Chit Chatting With Singing Duo Wild Fire

 

Written by Jill Sheets

I first found out about the singing group Wild Fire from my Instragram account, and decided that I would check out their music.  I am glad that I did.  These amazing sisters have been singing sense they there young and they have not stopped. Continue to read on about these talented sisters, about their music and their favorite theater acting roles.

 

R: How did you two get into singing?

Kelli: I started singing and taking professional voice lessons at age five, and Kayla at age six.

 

R: Tell us about your EP “Wild Fire.”

Kayla: Our “Wild Fire” EP is our debut record that was released in March of 2017. We wrote all of the songs on it ourselves, along with a couple other cowriters. The title track “Wild Fire” is a song about our arrival on the music scene. It is a hard-hitting, high-energy country rock song. Our song “Southern Summer” was inspired from our love of the Texas Gulf Coast. Our song “Social Media Lovesick” is a humorous song about relationships in the modern age with social media, texting and instant communication. Our most popular track is “Believe,” which is an inspirational song of hope. We wrote this song as a means to encourage others to pursue their dreams and never give up.  This has been our most popular song by far.  It has been featured on two TV shows, FM and AM radio and internet radio. We had a great time writing and recording our “Wild Fire” EP.  It took us about six months to complete it from start to finish.

 

R: I heard that you are recording tracks for a new album. Is that true? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it and do you have a release date?

Kelli: Yes, that’s true. We are currently working on a seven-song album. We started on it as soon as we finished our first EP. Five songs have been completed with two remaining. We think our fans will really love this album. The first single, titled “One,” will be released in early November. Let’s just say if you loved “Believe,” you will love “One.” For our fans who want to be the first to download “One,” they will be able to find it at http://www.wildfiresings.com/music. We do not have an official title for the new album yet, but will soon. Just like our first EP, you will hear elements of country, country rock and pop infused in the tracks. We are also heavy on the harmonies, of course. As far as a release date, we are targeting January 2018.

 

R: Not only do you sing, but you write your own music. What is your writing process and how do you come up with the ideas?

Kayla: We have different approaches. Sometimes it starts with a chord progression we come up with on the guitar, and then we begin writing lyrics. Other times, we like to write without an instrument. We hear the song in our heads, record it into our phones, and go from there. There are also times that we will overhear a conversation and that sparks an idea. Then we quickly write it down or record it. So we use various methods, but our main instrument we write on is guitar. We draw our ideas from our life experiences as much as possible. We feel it is important to be as open and honest as possible with our art. When you hear our songs, you will know that you have peeled the layer back and learned even more about us.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

Kelli: You can find us at all the usual distribution channels such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and so forth. We encourage our fans to purchase directly from our the music page on our website, which is: http://www.wildfiresings.com/music

If you want to connect on social media, our website etc., here are some links:

EPK:  https://youtu.be/csNpwg7Z0uw
http://www.wildfiresings.com

http://www.facebook.com/wildfiresings

http://www.twitter.com/wildfiresingers

http://www.instagram.com/wildfiresings

http://www.soundcloud.com/wildfiresings

https://www.youtube.com/c/WildFireSings

http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/WildFire12

iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/jr34g9p

Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/hcrj67f

Spotify:  https://tinyurl.com/n63yg8m

SnapChat:  wildfiresings

Musical.ly:  wildfiresings

 

R: What are some of your favorite songs to belt out in the car or your room?

Kayla: Anything by Sam Hunt, such as “House Party” or “Cop Car.”

Kelli: I would have to say right now it would be Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing.” Yeah, that’s my current jam.

 

R: Tell our readers about Upbeat Kidz Rock.

WF: Upbeat Kidz Rock is a TV show that features young artists under the age of 17 that write, record, and perform their own original music. We were selected for the show in 2016 and filmed our episode in Cleveland, Ohio. The show featured two music videos from our first EP: “Believe” and “Social Media Lovesick.” The show also featured some short interviews of us and our parents. We had a blast on the set, and the people were just awesome to work with. Our episode aired this summer in seven states and Canada. We recently were cast in another TV show called Houston’s Own Country. It is a local access show here in Houston, Texas, that also airs on cable TV. We filmed five music videos which will soon be aired on TV. We will also post these to our YouTube channel once the editing has been completed.

 

R: I read that you have performed in many theater productions. Is that something you would like to do in the future?

Kayla: Yes, we sure have. We began theater and dance at the age of 5 (Kelli) and 6 (Kayla) and fell in love with theater. We were cast in numerous plays up until 2016 when we started Wild Fire. I think this really shaped us as performers, as we were constantly in front of an audience speaking, singing, and dancing.

Kelli: I think in the future we would definitely love to audition for roles in theater, TV, movies and so forth. We love being in front of an audience!

 

R: What was your favorite role?

