What is your name?
What is your genre of music?’
Give us a little bio about you.
Growing up on the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania, I was introduced to country music at a young age while cruising the waters on our family boat. We listened to an array of country music legends such as: Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood. Even as a young kid I was hooked and sang along to all my favorites. This was the beginning of my love affair with country music. At the age of 6 years old, I began piano, ukulele and guitar lessons, and later implemented vocal lessons at age thirteen. During my early grade school years, I performed in numerous choirs, musicals and talent shows. My music career blossomed when I was given the opportunity to perform at Pittsburgh’s Hard Rock Cafe followed by a National Anthem performance at the Monster Truck Jam (PPG Paints Arena). Since then, I’ve been welcomed to perform original sets around Nashville, Orlando and at various music festivals such as: Bloomfest 2020 and Virtual Festival 2020. Currently, I’m still attending high school and working with an artist development company and recording studio, DME Orlando, while pursuing my journey as an aspiring country artist.
What made you go into music?
I don’t have a very specific answer for this one, but music was just always part of my life. Growing up I was always on my boat on the river listening to country music, and I just loved singing along to it. I watched Glee with my mom, sang karaoke, and I just loved singing. Once I started taking instrument lessons, vocal lessons, and starting to perform I just knew that there was nothing else I wanted to do.
Who are your influences?
My influences are Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, and Christina Aguilera.
Are you signed?
I am not signed to any record labels, but I am hopeful the right opportunity will come my way one day.
You released your new EP ‘Victoria Rose’, tell us more about the EP.
This EP is a compilation of 5 original songs that I co-wrote with my producer, Michael Walker and manager, Caroline Walker. My team and I experimented with a new sound that channels my new-found outlook on love and relationships. The series of songs embrace the phases of romance from the confusing “more than friends” stage to the final “Goodbye.”
What is the meaning behind the EP?
I feel like all the songs on the EP are just the different emotions teenagers go through. I wanted to release music that people my age could really relate to. While most of them are about relationships, there is one song, “Calamity Jane”, that is really just about having confidence and not caring about what others think. It is a very powerful song, and it is one of my favorites.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The writing and recording process is one of my favorite things to do! All of these songs are written differently. Some of the songs I came to my writing team with, some they came to me with, and others we wrote together. Even if I have a melody for the song or my team has a melody, we still go back through and see if we can make each line better. Once we nail down the lyrics and melodies, I go in and record. On all of the songs I recorded the harmonies and doubles along with the melody. I also love watching my producer, Mike Walker, work his magic on every song. Everything he does is amazing and I just love watching all of the songs come together.
Describe each track in two words.
“Hate Myself For Missing You”: retro, fun
“Say Her Name”: jealous, moody
“Confused”: reflective, tension
“Calamity Jane”: bluesy, powerful
“Not Our Time”: sincere, atmospheric
Who did you work with on the EP?
My lovely team at DME Orlando
Will we see any music videos for any of the songs?
I’m still discussing with my team which songs might have videos to go along with them. In July, however, I have a very fun summer song coming out which will have an amazing music video going along with it!
What else can we expect in Early 2021?
You can expect a lot more music coming and many more performances!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself still making music and hopefully performing all over the country!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“You become what you believe.” -Oprah Winfrey
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
5 things I cannot forget are water, my phone, snacks, makeup, and my favorite pick.