Chatting with Singers Frankel Sisters

 

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing Lianne and Jaymee, also known as the Frankel Sisters. They were featured on The X Factor and were NYC finalists on The Voice. Read on to learn more about them, their music, and which sister does a mean impression of Miranda Sings.

 

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

F: We’ve grown up listening to and playing music our entire lives. Our dad was a wedding singer for twenty years and exposed us to all types of music since before we could speak. We grew up listening to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Billy Joel, and James Taylor (just to name a few) on long car rides and would harmonize with our dad over each record (it drove our mom and brother crazy after a while). Our dad would also play guitar in our living room after a long day of work and the three of us would mess around and write random hooks to songs. When we realized this was something we were passionate about pursuing, we started performing local shows at fundraisers, wineries, festivals, and churches. We started playing at bigger venues such as The Paramount, Webster Hall, The Bitter End, and other live music halls. Right now we are pursuing our career full-force and are in the process of recording our first Frankel Sisters EP!

 

R: You were also featured on The X Factor and were NYC finalists on The Voice. Tell us about that.

F: Our experiences with both shows were nothing but positive and helpful in shaping us as artists. Performing in front of The X Factor celebrity judges (Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio) on stage at Nassau Coliseum and gaining positive feedback from the four of them and the rest of the crowd was such an adrenaline rush. It really pushed us outside of our comfort zone and ultimately made us better, more in-sync performers.

 

R: Tell us about your song “Sidekick.”

F: “Sidekick” is about knowing that someone is not good for you long term, but holding onto the temporary moment you spend with them. Lianne wrote the song when a guy she liked told her there was another girl in the picture, but pursued her anyway. The song is bittersweet, but very relatable for a lot of people who face similar experiences.

 

R: I read that you write your own music. Tell us about your writing process.

F: Our songs have undergone an evolution over time. Lianne first started writing music when she was just seven years old with a song called “Green Grass.” Over time, the content of the music matured and dealt with very relatable, human experiences of love, breakup, feeling awkward, and overcoming judgment. Songwriting for Lianne is a therapeutic way to express and explain emotions. Jaymee’s songs are based on experiences as well, but she mainly starts her writing process with a catchy melody, and the lyrics come later. She can spend hours messing around with different beats and sounds.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

F: You can find our music for free on our website (link below), on iTunes, Spotify, or CD Baby by typing in “Frankel Sisters.” We just released our first single, “Sidekick,” and filmed an in-studio music video that can be found on YouTube as well.

 

R: What would you like people to take away from your music?

F: Our music lets people know it’s ok to be human. We’re not always perfect and our lives aren’t always what they appear to be on social media. The messages we send are real and relatable. Even though everyone in life is different, we all share the same emotions of love, power, strength, weakness, disappointment, and hope. We want our listeners to feel comfort in knowing that they aren’t alone in the highs and lows of life. But our music is versatile, and can sometimes just be mindless, feel-good, and fun. We want to create music that gets stuck in people’s heads and makes for memorable car rides.

 

R: Do you have any plans on touring in 2017?

F: Right now we are focusing on recording our EP, which will be coming out in early 2017. Once we finish that project, we will be focused on setting up a college tour. Stay tuned for more information on that!

 

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

F: Jon Bellion is our musical hero right now. He’s extremely innovative and has proven that artists don’t need to mold their sound or who they are to fit the box of “pop.” He’s shown that popular music becomes popular when you make it popular, which is very inspiring for us. Besides him, we’d like to tour with Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Kimbra, or Tori Kelly.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

F: Either performing on stage at Nassau Coliseum or The Paramount.

 

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

F:

1) Lianne does a mean Miranda Sings impression.

2) Jaymee cooks a really good eggplant parmesan.

3) We wore a conjoined Christmas sweater on Christmas.

4) We both studied English Education and Theatre in college.

5) We won a talent competition on a cruise that our mom forced us to sign up for over a decade ago.

 

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

F: When Demi Lovato asked Jaymee “Do you have any tattoos?” and “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”

 

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

F: The best piece of advice we would give any teenager is to stay true to yourself. As clichéd as it may sound, it is the most important piece of advice we have ever lived by. You become who you surround yourself by, so if you don’t feel connected to a certain group of people, get involved in something that might appeal to you more. Lianne was the captain of the cheerleading team at one point, but didn’t find true happiness in that. She didn’t really find her people until she got involved in theatre and found friends who allowed her to fully explore who she is. (That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with cheerleading! Just keep exploring until you’re able to surround yourself by people who make you feel the best about yourself.) Also, everything in life is temporary! Something that may seem like the most massive crisis now becomes something you laugh about not too far down the line. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Everyone feels awkward and anxious at times. Lianne even wrote songs called “Awkward Days” and “Anxiety” about those very feelings.

 

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?

F: Yes, we are.

Official Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

 

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

F: Besides encouraging our fans to share our music with friends and family, we want to thank everyone who has shown support so far on our musical journey!

 

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

F: Thank YOU!

 

Written by Jill Sheets

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!

Chit Chatting With Singer CJ Fam

Written by: Jill Sheets

Picture credit:  Brenda B Photography

Picture credit: Brenda B Photography

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

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

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

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

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

R:  Tell us about some of your original music?

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

R:  Where can people get your music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R:  What are your future goals?

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

 

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

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

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

CJ: I am a surrogate baby

I am half- egyptian

I am just as crazy as my hair

I have “babies” aka my baby doggies

I love hanging out with friends and family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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