Kelli: I would have to say my favorite role was Gretyl in “The Sound of Music.”

Kayla: My favorite role was Alice Beineke in the “Addam’s Family.”


R: What are your future goals?

Kayla: Our short-term goals are to continue to write, record, and perform original music here in Texas and grow our fan base. There is a lot of ground to cover here in Texas. In the long-term, we plan to move to Nashville after high school and attend Belmont University. We plan to major in music and continue performing our music in Nashville.

Kelli: Our goal is to become a major artist in the country music world.

 

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, which ones and tell us about them?

Kelli: The charity closest to our heart is the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Our Nana passed away from this terrible disease and we hope and pray for a cure.

Kayla: We also support St. Jude’s and Texas Children’s Hospital.  Kids are very special to us!

 

R: If you could go back in time, where would you go, what time period, and why?

Kayla: I think the 80’s would be fun. Yeah, I would go back to the 80’s. We love the music from that era.

Kelli: I would have to agree.

 

R: It is not easy being a teen. What advice would you give them?

Kelli: The most important piece of advice I would give is be yourself. Don’t try and mold yourself into what your peers think you should be. You are an original masterpiece and there is nobody like you.

Kayla: I agree and would also say don’t listen to the haters. You will encounter negativity and people saying you can’t achieve certain goals. They are either jealous or they do not have enough confidence to reach their own goals. Believe in yourself and you will succeed.

 

R: Anything else you would like to add?

Kayla: We would just like to thank you for this interview and we are so glad that we connected.
Kelli: I agree. We would also like to tell all our fans that we appreciate all of you! God bless!

 

Photo credit: Molly Young, Rob Iutzwig

Chit Chatting with R5’s Ellington Ratliff

 

Written by Jill Sheets

If you are a fan of the band R5, then it is hard to miss Ellington Ratliff. He is the drummer and singer of the group, which has been together for eight years. Read on and learn more about him, R5’s new album, and five things you may not know about him.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start singing?

E: I grew up in an entertainment family. My grandma is a dance teacher (still teaching, now on her 71st year), Mom’s a choreographer, and Dad produces shows in Japan, so it’s safe to say I was born into the industry. I’ve been singing and acting since I can remember.

 

R: Tell us about your new album New Addictions. What are some of your favorite songs from this album?

E: Picking a favorite song is like picking a favorite child, but I do like “Trading Time” and “Red Velvet” a lot. Even though it’s not technically on New Addictions, our new single, “Hurts Good,” is out and it’s definitely one of my favorites.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

E: Everywhere. Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. If you have a computer, you can listen to R5.

 

R: What is it like working with R5? What has been your favorite memory so far?

E: We’ve been a band for eight years, so there are too many memories to have a favorite. I always love being in the studio or on the road. I think that’s where we gain the best stores. We are very lucky to be able to do what we love and to have fans coming to see us all over the world. We are very grateful.

 

R: You play the drums. How long have you been playing and why did you decide to play them?

E: I didn’t pick up the drums until I was eleven, but I’ve loved them ever since. They’re a great way to put out energy–like if you’re having a bad day or if you’re extremely excited about something, drums are always there to be hit. I didn’t start drumming every day seriously until I met the guys (and girl) in R5.

 

R: Are you currently on tour? If so, how long is this tour?

E: We are currently on tour in Europe until late October, and then we head to South America. You can check our website for all tour dates.

 

R: What is the best thing about touring and being on stage?

E: I love being able to travel and experience other cultures and meet fans from around the world who have been touched by our music. Being on stage is also great, especially when a show is electric and the fans are totally in it with you, there’s nothing better.

 

R: You are also an actor. Is this something you would like to do more of in the future?

E: Yes, I’d love to be on a comedy series like Parks and Rec. Whenever I’m on a set it seems like so much fun.

 

R: Who is your biggest influence?

E: I look up to people who succeed in all types of entertainment, especially people like Donald Glover, who has his music project Childish Gambino. He’s also playing Lando in the new Star Wars film.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

E:

1. I was named after the famous jazz musician Duke Ellington.

  1. When I was thirteen, I did the workshop and LA company of 13: The Musical by Jason Robert Brown (famous composer in the theater world). Later, Ariana Grande did the same show on Broadway.
  2. I can juggle.
  3. I started out playing guitar before I got fully into drums.
  4. I’m an avid music finder.

 

R: Do you have a girlfriend? 

E: Yes, I do–she is the keyboardist in R5 and her name is Rydel. She also has a YouTube channel. You all should check it out. It’s about all things, from baking to tour life.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

E: It wasn’t necessarily towards me, but while doing a signing after a show somewhere, a mother of a fan asked Ross to give her the gum he was chewing. We were just like, “uh…no.”

