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 Sister Group Cimorelli

 

Written by Jill Sheets

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

R: Do you have any plans on touring soon?

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

 

R: Where can people get your music?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

R: What are your future goals?

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

 

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

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

 

R: What are your social networking sites?

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Sister Singers to Keep an Eye On

Written By: Jill Sheets

cimI would love to talk about a couple of new musicians that I have come across. Both of these groups are made up of talented sisters!

The first one is Cimorelli. This talented sister group is made up of six sisters: Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani. I first found this singer-songwriter band on Youtube.  Not only do they sing covers, but also original music. This fun loving sister group is a role model to all. I was blessed to met them at a concert and the way they treated their fans was amazing.  They really appreciate their fans. They are working on a new album “Up At Night, which I hope will be available soon.  But, you can pre-order it.

They are going to make it far.

Here are a few of their songs that are on you tube:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FktDDKNrWjk (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DcuV_GtVak (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGZq9QdEMOA (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UDknCNL8aI (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5Il2Mx1Wrw (cover)

 

no Frills TwinsThe No Frills Twins, Vanessa & Arna Rogers, are the next up and coming singers that I noticed.  These unique twin sisters from Australia caught my attention by how they dressed.  I love their fashion sense, but unfortunately I could not pull it off!  The first song that I heard from them was “God Bless the Internet.” I found the song catchy and could not help play it every chance I had!  Their next release was “Dying to be Thin” and I think that this song has a wonderful message for everyone.

 

Here are some of their videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9VSml19h80 (Original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpNDxhWRr9s (Original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89pWfow2ycM (original)

Chit Chatting With the Sisters From Von Grey

Written by:  Jill Sheets

Picture credit:  Mary Caroline Mann

Picture credit: Mary Caroline Mann

Recently I had the honor of interviewing the sisters from Von Grey. Continue to read on about them, their music and their advice about being a teenager.

 

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

V: We are a group of 4 sisters who started playing classical music together at a very young age. After gaining a certain amount of musical understanding, we began to branch out into different genres – we wanted to create something that felt more personal, and songwriting was an easy way to do that. We’ve been growing as musicians and writers ever since, and have been fortunate enough to have crossed paths with people in the “industry” who are passionate and supportive!

 

R:  Tell us about your EP “Awakening”

V: Awakening is made up of 6 songs that Fiona and I (Annika) wrote over a pretty extended period of time. The songs have a definite acoustic backbone, but the production of the record involved some experimentation. We focused a lot on the instrumentation, trying to make sure that the parts were intricate enough to be musical on their own but still tastefully placed in order to leave room for some electronic/synth-y flourishes.

 

R:  Tell us about your new single?

V: Come On is definitely the peppiest song we have written. I actually came up the bulk of the song after spending some time listening to a lot of 80s pop music – my listening material probably heightened our urge to play with some new sonic textures that you just can’t get with violins, mandolins, and cello.

 

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

V: My Reflection was the first song we wrote for the EP, and it is definitely my favorite! We toured the song a long time ago but weeded it out of our set material for various reasons. We weren’t even planning on recording it for Awakening, but we had some extra time in the studio and decided it would be fun to reintroduce it. It is one of the first songs we ever wrote that used what we then considered an “experimental” keyboard sound – I am probably biased towards the song because it holds a bit of sentimental value for me!

 

R:  What is your favorite song to play on stage and why?

V: I love performing Deliverance because it is the only song we play live that has a dramatic tempo change.

 

R:  Where can people get your music?

V: Our music is available all over the internet (iTunes, Amazon, and probably wherever else people virtually buy music from these days), and of course we sell it at our live shows.

 

R:  If you could tour with any five people or groups who would they be and why?

V: St. Vincent, Little Dragon, alt-J, Bjork, and/or Lykke Li, and mostly because I would love to be able to watch them kill it on stage night after night!!

 

R:  I read that you all are getting ready to tour.  Can you tell us a little bit about that and where can people find out what cities you will be heading to?

V: We like to tour as much as possible, and will be going out on the road very soon! All of our dates are posted on our website, www.vongreymusic.com.

 

R: What is it like touring with your sisters?  How do you handle disagreements?

V: Being sisters makes the creative process a lot easier because we are all so open with each other, but it really doesn’t play a huge role in the band’s dynamic. We handle our roles as musicians as jobs (jobs that we absolutely adore, but still jobs). That means that we do our best to maintain an air of professionalism. We don’t let trivial arguments get in the way of achieving what it is we want to achieve!

