What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Pop, but I am influenced by R&B and alternative music.
Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my parents and older sister. My background is in multi-disciplinary voice and performing arts management from the University of Michigan. During my time at Michigan I was a member of the Men’s Glee Club and the Friars a capella group. I’ve performed at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the Game of Thrones National Concert Tour with Ramin Djawadi. I’ve been featured on an EDM record by Warner Music and am currently working on my solo project with Grammy and Oscar Balloted production company, Sound Entertainment that is set to be released with my debut single on November 12th, 2021 on all streaming platforms.
What made you go into music?
When I was a freshman in high school, I quit sports and joined choir because I had always loved to sing, and at the same time had realized organized sports weren’t for me. I landed a role in my high school’s production of Grease that year. That started my love of musical theater. And by my junior year I was cast as the lead in Pippin at my school, which definitely solidified my career path in music. It was also where I began to enjoy set building and being a part of the whole production. As part of the Men’s Glee Club at Michigan I’ve gotten to travel all over the U.S. to perform.
Who are your influences?
Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Joji, Sza, and Adam Levine. I also admire Lil Nas X for his bravery and courage in expressing himself.
Are you signed?
Not yet, but I’d like to be.
You released your debut single ‘Unwanted’, tell us more about the EP.
My first single will be released November 12, 2021. I have two more coming out over a three-month period. Right now I am focusing on singles, but hope to have a full album for you soon.
What is the meaning behind the single?
It’s a breakup song about longing for someone who doesn’t want you anymore, obsessing on what went wrong, and realizing you’re alone now.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Even though I’ve been studying vocal performance and performing arts management and entrepreneurship at U of M, I didn’t realize how many people and steps are involved in the process of writing and producing original music. Which is why you need to be prepared to be committed and focused. You don’t want to waste anyone’s time, including your own! I worked with two producers over Zoom on many different sessions. We kept thinking of additional harmonies and re-recorded often. The creative process is a winding path!
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
Jeremy Pholwattana and Cooper Anderson are my music producers. Jeremy has been integral to mentoring me through the journey of releasing my first few songs.
Will we see a Music video for the single and if so, what can we expect from it?
I haven’t started working on a music video yet as I’ve been focusing on writing and recording, but I would love to put that on the roadmap!
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you.
Nothing scheduled yet, but stay tuned!
What else can we expect in 2021?
I am currently working on my second single, “Self-Destruction,” with Jeremy Pholwattana of Sound Entertainment to be released in December and will be available on all streaming platforms. This song follows the theme started with my first single, “Unwanted,” of my journey in the dating world. However, “Self-Destruction” shows my progress from feeling unwanted to becoming empowered to set boundaries and tell the selfish, shallow partner to take a hike. It’s about realizing you’re a better person without those who self-destruct and who don’t value you for who you are and, ultimately, don’t deserve you. There’s also that element of learning from your own self-destructive mistakes of the past so you can recognize it more quickly when you see those self-destructive tendencies emerging. I am releasing a 3rd song in February of next year, but the motif of that song is still being worked out.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I’m very interested in social issues that affect my generation and want to help shape a better future for marginalized groups and make a difference in the world with my music. I want to write and sing about issues that speak to our humanity and promote unity, especially during these uncertain times. I’m passionate about gender equality, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, and climate change. I would be happy if I could follow in the path of Little Nas X who pushes different social boundaries while also using his platform to do amazing work in the community, like the $47 million dollars he raised for bail funds to help fight racial inequality in the justice system as part of The Bail Project.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
The Maya Angelou quote: “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
A trendy outfit, water, throat-coat tea and honey, a good night’s sleep, and warm-up exercises.