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which one and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

E: I’m on Twitter and Instagram under @ratliffR5, and new episodes of R5 TV are back on the R5 YouTube channel. R5 TV pretty much is our POV of what our everyday life is like on and off the road.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

E: Thank you for listening to our music and coming to our shows. We wouldn’t survive without you guys, and we’re going to keep releasing music, so stay tuned!

 

Photo Credit: Valentina Socci

 

Meet Rising Star Jenna Calandra

 

Hey guys! My name is Jenna Calandra. I’m from Long Island, NY and I’m 22 years old. My passion is music, and I want to be able to inspire everyone around the world.

 

R: When did you ​first​ ​get​ ​into​ ​singing?​ ​What​ ​made​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​seriously​ ​pursue​ ​it?

J: I was about eight years old, I was in a class choir in elementary school and I said to myself, “I want to be a singer.” I did plays in fourth and fifth grade, but I wasn’t a really good actress. I just wanted to sing!

 

R: What​ ​style​ ​do​ ​you​ ​sing?​ ​What’s​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​song?

J: I sing pop and R&B. My favorite song at the moment is “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato from her newest album. She is my inspiration.

 

R: Tell​ ​us​ ​about​ ​your​ ​single.​ ​What’s​ ​the​ ​story​ ​behind​ ​it?

J: My single “I’ll Be” is about finding the truth about yourself and discovering the path of your dreams. Basically, it’s about not giving up on your dreams and instead living fully, falling in love, keeping yourself happy, and doing what you love most.

 

R: I​ ​also​ ​heard​ ​you​ ​have​ ​an​ ​EP​ ​coming​ ​out​ ​next​ ​year.​ ​Tell​ ​us ​about​ ​it and your recording process.

J: I do an artist development program in Plainview at The Loft Sound Studio, a.k.a. Artist Factory NY. That’s also where I record my music. I have two songs out now, and my third single is going to be out in 2018. Right now, I just want to take my time recording and songwriting for my self-titled debut album, Jenna, which will be coming out in about two and a half years. It’s about my darkest times, chasing dreams, and inspiring messages that I’ve learned from other people. I can’t wait to show the world this record!

 

R: Who​ ​are​ ​some​ ​of​ ​your​ ​inspirations,​ ​both​ ​musically​ ​and​ ​personally?

J: My biggest musical influences include Tori Kelly, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift, but my main inspiration is Demi Lovato. Personally, I like her for who she is personality-wise, because she seems funny and cool to hang out with. She is very talented, and her vocals give me chills every time when I hear her song “Stone Cold” off her recent album Confident (one of my favorite albums). She also inspired me to keep chasing my dreams and keep myself healthy.

 

R: What​ ​are​ ​some​ ​of​ ​your​ ​future​ ​goals?

J: My future goals are to keep myself healthy, strong, confident, and inspire girls of all ages with my music. I want my songs to help others who are suffering emotionally. I’ve been there, so that’s why I sing and write songs to get those emotions out.

 

R: Is there any charity or cause close to your heart that you want to raise awareness for?

J: I want to start a charity in the future for people who are suffering with mental illness or who are disabled. We are all humans, and we should be respected as humans.

 

R: What​ ​advice​ ​would​ ​you​ ​give​ ​girls​ ​that​ ​want​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​singing?

J: Never give up! You are beautiful, talented, and worth it. You can do anything if you put your mind to it because you’re strong and you can achieve anything. If you are bullied, don’t listen to the haters, because they’re just jealous and they don’t know who you really are inside and out. You are amazing. Keep your head up and listen to your heart!

 

R: Where​ ​can​ ​people​ ​get​ ​your​ ​music?

J: My single “I’ll Be” will be back on Spotify soon. I had some difficulties with a website that has a distribution with Spotify, but keep an eye out for it!

 

R: Is​ ​there​ ​anything​ ​else​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​add?

J: Thank you so much for interviewing me! I had so much fun. To all the readers out there, don’t give up on your dreams. Keep smiling and be happy! Have a wonderful day!

 

Chit Chatting with Trinitee Stokes

 

Written by Jill Sheets

I first saw Trinitee Stokes on the Disney TV show K.C. Undercover–she plays a member of the Cooper family…a robot member. I was surprised when I watched the show how perfect her comedy timing was and how great an actress she is. She looked perfectly comfortable in front of the camera. She is going to go far in her career. But don’t just take my word for it–check her out for yourself! K.C. Undercover is aired every day on Disney channel.

R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting

T:  I am 11 years old and originally from Jackson, Mississippi. I When I was two years old, I was watching an episode of That’s So Raven and it was really funny. That’s when I told my mom that I wanted to be on TV, so that I could make people laugh, too. I started out in theater at the age of three when my mom created me a role in her first stage play. When I turned five, I landed an agent in my hometown in Mississippi and my professional acting career began.

 

R: You are in K.C. Undercover. For those who have not seen it yet, tell us about it and about your character.