 

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

V: As a band? Hmmm…. Fiona, Kathryn, and I were part of a Céili band before we started von Grey,

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

V: We just want to be able to create the music that we feel most passionately about, and we hope to be able to share it with other people who can also dig it! That is always the main goal. Creating something we are proud of and then sharing it with as many people as possible.

 

R:  It is not easy being a teenage girl.  What advice would you give the in general?

V: There are so many stereotypes about girls in general, and I think the best advice I can give right now is to just ignore all of those prescribed roles and pigeonholes. If you want to do the things that girls/people around you are doing, do it! If not, don’t. Just do whatever makes you happy and, as long as you aren’t hurting anybody in the process, forget about what other people think.

 

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

V: We usually stock up on fruit when we are touring and keep a cooler in the van and it is very rare that we eat fast food, but Petra happened to mention Taco Bell during an interview we did a long time ago and we have been asked to list our Taco Bell orders a few times since then!

 

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

V: We are on facebook, twitter, and instagram as vonGreyMusic.

 

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

V: We are just so thankful for all of the good vibes that people continually send us, and we hope to be able to continue to create music that makes us deserving of the support and love!

 

R:  Von Grey, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.

V: Thanks so much!

Sonflowerz: Love Walked In

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

sonflowerz-sisters Sonflowerz-Love Walked InsonflowerzSee what they did there, with their name?  I love it!  And I love just as equally these two sisters’ message, delivered with the gentleness of their voices that are mightier than swords. With their sweet harmonies, they offer lyrics that are light in a dark place, praise in the midst of every circumstance-including trials and tribulations, and peace and comfort that sweep away pain with incomprehensible ease.  “Love Walked In,” the Sonflowerz lead single, is all about God’s amazing ability to turn a horrible situation into a good one, while “Little Lies” deals with the way that the world’s view of who we are supposed to be can destroy a soul that chooses to believe the deception.  “Offering My Life” is about being a sacrifice-not because we are trying to earn God’s love, but because we love Him.  The lyrics, often written in a story format, made it easy for me to find myself or a friend deeply embedded in the heart of the message, and transitioned the songs from simply being ones that I would listen to to songs that are personal.  But their gifts aren’t only in their songwriting skills-their melodies are so pleasant that any defenses and arguments are hushed immediately.  They have the voices of my older sister.  They have the voices of my best friends.

 

Relate:  First memory of music:

Becca:  Singing with my dad as he played guitar.  My earliest memories are around the living room singing as a family together.

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

Becca:  “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble” By Delirious? Is one of my all-time favorites!  I’m glad Martin Smith wrote it, and I would love to co-write with him one day (dreaming).

Relate:  If you could ask anyone from the Bible one question (besides Jesus!), who would it be, what would be the question, and why would you ask?

Becca:  Paul.  My question would be, “How did you have courage to speak about your faith so strongly – in the midst of so much opposition?” I’m amazed at his life lived 100% for God.

Relate:  Tell us about the moment when you knew music was something you wanted to pursue.  How has this journey been different than from what you expected?  In what ways has it been better than you anticipated?

Becca:  It was probably in the midst of a 2-week tour in England.  We were not used to touring yet, and had barely begun as a band.  I had some key discussion with peers who didn’t believe in God or have any faith, and that gave me a passion and purpose to communicate God’s love through music.

The journey has been different – better! – than expected.  God has opened so many doors for our music and yet I believe one of His main purposes in using us is to grow individually in our faith. Being obedient to God’s will always draws us closer to living like Christ.

Relate:  What inspires you to write a song?

Elissa:  Almost anything! Specifically, the stories that I hear from people inspire me. The difficulties they faced or a triumph in my own life.

Relate:  Do you ever doubt what you are doing, and what has brought you the most comfort to calm your fears?

Elissa:  I don’t doubt what I’m doing. That’s probably why I’m still doing it! Music is an expression of worship to God and every time I get on stage I know He is listening. There are definitely hard days – when my voice wasn’t working or when a tour takes me away from family. But God gives me the courage to face these things when I need to. Seeing someone enjoy the music or experience God through my lyrics keeps me going strong.

Relate:  Tell us about the songs from your new EP, Love Walked In.  Which song was the most difficult to write?  Which song is your favorite one to sing?

