Chit Chatting with Ali B

 

Written by: Jill Sheets

Up and coming 16-year-old Ali B started her singing career in school talent shows and after-school programs. She was 13 years old when she decided that she wanted to start recording. A couple of songs that she has recorded are “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love.” Keep reading and learn about her, those songs, and what it was like recording for the first time.

 

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

A: I am 16 years old and currently a senior in high school who is living the double life of quiet school girl by day and singer/songwriter by night. I have always had a passion for music and I am so thankful that I am on my journey to conquering my dreams. I’ve always sang growing up, but nothing big, just school talent shows and after-school programs. It wasn’t until I was around thirteen that I decided that I wanted to start recording music. I began searching online for local recording studios and I came across The Loft Sound Studio. I had my dad call up and we began going in there. The loft sound studio is one of the studios I go to all of the time and I am so proud of all the progression I have made over the past three years. After recording cover songs for a while, I started working on original music and now I have so many exciting projects I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with everyone.

 

R: What was it like being in the recording studio for the first time?

A: Being in the recording studio for the first time was kind of a shell shock to me. It was so professional and was a little intimidating at first. I remember I would go in and not say a word but then as soon as I got in front of that microphone I was like a whole other person. It was a big difference from just singing in my room to a big professional recording studio. Over the years I have discovered that the recording studio is like my second home. I feel happiest there–it’s somewhere where I can really just let go, be myself, and show who I am and what I’m feeling through music. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than that.

 

R: Tell our readers about your songs “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love.”

A: “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love” are my latest two singles out right now, and I am so excited about them. “Kiss Me Goodbye” was my first original single that we shot a music video for, which you can find on Indimusic.tv right now! Both of these songs I wrote at a time in my life where I was very much in love and at a time where my heart was broken. Everybody always asks me “who do you write your songs about?” I don’t really have an answer to that question because when I write songs, I write from my heart and about what I’m going through at that time.

 

R: What have been some of your favorite covers to sing?

A: This is definitely a challenging question. Any song I cover I usually wind up building some sort of connection to. If I had to narrow it down, it would be the song “Camouflage” by Selena Gomez. I chose this one because at the time that I recorded this song I was going through something that was exactly what the song was explaining. It was a song where when I sang it I felt like I was telling my own story. Music has always been an outlet for me whether I am sad, happy or just having a bad day. As hard as it was for me to build up the strength to sing the song at the time, it was almost a feeling of relief when I would sing it because I felt like all of my emotions were coming out through the song.

 

 

R: If you could go back in time, what singers would you want to tour with?

A: There are so many incredible artists that I look up to and would love to tour with. If it was a band probably either One Direction or Fifth Harmony, just because I feel like both of these bands have grown together so much and started out as just contestants on a show to now some of the most successful groups ever. Some others would be Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Halsey, and Michael Jackson. Not only would it be an incredible honor to share the stage with them, but I feel like they are all so incredibly talented and worked so hard for where they are now.

 

R: Not only do you sing, but you are also a songwriter. What is your writing process? How do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

A: The process of my songwriting is different all of the time. Sometimes I will come up with a song lyric in my head and think, “oh, that would be a great chorus or hook” and then base the song around that. Other times I will be in a mood and just write out all of my feelings and try to come up with sentences and phrases that can bounce off one another. Being a songwriter is one of my favorite parts of being a singer because it allows me to express myself through my music.

 

R: What has been your favorite song that you have written?

A: I write all of my songs, which makes me have such a special connection to them. I would have to say my favorite one that I have written is an unreleased one which I can’t spill too much about yet! I can promise that it will be out within the next few months and I cannot wait to share it with everyone. This was a song that I wrote when I felt broken inside and didn’t know what to do, or who to even talk to. With that being said I came home one day, sat on my bed and wrote this song in about 10 minutes. This song is a question as to why something ended the way that it did. This song has always been a challenge for me to sing because of how emotionally involved I am in it. I think that this song is something that everyone can relate to, and I want people to know that they are not alone when they feel this way.

 

R: I read that you wanted to visit Greece. Why and are there any other places you would like to visit?

