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!

 

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!

Chit Chatting with Raffaela Capp

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Multi-talented Raffaela Capp was able to sing before she could talk. She is also an actress, writer, songwriter, dancer…you name it! Read on and find out more about her, her acting, and her singing.

 

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

Raffaela: I’m a 5’2” New Yorker living in Los Angeles. Acting is something I’ve always done. My grandma did theatre, my mom did theatre, and I was in my first show at the age of five as a little princess in The King and I.

 

R: Tell us about your movie and about your character, Kimberly Hill.

Raffaela: REACH is a teen dramedy with a strong message of hope in the lives of a few teenage boys. An anti-suicide, anti-bullying message is its theme. I play Kimberly Hill, older sister to Daniel Hill (played by my real life brother, Steven) and girlfriend to Nick Perkins (played by the talented Jordan Doww – nominated for second year in a row Teen Choice for best comedian). Kimberly is dating the “wrong” guy and by the end of the movie, she comes into her own.

 

R: What was the audition like for the movie?

Raffaela: My audition involved the director viewing my reel, and then a meeting. I was recommended for the role by the writers and producers. Because of my relationship with the production team, I had the opportunity to witness REACH develop from the ground up over the last 3 + years. Johnny (writer, Clarence) and I played opposite each other as CB and Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead in December 2014. There were talks of only name actors for all roles, including Kim. But the creative team and other producers knew that the purpose of REACH was to empower not only the audience, but also empower the talent involved in the movie. It was a mixture of seasoned TV and film pros with talent who were given an opportunity to “reach” to the next level in their career, and that included me. The beautiful thing about REACH is it gave a lot of “unknown” talent the opportunity to work and be a part of something powerful–something that has the potential to be life changing for all.


R: What was your favorite part about being in the movie?

Raffaela: Getting to work with such a fun and talented cast and crew. Joey Bragg (Disney’s Liv and Maddie) is hysterical and is such a talent at improv and comedy. He had us laughing, which was a good way to off-set the seriousness of the bullying and suicide themes. It was a family. The director’s brother is in it, and my brother and sister (Natasha), too.

 

R: You are also a singer/songwriter. What is your writing process?

Raffaela: It usually starts off as a story I wish to tell. It then transitions into a song with a beginning, middle, and end! Then everything is kind of inspired thereafter. It’s really different every time, depending on my mood, emotions, and how I’m feeling that moment or that day. Sometimes it happens walking to my car after a long shift at work. I’ll start singing a melody and record it on my iphone. That’s what happened with “I Love Me.”

 

R: Tell us about your single “Hurricane” and about “I Love Me”

Raffaela: “Hurricane” is a song written by Bruce Vanderveer, Ebony Vanderveer, and Elise Legrow. I sang the vocals and collaborated with actor/rapper Chris Redd. He wrote the rap! “I Love Me” is a song I wrote. It is my own personal anthem and I hope it to become one for others, especially those who find that they’ve been compromising their truth. I want them to hear my song and gain the strength to stand up! Both songs are about empowerment, and loving and rocking who you are.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

Raffaela: “Hurricane” is released under the InRage Label, and I have a single, “So What,” from my first EP which is also available to download. You may listen to them on Soundcloud and on iTunes. “I Love Me” will be my single off my second EP and will be released simultaneously to the release of the movie (hopefully this fall!). “I Love Me” as well as my second EP will be released under the InRage Label and will be available on Itunes, Spotify, and Tidal.

 

R: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to talk about?

Raffaela: I just performed at the Jones Beach Bandshell and had a blast. I definitely hope to visit Jones Beach again.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

Raffaela: Sandra Bullock, for being a classy and inspiring representation of strong, beautiful, and powerful women. Musically, I have too many to list!

 

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

Raffaela: The 80’s. The fashion! The clothes! Even though I’m fine with wearing sweats all day long. Still. So cool!

