I’m currently in NYC, and the music scene is great here. Lots of little hole in the wall dive bars with live bands, and singers. There are also tons of beautiful theaters with shows playing every night of the week. There’s really something for everyone here.
How did you first start playing music?
I started singing when I was really young. My grandfather was a singer and he played the guitar and stand up bass in a blue grass band. I wanted to be just like him, so I was always singing along with him. I started playing the flute in grade school and then later taught myself how to play the guitar. Who are you listening to at the moment?I’m listening to a lot of Tove Styrke, Marion Hill, Dua Lipa, and I love Shawn Mendes. Who or what influences your sound?
What was it like meeting and working with international producer Matty Amendola?
It was exciting, he is an awesome musician and he was a lot of fun to work with. I was able to really be myself with him. Which for me is one of the most important things about working with anyone creatively. How did you come to work with Matty Amendola?It’s kind of a funny story. I was at The Cutting Room in NYC at an SNL after party. Matty happened to be on stage playing the drums for Adam Levine. I took a picture of the band playing and posted it to my Instagram. I hash tagged #AdamLevine on my picture. Matty saw my picture and thought that I was one of the singers that went on stage that night and sang with them, so Matty commented on it saying “Great job last night” Instead of correcting him, I thanked him! Then I went on to tell him that I was looking for a producer and that’s how we connected.
When we first met in person, he was like, “I know you aren’t the girl who sang that night” And then we had a good laugh about it.
You’ve been working Mark Eckert, how has Mark help to shape your sound and performance?
Mark was like a breath of fresh air for me. I knew right away that I wanted to work with him when I heard some of his songs. I was looking for a new sound with this single, and I knew what direction I wanted it to go in, and Mark just totally fit that bill for me. He is really great at getting me out of my own head as well. Especially when I am recording, I tend to want to sing super big. I grew up singing on stages and having to really belt my face off and I couldn’t do that for this. Mark has a really great ear and ability to create music that I really love to listen to. We just vibe.
How did you come to meet and work with Mark?
I actually found him on Instagram! I really loved a song that he posted, so I went to his website, and I listened to his other songs. Right away I wrote to him asking if he would be able to listen to my music and if he would be interested in working together.
Where and when did you record/produce your track ‘So Caught Up’ ?
Mark produced the track in NC, and we recorded it together in NYC back in February
What influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
I really love songs that when I put them on, they take me somewhere else. There is something about the electronic sounds in pop music that I just love. And for me, this track puts me on the beach. When it comes to the melody and lyrics, I usually will just play the track over and over and dance around to it, then I’ll start humming and that’s how I find the melody and hook. Then once I find that I’ll build the story and the lyrics.
How does it feel to have the track released and gaining so much momentum?
It feels amazing! I’m really excited to just keep writing more, and creating more. I feel super lucky, and thankful for it all.
You’ve been featured in heavy-weight publications such as The New York Post, Time Square Chronicles, Page Six, Hollywood Life & Time Out NY, how does this feel and what does it mean to you?
It actually means a lot to me. It makes me want to push harder and to keep doing what I’m doing. It gives me that extra push and makes me feel that I’m heading in a good direction.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
I’m currently working on a new music video, and writing a new single. My plans are to keep writing, and making music that I am proud of. I would love to be able to tour in 2019 and be able to travel with my new music. That would be a dream.
What do you like to do outside of music?
I love photography, and baking. I’m a huge foodie. I used to be a pastry chef so making cakes is my thing. I also love animals. I have an obsession with dogs!
Favorite food and place to hang out?
TACOS!!! Mexican allllll day! And my back yard with a glass of wine.