How old were you when you started playing music?
I have been singing since I could talk, which was unfortunate for my family who had to constantly listen to it. My mom put me in choir for about 6 years and and I only began actual voice lessons in high school when I wanted to audition for American Idol. I started piano lessons around age 15 and once I learned the basics, I started having my teacher mentor me with songwriting. I had all these lyrics in my head that needed a melody.
How old you are now/what you're currently doing besides music?
I am currently 21 years old and am about to finish my last year at Chapman University for Screen Acting. I have been acting since I was little, starting in community theatre, and over the years have combined my training for the stage with the screen. I love acting for the camera and hopefully can combine my voice with my love for film.
What/who inspired you to start playing music?
I was really shy when I was younger so my mom had me follow in my sister's footsteps and join community theatre because she knew I wanted to be just like my sister. But when she stopped performing, I couldn't. Even though I was shy, when I had the chance to sing and use my voice on the stage, I never stopped. I will always thank my mom and sister for pointing me in the direction that showed me who I am.
What kind of music did you start making when you first started off?
When I was younger I would always write little poems or lyrics that I would sing over and over. As I got older and learned how to play piano I started to write music that sounded like pop ballads. Think Adele meets Regina Spektor.
What kind of music are you making now?
I have always loved the ability to riff like jazz singers but find myself always wanting to dance to pop music. So my sound resonates most with R&B and an alternative pop vibe.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself listening to a crowd of people singing my lyrics back at me. Not because I have acquired fame necessarily, but because people have connected with my music and can take even my most personal lyrics and hear their own story through them.
Who are the top 3 artists that inspire you?
Etta James for her soul and our shared love for jazz, Regina Spektor for her brilliant lyrics because I tend to write in code or in metaphors as she does, and Kehlani for her killer beats and isn't afraid to show her sex appeal through her music.
List all your biggest shows you have played
I am still new to the music side of the industry. But I was on American Idol for seasons 11 and 12 making it to Group Night of Hollywood Week both times. So I would say singing a Capella for both celebrity panels and the hundreds of other contestants felt like my own mini concert. The biggest audience I have performed for is in the show I used to perform in at Disneyland. I sang as Pocahontas in an audience of almost 2,000 people.
A inspirational event or instance that made you realize being an artist was what you want to do for the rest of your life
There wasn't just one. There have been so many moments where my life has come to a crossroads and I needed to choose a path that would determine my next big step. Even with smaller decisions like what high school to go to, or bigger decisions like what college and major I wanted to choose. My heart always steered me to the best choice for me as an artist. At every point I asked myself, would this decision allow me to continue to do what I love? Each of those moments led me closer and closer to my realization that being on a stage, in front of a microphone or a camera will always be the path I need and will love to take.
New music coming soon...