What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I was raised in Richmond, VA where I sang in a classic rock cover band. I grew up playing piano, French horn, mellophone, and piano, singing in choirs, musicals, and dancing! I moved to Nashville TN to pursue music after graduating from the University of Virginia!
What made you go into music?
I’ve always loved singing, it’s my meditation in a way. I’ve just always loved how it felt and singing was definitely my main motivator to get into music. I also am a creative person and stumbled upon song writing at a young age. I think the ability to be creative with song writing while singing is what kept me coming back again and again.
Are you a signed?
You have released your new single ‘Map My Body’, tell us more about the single. What is the meaning behind the single? What was the writing process like?
The single is a folk-pop jam!! It’s a fun song about starting a new relationship!! The song is sensual, and the lyrics are rooted in the natural world. Map My Body was inspired by a night shared with another person, and the lyrics were driven by my love of nature. I think there is something so beautiful about the unknown and uncharted, and when you first begin to explore another person, you sometimes find things out about them, and they find things out about you, that no one has ever seen before. I was first just writing lyrics about the night, and then stumbled upon the hook of the song “Come Map My Body Out”, and then I started thinking about how beautiful maps and cartography are. I loved the idea of comparing a lover to an explorer, and my body to an unconquered land. I’ve always been obsessed with forest, trees, mountains, and all outdoor lands and I wanted to write a song that made you wanna be outside dancing!
Describe the track in two words.
What was the recording process like? Who did you work with on the single?
The recording session was so fun! I recorded this song with Collin Pastore and Jake Finch at Trace Horse Studio. I wanted the song to be drum heavy and dancey, and both of those guys are so talented and really brought the song to life. I love listening to this song and hearing all the tiny little parts that we’ve slowly added in, and I am in awe with both of their talents as producers. I also love how they mixed the drums. they made them so dancey and dynamic. Recording this song vocally was also so fun! At the end of the song, the guys just let me riff around and belt as much as I wanted too. It was so freeing and I was hitting high notes I didn’t even know I could sing. Recording Artist: Austin Webb (Electric Guitar), Andrew Brown (Bass), Jake Finch (Drums, Keys, Acoustic Guitar), and Mary Moore (Lead Vocal, BGVs).
Will we see a video for ‘Map My Body’?
Still a little up in the air :)!!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect?
In late July 2019 or early August 2019, I am releasing “Rooted Heart”, my first EP as an artist. The EP has four tracks – “Map My Body”, “Reaching in the Dark”, “Burn (Interlude)”, and “Redwoods”. The EP’s lyrics all have a theme in the natural world, and the songs are earthy, groovy, big, and inspirational.
Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading?
The show I am really excited about playing are 5/25 – Musicians Corner on Lightning 100’s acoustic stage, and Bus Call on 6/5 and then 7/30 New Faces Night at The Basement!!
What else can we expect in 2019?
The EP, a music video, more full band shows, and touring in new cities!!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists? Nothing completely set in stone!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
I would love to collaborate!! People can reach out by DMing me on instagram or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
I play piano, guitar, French horn, and mellophone!!
Who are your influences?
Brandi Carlile, Florence and The Machine, Carole King, Maggie Rogers, Jospeh (The Band Joseph), Classic Rock music!!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I also pull a lot of inspiration from our natural world. So many of my favourite lyrics I’ve written are about the earth, trees, rivers, sky, rocks, etc. etc. I just think there is nothing more stunning than nature, and so I love painting pictures of the natural world so people can be pulled into the song and feel like they are actually living in a moment in the outdoors. Like classic rock music for me, I want to take people to a place that makes them feel bigger than life- and I feel like words about nature can take people there. A lot of my inspiration also comes from moments and quick thoughts. Usually I will just be walking around, or driving somewhere kind of mindlessly thinking, and out of nowhere lyrics with a melody just bubble up. Usually that initial thought is coupled by an existential crisis I have been thinking about for a week, or from a bigger moment in my life, but the song is typically started by my brain just smacking me in the face with an idea, and then I am feverishly trying to capture the moment and feeling authentically, and using that initial idea as a compass.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself touring, and on studio album number two hopefully!!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I have full time a job so I do data analytics at my company. But I love walking outside!! I love hanging out with my friends and just goofing around too!!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
I think “The Story” by Brandi Carlile. There is something so emotive, and relatable about that song that makes want to create something so special for someone else.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Don’t be lazy”. – meaning: don’t cut corners, always go the extra mile, even in the small details.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Let your brand be an extension of who you are – it will make your brand sustainable and authentic. Be who you are, and embrace it, and create with who you truly are.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Just keep on keeping on” – I just think you have to keep going, and keep fuelling fires, and when you’re tired you just keep on going. When I am tired, and feel like I am reaching into nothing blindfolded, I have found success. Just keep your head down and keep going.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
My hometown is Richmond, VA- and you must go to Belle Isle, Lamplighters, and The Veil Brewing Co.
Your coming off tour;
I am answering this question in Nashville
1/ Where do you go first? Sunflower Cafe!!!
2/ Who do you see first? Karen Hardy – my dope friend and roomie 🙂
3/What do you eat first? A Garlic Mushroom Burger in a Spinach wrap from Sunflower Cafe!!!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Lyrics, Capo, Guitar Pick, Tuner, and warming up before!