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Chit Chatting with Singer-Songwriter Bree Taylor


 

Written by Jill Sheets

Canadian singer Bree Taylor has been writing songs since she was young. She says it has helped her get through hard times by writing songs about what she has gone through, or even what her loved ones go through. Keep reading and learn more about her, her music, her favorite karaoke songs, and find out what RiseUp TV is all about.

 

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

B: I’m a singer-songwriter and actress from Toronto, Ontario. I’ve been writing songs since I was a little kid and have always had a love for music. Music has gotten me through some of the toughest times in my life – having been bullied all throughout my school years, music and writing are what helped me cope. My parents enrolled me in piano and voice lessons when I was a kid, and I participated in choirs all throughout grade school. I put my music ambitions on hold while pursuing my degree in University and after I graduated, I started pursuing my dream of performing and recording music. This is what I have been doing the past couple years and I’m really fortunate to have come as far as I have.

 

R: Tell us about your single “What You’re Looking For.”

B: Well, like all my songs, this song is based off a specific experience in my life that inspired me. I write from the heart, and I like my lyrics to reflect honest emotions. However, this song has become about so much more than the experience that inspired it initially. It is about how so many guys nowadays don’t know what they want when it comes to a relationship or dating, and end up wasting a great girl’s time playing games. With all the dating apps now, guys find it so easy to meet girls and are so often looking for something casual, with a fear of commitment. They’ve gotten lazy when it comes to romance, pursuing a woman, letting a relationship develop naturally over time, and getting to know someone.

This song is about having the self respect to walk away from a situation or person that does not fulfil you or give you what you want. We all deserve to feel loved and wanted and to be someone’s number one, and that’s what I want people to take away from the song.

 

R: Tell us about some of your other songs.

B: I have released two other singles before this current one. My first single, “Broken Dreams,” came out in September 2016 and is about a breakup I went through that felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath my feet. It’s about when you spend time with someone, get to know them, start falling in love, and they just bail and leave and end things with no explanation. My second single that came out in February 2017 is called “Perfect,” and it is about the pressures we put on ourselves and feel growing up to be perfect. It’s about how we never feel good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough – just never enough. Regardless of that, the message of the song is that imperfections are beautiful and to love yourself first no matter what. At the end of the day we are all strong, resilient, beautiful women and are our own versions of perfect.

 

R: Do you have any upcoming tours?

B: Yes! I will be part of the RiseUp TV tour in May 2018. We are touring across Canada starting in Vancouver, BC and ending in Montreal, QC. There are lots of shows booked over the span of two weeks and it is all being filmed for RiseUp TV, airing in Fall 2018. We are also in the process of booking more of my own shows for next spring and summer, so updates will be up on my website www.BreeTaylor.com as they get added.

 

R: Not only do you sing, but you write your own music. What is your writing process?  

B: Yes! I love songwriting – it is such a therapeutic process for me. I usually write about a topic that is close to my heart, which is why my music is so personal. I get inspired by things that I or my friends and family go through – mainly my life experiences and interactions. There really isn’t one way that I approach songwriting, to be honest. I typically start with an idea or concept of some sort – what I want the song to be about – and then go from there. I also love to collaborate with other talented writers, which is such a great experience; it brings another element and voice to the song and helps it in a cool direction.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

B: My music is available everywhere – Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube, etc. Wherever you love to stream or download your music, you can find me! Links to everything can be found on my website www.BreeTaylor.com

 

R: Tell us about RiseUp TV.

B: RiseUp TV, as I briefly mentioned earlier, is a TV show following artists and bands behind the scenes as we tour and perform across Canada. You get to see what goes on during the tour, our performances and how we prepare, what it’s like touring with other artists, and all the behind the scenes stuff along the way. It is going to be extremely exciting and fun to be around so many talented musicians, performing and connecting with fans.

 

R: Who are some of your favorite singers?

B: I love so many artists! I grew up listening to various genres of music. Both my parents were big music fans, so I listened to all of their albums. Some artists I love are Elton John, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles, Blink-182,  Sum41, Amanda Marshall, Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Dixie Chicks, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Branch, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett…seriously, the list goes on!