T: I play the role of Judy. Judy is the youngest sibling of the Cooper family, disguised as a sophisticated robot. She is there to assist the family when solving missions. Judy is cute, sassy, no nonsense, and very intelligent. She has started to feel some human emotions, which is something she hasn’t been able to do in the past. Some of the lines in her scripts would be something that I would say, so it makes it that much easier to come across in a natural way. Judy also has great fashion sense.

 

R: What is it like working with Zendaya and the other cast? Has she given you any advice?

T: Its wild working with the cast. We work hard, but we also laugh a lot. We always find time to start a dance party on set. Since I’m the only kid on the show, I get treated like everyone’s little sister. Something Zendaya always says is that we have a voice, so we should use it for good.

 

R: Tell us about Teachers and about your character Lauren.

T: Teachers was so much fun to shoot. It was the first TV show outside of Disney Channel that I had the privilege to work on. My character Lauryn is a very intelligent girl, yet funny in her own way. Her character was totally different from Judy.

 

R: If you could work with any five people, who would they be?

T: Viola Davis, Beyoncé, Denzel Washington, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansen.

 

R: Who is your biggest influence?

T: My mom is my biggest influence because her life motivates me to believe the impossible and to pursue everything God has for me.

 

R: I read that you also sing. Tell us about your song “Win Now.” Where can people get your song? Do you plan on recording more in the future?

T: “Win Now” is a song about learning to be comfortable with the way that God made you. Sometimes God has a special anointing on you and no matter how hard you try, you just won’t fit in with the crowd. “Win Now” encourages you to embrace your gifts and know that the moment that you believe you are who God says you are, you win! “Win Now” is available on iTunes.

 

R: I read that you are also an author and fashion designer. Tell us about that!

T: I am currently working on my first novel and a children’s series with my mom.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

T: My favorite memory thus far has been when my parents packed up our home in Mississippi and drove cross-country to California on faith. We made the trip a three-day site-seeing adventure. We stopped and spent the night in different states, and we sang songs like we were the Beverly Hill Billies!

 

R: What are your top five favorite books?

T: The Great Chocolate Chase, Judy Blume and the Not so Bummer Summer, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Story of Josephine Baker, and Land of Stories.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

T:

1. I like country music

2. I love to do different experiments

3. I enjoy cooking

4. I love solving murder mysteries

5. I am a young minister of the gospel

 

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, tell us about them.

T: I recently “adopted” a child in need through Compassion International.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

T: I have so many short and long term goals, but here are a few. I definitely want my own TV show and to star in feature films. I also want to travel the world performing and selling out arenas. Also, I look forward to walking into a department store and seeing my clothing line on display!

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

T: www.thetrinitee.com

Instagram: @the_trinitee

Twitter: @the_trinitee

Facebook: Trinitee Stokes

YouTube: Trinitee Stokes

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

T: I would tell all of my fans to always believe that they can accomplish whatever dream they have. Even if it looks impossible or they think that it is too big, still believe. Also, always work hard and have integrity. Lastly, always be true to yourself. Don’t try to be like anyone else. There is no one else in this world that can do you, so JUST BE YOU!

Photo credit: BOBBY QUILLARD

Chit Chatting with Sister Group Cimorelli

 

Written by Jill Sheets

A few years ago, I was blessed to see Cimorelli in concert. When I got to meet the sisters in person, they were nice and down to earth. They would talk and take pictures with their fans. They were also amazing in concert and hopefully I will be able to see them again! The sisters write their own music and play instruments. It is great to watch them develop in their music career. Soon they will be releasing a new album called “Sad Girls Club.” Read on about them, their music, and their new book.

 

R: Tell our readers about yourselves. How did you get into the music industry?

C: We are six musical sisters originally from California, but now we’re living in Nashville. We also have five brothers and we were homeschooled, so we grew up singing together all the time. We started our band at 10 years old in our hometown (Sacramento area) as a full instrumental band with electric guitar, bass, drums, and two keyboards. Then we started our YouTube career in 2009 and switched to more of an a capella thing, uploading weekly covers of popular songs to YouTube. In 2010 we moved down to Los Angeles and got a record deal with a major label. We worked in the music industry there for five years. It was exhausting and very frustrating trying to be ourselves in an industry where it felt like we didn’t fit “in the box.” Finally, we left our label and moved to Nashville in 2015. Since our move and going independent, we have recorded and released two albums of music, written and published our first book, and toured all over the US, Europe, and South America. Our third album, “Sad Girls Club,” comes out October 27th!

 

R: Tell us about your new album “Alive.” What are your favorite songs off this new album?

C: I think each of us has a different favorite for different reasons. My (Katherine) favorite is “Alive,” as I wrote a lot of the lyrics and it’s my personal story based on a poem I wrote.

