Discuss your personality.
There are two really strong sides to my personality. One is introverted and observant, but other times I can seem really quirky and light. In either circumstance, I’m sure I come off super creative. Definitely, the “hippie” type as my friends like to call me. “You’re the kind of girl who follows the moon cycles” -My college roommate.
Brief us about you as a musician.
My parents were both musicians. It was my mom’s dream to be a singer. I grew up sitting in Dallas bars and restaurants listening to their rock bands until 1 in the morning. They gave my sister and me ‘good’ music. Carol King and Linda Ronstadt were my first inspirations. I played classical piano for a while, but although I respected it, I never liked the limitations that went along with the music. I started writing my own music and took influence from jazz, R&B, and singer-songwriters. I feel like I have become a mashup of the three. You can hear it in my sound.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
When I was 16, I was accepted into Booker T. Washington High-school for the Visual and Performing Arts. The school was crazy, creative, and amazing. There, I practiced classical, pop, soul, jazz, and songwriting, all of which influenced me drastically. Booker T. gave me the drive and confidence to be a musician.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
Music is amazing. I believe it is my purpose, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. On the other hand, it is really tough. Self-doubt is everywhere within the music community. I have learned to drown out the noise and stay motivated. I know I have something inside of me that I need to share, and no one can stop me from trying.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
Even before releasing my music, I have struggled with extreme mental health problems. I have just now, after 19 years, understood how to manage my stress and stay healthy. I think self-care is the answer to almost anything- Turing off your phone, making tea, reading a book, staying grounded.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
“Just Take Time”: This was one of those songs I wrote when I felt like I was doing what was right for me. I wrote it to remind people that it is okay to take time for yourself, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. This is just a fun jazzy song for people to chill out. I imagine someone listening to it on a Sunday drive or something like that.
“Gave All My Love Away”: I wrote this song after my first “real” relationship. It was really intense and draining. It dragged out for a while and I was devastated when it finally ended. I was young and I was really stuck in my head. It felt like that would be my only chance at love. I was scared and unhopeful so… I wrote about it. 🙂
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
Facebook: M’Lynn Music
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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
The greatest moment of my music career will probably happen tonight (Jan 6th, 2018). I am having a release party and concert and I have never been so excited to share something. I have an insane band supporting me and amazing producers that have helped me put it on.
Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.
Honestly, when I play shows busking or at restaurants and things of that nature, the tips I get are ridiculous. I have made up to 500 dollars for 2 hours of music. It’s crazy. It’s because I’m cute.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I love performing. I have been doing it forever, starting with talent shows in 5th grade. I mostly perform solo, but I am hoping that will change. I have been in a bunch of ensembles that have performance opportunities, but it’s not usually my band. I am at university right now, but I hope to be able to tour in the summer. It is just beginning for me.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
I feel like I am a voice for my generation. Some of the topics I cover in my music are dark and intense, while others are uplifting and hopeful. I think the emotion in my voice is what gets people’s attention, and then the content and thought is what keeps them interested.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
Honestly, there isn’t much I would change. It has been a really hard journey but that is what has made me who I am.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
First off, my parents. Because they are musicians, they are the most supportive people ever. They are my managers, lawyers, and number one fans. Secondly, my two producers for the EP: Josh Goode and Bradly Prakope. Amazing musicians and humans. I could not have done any of this without them.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
It has always been music. From day 1, it has been music. I am built for it. I truly believe that.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
Growing up as an introvert and creative was difficult. I went to a small private school, and I began to struggle with depression and anxiety at an early age. It was hard to get help because no one really knew what was going on. I really struggled. Music was what got me through always. Writing music and having others connect with it made the hard times worth it. Once I started at my arts high school, things got better. I still struggled, but I got to do it in the most amazing, creative, beautiful environment. Booker T was the best time of my life, but I was snuggling throughout it.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
I think each artist influences their own niche in this world. For me, artists that impacted me the most were female singer-songwriters, like Carol King who paved a path in the music industry for women. I have had my own experiences with misogyny in music, so it’s people like these that really inspire me.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
Everyone will always have opinions. There will always be people who are jealous or mad and have nothing but hateful words to say. It is hard to move past it, but I have to stay centered and not let those comments take over my mind. I have to focus on the positive and the good that I know will come from my music. That keeps me motivated.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
“This was just boring, nothing to it that makes me want to replay it, basic instrumentals and average vocals”. This was on a track I recorded in LA. The “boring instrumentals” that they were referring to were done by music LEGENDS who have played alongside artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Micheal Bluble, and MORE. You can roast my vocals all you want, but insulting the musicians just makes you look dumb and uneducated. 🙂
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I plan to make an impact as a mental health advocate, feminist, and overall spiritual being. I think there are many things I understand because of what I have gone through at a young age. I just want to help.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
My producers and I flew to LA to work at 64 Studio. I worked with incredible musicians as I mentioned before. We spent a week, all day every day in that little studio recording. It was a beautiful process. Then, we flew back to Dallas to record the final vocals and the horns. It was wild.