A: Yes! The world is such a beautiful place and there are so many places that I want to visit. Greece is somewhere I have always dreamed of going because I am fascinated by the culture and way of life. I think it would be really cool to go and explore another part of the world that is so different than where I am from. I also want to visit Bora Bora and Fiji.

 

 

R: What has been your first “starstruck” moment? Who was it and what happened?

A: I am thankful to be able to say that I have had multiple “starstruck” moments, but my first one was probably when I met Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus. She is someone that I absolutely thought the world of growing up. She was and still is one of my inspirations. I remember I was in line at one of her book signings to meet her and I was so nervous to even look at her. It almost didn’t feel real. She was super nice and we took a picture that I still have to this day!

 

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

A: I can tell you that I am in the process of partnering up with some charities that I am so excited to start to be a part of!

 

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

A:   1. I have an obsession with junk food and sweets. I could literally eat ice cream, candy, and cookies every single day.

2. I really want a dog.

3. My dream car is a Range Rover.

4. I have an obsession with Disney.

5. I write all my songs myself.

 

R: What advice would you give teenager girls these days?

A: If there is anything I could say, it would be to never listen to what other people think of you. Growing up I’ve had an endless amount of people make fun of me or tell me I’m not good enough, but I never and will never let that stop me. It’s up to you to make the life that you want and will make you happy.

 

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

A: To be honest I don’t think I’ve been asked a “strange” question yet.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? Which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

A: Yes of course! You can follow my Instagram @alisonberke to see footage from some of my performances, newest pictures, and to keep up with where you might be able to find me next. My twitter is @alison_berke where you can also stay updated on my performances, where you can find me, my funny retweets and also just to see what I’m up to that day. My snapchat is @aliiberke1023 where you will discover I may or may not have an obsession with filters, what I’m up to, and maybe sometimes even some sneak peeks into what I’m working on! My official website is http://alisonberkemusic.com but you can also find my music on my Soundcloud, Facebook, and YouTube, which is Alison Berke Music! My three singles are available for download on iTunes & Spotify now!

 

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

A: I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports me, listens to my music, tells their friends about me, takes time out of their day to listen to me, or to even like or comment under one of my posts. I appreciate everything more then you could imagine. I will continue being me and sharing my music with you all and I am excited what the future has in store for us. This is a long and hard journey, but if there is one thing I am certain, it is that I will never give up no matter who tries to stop me.

 

Picture credit: Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte at The Loft Sound Studio

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 Skye Holland

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Singer and songwriter Skye Holland began her music at 10 years old in Tokyo, Japan, where she was born. I first discovered her when I saw the video for the song “Superhero.” By the way, did you know that she loves the series Prison Break? You will have to read on to find out why and learn about some other interesting topics.  

 

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

S: I started taking vocal lessons when I was thirteen. I met Steve Kroeger in high school and we started working together. Ever since then, my music started getting more serious, and I also started songwriting.

 

R: Tell us about your single “We Could Be.”

S: We always do this thing where we write music and never finish it. “We Could Be” was one of those songs. We came back to it a year later and it became one of my favorites.

 

R: Tell us about your other music. What are your top five songs to sing on stage?

S: Not in order, but my favorite songs are “Dive,” “Hang On,” “Her,” “Coastline,” which I’m featured on, and “Paradise.”

 

R: How do you come up with the ideas for your music videos? What is the best part about filming them?

S: My videographer Tim and I sit down and brainstorm ideas together. Seeing it all come together at the end is the best part of filming a music video.

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

S: Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, and Apple Music.

 

R: There are times when people are afraid to approach celebrities. What advice would you give them if they wanted to come up to you?

S: I would like to know the answer to that too.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

S: To travel and work with other musicians and just keep releasing new music.

 

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

S: I speak fluent Japanese, I’m a certified eyelash technician, I love spicy food, I only have one cousin, and I’ve rewatched the series Prison Break six times. I have a crush on Michael Scofield.

 

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

S: When I was in Japan, I was asked if my mother was my translator because we look nothing alike.

 

R: What advice would you give teenage girls these days?

S: Don’t care about what other people think and do what makes you happy.

