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

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!

Preparing For A Workout The Right Way

Getting ready for a workout is a very important part of it being actually productive; you’re going to need to get your mind about body ready for what you’re about to put it through so you’re going to want to make sure that it’s properly prepared! But what are the things you should be doing in order to make the most out of your workout? Well, if you read on you’re going to find out!

Pre Workout Supplements

As we all know, our bodies can only run off what we put inside them. We turn what our stomach receives into glucose and other respiratory substances so that our bodies can keep going! So, it makes sense to highlight the importance of what we take pre workout as it’s going to be kicking in just before and during our workout. There are multiple things you can take such as oxygen portable right before a set to get enough oxygen to your muscles or BCAAs to get that extra bit of protein into your muscles so that repair and growth can happen straight away!

Warm Up Sets

Warming up is possibly one of the most important thing in any work out; you don’t see professional lifters, runners, or any other kind of athlete for that matter doing anything without warming up first! But what does warming up actually do? Well, it does two things; it gets enough oxygen into your muscles to get ready for some hard respiration, so that you’re not going to have to wait for a minute or two to get your oxygen supplies up, and it stretches your muscles out. When your muscles go from not being used at all to being used loads, a lot of unnecessary tension builds up in the microfibrils which can lead to injuries. If you’re looking for more on warm ups and what will suit you, have a read of this!

Listening To Music

This sounds slightly daft, however it has been proven to have a positive effect upon people’s athletic performance, but why? Well, before a workout if you listen to certain songs that you resonate with you can get an increased amount of hormones released into your body, the one of most importance is going to be testosterone due to it’s aggressive behavioural effects that lead to increased muscular performance. Music is a great psychological factor too as it’s able to distract you from your workout whilst you’re actually doing it! There are a load more benefits to music that you can read about here.

Doing all of these things before your workout is going to massively improve your performance! Use some supplements to get more oxygen and protein into your body for when you need it most, listen to music that gets you going to release hormones and to get you psychologically prepared and make sure you warm up correctly so that you don’t injure yourself! Of course after your workout you’re going to want to eat the right foods to make sure that everything  you’ve done hasn’t gone to waste, so read this to get up to date on the best foods to eat!

Meet Up and Coming Singer Kylie Hughes

 

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious when someone is born a star. When she was little, singer Kylie Hughes would belt out Disney tunes (her favorite was the Hercules soundtrack). Now, she has a number of musical accomplishments under her belt, including producing an EP when she was fourteen, performing at music festivals, and sharing the stage with several well-known artists such as the Beach Boys, Jesse McCartney, and Building 429. She’s also opened for a John Mayer concert and performed a duet at Carnegie Hall with Michael W. Smith.

Kylie is a Cali girl at heart, and a lot of her music is inspired by California and the fun, upbeat, sunny lifestyle. When asked about her style of music, she said she dabbles in a little bit of everything, from pop to country. “I love how blurred the lines of music genres are these days. You can almost do anything.” Her debut album features an array of beautiful, original songs such as “Heat,” “Love Somebody Else,” and her personal favorite, “Gotta Get Out.” She says that it’s very fun to perform live because there is a bit of call and response, and she feels really connected to the audience on that one.

Besides singing, she loves interior design and traveling. “I actually love living out of a bag from time to time. It keeps me spontaneous.” When asked about what advice she has for other young singers, she said this: “Stick to your guns and don’t be afraid to try and fail. You will gain invaluable lessons. But if you are going to take a risk, do it because YOU want to, not because you feel pressure from other people. Trust your gut.”

Be sure to check out her website and follow all her socials (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) for updates, including information on when her new music video is coming out!

 

Written by Anna Tallarico

Photo credit: Shalon Goss

 

Chit Chatting with Singer April Kry

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Country singer/songwriter April Kry is already making a name for herself. With her music, she is already touching fans and making a difference in their lives. Soon, April will be coming out with more music and I am definitely looking forward to it! Read on and find out more about April, her music, and her fans. When you have a moment, just stop by her social media to hear her music.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

A: I actually grew up in a very musical home. My dad was the worship leader at our church, so growing up I remember seeing him on stage. On the weekends he had a band that we would go see and help with merchandise. I always just kind of knew music was what I was meant to do.

 

R: Tell our readers about your song “While We’re Young.”

A: “While We’re Young” is a song about taking chances and living in the moment. In this day and age, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the craziness of life. Sometimes we forget to take a step back and just be. I wanted to write a song that touched on that. Of course, young love portrays the sentiment so well because of how free and innocent you are when you first fall in love, so the music video for it tells that story to the viewer/listener!

