it personally!

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

We mostly perform as a duo, but we love playing with a larger band whenever we can.  Our larger bands in Asheville, NC and Taos, NM include lap steel, upright bass, drums and a third vocalist.  Quetzal has produced both Tina & Her Pony albums.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

We’ve both been in the industry for 12 years as performers.  Our goal is to make the world a more beautiful place by traveling and playing music for people.  It’s really about healing ourselves and others.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Inspiration comes out of an overwhelming feeling that needs to be expressed.  It also comes from the desire to feel the feeling itself of creative flow.  We are both highly influenced by the beauty of nature.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Sorry, it’s a secret. 😉

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Thank you so much for listening!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Do it generously and for the people.  There is no end, no arrival.  And obviously you have to love it- the whole thing is a labor of love.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

Albums:

Tina Collins, “Journey Onward” 2009

Tina & Her Pony, self-titled 2012

Tina & Her Pony, “Walkin’ in My Sleep” EP 2012

Tina & Her Pony, “Champion” 2017

Awards:

Music Video for “Far Away”- official selection for the Pink Sheep Music Festival

Two time finalist for the Eddie’s Attic Songwriting Competition, Atlanta, GA, USA.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

There are way too many to list, but here are a couple links to the latest reviews for our new album, “Champion”

Folk Radio UK- Premiere for our song “Good Man”, published on 10/26/2017:

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/10/premiere-tina-her-pony-good-man/

Adobe & Teardrops- Review for our Album “Champion”, published on 11/22/2017:

 http://www.adobeandteardrops.com/2017/11/tina-her-pony-champion.html

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

Tina:

I personally usually start writing poetic lyrics in my journal, and end up turning them into songs once I’m around my guitar and feel inspired musically.

Quetzal:

I just focus on what is beautiful and what is appealing, and I take as long as I need to work on the song to make it perfect.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Gillian Welch, Sarah Jarosz, Jenny Lewis, Radiohead and Elvis.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

Leah Song and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia collaborated with us on “The Wind”, the last track on our new album, “Champion”.  We were also lucky to have Matt Smith, the pedal steel player from the band The Honeycutters played on the new record as well.  We’d be happy to collaborate with any of the 5 artists we listed above, though I guess Elvis is out.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Website

http://tinaandherpony.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/tinaandherponymusic/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/tinaandherpony

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/tinaandherpony/

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/tinaandherpony 

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Bandcamp

https://tinaandherpony.bandcamp.com/merch 

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/champion/1305911526

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Tina-Her-Pony/dp/B0773V8HGD

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

First, we’d probably buy some organic groceries and then buy some land.


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