 

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

Raffaela: When I see the color green I melt, eggplant parmesan is the way to my heart, my go-to snack at the movies is popcorn mixed with peanut M&M’s, I love Adam Lambert, and Lord of the Flies and The Outsiders are still my favorite books.

 

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

Raffaela: “Will you go away to Venice with me and let me bathe you in chocolate?” Thank you Tinder.

 

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

Raffaela: Love you to the best of your ability. Embrace being different. Embrace being unique. Being “normal” is overrated. There is nothing wrong with you, ever. People are mean, and fitting in is no way near as cool as standing out. So if you’re considered “weird,” you’re the winner!

 

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?

Raffaela: Yes Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and I just got a Snapchat!

Twitter: el_la_bel_la

Instagram: el_la_bel_la_

Facebook: Raffaela

Snapchat: RaffyCapp

Website: raffaelacapp.com

YouTube: Raffaela Capp

 

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

Raffaela: Thank you! Tweet me, Instagram me, Facebook me, or Snapchat me anytime!

 

Photo Credit: Raffaela and Reach – The Movie

 

Meet Up and Coming Teen Singer Hannah Richardson

 

Who says you need to be an adult to change the world? Hannah Richardson is only sixteen and already she is the face of a successful company and on the verge of releasing an album. Find out more about her music, her company and its inspiring mission, and how you can connect with her on social media.

(Psst! Go follow the company’s Instagram page — it already has over 10,000 followers!)

 

R: Tell us about yourself. How long have you been singing? What made you fall in love with it?

H: Well, hey there! My name is Hannah Richardson, I’m sixteen years old, and I’m a singer and songwriter, as well as the face of an incredible girl power company called Gomee Girl. Looking back, I think I fell in love with music when my parents started playing it in the house! I was extremely blessed that my parents exposed me to all of these incredible artists at such a young age, such as Fleetwood Mac, Allison Krauss, Led Zeppelin, etc. I was definitely influenced by them when I started writing my own music years later. I officially started singing at six years old in my church choir, but got my first solo when I was seven. My pastor was nice enough to offer that the girl singing obnoxiously over all the other kids (that girl being me) get her own song. Quite frankly, I think that it was the solo in particular that really got me fascinated with being in front of people, as it was when I realized that I could force a group of adults to listen to me who otherwise wouldn’t have. Ironically, that’s kind of still true today.

 

R: I heard you are about to release an album. That’s so exciting! What’s your favorite song on it?

H: Totally! The album is called Chasing Rainbows and is set to be released on September 18th, 2017. It has a very pop and country feel with a lil’ Irish flair, and showcases all of my favorite instruments, like mandolins, fiddles, and vintage guitars. My favorite songs on the album are generally the musically joyous ones that are tinged with darker lyrics. I’m really obsessed with having that awesome conflict of lyrics and music in my songs, just because it makes people second guess that whole concept of “oh, this is upbeat so it’s obviously totally happy!” Spoiler alert, but that’s why “Rich Kids” and “Just A Friend” were personally so wonderful for me to write, and why I think people will really connect with those. This probably sounds cliche, but picking your favorite song is liking picking your favorite child. All of the songs are so unique and come from such different places emotionally. However, I will say that “Chasing Rainbows” was definitely my most therapeutic song. What I mean by that is, after writing it, I realized I had finally unlocked this thing that had been hurting me for a long time, and could let all of my feelings out every time I sang the song. For me, that’s the whole beauty of songwriting. It’s taking incredibly complex emotions and situations that nobody but you understands and somehow translating them into something our actual language hasn’t yet figured out how to communicate.

 

R: Tell us about Gomee Girl. How can we raise awareness?

