Discuss your personality.
I would describe my personality as playful, laid back, and spunky.
Brief us about you as a musician.
I have been performing professionally since I was 10 years old. Up until 2011, I performed a minimum of 200 shows a year and have opened for Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Big$Rich, Gary Allan, and more! I’m a natural!
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
My entire life has revolved around my career for as long as I remember. When I was a child, I was working while my friends were enjoying slumber parties. This is just one example of what led me to cherish every single moment. A music career is a choice that must be backed up by stamina, tough skin, hard work, courage, and determination. It’s surely not for the faint of heart.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
The benefit of music as a primary career teaches you; patience above all. You learn to appreciate every moment you get to spend with family and friends, because road life can become very lonely, very quickly. To answer the second part of your question, of course, there are drawbacks as well of choosing music as a career. Not only do you miss out on social life on the home front, but you must constantly be aware of your image and likeness because you are also choosing to become an immediate role model. I receive so much fan mail explaining how I set the tone to this or that, or how my experience and strength provided much-needed testimony to another one’s growth. This is an honor, however, it can become quite hard to let your guard down which can easily in turn make you more reclusive. People tell me I’m the life of the party, but I often only feel at home on the stage. I guess it’s difficult to explain, but I wouldn’t turn back time and change a single thing. I’m so beyond proud of my accomplishments musically and feel as though I have such a strong and supportive fan base. It has taken me years to acquire both and I appreciate the strength that music has provided me.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
I am a former RCA Recording Artist. I have toured and traveled and performed in stadiums of 20,000 plus. I’ve signed autographs for 4 hours straight. I’ve been followed by paparazzi. I know all that fame entails. It is manageable as long as you remain humble and genuine.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
When I sat down to write “Firearms & Firewater”, it was my first time to meet the co-writer on this song, Dee Briggs (which was set up by a publisher on our behalf) we immediately hit it off as if we had been friends for years. I was telling him about myself…describing myself as a spitfire who doesn’t take any mess from anyone. I explained how I’m often referred to as a “Firecracker!” The conversation took off from there, and a few short stories later, we found ourselves with a quickly half-written song with a surprisingly catchy vibe. It’s so fun to hear that we chose it as a single with the help of my fans.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
I am all over social media! You can find me by simply googling my name, Angela Peterson, AP Crew (name of my fan club) Official Angela Peterson, and even Angela Peterson Band. All of my social media links are available on my website at www.officialangelapeterson.com I work hard and make it a personal mission to reply to every single fan personally via FB, Twitter, Instagram, and my website. In fact, some of my closest friends started out as fans and through the years we have kept in close contact to the point where we are much more than two people that met on a meet & greet. My music can also be purchased through my online shop on my website as well as iTunes, Apple Music, etc.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
The greatest moment of my music career was singing a song I had written and recorded for my brother to him as he prepared to meet our Lord. Knowing that something I created brought him comfort during that transition made me so unbelievably proud and at peace. Of course, there are other times that are high achievements, but I am a close family gal, so this is by far my heart.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I am highly and heavily experienced with tours, radio, concerts, etc. Again, I have literally devoted my entire life to my career so it is all I know. All of my energy has always been obviously relevant to my music. I’ve worked with the best and learned every step of the way.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
I am very personable with my fans. I have had fans for decades that have raised their children and grandchildren on my songs. I adore them and respect them and we never let one another down. They are there for me as I am for them.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
I would change absolutely nothing if I could turn back the hands of time. It is what it is. It was what it was. God’s will is mine and I accept all that has come to be.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
There are too many influences in my career to name them all. I’ve been very blessed with whom I have toured with, whom I have worked with, written with, etc. My biggest influences are my parents who believed in me and provided my first opportunity.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
Before choosing music as a career, you must know that your entire life will be music first. You will literally eat, breathe, sleep and drink music. Your every thought will include music not out of strict necessity, but because your soul is all purely music.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
You’ll have to wait for my autobiography to be released. Let’s just say that my life has been a roller coaster.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
I believe that influences in the music business come from ordinary everyday regular people. I believe that influences in the music business come from the legends before me such as Conway Twitty, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbit, George Jones, etc. I believe that influences in the music business come from other genre artists – Celine Dion, Norah Jones, Otis Redding, etc. I believe that influences in the music business come from managers and producers, fan mail, and in the music business; influence is everywhere as long as you keep your eyes wide open and are always eager to learn.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
In the music business, there is constant rejection. For every yes you would have already received a dozen no’s and a dozen more passes and it is in these moments that you realize you can only be you, you can only sing YOUR voice. Not everyone will always love you and appreciate your work and that’s OK. You must first and foremost believe in yourself and love what you do and appreciate your own creations. It is in these moments that you become stronger and learn to respect yourself no matter what anyone else opinion is of you.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
The most negative comment I have ever received when it comes to my music would be I guess, impossible to answer. Why? Because I choose not to focus on the negative. I couldn’t care less what negative comments have been made. The negative comments literally go in one ear and out the other if I ever shall hear them and when I do hear things like, “You’re TOO polished, TOO poised, TOO good in numerous genres and we don’t know what to do with you…” I just feel sorry for those that can’t find the beauty in originality. Negativity in my life warrants no remarks. I have been through a lot more than anyone could possibly imagine. I’ve been told that I would never walk or talk much less sing again and I’m back. I’m back after what seemed to be impossible. So literally anything negative has no value in my life.
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
When I was a young girl all I could think of was my dream of becoming a “famous singer-a household name.” Through the years and numerous experiences that have shaped and molded my life, I came to realize that the moments that make you who you are, are all that matter. For me personally, I couldn’t care less about fame. I sing for my soul. I sing for my God. I sing for my fans and I sing for the love of music. Period.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I do hope that my provided testimony will help influence and help someone who is going through the same things I have already crawled out of and overcome myself. To me, that’s all of the impacts I deem necessary.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
After my cowriter and I wrote this song, I recorded the original version at Blackbird Studios here in Nashville, Tennessee which was a dream come true and I later changed some lyrics and musical notes at Starstruck Studios here in Nashville, Tennessee and we put the finishing touches on our song at my partner’s home studio before sending it off to be mixed and mastered and sent out to you.