Share your life story with us.
Well, my life has not been short of boring in both the positive and negative. My grandpa Eugene always used to tell me that the sweet wouldn’t be as sweet without the sour. I’ve experienced many hardships as most people do, but being in a current state of gratitude and happiness I feel all those mishaps really test our perseverance and character. People go through stages of being emotional, selfish, loving, and regretful, the list goes on. Instead of defining oneself by the moment of failure or embarrassment, it’s great to take a step back and see the tapestry of life unfolding and be like wow I’ve grown tremendously in character. With a change, there is always new growth whether it is with lyrics, perspective, etc. If you change in any way it is going to come out in your work and I think my single “A Thousand,” really touches on that point.
I’ve had many people tell me I couldn’t do this or do that but luckily my parents have always been big supporters in me always using my creativity despite adverse events or people telling me to give up. Music is a way to express oneself when you can’t necessarily do so with just words. In that moment of creating you possibly think someone might understand me or understand what I am going through. Writing music is one of the biggest natural highs in my opinion.
List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
Definitely my parents and my family; I’d have to thank. My dad is someone that is beyond amazing. He used to drive me 4 hours to the studio at crazy hours after working 14 hour days and he’d just do it because he knew I loved creating music. He’s also one of the nicest human beings and hardest workers you’ll ever meet. My mom has also devoted so much time and energy it’s unbelievable. Peter Roberts and Roland Billberg have been of course so positive.
My friend Yanely Garcia has been a constant support system ever since I met her in Chile for Vina del Mar. My family and boyfriend, Leon have all been supportive throughout everything.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
The studio is a great teacher. Hours in the studio have made me able to sing and pick up harmonies on the spot. I love harmonizing it’s so pleasing to do. It’s neat to tap into that place where you can instantly create and build off of something already wonderful. You also have tons of takes where your timing or pitch isn’t perfect. Although those tedious takes aren’t as fun, it’s those times that allowed me to easily come up with melodies and harmonies. Singing is just mental preparation. It’s easy to psych yourself out, but at this point in my life, I just enjoy music and raw emotion that it’s not something I would stress about anymore. Preparation is key though. A lot of times you won’t have a mic check or you have one run through. As I got older I realized to embrace the little mistakes. The little mistakes add realness because the reality is, is that nothing can be perfect. Those imperfections make you unique and make songs even more emotionally touching. A perfect example is Lauryn Hill on her unplugged sessions where she explains that she has a hoarse voice but perfection isn’t real and this is how her voice sounds right now. That performance was so true and honest without any smoke and mirrors that it made me cry. It was so beautiful. Julia Michaels has that same honesty to her music. That’s art to me.
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
Sometimes I’ll first write poetry and then sometimes I come up with melodies or even little snippets of melodies with words. The best is creating a beat and just getting a feeling with the music where you come up with melodies. It’s like the music can evoke an emotion or direction you go with the song. There are so many ways to write a song. One’s not better than the other. It’s all a creative process.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
More music on raw emotions and feelings. I want to lift people up with my music so they can feel strong and great.
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
Anyone that reaches out to me I just show gratitude and hopefully, we can connect through music. I truly just love music and have always wanted to help people. So being open-minded and kind and authentic is the best way to increase a fan base.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
Being in the mindset I am now; I know I’ll never stop creating and singing because I get such fulfillment doing it, and it will always be present in my life. Growing up you have times where people put you down, teachers say you’ll never amount to anything, and you question and believe them a bit. But that’s just a journey. If you truly love something you’ll continue doing it regardless of other people’s opinions. Plus, there are so many flavors of ice cream out there and I compare music to that. Not everyone is going to like or enjoy the same flavor as you. So I view opinions like that. When I was 8 I lost a role in a Warner Brother animation film “Cat’s Don’t Dance” where the main character sings. I went through rounds and rounds of callbacks even went in the studio to record. It was down to me and one other girl and I didn’t get it. I’ve dealt with a lot of rejection since I was a young child and no one likes it but it toughens your skin up and you keep going.