Elissa:  Each of these songs came with a lovely ease – but they were preceded by a period of 12 months where I couldn’t write a single song! So, I knew for a fact that these songs were a gift from God and very timely. Even though I tried, I couldn’t write them a day sooner. My favorite to sing (right now) is Speechless – because, if it doesn’t sound too corny, I am so speechless at how God has given me these songs.

Relate:  You also have a devotional book called Made to Shine that was inspired by girls.  If you had to sum up your message to young girls in one sentence, what would you say?

Becca and Elissa:  “You are dearly loved daughters of a faithful God, who made you to shine the light of His truth, love and grace to this dark world around you.”

Relate:  I love the song, “Little Lies,” and as a Christian, I find it almost embarrassing that I understand the dark thoughts so well.  As sisters in Christ, how do you think that we can help not only ourselves but others around us see our worth from the perspective from which God sees us?

Elissa:  You are right. We all battle with lies from our enemy and the world around us. The only place we can unravel these lies and stop the poison from setting in is by reading the word of God. We can speak words of truth to one another, remembering what God has said about us. But individually we have a responsibility to continually feed our lives with the word of God so we are prepared to be a light in this dark world.

 

Please visit www.sonflowerz.com for more information and be sure to download a copy of Love Walked In today.

Chit Chating with Asy from Chaos Chaos

Chit Chating with Asy from Chaos Chaos

Written By:  Jill Sheets

Chaos Chaos

Picture credit: Maia de Saavedra

Recently I had the honor of interviewing Asy from the group Chaos Chaos.  Continue to read on and learn more about her and the band.

R:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

A:  Hello! This is Asy from the band Chaos Chaos. My sister Chloe and I live in Brooklyn, New York, where we moved after living in Sweden for a couple cold years. We grew up playing as a duo called Smoosh, and have lived a pretty strange, fun life, traveling a lot for music.

Right now we are gearing up for the release of our new EP, called ‘S’, set to be released October 16th.

R:  How did you come up with the name Chaos Chaos?

A:  When we lived in Sweden for 2 years we stopped playing music pretty much altogether. Moving back to the states, we decided to begin again, but we wanted to do everything differently, –we wanted to recreate ourselves and our music. A ‘chaos chaos’ is actually a giant amoeba, which is always changing and in a constant state of disorder. We felt like the name was funny and also fitting because our new style of songwriting is complete disorder (we jumble music genres and instruments that usually don’t go together, challenging ourselves to make songs that have as much personality as possible.) Basically, We changed our mind-set and the way we approach music. We decided to be way harder on ourselves with songwriting, and since we aren’t in college we decided to treat music like college (minus the ramen and microwave food diet). We study music like we don’t know anything, which keeps it all exciting. The second you decide you know stuff, you won’t be going anywhere! We don’t want to do that, so we just think of the giant amoeba.. the chaotic blob that is never gonna stay one way, or move in only one direction.

R:  For those who have not heard your music, how would you describe it?

A:  This EP is very upbeat, with a lot of energy and attitude. I think it sounds like a confrontation between electronic dance music and more human-sounding music, like blues. There are definitely a wide variety of styles in the songs, a lot of experimental vocals and a trash drum kit (there is also a tap dancing track used as percussion in one song).

R:  What is your writing process like for your songs?  Do you start with the words?  How do you come up with the idea for your music?

 

A:  With this EP we were trying out new ways of doing everything, including songwriting. This was the first time Chloe and I did some of the writing together. She got involved, and she likes pressing the delete button, which is good because I like pressing the record button. For some songs I began with piano and wrote the melody and basic song structure, then wrote many versions of the song to find which style sounded best. We would try out adding in lots of electronic and acoustic elements and then stripping it down later on. We tried to take everything out of a song that was not necessary. This was hard for me. :) Then we would move to the words. Some songs began with words as a main element, others required gathering information and writing essays (really!) to sort out the ideas and structure.

R:  Tell us about your up and coming EP?  When is it supposed to be released?

A:  The EP, called ‘S’, will be released October 16th! We can’t wait.

I have already described how the music sounds. I’m hoping that a lot of different people of different age groups will be able to relate to it. There’s kind of an overflow of emotion on the EP (since I had many ideas building up inside after my long break from music and they came out sounding extreme).

R:  Tell us about your single “My Hands.”  When can people download the song?