 

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>

S: Instagram: @iamskyeholland

Twitter: @iamskyeholland

Snapchat: skyeholland

Facebook: facebook.com/iamskyeholland

Website: www.iamskyeholland.com

YouTube: youtube.com/skyeholland

 

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

S: Thank you for all the love and support. Follow me on Spotify- iamskyeholland

 

Picture credit: Tim Langley

 

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 Singer Kylie Hughes

 

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

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

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

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

 

Written by Anna Tallarico

Photo credit: Shalon Goss

 

Chit Chatting with Singer April Kry

 

Written by Jill Sheets

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

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

 

R: What has been your biggest influence?

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

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Photo credit: Kara Roundtree

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

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

 

Chit Chatting with Singer Ashley Brinton

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently I had the honor of interviewing the singer of the catchy song “All I Need,” Ashley Brinton. This native of Florida not only can sing, but she can act. She has been in national TV commercials for Banana Boat sunscreen and has had appearances on Animal Planet’s show World of Dogs and the movie Broken Vows. Read on to learn more about her, her music, and her advice for teens. Don’t forget to check out her new video that co-stars Tenzing Norgay Trainor, who plays Rooney on the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into singing.

A: I am 15 years old and was born in Florida. I’ve had a passion for singing for as long as I can remember. I used to sing in my mom’s car and she’d say I ruined all her favorite songs, but today she begs me to sing along with all the artists. My two favorite things are my two goldendoodles, Healy and Jojo. I got into singing because when I was ten, I wrote a song and wanted to do a music video. I had braces and the video was corny, but I loved it. I then followed it up by doing another song at age eleven and one at twelve. I was then blessed to be discovered by Tommy Mottola, who introduced me to world famous producer Cory Rooney. Cory is amazing and has produced so many hits for stars such as Michael Jackson, J-Lo, Bruno Mars, and Destiny’s Child. I love working with Cory. Words can’t even describe how lucky I am.

 

R: Tell us about your song “All I Need.”

A: “All I Need” is a song about how you need a network of people in your life as a support system. Girlfriends, boyfriends, family to get you through, anything. I felt this is especially important being a teenager, since it’s not always that easy.

 

R: How did you come up with the idea for making the video?

A: My vision for making the video was to show a glimpse of that support system and film it in a magical city like New York.

 

R: Tell us about some of your other music. Do you have any plans on recording an album or EP?

A: I have been recording for the last two years and have some really cool music. We are just finalizing which songs will be on my EP and album. It’s so exciting!!

 

R: You are also a songwriter. Tell us about your writing process–do you start with the words? How do you come up with the ideas for your songs?

A: I am blessed to be working with some of the best songwriters in the business. I am in the studio with them learning every session and taking it all in so I can create with them. My goal is to one day to be as talented as they are. I always throw my ideas out for songs and then when we are in the studio the creative process just starts to flow!

 

R: Where can people get your music?

A: You can buy my music on iTunes and listen to it on YouTube.

 

R: Who are some of your favorite singers and what are your favorite songs by each one?

A:  My favorite singers and songs are:

Halsey – “New Americana”

Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You”

Lana Del Rey – “Young And Beautiful”

Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

 

R: Tell us about the movie Broken Vows and about your character.

A: In Broken Vows I played Daisy, one of the bridesmaids for Jamie Alexander’s character. It was so exciting because it was my first movie. I got to work with Wes Bentley and actually carry Jamie Alexander’s train on her wedding dress down the isle. These big stars were so nice to me and it was a great experience.

 

R: Would you like to continue acting? If so, who would you like to work with?

A: I would love to have acting be a part of my career. It would be amazing to work with Jennifer Lawrence. Her energy on camera is striking and she seems like a blast.


R: What are some of your future goals?

A: My future goals are to be recognized as an artist that inspires people. I want to be a good role model for teens.

 

R:  It is not easy benign a teen. What advice would you give them?

A: It’s not easy being a teen–that is so true. I would say, don’t listen to negativity from your peers. Bullying has to stop. This world needs to love. Be yourself and don’t let anyone try to change you. It’s ok to be different.

 

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

A: The strangest question I have ever been asked is, “What type of monkey do you want to be?”

 

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?