 

R: You write your own songs. What is your writing process? Do you write things together? How do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

C: Each song is uniquely different. Some we write together, some on our own. Usually it’ll start with lyrics, and if someone has some lyrics but no melody, they’ll have a different sister finish it out. Sometimes one of us will write an entire song on our own.

 

R: Do you have any plans on touring soon?

C: We have been so focused on recording our new album this year and creating content for our YouTube that we haven’t made touring plans this year, but we are going to make some soon! Stay tuned!

 

R: Where can people get your music?

C: Spotify, Apple Music, Pledge music and iTunes.

 

R: Tell us about your book Lessons Learned.  Where can people get it?

C: We wrote it last year! It’s a book of advice and life lessons written for young girls and women. We get tons of questions and people asking us for advice on social media, so we decided to put together a book of the questions we get asked the most. You can get it on our Pledge music page.

 

R: What do you like to do in your free time?

C: We each have our own individual interests but I would say collectively, we like having dance parties and BBQs with our friends, watching movies, going on walks, and writing music.

 

R: What are your future goals?

C: We would like our new album, “Sad Girls Club,” to reach as many people as possible. We also want to plan another tour around the world! We haven’t been to Australia and a lot of Asia yet, so we need to get there!

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them?

C: I know it sounds like a promo, but I genuinely would tell them to get our book Lessons Learned on our Pledge music page! It is packed full of advice for teenagers on things like friendship, family, body image and self-esteem, career advice, spirituality, and even saving money.

 

R: What are your social networking sites?

C: Twitter: @cimorelliband, Instagram: @cimorelliband Snapchat: @itscimorelli

Our website is Cimorellimusic.com and our YouTube is YouTube.com/cimorellitheband

 

R: Is there anything you would like to add or say to your fans?

C: Thank you for supporting us all these years and for sticking by us through the ups and the downs. We love you guys with all our hearts and we’re so grateful we get to do this for our career!!

 

Picture credit: Acacia Evans Photography/ Founder at Big City Thoughts Magazine

 

Chit Chatting with Ali B

 

Written by: Jill Sheets

Up and coming 16-year-old Ali B started her singing career in school talent shows and after-school programs. She was 13 years old when she decided that she wanted to start recording. A couple of songs that she has recorded are “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love.” Keep reading and learn about her, those songs, and what it was like recording for the first time.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start in the music business.

A: I am 16 years old and currently a senior in high school who is living the double life of quiet school girl by day and singer/songwriter by night. I have always had a passion for music and I am so thankful that I am on my journey to conquering my dreams. I’ve always sang growing up, but nothing big, just school talent shows and after-school programs. It wasn’t until I was around thirteen that I decided that I wanted to start recording music. I began searching online for local recording studios and I came across The Loft Sound Studio. I had my dad call up and we began going in there. The loft sound studio is one of the studios I go to all of the time and I am so proud of all the progression I have made over the past three years. After recording cover songs for a while, I started working on original music and now I have so many exciting projects I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with everyone.

 

R: What was it like being in the recording studio for the first time?

A: Being in the recording studio for the first time was kind of a shell shock to me. It was so professional and was a little intimidating at first. I remember I would go in and not say a word but then as soon as I got in front of that microphone I was like a whole other person. It was a big difference from just singing in my room to a big professional recording studio. Over the years I have discovered that the recording studio is like my second home. I feel happiest there–it’s somewhere where I can really just let go, be myself, and show who I am and what I’m feeling through music. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than that.

 

R: Tell our readers about your songs “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love.”

A: “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love” are my latest two singles out right now, and I am so excited about them. “Kiss Me Goodbye” was my first original single that we shot a music video for, which you can find on Indimusic.tv right now! Both of these songs I wrote at a time in my life where I was very much in love and at a time where my heart was broken. Everybody always asks me “who do you write your songs about?” I don’t really have an answer to that question because when I write songs, I write from my heart and about what I’m going through at that time.

 

R: What have been some of your favorite covers to sing?

A: This is definitely a challenging question. Any song I cover I usually wind up building some sort of connection to. If I had to narrow it down, it would be the song “Camouflage” by Selena Gomez. I chose this one because at the time that I recorded this song I was going through something that was exactly what the song was explaining. It was a song where when I sang it I felt like I was telling my own story. Music has always been an outlet for me whether I am sad, happy or just having a bad day. As hard as it was for me to build up the strength to sing the song at the time, it was almost a feeling of relief when I would sing it because I felt like all of my emotions were coming out through the song.

 

 

R: If you could go back in time, what singers would you want to tour with?

A: There are so many incredible artists that I look up to and would love to tour with. If it was a band probably either One Direction or Fifth Harmony, just because I feel like both of these bands have grown together so much and started out as just contestants on a show to now some of the most successful groups ever. Some others would be Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Halsey, and Michael Jackson. Not only would it be an incredible honor to share the stage with them, but I feel like they are all so incredibly talented and worked so hard for where they are now.