A:  The single is released now! You can download it on itunes, cd baby or amazon. But stay tuned for the music video, which will be released really soon.

This song is the simplest, all-out pop song we had written –we’d never gone this far in the pop direction before. But it was so fun. I found out that ‘simple’ is the most complicated thing in the end, because it means deciding which of your ideas are good and which are less-than-good, (which means terrible when it comes to a pop song). Haha.

R:  Where can people get your music?

 

A:  You can find it on the internet. We have the music up on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/chaoschaosofficial, and cd baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chaoschaos

I recommend listening on our facebook page, because then you can write us a message saying hi and what you think of the song, while listening.

R:  If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

A:  Wow. Never been asked that question before. I almost just let myself go into an uncontrollable mind-rant thinking of all my favorite artists..

 

But, right NOW I would say PJ Harvey.. With QuestLove drumming for her. She was a main influence because of how she is always stepping into an uncomfortable place with music by recreating herself.. Never staying the same. And Questlove doing crazy things on the drums would be amazing..

Picture credit: Kiliii Fish

R:  What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

A:  I have gotten a lot of good advice. Some friend has told us to treat music as we treat our lives, to have it be an extension of us as people. They think it is very important to always maintain a healthy and happy life, where you challenge yourself and take the time to think about where you are in your life, always making sure you are having a blast doing whatever you do.

R:  What advice would you give girls in general?

A:  To not be so concerned about being girls! I would give girls and guys the same advice: do not hold back with anything you do because otherwise you will never know what you are actually capable of. I have realized that when you do something that scares you or that you’re unsure of, you hardly Ever regret it.

Also, I think it is important to only do things you are passionate about. When you are doing what you love, it will always be worth it.

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

A:  I am one fourth Mexican. Someone told me I look like Frida Kahlo recently, but usually I don’t get told that I look Mexican.

I played saxophone really badly in my elementary school band.

I love playing ultimate frisbee and sports in general.

I get really annoying during holiday season. For some reason, I’ve got this grandma aspect to me.. I get excited about traditions and all that stuff.

Once, I kissed a June Bug and it got stuck on my mouth.

R:  You both have great fashion sense.  How do you come up with your own style?

 

A:  Thanks! We look through fashion magazines and get inspired by musicians and fashionable people, and we also look though pictures of people from around the world, ’cause we love blending the looks and colors of different cultures into our own fashion. It is fun to experiment with fashion but things don’t always work out.. Some days I find myself out and about in New York and I am like ‘God, why did I wear this?’

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

A:  Ever? I was asked if I would rather find a cockroach sucking on my tear duct or two rats making love on my stomach. I am still trying to find an answer for that one.. Which would you rather find?!

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

A:  Yeah! We have fun talking with friends/fans on the internet. We use facebook, twitter, tumblr and have a website where we post a lot of pictures and videos, especially of us working on new songs. http://chaoschaosmusic.com

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

A:  I hope you check out our new video when it comes out and also say hi on our facebook page soon! A main influence for us is listening to what fans and people say to us about music, –what they think. We get input on songs that are getting written, etc. It’s pretty fun. That’s what social networking sites are great for!

Thanks for reading this interview!

 

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

Petrel: Interview with Jess

Petrel: Interview with Jess

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

PetrelPetrel is a band of three sisters from Long Island, New York who have been harmonizing and playing music together since they were little.  They’ve recently released their single, “Bombshell,” an infectious tune about discovering that a friend’s bf is really a player and the chaos that ensues.  Jess, the lead singer, describes it this way:  “Being sisters, we like to tell stories in our songs, and this is a story we believe every girl needs to hear.”  I, personally, am intrigued enough to find out what inspires these sibs and what their experiences have been like so far.

Relate:  “Bombshell” is a great lead single, but your website says that you’ve been in the studio recording more songs.  What kind of album can we expect from you in the future?

Jess:  A pop/rock album that will hopefully make you think, feel…make you dance.  Being sisters, we always have a story to tell.  You can expect our real life experiences put to music.  Our diary in our songs.

R:  First memory of music:

J:  The first memory of music for all of us was when each of us started taking piano lessons at four and five years old.  We remember sitting down on the bench of the upright piano in our living room once a week to take a lesson.  If we sat the whole lesson and did a good job, we would get a sticker to add to our sticker book at the end of the lesson.

R:  What is your definition of art?