H: Gomee Girl’s main mission is to improve the self-esteem of young girls. Through positive social media campaigns, school assembly events, and their patches with positive images, the organization is focused on letting every woman know that she can love herself exactly the way she is. As the face of the company, some of my jobs include representing the company in a good light, designing exclusive products, and writing epic, girl-power music. However, the most important responsibility I have taken on is giving advice to girls who are followers of myself and/or the company. Despite the time commitment and rather emotional nature of the job, this has become one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I mean, nothing is more fulfilling than a girl who at one point felt she was “useless,” and now messages me pictures of herself at a school dance. Nothing can beat that! One way to raise awareness is simply by following Gomee Girl’s social media sites (@gomeegirl). Another way is to let any girl who might need some help know that she can check out http://www.gommegirl.com/getinspiredwithhannah for advice on everything from basketball to boy trouble and also just to connect with other girls who’ve had similar struggles in life!

 

R: What do you like to do besides singing?

H: I’m a Music & Diversions division writer for Metiza Magazine, so I am super obsessed with interviewing artists. I also read a lot (shoutout to Harry Potter), and love watching TV shows like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Gilmore Girls.

 

R: What advice do you have for young girls who want to pursue a career as a singer or anything in the music industry?

H: NEVER let people say that you can’t pursue your dreams due to circumstances beyond your control. There will always be people who are more “gifted” than you, who have prettier hair than you, who have more money than you do, etc. That being said, it’s the people who work day and night and totally dedicate themselves to their passion that actually make a mark on the world. No excuses. You can do this!

 

R: What are your social media addresses?

H: Website – http://www.hannahrichardson.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hannahrsings1

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/hannahrsings1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hannahrsings1

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/mlpgrow123

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

H: This sounds a lot like an Academy Award speech, but I just have to thank my family, friends, and fans for helping me so much on this journey. I also want to personally thank all the people who have ever caused any conflict in my life: hey ya’ll, you guys are the ones who inspire the best songs and are part of what motivate me to be better than I was yesterday, so thanks for being you…kind of.

 

Photo credits: Hannah Richardson

Chit Chatting with Singer Peppina

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing 21 year-old singer/songwriter, Peppina. Her first EP was  Follow Your Gravity, which was released around two years ago. Now her new EP, Spark, will be released on June 23rd. Read on and learn more about her, her music, and how old she was when she wrote her first song.


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

P: I’m a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Helsinki, Finland, but I recently moved to Brooklyn, New York. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been very interested and passionate about music (it started with ten years of classical flute), but I really got into singing and writing when I found the online art platform, hitRECord, and started sharing my music there at the age of sixteen.

R: Tell us about your upcoming EP Spark and when it will be released.

P: Spark is a package of energy, power, and message. It’s sort of a launching pad, the first chapter of my releases this year. It’s an introduction to a new kind of Peppina, stronger and more powerful than before. It’ll be released on June 23rd!

R: What is your favorite song from this EP and why?

P: They’re all my favorite for different reasons, but probably “Fire” is my real favorite. It’s a very personal song that I think carries a very important message: there are always reasons to get up and keep going.

R: Tell us about EP Follow Your Gravity.

P: Follow Your Gravity was the first EP I released independently two years ago. It tells about the time and mindset I was in back then, what it was like to start on this journey, and how much courage and sacrifice it took just to dare to take the first step.

R: Where can people get your music?

P: Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp…make your pick, it’s out there!

R: You write your own music. How do you come up with the idea for your songs and what is your writing process? Do you start with the words?

P: Everything I write is heavily based in my own life experiences and values. I often like to think about what would I want to tell my 13-year old self – it’s very important to me that each song carries a message of some kind. As far as the process, sometimes I’m just struck with inspiration and a song is born within minutes, sometimes it’s a co-writing session where we sort build the song together step by step in a few hours. Almost always it’s idea and theme first, and then the music and lyrics just happen together.

R: When did you start to write your own music and what was your first song about?

P: I wrote my very first song at six years old, but that was more of just a melody so I’m not sure if it counts. I started writing instrumental music when I got my piano at the age of ten. I remember the first song I wrote then – I can’t remember what it was called, but I remember it was about happiness.

