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

My birth name is Whitney McClain. I was born in the United States of America on April 7, 1993.  I had a great childhood filled with love from my family and friends, a lot of laughter, and great music!

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

I don’t use a stage name. For music, I just go by real name, Whitney McClain.

My music career still feels like a new journey because each day I learn more and more about the music industry. I’m growing more as an artist with each song that I make. I grew up singing and listening to music since I was little. From Kindergarten up and until now, I’ve sung in choirs, and that helped let me to express my gift and sing with others.

A few years ago, I told my uncle, Marlon McClain, I was interested in singing lessons. Soon after, I was set up with a producer in Los Angeles and we recorded my first single, “Bombs Away”. Everything took off after that. It’s really been a true blessing for God.

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

I like to describe the music as Pop/ R&B/ Soul. I get many of musical stylings from Amy Winehouse, and the Motown style of soul music. They are real inspirations of mine. For my latest single, “Cruise”, the concept is really about letting go of all of your worries and just chilling. Because of all of the crazy stuff going on in the world, in one’s personal life or their relationships, we just got to try to be more positive and spread more love. For the music video, I was aiming to present the vibe I got from the song in a visual format. I thought that cruising on a boat and chilling on the beach really displayed the feeling that I got from the song.

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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 a musician, I enjoy experimenting with different sounds and trying to create something new. Likewise, honesty is key to me when making music, both writing and performing. I always want to present the most honest expression I possibly can. I feel like if I can’t be honest with my music, I won’t be able to deliver it to my fan the way it needs to be delivered. Personally, I am really shy. You know this art form, writing and recording, it’s so personal. You have to make yourself vulnerable, so at times, I can be a bit of a perfectionist with my music. One thing I love as a musician is being able to collaborate with others. It’s great to mix ideas and come up with something unique. Something I have found difficult about the music business is that it can be unstable. A lot of things are typically not concrete or consistent, and that’s tough. It requires patience, and a whole lot of faith. It’s a blessing to get feedback from fans. Hearing that my music touches with them is the most gratifying part for me.

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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. 

Ralph B. Stacy is a very cool and talented dude. He’s the producer for my newest record, “Cruise”. My boyfriend and I directed the video for “Cruise”. He was also the cameraman. We shot the video on a boat. That was really fun for me because I got a free boat ride out of it. My boyfriend was sitting on the edge of the boat, so I was kind of scary with the boat moving around. But no one fell in the water, so I was all good. Haha.

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

I’ve only been in the music industry for a few years. I’m so grateful to be able to be on this journey and have some much favor so far. My experience has been mostly working with a few different producers, Ralph B. Stacy, Mauli B., and Da Beatfreakz. I’ve recorded and released an EP titled, “Nothing To Lose”. This was my first project and an amazing record for me to make. I’m am still a growing artist, and have only performed a couple of times, but I look forward to more soon in the future. I want to be legendary, a timeless artist and performer. That’s my future goal. Also, I hope that my music gives me a larger platform down the line to help the world and positively affect anyone who needs it in their life.

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

I sing in the shower a lot. I love to sing when I’m doing house chores and cooking food. Also, in the car; that is where a lot of my ideas tend to freely flow. Also, if I’m in a writing session, I generally just get the beat, and elaborate off of the instrumental. Whatever feelings inside of me tend to flow out in that type of a musical setting.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Don’t know. But I will let you know when I have one. Haha.

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

I really want my fans to know that it doesn’t matter how hard things get, you have enough strength within yourself to overcome. I relate to my fans, as a young adult and a woman. And I feel like they relate to me. I’ve had a lot of heartbreak in my past. I’ve dealt with insecurities. Things were tough. But at the end of it all, God had gotten me through it. He always does, and he always will. I think it’s important to have hope, faith and love – all the time.

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

To upcoming artists, get yourself a solid team that knows what they are doing. Surround yourself with people that you can trust! Don’t be afraid to express yourself as an artist or worry about if you fit into some mold. Express your art to the best of your abilities. Have patience and faith in everything you do. Just go for it!

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

I’m so blessed to have gotten to where I am. Last year, I was nominated for an Independent Music Award (IMA). I got to fly out to New York, and it was a great awards ceremony. I didn’t win, but that’s ok. It was an honor to be nominated. Also, my debut EP, “Nothing To Lose” did well, and scored several popular single released via my YouTube following.

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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. 

“Cruise” has been added to WCLK-FM(Atlanta, GA), WTCC-FM (Springfield, MA), KAZI-FM (Austin, TX), WHCR-FM (New York, NY), Starpoint Radio (UK), WPFW-FM(Washington, D.C.), and both “Cruise” and “Santa Don’t Cry This Christmas” have been featured on multiple Spotify playlists.

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

Writing only works, for me at least, when I let it flow. I can’t force this music thing. In the studio, I love to collaborate, or at least vibe with the producer while the instrumental is playing. That sparks the creativity and the music organically creates itself.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

This one is a difficult one. I love so many musicians, but if I have to narrow it down to five it’d be:

Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Adele, Erykah Badu, and Stevie Wonder!

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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. 

I haven’t collaborated with any artists in the past, but I would love to collaborate with Sam Smith. I think it’d be cool to collaborate with Beyonce for sure! She always does amazing collaborations with people. Adele also would be nice to make a song with.

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

Website

http://www.whitneymcclain.com

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcNRJwWy9Yc9dtFQCyM6X8g

Facebook

 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007320285457

Twitter

https://twitter.com/whitneymcmusic

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/whitneymcmusic

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

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/whitney-mcclain/1064468052

CDBaby

store.cdbaby.com/Artist/WhitneyMcClain

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Lose-Whitney-Mcclain/dp/B01EB1V6T2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1512011485&sr=1-1

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

I like to forget about my sad days until I write songs. My happiest day, I don’t know. There have been too many happy days. I’ve had so many. I think one of my happiest days was the day I got baptized.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

If I had a million dollars, I would give a chunk of it to charity. Also, I would tithe. God is big in my life, and without him I wouldn’t have the money, so I’ve to tithe! Then, I would save some of it and invest a bit in some things so I can keep the money growing. For the rest, I would probably spend it on myself, on like clothes or shoes or something like that depending on how much I have left over.


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