J:  To us, art is a creative expression of your feelings, inspirations, thoughts, and emotions.

R:  Who are your musical inspirations?

J:  A mix of everything, really…No Doubt, Ella Fitzgerald, Heart, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Beatles, Pat Benatar, Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, etc.

R:  Best experience so far with a fan?

J:  Ya know, we’ve had so many great experiences.  Lately, we’ve had quite a few girls tell us they feel like we’re their sisters.  That makes us so happy.  We take that to heart.  We’d love for every girl to experience what we share as sisters…to feel a part of our fam.

R:  What is the best advice you have been given?

J:  Be who you are and don’t let anything or anyone discourage you from achieving your goals and dreams ever.

R:  Breaking into the music industry is said to be very difficult.  How have the challenges to your pursue your dreams helped you in other areas of your lives?

J:  The music industry has a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes things go as planned, sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes people believe in you, sometimes they don’t.  Going through difficult times while pursuing our dream has really helped us grow thicker skin.  We’ve learned sometimes a door needs to close for another to open, but no matter what, stay true to who you are are.  Stay true to yourself.  We feel more confident now than ever before.  More confident to be who we really are.

R:  Tell us a little about your volunteer work and what has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had?

J:  For a few years, we’ve been privileged to visit Mayan villages in Mexico where we bring much needed food, clothing, and other supplies to hundreds of children. It is our joy to not only perform for them, but spend time playing with them. When we return the following year and see the beautiful faces of those same kids running towards the bus with big smiles on their faces just so thankful we came back, there are no words to describe how rewarding that is.

Please be sure to find more information on Petrel at www.petrelmusic.com, and be sure to download the song “Bombshell.”

Chit Chatting with The PreZcotts Sisters

Chit Chatting with The PreZcotts Sisters

Written by:  Jill Sheets

The PreZcotts Sisters

The PreZcotts Sisters, Picture Credit: Jeff Hays

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing the very talented PreZcotts Sisters.   Continue to read on and learn more about the sisters and about their song “Stay True.”

Relate:  Tell us a little bit about yourselves?

A: My name is AnaLeyna, I’m 17 years old and I am the oldest of my family. I love to write songs and play the piano. Music is really a passion of mine.

C: I’m ChaLyn, I love basketball and love to sing!! I’m 15 years old and have 6 siblings…

R: My name is RaNelle, I have 5 sisters and 1 baby brother. I’m 13 years old.

M: My name is MaRiah, I’m 12 and have 6 siblings and I love to sing with my sisters…

Relate: What is it like singing with your sisters? How long do you practice singing each day?  How do you handle disagreements?

A: It’s fun, we all trust each other and we are completely comfortable together. It makes practicing fun! To keep our voices in shape we try to practice together an hour every day but we are always singing individually to keep our vocals warm.

C: It’s comfortable, familiar…I really enjoy it!

R: It’s really fun. We sing together almost everyday!

M: We have lots of fun and we laugh a lot. I practice everyday…

Picture credit:  Jeff Hays AnaLeyna, Age 17

Picture credit: Jeff Hays, AnaLeyna, Age 17

Relate:  I read that you write your own music.  What is your song writing process?  Do you come up with the words first?

A: My song writing comes naturally… It’s unpredictable how the song will come. Sometimes the music is playing in my head and then the words just flow onto the paper. If there is an emotion behind it, I can write a song in an hour. I thank God for this gift.

C: I didn’t write any of the songs on our new CD “GOSSIP” but, I like to write poems.

R: MaRiah and I wrote “Stay True” on our new CD. The song talks about bullying in school. We are very proud of that song!

M: I co-wrote “Stay True” with RaNelle & AnaLeyna…I hope to write more songs.

Relate:  Tell us about your debut album “Gossip.”

A: Gossip is going to make you smile, laugh, fall in love and it will even make you cry. There is a story behind each song and a message for everyone to go with it. Our album features all types of styles and lyrics. Anyone can listen to this album and enjoy the music it plays. That’s what we wanted and it’s so amazing to see it all come together.

C: Well, it costs $10… (laughs). Its super cool and the songs can be easily loved by everyone. There are happy songs, encouraging songs, and inspirational ones also.

R: We have anything you would wanna listen to on this CD!! I love it!

M: It has an awesome variety of songs…people will really love it!

Relate:  Tell us about your single “Gossip.”  How did you come up with the idea for this song?