 

R: Not only do you sing, but you are also a songwriter. What is your writing process? How do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

A: The process of my songwriting is different all of the time. Sometimes I will come up with a song lyric in my head and think, “oh, that would be a great chorus or hook” and then base the song around that. Other times I will be in a mood and just write out all of my feelings and try to come up with sentences and phrases that can bounce off one another. Being a songwriter is one of my favorite parts of being a singer because it allows me to express myself through my music.

 

R: What has been your favorite song that you have written?

A: I write all of my songs, which makes me have such a special connection to them. I would have to say my favorite one that I have written is an unreleased one which I can’t spill too much about yet! I can promise that it will be out within the next few months and I cannot wait to share it with everyone. This was a song that I wrote when I felt broken inside and didn’t know what to do, or who to even talk to. With that being said I came home one day, sat on my bed and wrote this song in about 10 minutes. This song is a question as to why something ended the way that it did. This song has always been a challenge for me to sing because of how emotionally involved I am in it. I think that this song is something that everyone can relate to, and I want people to know that they are not alone when they feel this way.

 

R: I read that you wanted to visit Greece. Why and are there any other places you would like to visit?

A: Yes! The world is such a beautiful place and there are so many places that I want to visit. Greece is somewhere I have always dreamed of going because I am fascinated by the culture and way of life. I think it would be really cool to go and explore another part of the world that is so different than where I am from. I also want to visit Bora Bora and Fiji.

 

 

R: What has been your first “starstruck” moment? Who was it and what happened?

A: I am thankful to be able to say that I have had multiple “starstruck” moments, but my first one was probably when I met Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus. She is someone that I absolutely thought the world of growing up. She was and still is one of my inspirations. I remember I was in line at one of her book signings to meet her and I was so nervous to even look at her. It almost didn’t feel real. She was super nice and we took a picture that I still have to this day!

 

R: Do you have any charities or causes that are close to your heart?

A: I can tell you that I am in the process of partnering up with some charities that I am so excited to start to be a part of!

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

A:   1. I have an obsession with junk food and sweets. I could literally eat ice cream, candy, and cookies every single day.

2. I really want a dog.

3. My dream car is a Range Rover.

4. I have an obsession with Disney.

5. I write all my songs myself.

 

R: What advice would you give teenager girls these days?

A: If there is anything I could say, it would be to never listen to what other people think of you. Growing up I’ve had an endless amount of people make fun of me or tell me I’m not good enough, but I never and will never let that stop me. It’s up to you to make the life that you want and will make you happy.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A: To be honest I don’t think I’ve been asked a “strange” question yet.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? Which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

A: Yes of course! You can follow my Instagram @alisonberke to see footage from some of my performances, newest pictures, and to keep up with where you might be able to find me next. My twitter is @alison_berke where you can also stay updated on my performances, where you can find me, my funny retweets and also just to see what I’m up to that day. My snapchat is @aliiberke1023 where you will discover I may or may not have an obsession with filters, what I’m up to, and maybe sometimes even some sneak peeks into what I’m working on! My official website is http://alisonberkemusic.com but you can also find my music on my Soundcloud, Facebook, and YouTube, which is Alison Berke Music! My three singles are available for download on iTunes & Spotify now!

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports me, listens to my music, tells their friends about me, takes time out of their day to listen to me, or to even like or comment under one of my posts. I appreciate everything more then you could imagine. I will continue being me and sharing my music with you all and I am excited what the future has in store for us. This is a long and hard journey, but if there is one thing I am certain, it is that I will never give up no matter who tries to stop me.

 

Picture credit: Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte at The Loft Sound Studio

Meet Singer and YouTube Star Savannah Outen

 

1o years ago Savannah Outen decided to post a video of herself singing on YouTube. Now she’s gaining popularity fast with over 500,000 subscribers and performances at world famous venues such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Be sure to check out her channel and listen to her brand new single “Coins.”

 

R: How did you get into music?

S: I fell in love with music at a young age. I remember singing along to Beauty and the Beast at the top of my lungs and wishing I could be Belle. But it wasn’t until I was 13 that I told my parents I wanted to make it a career of mine. They started taking me to talent competitions in LA and then suggested I start a YouTube channel.

 

R: When did you start your YouTube channel? What made you want to start it?

S: 10 years ago! It’s so crazy. My parents suggested I post a video because maybe someone from the industry would see it. But then something even better came out of it. I started gaining an amazing group of supporters.

 

R: What was it like performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

S: AMAZING. That was always a childhood dream of mine. It’s hard to describe what it was like. I honestly don’t remember most of it because I was so excited. But what I do remember is my hand falling asleep because I was waving at thousands and thousands of people alongside the parade route for three hours. I was so honored that they asked me and will NEVER forget that experience.