R: What are five things that you have never done before that you want to?

P: 1) Skydiving 2) Going on a world tour 3) Taking six months just for aimless and carefree traveling 4) learn how to play a brass instrument 5) learn how to surf.

R: What has been your best memory so far?

P: Oh wow, what a question! I have a very good memory, so there’s too many to pick from. You’d have to be more specific (favorite childhood memory/favorite musical memory/favorite family memory, etc). Most of my favorite memories are usually just simple moments I miss from my childhood, or fun times with my family during our travels.

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

P: UNICEF does incredibly important work, as well as WFP. On a more grass-root level, I recently started collaborating with ASPCA to prevent and help with animal abuse issues in America, and I think they’re doing a fantastic job.
R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them in general?

P: 1) Be kind, and be patient 2) Embrace and appreciate all the things that make you you 3) Never forget that you can do and be whatever you set your mind to, so don’t be afraid to dream!

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

P: 1) I’m a vegetarian 2) I love comics 3) I used to draw a LOT, and still do some 4) I love playing video games, especially adventure/RPG types 5) I don’t like olives.

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

P: Probably the one you just asked about what’s my best memory! Too many to choose from!

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?

Official website: www.peppinamusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peppinamusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/peppinamusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UC_ 9gHGSmfOmvc7osu6Sv6Fg
Twitter: ww.twitter.com/peppinamusic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ peppinamusic

 

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

P: Thank you for reading, and hope to see you around!

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

P: My pleasure. You, too!

 

Photo credit: Amazon

Chit Chatting with Singer Macy Kate

 

By Jill Sheets

Recently I had the honor of interviewing 19-year-old singer Macy Kate.  You may have first seen her on her YouTube channel or the reality show The X Factor. Read on and learn more about Macy, what it was like on The X Factor, her future goals, and about her song “Born to Be Me.”

 

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

M: When I was around thirteen years old, I started auditioning for reality shows like The X Factor and American Idol and that kind of gave me a really good foundation and prep for what the music industry was going to be like. After I had a little success with a reality show, I started a YouTube channel and began posting covers. Ever since I started YouTube, it’s never stopped.

 

R: You sang the theme song for The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover. Would you mind telling us about the song “Born to Be Me”?

M: The song “Born To Be Me” is a song about being yourself. You were born a certain way and there no reason at all to change who you are. I feel like a lot of teens feel pressured to fit in or to be accepted, but really, just being yourself is the most beautiful thing.

 

R: You also sang the theme song for The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today. Tell us about that theme song.

M: That one was so fun. Everyone that I worked with in the studio was amazing and I think it turned out great for the movie.

 

R: Tell us about some of your other music and where we can get it.

M: I haven’t released any new original music lately, but I do post covers every week on my YouTube channel which is super fun for me because I get to recreate songs by my favorite artists and make them my own. My YouTube channel is youtube.com/macykatemusic.

 

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

M: Well, I usually start off with the melodies and take it from there. I feel like the melodies really give the song life and it’s easier for me to write words once that top line is laid down. The lyrics mostly come from personal experiences, so I tend to write about things that actually happen to me.

 

R: I read that you where on the The X Factor. What was it like? What was your favorite part?

M: It was amazing! I loved every minute of it. It was definitely super nerve-wracking because that was my first time singing in front of a crowd like that, but as soon as I walked off that stage I told myself that singing was what I wanted to do and what I wanted to pursue. That show definitely gave me the confidence to keep going in music.

 

R: What is your favorite thing about performing on stage?

M: Definitely connecting with my fans. Even if I touched just one of those people with a lyric, performance, etc., it just makes me feel good. You can’t compare anything to connecting with someone. It’s truly amazing.


R: What are your top five favorite songs that you have sung?

M: I would say “Killing Me Softly” by Fugees, “Listen” by Beyoncé, “Issues” by Julia Michaels, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, and “One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston.