A: We wanted to have another upbeat song on the CD that was fun and appropriate for kids all over the world to sing. Gossip is something anyone and everyone can relate to. I enjoyed being a part of writing process; I share the credit with my good friend and co-producer, Aaron Accetta.

C: That was AnaLeyna!

R: AnaLeyna & Aaron Accetta wrote that song in one afternoon!!

M: Rich Correll who created Hannah Montana directed the music video for “GOSSIP”

Picture credit: Jeff Hays, ChaLyn, Age 15

Picture credit: Jeff Hays, ChaLyn, Age 15

Relate:  Do you have any plan in the near future of going on tour?

A: We are planning to go wherever our fans take us! If children all over America want to use our music to encourage and support them then we just tell them to let us know! We are on our way! We want to be there for our fans, if a tour gets us there then let’s do it!

C: That would be a dream comes true for me!!!

R: It would be awesome, but I know I would miss my mom, my little sisters and brother.

M: Yes, that would be sooo cool! I’d miss my family though.

Relate:  If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

A: I would tour with Taylor Swift because all of her songs speak to me. I can relate to them and I know boys and girls all over the world can too. I’d love to be a part of that. Hey Taylor, give us a call! (laughs)

C: Justin Bieber because he’s pretty awesome…

R: My family because they are so special.

M: My mom!

Relate:  What singers and bands do you listen to?  What is your favorite song by each one?

A: My favorite artist of all time is Alicia Keys because I love her style. One of my favorite songs is from her album “The Element of Freedom” and it’s call ‘Wait til you see my Smile’. The hook gets stuck in my head for days. I listen to a lot of other music though. My favorite band is The Katinas. They are a brother group just as we are a sister group. We’ve met with them a couple of times and every time they had encouraging words and beautiful voices. I love them.

C: I like Mariah Carey’s old songs like “Someday” “Always Be My Baby” and “Make It Happen”

R: I listen to Mariah Carey and Leona Lewis.

M: I listen to Christian bands a lot. I like “Move” by Mercy Me…

Photo Credit: Jeff Hay, RaNelle, Age 14

Photo Credit: Jeff Hay, RaNelle, Age 14

Relate:  What has been your most “Star Struck” moment?  Who was it?  Tell us about what happened.

A: My most Star Struck moment of all time is when I heard The Katinas sing in the Creation Lab Studios acapella.

C: I dreamt I met Justin Bieber the same night that  I watched his movie for the first time…

R: When the Katinas sang just for us.

M: I met the dude from “Shake it Up”…Deuce.

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

A: Hmmm 5 things people might not know about me…
1. I love Oreos… But I rarely eat them.
2. I love driving at night. Lots of green lights and no traffic!
3. I am the oldest but the shortest…
4. Nail art has been my latest obsession.
5.  My favorite car is the latest Cherokee Jeep.

C: Love Basketball, math, I have 3 more siblings other than The PreZcotts…I really love peanut butter and I speak Spanish outta no where when I’m at home.

R: I’m a freshman in high school, I love singing, basketball and soccer…I have a baby brother…

M: I love volleyball and basketball, my 2 little sisters are named Yvana amd Taleya and my brother’s name is Bryton. AND I have the best mom in the world!!

Relate:  What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

A: The best advice I ever got was from my Dad. He always taught me values through his actions. He always told me “you gotta forgive em” and to never hold a grudge because it can eat you up inside. He always gave the best advice!

C: “Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone” – my mom.

R: My mom always told me to stand up for yourself…

M: To stand up for what is right, no matter what…my mom tells me that…

Photo Credit: Jeff Hays, MaRiah, Age 12

Photo Credit: Jeff Hays, MaRiah, Age 12

Relate:  What advice would you teenage girls in general?

A: My advice to all the teenage girls out there: Beauty truly does come from the inside. How you treat others is what creates your image. Sure the latest trends and fashions are always fun. But we can’t change the world with what we wear… But we can change the world with what we do.

C: Well it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone is doing (clothing, language, etc.)
Don’t let peer pressure get to you!

R: To “Stay True” to yourself…

M: I don’t know…I’m still 12.

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

A: I think this IS the strangest question I’ve ever been asked! I’ve been asked funny questions in the past though. The cutest one was “uh are you guys…famous?” after an elementary school show we did recently. I smiled and said “you are what makes us famous” : (laughs)

C: My mom once asked me if I’ve ever tasted nail polish remover? Which is most defiantly strange.