A: Socials are:

Twitter / Snapchat: @ImAshleyBrinton

Instagram: @AshleyBrinton

www.Facebook.com/ashleybrintonmusic

 

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

A: I would like to say I hope you enjoy listening to my music. I really enjoy making it. I love all of your support!

 

R: Ashley, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

Chit Chatting with Singer Marlisa

Written by Jill Sheets

@MarlisaMusic

hatsRecently, I had the honor of interviewing up-and-coming singer Marlisa.  Some of you may have recognized her from the sixth season of “The X Factor Australia,” which she won when she was 15. Now, this almost 17-year-old singer is working on new music that will be released soon.  Read on to learn more about her win on “The X Factor,” her new music, and more.

 

R:  Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got into the music business.

M:  I’ve always loved singing, ever since I was little. I knew straight away that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up, so I performed for various events, including charity events, eisteddfod competitions, and festivals. In 2014, I joined “The X Factor” to give myself a chance and was very lucky to win the competition. These events have helped me to gain experience and exposure in regards to the entertainment industry.

 

R:  You are working on some new music. Can you tell us anything about it? Do you have a release date?

M:  I have been on the piano, writing new songs, and creating a new sound for some time now. It’s a process I’m really enjoying and which I’m pushing myself with, so I am very excited about releasing these. I’m hoping to have a new single out by Christmas!

 

R:  Do you have a favorite song so far?

M:  I have so many favorite songs so far. It’s just too difficult to choose one!

 

R:  Where can people hear or get your music?

M:  My music will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and you can purchase them at JBHIFI and Sanity.

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R:  You were on “The X Factor Australia.” What was that like? Do you remember what you were thinking when you won?

M:  My X Factor experience was very memorable and enjoyable. During that time, I learned so much about the music industry, behind the scenes stuff/how everything works, and most importantly it helped me to gain experience, exposure, and confidence. When I won, I felt very grateful to have been blessed with an achievement that will help me with my future as a musician.

 

R:  You have grown up since being on “The X Factor.” Other than height, how else have you changed?

M:  Yeah, we all grow up. I guess I have changed a lot since being that girl that won “The X Factor.” I’m turning 17 in October, so naturally my interests, fashion, and influences have changed a lot. I’m writing my own songs now, songs that are an extension of me, and I’m trying to be more creative with the sounds I create. I’m experimenting with it all while still being true to myself and keeping the values that I have grown up to believe in.

 

R:  If you could tour with any five people, who would they be?

M:  Ronan, of course, but I would also love to tour with Sia, Adele, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Puth.

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R:  What has been your best memory so far?

M:  My best memory would be when I got signed up with EMA and worked with Ronan and Storm Keating. And, of course, winning “The X Factor!”

 

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

M:  Yes, I support breast cancer charities. They are very close to my heart, having experienced the loss of my own grandmother, who was very dear to me.

 

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

M:  I like to cook, I like to swim, I’m very sports-minded, I am a manga and anime fan, and I love travelling!

 

R:  It’s not easy being a teenager. What advice do you have for them?

M:  No, it is not easy. Just take your time, enjoy your time as a teenager, remain positive, believe in yourself, and never give up. Life has its ups and downs, and these challenges will only make you stronger as you grow.

 

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

M:  I actually haven’t recently been asked any strange questions!

 

R:  Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? What about an official website and/or YouTube page? Do you have a physical address so people can send fan mail?

M:  I have an official website, www.marlisaofficial.com and I have a Vevo YouTube page which is MarlisaVevo. Fan mail is often sent to the Sony office. My Instagram & Twitter handles are @MarlisaMusic.

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R:  What is it like communicating with your fans? What is the best thing one has ever said or done for you?

M:  It is very inspiring to communicate with fans because knowing that they are supportive and that they enjoy my music makes me happy. The best things fans have done for me are making the effort to draw portraits of me, and continuously supporting me wherever I go.

 

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

M:  Yes, a huge thank you for all of your support and patience from Day 1. I am very grateful for all that you’ve done for me. Please stay tuned as there are exciting times ahead!

 

R:  Marlisa, thank you for the interview. It was an honor. Have a great day.

M:  Thank you for having me, it has been a pleasure!