 

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

B: That is such a tough question – there are so many possibilities! I am a bit of an old soul, so I would probably want to go back to the late 50s or early 60s to the golden age of Hollywood. Considering my love of music and film, it would be so incredible to go back to the time when it all started growing into the culture it has become and when some of the best music and films were created. I would love to grow up in that era and get to experience the 70s and 80s – some of my favorite musicians and movies were from those time periods.

 

R: What are your top five karaoke songs that you like to sing?

B: “Man! I feel like a Woman” – I love singing anything Shania Twain, but this is a classic.

“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus – it’s one of my all time favorite songs.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey – one of those songs that you just can’t help but sing along to.

“I Love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett – one of my long time favs to sing since I was a kid

“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – I love all her music, and this song is so much fun!


R: I read that you are a social media/ PR guru. How did that get started?

B: Well thank you – I try! I was obsessed with social media at a young age; the digital world always fascinated me. Whenever something new like Twitter came out I would be on it – I remember the day Twitter first became a thing, no one in my school even knew what it was. I also went to University for Media Studies and I specialized in Public Relations, so we learned a lot about marketing and social media and its benefits in the media world. I chose my program because as a singer-songwriter, I wanted to take something that would give me knowledge and skills that would benefit me in this career (knowing I would be pursuing music once I graduated). I also got my first job out of school as a social media manager, so that helped as well.

 

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

B: I completely agree. It wasn’t easy for me growing up either, so I can definitely relate. I would tell them to be themselves no matter what – to not be afraid to shine, or to be different, and to not let someone else’s opinion of them define them or make them want to change who they are. Love whatever and whomever they want to love, embrace whatever makes them unique or different, and love themselves no matter what. Know that whatever they are going through, especially the bad, they are strong and they will get through it. Keep a positive outlook no matter how hard it may be and always try to see a silver lining in any situation.

 

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

B: I don’t get asked very many strange questions actually. If I really think about it – I guess the strangest question I have ever been asked is probably “are you aware that you look like Katy Perry?” I get that ALL the time. People are always asking me if I know that I look like her or saying that I look like her, which is a HUGE compliment because she is gorgeous, but it gets super awkward sometimes, especially when I hear it a lot.

 

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?

B: Yes! My official website is www.BreeTaylor.com and I am on all social media sites!

YouTube: www.youtube.com/breetaylor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/breetaylorofficial

Twitter: www.twitter.com/breetaylor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/breetaylorofficial

Snapchat: @BreeTaylor4

 

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

B: I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for loving and supporting me and my music, especially this new single. I really pour my heart and soul into my music and to know that people are enjoying it and connecting with the song really means a lot to me and makes me feel like I am doing my job. I can’t wait to see you all at a show or event in the future!

 

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

B: Thank you so much! It’s been great talking with you as well – I am so grateful to be here.

 

Picture credit: Bree Taylor

 



Chit Chatting with Singer Alabama Luella Barker


 

Written by Jill Sheets

Up and coming singer Alabama Luella Barker is REALLY talented. You may know her as the daughter of Blink-182’s Travis Barker, but when you are listening to her new song “Our House” you will be able to tell that she is going to have an amazing career and make a name for herself. Read on and learn more about her, her music, who she would like to work with, and who her biggest influence is. Also, don’t forget to check out her video below for “Our House” after you are done reading this interview.

 

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

A: I always used to dance and sing when I was younger, and that hasn’t changed. It’s fun!

 

R: Tell us about your song “Our House.”

A: I worked on it with Rachel West, my dad Travis Barker, and John Feldmann. It’s really fun and chill, and just about having fun with your friends.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

A: Everywhere! iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud…wherever you get your music.

 

R: What is your favorite song to belt out in your room or in the car?

A: Currently, it’s “Hold On” by Janine.

 

R: If you could work with anyone who would they be?

A: Oooh. Definitely Beyoncé or Rihanna.

 

R: I read that you were credited for writing “She’s Out of Her Mind” by Blink-182. Is that true?

A: That wasn’t really supposed to happen. I just went in there and started playing, and they were recording me. Then my dad told me that they were going to put it on the album. It was so cool.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: Getting to see my dad perform and tour has been a big influence.

 

R: What are your future goals?

A: I want to keep working on music and fashion! I can’t wait to get started on my next single.

 

R: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I love doing makeup. It’s so fun.

 

R: tell us about your pet pig!

A: I used to have a pet pig named Chad, but he got too big so he lives with my aunt now. He’s so cute, and I still see him a lot!