 

R: Do you have any hidden talents? If so, tell us about them.

M: Honestly, I have no hidden talents!! Everything is already out there.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

M: Definitely Rihanna. I look up to her for everything. Style, attitude, music, everything. She’s amazing.

 

R: What are your future goals?

M: Definitely to have a hit record and create a fashion line. I have a huge passion for fashion and I want to create some really cool things.

 

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

M: Always be yourself and never give up on your dream. Don’t let anyone get in the way of what you want to do. I have been turned down, knocked down, and said no to so many times. That doesn’t stop me from reaching my end goal. So always be you and never stop at what you want to do.

 

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

M: Hmm. I’ve been asked what my shoe size is, but that’s not really weird.

 

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

M: I am on everything! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, etc. You can find me at @macykatemusic

 

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

M: Never give up on your dreams and always believe in yourself.

 

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

 

Picture credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

Meet Singer Kaylee Rutland

 

Recently, I interviewed Belmont University senior Kaylee Rutland about her budding career in country music. Keep reading to find out what inspires her to write as well as her plans for the future.

 

R: Tell us a little about yourself.

K: I’m Kaylee Rutland, a singer, songwriter, and student living in Nashville, Tennessee. I am driven by my faith and am very close to my family. I’m currently a senior at Belmont University majoring in Music Business. I like to write and sing about positive messages with an encouraging vibe even if it’s about a tough subject.

 

R: Who are your biggest inspirations?

K: My biggest musical inspiration is Reba McEntire. Her vocals are incredible and her energy is contagious. She’s the queen of country in my books and I’ve always admired her talents, even when I was really young. I’m also inspired by my mom and my grandparents. They’ve been a huge part of my journey with endless encouragement and I can go to them about anything.

 

R: Do you have an album or EP out?

K: Over the last few months, I’ve been writing a lot of new material with the plan to release a more extensive body of work, whether that’s an album or EP, in the future. Both of my latest releases, “Pick Me Up” and “More Of That,” will be included on the full-length project. But for now, they are available as singles on iTunes.

 

R: What is your single “Pick Me Up” about?

K: “Pick Me Up” is about breaking through the everyday routine and enjoying the day that the week ends. It’s fun and upbeat and almost a weekend anthem. It serves as a reminder that whatever your week might have been like, it’s never a bad day to plan a good time!

 

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

K: The first plan is to graduate from Belmont University. I will also continue to make and share new music with y’all this year. Then, I plan to work as hard as I can to achieve my dreams, one of which is to play at the Grand Ole Opry one day.

 

R: What advice would you give to other young singers?

K: Perseverance — if it’s something you aspire to do and it’s the love of your life, you have to keep doing everything you can. Nothing can stop you. 

Check out Kaylee’s official website and her YouTube channel, and go follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

 

By Anna Tallarico

Photo credits: Kaylee Rutland press photos

 

Singer Nikki Yanofsky is Bringing Jazz to a New Generation

 

When you think of jazz music, you might think of really old classics sung by really old singers–beloved, but a little obsolete. That’s not what 23-year-old Montreal native Nikki Yanofsky thinks. This rising star is bringing jazz to a new generation with her fresh blend of jazz and pop. So far she’s performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, worked with artists like Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, and has recently released an EP. Read on to meet her!

 

R: Hi Nikki! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

N: Hey! I’m Nikki Yanofsky, I enjoy long walks on the beach (preferably with like, five dogs), painting and a good book!

 

R: When did you first get into singing?

N: I’ve been singing since I could talk…I started to put on little shows around my house for my family as far back as I could remember. I started performing for a real audience (that weren’t obliged to tell me I was good) at twelve.

 

R: Who are your biggest inspirations?

N: Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, and Bruno Mars. My favourite songwriter is Rod Temperton.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

N: I want to bring jazz to a younger generation.

 

R: What’s your favorite song?

