What is your name?
I’m Fiona Grey <3
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’ve been writing songs since I was a kid and released my first song when I was six years old… it was called Happy Lemons. It ended up on a Grammy nominated kids record, Ralph’s World. I trained in musical theatre all through school and naturally incorporate a very theatrical flare to my solo project.
What made you get into music?
It was never a conscious decision to “get into” music but ever since I was a kid if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I’d say “singer, dancer and actor.” I just never stopped performing and training.
Are you signed?
Tell us more about your new single ‘ Money’.
Money was inspired by our cultural infatuation with pop culture. It’s about all the vices we use to escape from ourselves. I was really inspired by the Kardashian hierarchy that our society is so obsessed with and the ways it destroys and fulfills us.
What was the writing and recording process like?
I usually write alone and use a process where I only use cassette tapes. This was a different process, I wrote it in the studio with Mike Schuppan and Travis Warner and it all started with the bass-line. It was a really fun recording process, especially once live strings came into the mix.
Will you be releasing an EP or Album?
I’ll be releasing a new EP this fall!
If you are, what can we expect?
A pop record in all the ways a pop record hasn’t been in a while.
Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?
5/4 – The Resident (opening for Avec Sans)
/10 – Midsommar Fest (Chicago, IL)
6/29 – Schubas (Chicago, IL)
NYC and Europe dates to be announced soon.
Who are your influences?
Bowie, Blondie, Madonna, No Doubt.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Let your light shine from your heart and the world will see you for who you are” – my Dad, Ralph Covert. It’s a lyric from a song my dad wrote for me when I was a baby.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Focus on your own personal journey as an artist and never compare yourself to other musician’s careers. Everyone is different.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Ooohh I’m from Chicago. Eat at La Scarola, XOCO and Bongo Room. Shop at Maxwell Street market on Sundays and ride the water taxi (super touristy but fun!)
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
-2 show outfits (sequins are a must, pants are optional)
-Large bottle of water
-Translucent powder (I’m sweaty)
-Pajamas for the drive home (being comfy after a show is crucial!)
If you had to give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Don’t give a shit about what people think about you.