Chit Chatting With Singer CJ Fam

Written by: Jill Sheets

Picture credit:  Brenda B Photography

Picture credit: Brenda B Photography

Recently I had the honor of interviewing singer/songwriter CJ Fam (she was on X-Factor Season 3).  Continue to read on to learn more about her, her music and who she would love to do a movie with.

R:  Tell us about yourself and how you got into the music industry?

CJ: I started singing when I was 7 years old when I was asked to sing at a rodeo. I really liked it, A LOT! That’s when I knew I loved to sing.

R:Not only do you sing, but your write your own music.  What was your first song about?  What is your writing process?  Do you start with the words?

CJ: The first song I wrote was Ordinary Popstar when I was 10.  It is a song about being popular but not wanting the fame and having a private life and being a normal person.  When I start writing a song I start with an idea, then the lyrics and melody start coming and everything just builds from there.

R:  Tell us about some of your original music?

CJ: My original music comes from emotional parts of my life and things that am going through.  One of my original songs is Stand Your Ground, a song about bullying.

R:  Where can people get your music?

CJ: most of my music is found on Itunes, CD Baby, CJFam.com, Youtube, Social Media, and Other music sites.

R:  What is a normal concert day like for you?

CJ: One word come to my mind, Controlled CHAOS! Its a crazy exciting day, and the butterflies are so worth it in the end.

R:  I read that you like to act.  Is that true and if so, what are five actors and/or actresses you would love to be in a movie with?

CJ: I am in love with Jennifer Lawrence. She is my idol. I would also like to be in a movie with Sandra Bullock, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claffin, and Dakota Fanning.

R:  What has been your most “star struck” moment?  Who was it and tell us about it.

CJ: When I was on X-Factor Season 3 and sang for Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio.  Demi Lovato is my idol and Simon Cowell said, “You are a natural born singer and you born to be fantastic”.

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

CJ: The charity closest to my heart is CUPTS.   It is a non-profit organization I founded.  CUPTS is an abbreviation for Cheering UP  People Through Singing.  Other organizations that I give back to throughout the year Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Make A Wish Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.

R:  What are your future goals?

CJ: My future goal is to become an international recording artist and to take my concert tour on the road.

 

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

CJ: Don’t stress yourself out. We are too young to be stressed.  Be happy in your life and make sure you are not too hard on yourself.

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

CJ: I am a surrogate baby

I am half- egyptian

I am just as crazy as my hair

I have “babies” aka my baby doggies

I love hanging out with friends and family.

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

CJ: “What’s up with your hair?” This makes me laugh every time.

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

CJ: Yes my official website is CJFam.com,  CJFamofficial on Instagram, CJ Fam musician/singer on Facebook, @CJFam on Twitter, and CJ Fam on Youtube.

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

CJ: I am down to earth and enjoy talking to my supporters on social media. The nicest thing supporters have said is that they are keeping me in their heart and that they believe in me.  I love all my supporters. They are the ones that make me wanna continue doing what I am doing, singing.

 

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

CJ: I love you guys! You mean so much to me!

Myra Sky

Myra Sky

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Myra SkyArmed with new experience she has learned on season 3 of the singing competition, The Voice, Myra Sky is pursuing her music career with even more focus.  Her new song, called “House of Cards,” is relatable, and well, overflowing with talent.  Her voice is fantastic, and the song is catchy without being redundant of every song already saturating radio.  Listen for yourself and then read about Myra and what she wanted to share with us.

Relate:  Tell us about your experience on The Voice:

Myra:  My experience on The Voice was one of the best experiences of my life. It was so amazing to make new friends with such talented, passionate, soulful people. On the professional side it was such a strong learning opportunity.

R:  How has The Voice helped you the most?

M:  The most valuable thing I learned from The Voice is that you have to give this business all you got and never give up. If you aren’t willing to give it your all, then you should find another career. It also showed me that there’s other amazingly talented singers out there and that I have to study more, work harder, step it up and be so good that nobody can tell me no!!

R:  Is there anything that you would have done differently?

M:   I don’t necessarily think there is anything I would have done differently, maybe I would’ve just fought harder to choose a song that better suited me when I had my audition.

R:  The most surprising thing you learned from the judges:

M:  The most surprising thing I learned from the judges were that no matter how big or successful you are, it is important to stay humble and be teachable as a child. All of the judges always had something positive to say even after giving you their critique, and they were very down to earth and humble despite their notoriety and success.

R:  Tell us about your recent music endeavors:

M:  This past year has been the best year of my life. I’ve been signed to Payeback Music for the past year. I have been growing into my sound and learning a lot about my voice. We recently started recording my debut EP which will be released in a couple of months. I’ve just been working really hard to make sure I become a fixture in my genre and not just a “here today, gone tomorrow” type of artist.

R:  If you could work with anyone on a music project, who would it be and why?

M:  If I could work with anybody it would definitely be Taylor Swift. Taylor has really impressed me with her ability to be such an amazing song writer. I am always motivated by Beyonce’s work ethic as well, but I love the connection that Taylor makes with her fans by just being herself.

R:  What do you want your music to say about you?

M: What I want my music to say about me is that I am a young women who has lived and went through the same ups and downs as any other girl out there, BUT I desire to always be happy, respect myself, and truly follow the mindset that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  Enjoy life, do what you can, and let the rest fall into place.

R:  Your first memory of music:

M:  My first memories of music is me & my dad watching the Grammy’s every year together since I was 9 years old & my dad always singing Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” to me all the time!!

R:  Name one song you wish you had written and why?

M:   I wish I would’ve written “Fireworks” by Katy Perry because I can really identify with that song. I think a lot of people have moments where they don’t have as much confidence, love, and respect for themselves as they should. That song is like a one on one conversation between Katy and the listener and that’s how I want my music to touch people. Hearing “Fireworks” gets me in that zone where I feel like I can take over the world.

R:  What has encouraged you the most to pursue your dreams?

M:  Making a change in the world is what encourages me the most to pursue my dreams. I really want to make the world a better place through my music. I also want to prove to people who have not believed in me that dreams do come true and I want to give my family a better life.

R:  What song on your iPod would your friends be surprised that you listen to?

M:  NSYNC ‘s “This I promise You”

R:  Tell us about something that most recently made you laugh:

M:   Something that made me laugh recently was when I was talking to my nephew the other day and he thought he could tickle my feet through the phone…Kids make me laugh.

Be sure to visit www.myrasky.com for more information.