N: That’s very hard. I don’t have a favourite song! I would feel too bad singling one out. Songs represent snapshots of different moments for me. That’s like picking a favourite moment in my life. And when you think about it, life is just one big collection of moments, you can’t have one moment without the moment that came before or after it.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

N: Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc. Pretty much everywhere.

 

R: Do you have any social media, and if so, what are the addresses?

N: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter: OfficialNikkiY
We Heart It: NikkiYanofsky

 

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

N: Without you there is no this. I mean that. So thank you so much for listening to my music!

 

 

Written by Anna Tallarico

Photo credits: Alchetron, Donna Hopper

Chit Chatting with Singer Matt Moseley

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently I had the honor of interview dancer Matt Moseley. Some of you may have seen him in Sia’s music video for the hit song “The Greatest.”  Matt is trained in jazz, hip-hop, tap, and even swing. This multitalented young man can also sing and act. Read on and learn more about him, what it was like working with Sia (and Ariana Grande) and about his EP.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the entertainment business.

M: I can’t really say the day I remember starting in the entertainment business, because it was so long ago! I’ve been apart of this business since as long as I can remember.

 

R: What were your parents’ reactions when they found out you wanted to perform?

M: They’re both very loving, supportive, and forgiving parents. Almost all the time, I’m being told how proud they are, but they try and make sure they’re not too involved in my own career since they both have their own lives and matters to worry about.

 

R: You where featured as a dancer in Sia’s recent music video for her song “The Greatest.” Tell us about that. What was like working with Sia?

M: You can’t imagine just how much fun the filming and downtime process was. So many memories were made during that time. I remember we had to get our heads shaved almost hours before the shoot, and I was the first to volunteer! It may not seem too crazy, but to have to lose all your hair that fast in that short amount of time is quite a lot to handle. Sia was (and is) a phenomenal woman, though. Her smile completely brightens a room, her personality is one of a kind, and she has the mindset to be only creative. She’s a wonderful woman and loves all people.

 

R: You also have been on some network shows. Which shows have you been on?

M: Some shows you might’ve seen me on recently are critically acclaimed shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, and many others!

 

R: Not only do you dance, but you are an actor and singer. Tell us about your cover of Jack Miller’s “Dazed and Confused.”

M: The process of filming the video was very fun and a huge learning process. I got to understand the way that the filmmaking process works and it was quite interesting. My co-star was very easy and fun to work around. We’ve actually been apart of the same dance team studio in the past!

 

R: Do you have plans on recording an album or EP?

M: I’ve been working on a couple of originals. I have a couple of melodies stuck in my head, but I definitely want to make 2017 the year that I release my first EP/album.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

M: I post new content on my YouTube channel about every other Friday, I have a SoundCloud page that I post almost all of my covers on, and I also put out small covers on my Instagram (link below).

 

R: I read that you got to work with Ariana Grande. If so, tell us about it.

M: For the past couple of winter seasons, I’ve worked on very engaging and exciting Disney-styled panto productions with a couple of A-list celebrities–Ariana Grande, Olivia Holt, and Jordan Fisher to name a few. I got the chance to work and partner with them, and they are just fantastic! They’re extremely talented people with amazing personalities and I’m looking forward to working more with this company in the future!

 

R: What are some of your upcoming projects?

M: I recently got the opportunity to sign with the social media/TV/movie production company, AwesomenessTV! They’re helping me achieve my dream and work with some of the artists I look up to. I also recently competed in an episode of a popular dance show called Dance Off Juniors on the DanceOn app!

 

R: Do you have a girlfriend? What do you look for in one?

M: The main thing in a girl that I look for is honesty, reliability, humor, trust, and understanding no matter what situations you both may face.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

M: Coming from a teenage boy this might sound clichéd, but I truly believe that Justin Bieber has been a very large influence, not only for me, but for boys and girls around the world who want to spread their talents.