R: Tell us about any other music you have written or performed.

A: That is definitely a broad question! I’ve been writing music for a while now. Whenever I put out new music, it paints a picture of where I am in life, so I think this next wave of music from me you are going to hear an honesty and vulnerability that you haven’t heard before.

 

R: Do you have any plans on recording an album and/or EP in the future?

A: Yes! I will have new music out in the fall and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

 

R: Not only are you a singer, but you also write your own songs. What is your writing process and how do you come up with the ideas for your songs?

A: Writing music is so therapeutic for me, and it is different every time I write. That’s what I love about it so much. You have no idea what is going to come of a melody or title idea you have when you walk into a room of writers. I love watching songs come to life.

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

A: If you go to AprilKry.com there will be links to Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and anywhere else you can find my music!

 

R: What are your top five songs that you like to sing in the car or in your room?

A: Currently, “Helpless” by John Mayer, “Body On Fire” by Maggie Rose, “RESPECT” by Aretha Franklin, “Human Diary” by Danielle Bradberry, and “Think and Drive” by Seth Ennis.

 

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

A: I’m an amazing dancer (insert sacrcasm), I love to cook, I’m sometimes awkward in social settings, and I’m the worst driver I know! I’m also almost blind without my glasses.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My dad, without a doubt. He has given up so much to help me get to where I am today. He’s so humble, hard-working, and talented. I’m quite a lucky girl to have his and my mom’s support.

 

R: What has been your biggest influence?

A: My faith and music. This business will either give you thick skin or make you realize you don’t want to do this. For me, music is everything. Even through the storms, I find my strength in my faith and music.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

A: I have to say my favorite memory so far has been performing at the legendary Apollo theater!

 

R: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Live like you’re at the bottom even when you’re at the top.

 

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

A: Hmm…I’ve been pretty lucky so far! One time I got asked if I had any tattoos and if so, where are they?

 

R: What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?

A: I had a girl send me a five page letter explaining how much my music has helped her through some really hard times in her life. Those are the moments that make it all worth it.

 

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

A: I love my Krybabies!! Don’t forget to check out my latest cover on YouTube!

 

Photo credit: Kara Roundtree

Getting Started On Guitar

Many of you will agree that there’s no instrument quite as cool as a guitar. From tranquil, airy pop ballads to the blistering solos of metal, this instrument can fill a wide variety of roles, and even if you’re not much of a player, you’re going to look good with one hanging over your neck! Whether you’ve got a dream of being a pro musician or just want to see what all the fuss is about, here are some great tips for getting started with guitar.

Pick Your Instrument

The guitar industry is absolutely huge. If you have a look around any music store, you could quickly begin to feel overwhelmed by all the different makes and models. The first thing you want to do is find out about the technical differences between types of electric guitars via buzzharmony.com or a similar website. Your choice here is mainly going to depend on the kind of music you want to play. Cutaway acoustics are better for country, for example, and through-neck electrics with Floyd roses are better for rock and metal. The next main piece of advice we can offer is not to spend too much, or too little. While you generally get what you pay for with guitars, you don’t want to spend $1,500 on a new Stratocaster, only to drop the hobby a few weeks in. Many low and mid-range guitars get a decent tone, and will teach you the basics, which is what your first guitar should be for.

Get a Head Start

As you may be aware, some of the greatest guitarists who ever lived were completely self-taught, including Jimi Hendrix and Slash. However, if you want to get the best possible start in playing guitar, we recommend getting at least a small block of professional lessons. Having a teacher observe you can help to wean you off of some of the common bad habits that beginner guitarists tend to pick up. These really aren’t anything to worry about when you’re first starting out, but as you try to tackle more advanced music, they can become a major obstacle. Look up a local tutor, or find a service that allows you to take lessons over Skype. After around ten hours, you’ll have a good enough foundation to go it alone if you want to. The internet is bursting with YouTube tutorials on songs and techniques, not to mention a whole library of free tablature, covering almost every song with a guitar part!

Practice, Practice, Practice

We’ll close with the most important tip of all. A lot of people get frustrated with slow starts in music, and wonder why they’re not making the progress they want. The whole mystery is actually one of the simplest concepts in the world: the more you practice, the better you’ll get, and the sooner you’ll get where you want to be. There are going to be times where you don’t want to play guitar, but you have to power through these if you want to see quick results! See uberchord.com for some great practice tips.