 

R: Tell us about your new single “Coins.” What’s the story behind it?

S: I’ve been in this industry for 10 years and I’ve always been told how I should talk, dress, sing. So this is my response to all those people. It’s important in any aspect of life to be yourself. It’s been awesome seeing my supporters say this is their anthem. That’s exactly what I wanted! Here’s the “Coins” lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmEp4DQ1TQs

 

R: What are some of your plans for the future?

S: I’m releasing a single before the end of the year! I’m so stoked. I’m also getting ready to open up for Haley Reinhart on a few dates of her tour!

 

R: I heard you started a jewelry line. Can you tell us a little about that?

S: Yes! They reached out to me last year asking if I wanted to create a collection with them. I’ve always wanted to make jewelry so I was so happy they asked! We created some amazing rings and earrings that have a classic but edgy feel.

 

R: Are there any charities close to your heart?

S: I’m a huge animal lover, so any charity that supports animals. I also support the Thirst Project. It’s an amazing non-profit organization that brings safe drinking water to communities around the world who don’t have access.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add?

S: Make sure to follow my instagram @therealsavannah and keep an eye out for future concert dates and news about the next single!

Meet Up and Coming Country Singer Natalie Alexander

21-year-old California native Natalie Alexander is bursting onto the country music scene with her debut single “Cruel” and self-titled EP. You may have heard her before–another one of her songs, “Don’t Want to Catch My Breath,” is starting to gain some traction on major country music stations in the US. Be sure to go check out her official website www.nataliealexandermusic.com to stay up to date, and don’t forget to go follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

 

R: When did you fall in love with music? What made you want to pursue it as a career?

N: I grew up in a very musical family, so it was always a big part of my life. I think every kid playing an instrument complains about the practicing and when I would tell my mom I didn’t want to practice she’d say “one day you’ll be so glad I made you practice.” Of course she was right! I love that music is something I’ll always have as a way to express myself. I think that makes it really special. Although my love for music started young, it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I started pursuing music professionally. I was really involved in managing my brothers’ band and there came a point where I decided it was the right time for me to explore the other side.

 

R: Tell us about your EP. What’s your favorite song on it and why?

N: This EP was such a fun project! I recorded it over a weekend in December and it was my first time ever being in the studio! There are 4 songs, each very different in style but still so me. I wanted to give a sampling of what I’m capable of doing and what I like to sing which is what drove me to recording those 4 songs. My favorite is probably “Cruel” because it’s such a fun song and it’s message is so important to me. It was also the first song of mine I saw people singing along to so it will always be special for that reason

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

N: I want to write my next album! Bucket list goal is to perform at the Opry.

 

R: Besides music, what do you like to do?

N: I love movies and TV, so my idea of a perfect Sunday is either spending all day at a theater to see a bunch of movies in a row, or to binge watch a series on Netflix and Postmates sushi from my bed.

 

R: Are there any charities close to your heart that you would like to raise awareness for?

N: CCI – Canine Companions for Independence! It’s such a great organization. I’m a big lover of dogs and so the fact that this organization uses dogs to help people is so amazing!

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add?

N: Thank you to everyone who has supported me and all the people who send me sweet messages and such positive feedback on my music. I appreciate you all so much!

Chit Chatting with Actress Kaila Kondo

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing up and coming actress Kaila Kondo. She is in the movie Before I Fall. Read on and learn where she would visit if she could go back in time, who her favorite actress is, five random things about her, and all about her movie.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start into acting.

K: I’ve always loved the performing arts! I am a very dramatic and enthusiastic person. When I was younger, my parents put me into a performing arts preschool, and I fell in love with acting. From there, I continued attending art schools, performing in plays, and auditioning for roles in television.

 

R: Tell us about your movie Before I Fall and about your character, Bunny Cupid.

K: Before I Fall is about Samantha Kingston, a popular high school student, who finds herself having to relive Valentine’s Day over and over until she “gets it right.” It’s about self-discovery and realizing that sometimes you need to look outside yourself and make changes in your behaviors and interactions with others before moving forward. Bunny Cupid has a small role in the movie – one line actually. She is part of a group of three cupids whose job it is to go around to classrooms and hand out Valentine’s roses. Although it wasn’t a large role, it was a great experience being on set and getting a chance to work with the other actors.

 

R: What was the audition process for this movie?

K: A request was made through my agent for me to read for the part. I received the script the night before and rehearsed my line over and over. In the audition room, they asked me to say the line and start handing out the roses to imaginary people in various emotions such as bubbly, flirty, and nervous. I guess I impressed them because I got a call saying the role was mine!

 

R: What was your favorite part about filming this movie?