R: I think you just topped it off…

M: You like math? It’s kinda not my favorite.

Relate:  Are you on any social networking sisters if so, which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website? Do you have a youtube channel?  If so, what is the address?

A: Yes, yes, YES! We have the PreZcotts page on Facebook and we go on every night to see what fans we can talk to! We also have a YouTube channel, a website and a twitter. Here are the links below:
www.prezcotts.com
www.facebook.com/thepreZcotts
www.youtube.com/thepreZcotts
www.twitter.com/preZcotts

C: See above^

R: Just Google The PreZcotts…you’ll find us!!

M: AnaLeyna’s got this one!

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

A: I absolutely love hearing from you guys! Sometimes fans will comment on our Facebook page and tell me what their going through at home or at school and I write a song for them. I love talking to everyone! So don’t be shy! Go to our Facebook and ask questions or leave a comment!

C: Cherish your family and the memories you have…AND I LOVE YOU ALL

R: You are everything to us…We Love You!

M: To not ever give up. Always Stay True to yourselves…

Relate: PreZcott Sisters, thank you for the interview. It was an honor You have a great day.

Singing and songwriting duo, Coldwater Jane

Chit Chatting with Coldwater Jane

Written by: Jill Sheets

Coldwater Jane

Coldwater Jane

Picture credit: David Tsay

Recently we got the honor of interview the singing duo the Coldwater Jane. Continue to read about Coldwater Jane and about their music.

R: How did you come up with the name Coldwater Jane?

LC: We wanted to use the name Jane because it means so much to us. It’s our mother’s name, Brandon’s middle name, and our great great grandmother’s name. Coldwater came from Coldwater Canyon. So much great music came out of that area and we thought it just sounded good with Jane. It’s pretty hard to find a good band name that isn’t already taken and you don’t feel silly saying.

R: Both of you play the guitar. How long have you been playing, and do either of you play any other instrument other than voice?

LC: Brandon has been picking up the mandolin, and I play piano some. Although not nearly well enough to play in front of other musicians!

R: How long have you been singing and writing your own music?

LC: We first sang together in church when we were 2 and 4. Our parents are music lovers and encouraged us to sing, but writing definitely came from something inside of us. I remember the first song I ever wrote I sang to my mom and dad in the car on the way to Mobile, Al (the nearest mall to our town in MS). I remember her asking what artist sang that song. That started a fire.

R: What is your songwriting process? Do you start with the words?

LC: Sometimes we start with a melody, sometimes we start with a title or a lyrical idea, and every now and then when we are lucky it feels like it comes from above. Like we have nothing to do with it, we’re just the ones typing and singing.

R: Tell us about touring with your family as a family gospel band? What was your favorite memory of doing that?

LC: I have lots of memories of doing school work in the van, sleeping in people’s houses that we didn’t know (members of the churches where we were singing) and our little brother basically falling asleep while playing the drums. He would lay his head down on the snare while playing when he got tired! Most of the memories are good, but anything you do full time is work and it’s not a life for most people. We feel fortunate because it laid the groundwork for what we are doing now. It taught us things like how to keep going in a show even if something isn’t going right. We are so thankful for the experience, although it seems a little crazy now looking back on it!

R: Tell us about your up and coming CD. What are the titles of some of the songs? Do you have a release date yet for it? Does it have a title?

LC: Our album, “Bring On The Love”, will be out early next year. We are SO excited for everyone to hear it. The title track was our first single, but I feel like the whole record has something to say. “Devil Train” is a fast fun song about sneaking out (no need to mention which one of us that one is about), and “Marrionette” is a bluegrassy song about a free spirit. It’s tough waiting to share something we created that we are so proud of!

R: Tell us about your single “Bring On the Love.” How did you come up with the idea for this song?

LC: We were sitting in the studio playing around on all the instruments (banjo, dobro, mandolin) that are all tuned like a guitar. The melody and title came out pretty quickly since we were just having fun. The next day we came in and wrote what we wanted to say. Kind of a “come together”, love everybody kind of tune. It was important for us to say something that had meaning, but still be able to write it in an encouraging light.

R: Where were you when you fist heard “Bring On the Love” on the radio? What was it like?