 

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

M: I have a really excellent talent for impressions, I practiced the art of Tai Kwon Do when I was younger, I have three very adorable and quite yippy dogs, I’ve been dancing all styles professionally for over fourteen years, and I’ve also starred in a couple of major short films during my early teen years.

 

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

M: It’s not a super odd question, but at the time I thought it was borderline strange and I still do. I was picking out a toothbrush from the store because I had to replace my old one, and this guy comes up to me and asks me what color toothbrush I used. I kind of just stood there for a moment and was just taken back, then I responded, but that was probably the strangest question I’ve ever been asked.

 

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?

M: All of my social media tags are the same across all platforms. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube. They’re all @realmattmoseley.

 

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

M: I want to just say to every single person that’ll come across to meet me, and find out more about me, that I thank you for your continued support, and that with most of my career, it wouldn’t work without any of you all being there for me. Thank you all, and much love.

 

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

M: Thank you very much, it was a pleasure talking to you! Have a good day as well!

 

Chit Chatting with Rapper Sky Katz

sky-1Recently, I had the honor of interviewing an extremely talented rapper, 11-year-old Sky Katz. Some of you may have already heard about her or saw her rapping on America’s Got Talent.  Read on to learn more about her and her upcoming album.

 

R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got your start rapping.

S: My name is Skylar Katz and I’m an 11-year-old rapper. I grew up listening to rap music; both my parents grew up in Queens around some of the hip hop legends, so they raised me listening to old school rap music.

 

R: What was it like being on America’s Got Talent?

S: Being on America’s Got Talent was a phenomenal experience! It was truly amazing being on that stage. I’ve always watched America’s Got Talent, so actually performing on it was a dream come true! I always imagined what it was like standing on that X, and there I was talking to the four celebrity judges and performing in front of a huge live audience for the first time. It really made me feel like this was what I was born to do!

 

R: You are working on an album. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

S: I’m in the studio at least twice a week making new songs, but working hard everyday. I have so many people supporting me and backing up this album and I really appreciate them. I’m trying to bring back that old school vibe and positive message that hip hop music had back in the day. Hard work pays off, so hopefully this album will come out great!

 

R: Do you write your own music? If so, how do you come up with the ideas?

S: I write my music with my manager Sean. We just get together, listen to beats, and try to write music that both kids and adults can relate to. Some of my songs are related to my experiences, but others are just about things going on in the world.

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R: What is your favorite thing about performing on stage?

S: My favorite thing about performing on stage is that I LOVE to shock people, so people in the audience see a little 11-year-old girl walking onto the stage, and they’re thinking, “What can she do?” And then I show them! I just do my thing the best I can and hope people enjoy it. I also love the feeling that I get when people are enjoying the music that I’m performing.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

S: Right now, people can get my music on SoundCloud, YouTube, and Vimeo, but eventually once my singles and albums drop, it will be on iTunes and the radio.

 

R: Who are your five favorite rappers?

S: My five favorite rappers are Nicki Minaj, Biggie, Big Daddy Kane, Run-D.M.C., Nas, and Eminem.

 

R: Do you have any charities and/or causes that you are close to?

S: I will be performing at The Kravis Children’s Hospital in two weeks. I would also like to get involved in donations towards stopping animal abuse.

 

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

S: I’ve never really been asked a question that I thought was strange, because I think every question is a good question.

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R: I read that you like to play basketball. What else do you like to do in your down time?

S: Other than playing basketball and rapping, I’m really just a regular kid. I like to hang out with my friends, go to the mall, park, etc..

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

S: My future goals in life are to sell out tickets at Madison Square Garden, be famous, and be on the Ellen Show! (I LOVE ELLEN!)

 

R: What advice would you give teens?

S: The advice that I would give teens is to always try hard and never give up!

 

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

S: My Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo is Skykatzraps. My website is www.skykatzraps.com

 

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

S: I would like to tell my fans to always follow your dreams and go for what you want!

 

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

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Photo credit: New York Lens