K: It definitely had to be getting to know everyone on set! I loved meeting both the actors and the crew and getting to chat with them every day. It was so inspiring seeing everyone hard at work trying to make this film come to life – the passion was really evident in everyone I got to meet.

 

R: Do you have any other upcoming projects coming out that you can talk about?

K: I am actually taking a break from acting at the moment while I start university, but I hope to be back in front of the camera soon.

 

R: If you could work with any five actors and/or actresses who would they be?

K: I would love the opportunity to work with Emma Watson, Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and Dwayne Johnson.

 

R: What shows would you like to make a guest appearance on?

K: I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds. My mother and I always marathon the episodes and I would love to make an appearance on it!

 

R: I read that you can ballroom dance. Is that true? If so, how long have you been studying? What is your favorite style?

K: Yes it’s true, I can ballroom dance! I have been studying on and off for about five years now. I do it mainly for fun and am nowhere near a competitive level. My favorite style is swing! I have always enjoyed the fast pace of the music and how it can be super catchy!

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them?

K: Always be yourself, regardless of what others think. Sometimes in life, you meet people who are judgmental or manipulative and who might want you to conform, but you should never change who you are to fit someone else’s standards.

I encourage everyone who reads this to write one positive note, such as “You are beautiful,” and place it on your mirror or somewhere you often look. Then every day you can constantly affirm that you are amazing, or smart, or confident, or all the above. It is so important to believe in yourself and to have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer the world.

 

R: Who is your biggest influence and why?

K: Definitely my mother. She’s such a hard working and kindhearted person. She has been through everything with me and has supported me no matter what. She believes in me and pushes me to be the best that I can be.

 

R: If you could travel back in time, what time period would you pick and why?

K: I would like travel back in time to Ancient Greece. I have always been fascinated with their culture, architecture, and beliefs. It would be amazing to experience everything first-hand rather than reading about it in a book.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

K: I am a lifeguard and swim instructor. I played on an all-girls baseball team and took 1st place at the Canadian nationals. I love playing the game Candy Crush and I am on level 867! I know how to surf. My best friend is my dog, Ty, who is an American Eskimo that we rescued from a shelter in Taiwan.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

K: I was at a sleepover with some friends, and we were eating s’mores. My friend turned to me and asked if I could fit a mini marshmallow up my nose. Intrigued, I gave it a shot and the marshmallow fit! Although it did not get stuck in my nasal cavity, I do not recommend for others try this.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?

K: No, I am not.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

K: Don’t give up on your passion! If you love something, do it with all your heart. When times get tough, you might think it is easier to give up on something than to push through it; however, if you persevere, you’ll come out stronger than before.

 

R: Kaila, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

K: Thank you so much for interviewing me! This was my first interview, so it means a lot to me!

 

Picture credit: Ian Redd

 

Chit Chatting with Skye Holland

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Singer and songwriter Skye Holland began her music at 10 years old in Tokyo, Japan, where she was born. I first discovered her when I saw the video for the song “Superhero.” By the way, did you know that she loves the series Prison Break? You will have to read on to find out why and learn about some other interesting topics.  

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start in music.

S: I started taking vocal lessons when I was thirteen. I met Steve Kroeger in high school and we started working together. Ever since then, my music started getting more serious, and I also started songwriting.

 

R: Tell us about your single “We Could Be.”

S: We always do this thing where we write music and never finish it. “We Could Be” was one of those songs. We came back to it a year later and it became one of my favorites.

 

R: Tell us about your other music. What are your top five songs to sing on stage?

S: Not in order, but my favorite songs are “Dive,” “Hang On,” “Her,” “Coastline,” which I’m featured on, and “Paradise.”

 

R: How do you come up with the ideas for your music videos? What is the best part about filming them?

S: My videographer Tim and I sit down and brainstorm ideas together. Seeing it all come together at the end is the best part of filming a music video.

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

S: Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, and Apple Music.

 

R: There are times when people are afraid to approach celebrities. What advice would you give them if they wanted to come up to you?

S: I would like to know the answer to that too.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

S: To travel and work with other musicians and just keep releasing new music.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

S: I speak fluent Japanese, I’m a certified eyelash technician, I love spicy food, I only have one cousin, and I’ve rewatched the series Prison Break six times. I have a crush on Michael Scofield.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

S: When I was in Japan, I was asked if my mother was my translator because we look nothing alike.

 

R: What advice would you give teenage girls these days?

S: Don’t care about what other people think and do what makes you happy.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page>

S: Instagram: @iamskyeholland

Twitter: @iamskyeholland

Snapchat: skyeholland

Facebook: facebook.com/iamskyeholland

Website: www.iamskyeholland.com

YouTube: youtube.com/skyeholland

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

S: Thank you for all the love and support. Follow me on Spotify- iamskyeholland

 

Picture credit: Tim Langley