LC: This is my favorite question. We were in my grandmother’s house in Mississippi, which is the house my great great grandfather built, the house we lived in while we were traveling all over the country singing in churches, and the house we left to move to Nashville. We were literally just running in for a minute when we heard on the radio in the kitchen “Bring On The Love.” Bran started crying. I didn’t even know what to say. It’s like God knows that sometimes you need a little, “Hey, you’re right where you need to be.”

R: Where can people get your music?

LC: “Bring On The Love” is available on itunes and very soon in stores.

R: What is it like working with your sister? How do you handle disagreements?

LC: Working with my sister is one of the greatest joys of all of this. Making and playing music is amazing, but I imagine as a solo artist it can get real lonely sometimes. It’s so nice to have someone to bounce things off of and to have someone call you out on your crap. We fight, but when we do, we get it all out on the table and it’s over. We don’t bring it up again. We both know we have each other’s best interest at heart, beyond music.

R: We read that you where in the 4th Annual Country Weekly Fashion Show. What was that like?

LC: I am definitely not the fashion show type! I don’t get my nails done (they get scratched up by guitar strings anyway), don’t shop much. I know nothing about fashion really, but everyone was so nice and made the whole thing so fun that we really enjoyed it! It was also for a great cause. We felt lucky to be a part of it!

Coldwater Jane

Coldwater Jane

Picture credit: David Tsay

R: Tell us about “Second Harvest.”

LC: What a great cause, and it was amazing how many volunteers were there on a Saturday to help people they don’t even know. We are always so proud to be involved in things that help our community. One volunteer supervisor told us, “Not everybody can donate money, but I can donate my time.”

R: We read that you have also helped out orphans in Ethiopia. Tell us about it?

LC: My husband and I got involved in sponsoring a child in Africa through Kingdom Vision. It costs so little, but it can do so much. I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in my life and forget how blessed I am. We get to be a part of some amazing benefits and organizations. This is a cause that I hope to be more a part of in the future.

R: Are there any other charities that are close to your heart? If so, tell us about them.

LC: We got to tour St. Jude Children’s hospital and it literally broke our hearts. As much for the parents as the children. It’s only through donations that no child is turned away, even if they don’t have to money to pay. A child is a child. They should all get the same chance.

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

LC: Reba is amazing and just about the nicest person. Once she talked to me and I didn’t know what to say. I got nervous and kind of laughed.

R: What bands and singers to you listen to? What are your favorite songs by each one of them?

B: Patty Griffin. “Nobody’s Cryin” is a masterpiece. I love Train “Meet Virginia”.

Jeff Buckley’ version of “Hallelujah” gives me chills to this day. And Patty Loveless “Here I am”. Beautiful. I love so much it’s hard to choose!

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

B: Lately my guiltiest pleasure is singing Carrie Underwood’s “Undo it” at the top of my lungs. What a great song!

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

B: Honestly, our mom and dad. They introduced us to so much great music. And in those moments when I wanted to quit, when it got too hard… they believed in me, so I kept believing in myself. I don’t know where Leah and I would be with out their love and guidance.

R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

B: A very lovely man I know told me last summer, that no matter what I think I am… an artist, a singer, daughter, all those “identity” things I get so wrapped up in… at the end of the day, I am a child of God. And no matter what things happen or change around me, nothing can change that, ever. I take a lot of rest in that, and I believe I always will.

R: What advice would you give teenage girls?

B: I am the last person to be doling out advice; I am still learning so much myself. But I guess If I could tell my 16 year old self something… I would say.. you are beautiful, you are smart, listen to that little voice when it tells you “this isn’t a good idea” and trust yourself ! Oh, and stand up straight!

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

B: I am trying to learn french

I am a pretty good cook

Sometimes I can’t believe I get to do this for a living!

I have a crush on “House” and “Gene Wilder in Willie Wonka” ( I know, weird.)

No matter how much time I spend with Leah, I still call her every single day and actually still want to talk to her on the phone.

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

B:Facebook.com/coldwaterjane

twitter.com/coldwaterjane

www.coldwaterjane.com <http://www.coldwaterjane.com>

R: What is the best thing a fan has ever said or did for you?

B: Anytime they spread the word about your music it’s exciting.

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

B: How do you two know each other? Not that we expect people to know that we are sisters, but it’s a hard one to answer without sounding smart or giggling! That question always cracks me up & I always say “in the womb.”

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

B: Thank you for listening to our music, we really hope you like it and if you haven’t heard us… we hope you will check it out.