 

R: It is not easy growing up these days. What advice would you give teen girls today?

A: To just do your own thing and not worry about what other people think.

 

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

A:  Yes! I’m on Instagram at @alabamaluellabarker and I have a YouTube channel too where you can check out the music video.

 

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

A: Thank you to everyone who supports me and my music.

 

“Our House”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6s1BTEr1WQ

 



Chit Chatting with Adam Campbell


 

Written by Jill Sheets

Adam Campbell is a well-established actor. Some of his acting credits are from Mixology, My Life As an Experiment, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Now this UK native is on the comedy show Great News, which can be seen on Hulu. Keep reading and learn more about him, his show, five things you may not know about him, and a tip on how to memorize your lines.

 

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

A: Well, my name is Adam. I am a rather small Englishman. I started acting in school doing plays and various amateur productions. I then went on to study theater at University before going to drama school in London. Six years training – I could have been a doctor!

 

R: Tell our listeners about your show, Great News, and about your character Greg Walsh.

A: Great News is a comedy series on NBC – it’s extremely funny because it’s from the team behind 30 Rock. It’s set in a cable news station. I play Greg, the executive producer. He is a rather small Englishman.

 

R: What is it like working with the cast and crew?

A: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Horatio Sanz, Nicole Richie, and John Michael Higgins make up the cast – they’re absolutely brilliant in the show, and are truly so much fun to work with. The crew is also amazing, and in many cases, funnier than the cast.

 

R: Do you have any anecdote from the set of Great News?

A: The cast is quite gassy. During many of the takes, they have to stop filming because of uncontrollable burps. Especially the females.

 

R: What kind of roles do you prefer? Comedy? Drama? Horror?

A: I really enjoy comedy roles because I tend to watch comedy in my free time. My favorite television show is The Office. I don’t really watch much drama or horror as I get enough of that from my one-year-old son.

 

R: What character was the toughest for you to change into?

A: Although I’ve never really played a role that’s too far removed from myself, I did a horror movie last year called Wolves at the Door about the Manson murders. I had to play a Polish guy, so it was a lot of work to get the accent right. If you’re Polish, I recommend you don’t watch me in it.

 

R: Do you have any other upcoming projects you want to talk about?

A: I’m going to plug my wife’s TV show – it’s called Trial and Error. It’s also on NBC, and she is absolutely fantastic in it.

 

R: Do you have any secrets on how to memorize your scripts?

A: YES! Read the lines right before you go to sleep – in the morning, they should be lodged in your memory. Not sure why it works, but it does.

 

R: What is it like communicating with your fans? What is the nicest thing a fan has done or said to you?

A: I don’t really have that many fans, apart from my mother. The nicest thing she’s ever done is give birth to me.

 

R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to become an actress?

A: I highly recommend getting as much experience as you possibly can: trying out for school plays, getting involved with local amateur drama productions etc. It’s the BEST way to figure out, truly, if that’s what you want to do with your life. Acting is a tough profession, as I’m sure everyone says, so it’s definitely worth being honest with yourself if it’s really what you want to do. By getting involved in school productions, you might discover that you’re more suited to writing, directing, set decoration, etc. Explore as many different avenues as you can before making the commitment to just one path in the entertainment industry.

 

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

A:

1. I am quite good at handstands. It’s how I make a living when I’m not acting.

2. Apparently I talk to myself a LOT. It freaks my wife out.

3. Put me in a swimming pool and I will spend the day in there. Try getting me out. You can’t.

4. I am extremely competitive playing sports or games with friends. I try to give the impression that I don’t care and that we’re just having a bit of fun, but my face goes red and my laugh sounds fake because I NEED TO WIN.

5. I’m Batman.

 

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

A: The Union Rescue Mission is a wonderful organization in downtown Los Angeles that serves the enormous homeless population down there. I am trying to get more involved with them. Homelessness is a growing problem in LA – I feel helpless as an individual, but URM provides shelter, meals, counseling, safety and love for the community in ways that astound me. If anyone is keen to get involved, please visit www.urm.org

 

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

A: I am on twitter (@adamcampbelly) but I don’t tweet much.

 

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

A: Mum, stop calling me at 2am, we’re on a different time zone out here.

 

R: Thank you for the interview. Have a great day!

S:  Thank you!

 

Photo credit: Sarah Dunn



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