Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a fourteen-year-old singer/songwriter from the Kansas City area. Tucked into the middle of the country, Kansas City has been an incredible place to grow up. Even so, my family comes from a long line of adventurers who like to explore the world. From staying in a medieval Irish tower house to climbing mountains in Chilean Patagonia, I have been fortunate to be exposed to a wide variety of cultures. This has been an influence on my songwriting. My love of music goes back for as long as I can remember. I began singing for anyone who would listen at age 4 and wrote my first original song at age 8. At age 12, I began taking songwriting more seriously and recently released my debut album, “Just a Dreamy Idea.”
At what point did you decide you wanted to have a career in the entertainment industry?
Growing up, I didn’t think much about the career aspect of things. I was just having fun, and doing what I love to do. Now that I am older, I am a believer in making a career out of what you love, and I do plan on pursuing a musical career.
How would you describe your musical style?
I pull from a variety of musical influences when I am writing music, but I would generally characterize my style as alternative delicate pop.
You’ve recently released your debut album, “Just A Dreamy Idea”. What can audiences expect from this set of songs?
I like to use a lot of imagery in my lyrics and there is a dream-like or fantasy feel in a lot of the songs. In a sentence, this album is a bunch of my dreamy ideas.
Music is far from all that you do, you’re also a travel blogger, an actor, a dancer and that still is probably the tip of the iceberg. How do all of these roles complement each other? Do you have any plans to scale back and focus on one area?
I think that these roles complement each other because they show that I am more than just a singer/songwriter. I am a creative person and love trying new things. From exploring the world to building blanket forts in my basement, all of these experiences give me the inspiration to pull from when songwriting. Music is definitely my passion, but I plan to keep exploring all the opportunities life throws my way.
One of the more interesting things you do is a web diary which has things like “How to Build the Ultimate Blanket Fort” along with more traditional entries. How important is it to have that outlet to just talk about whatever is on your mind?
I love writing for my blog! In addition to posting about my music, I do post about a variety of things like “How to Build the Ultimate Blanket Fort.” Besides this just being a fun, creative outlet, it gives people the chance to get to know the person behind the artist. I think people are interested in lifestyle content as well. It is very important for me to get the creative juices flowing through outlets like this.
How do you juggle all of these different roles along with middle school?
To be totally honest, I do keep very busy. This works for me because I am the type of person who likes to be doing something and I enjoy being on the go. I have found that I have more time outside of school to do the things I love if I stay really focused during school hours on my class work. I tend to work through things quickly and don’t often second guess myself. This is how I am able to juggle a variety of roles and school.
What goals do you have for your future?
I’m looking forward to a lot of exciting things coming up. I hope to release an EP this summer, and one of my goals has been to do more live performances. I will be performing on March 31st at the Buffalo Room in Westport Flea Market in Kansas City! As always, I also want to keep expanding as an artist and try new songwriting ideas and techniques.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters and entertainers in general?
My biggest piece of advice for other singer/songwriters and entertainers is not to get too caught up in what other people think. When you are putting yourself in the public eye it is so easy to start worrying about what people think of you. If you are true to yourself that’s all that really matters. Also, if you are willing to be vulnerable you can make a connection with other people.
What’s your life like when you’re not entertaining?
I spend a lot of time developing my talents. I take a wide variety of music, dance, and acting classes and want to learn as much as possible from a wide variety of people. I have met many mentors who have been beneficial in all I have accomplished so far. Besides that I am a fourteen-year-old girl who loves being social and hanging out with my friends, I always make time for my friends and family whose love and support means the world to me.
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