Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a musician, singer, and songwriter from Guelph, ON and I play country music. For the last three and a half years I have lived in Nashville and I am a full-time performing artist at Tootsies venues on Broadway. I write 3-4 times weekly and I travel as much as I possibly can. I also love horseback riding, puppies, food and crochet.
How did you get your start in music?
I grew up in a musical family so there was no question in my mind that music was what I needed to do. I watched my dad and cousin perform all throughout my childhood, so I thought it was normal to make a living as a singer. As soon as I learned to play guitar, I went out and created my own gigs at coffee shops in my hometown. If there wasn’t live music there, I’d walk in and convince them to start having live music, I did so by singing to them on the spot. It was funny thinking back on it. I was too young and didn’t have my own CD so I normally just said “how about I sing you a song right now” and without waiting for them to answer I’d just start belting out a song until they booked me!
Do you think you would have had the same passion for music had your father not been a musician himself?
My parents have always been such a huge support. If I’m ever having a problem in the music industry I can call my dad and say “hey, I’m having a really hard time with this,” and he usually goes “oh, I remember that, here’s what I did.” It makes me feel like I’m never alone in the industry because he’s been through it all. I’m always lucky to be able to ask his advice. (I just texted him to thank him!) If he wasn’t a musician I bet it would have been way harder for me to convince my family that being in the music industry was a good idea.
How would you describe your musical style?
I love classic country and 90’s country so that really influences my sound. When I met my producer, Grady James, he listened to what I really wanted and incorporated an acoustic classic country sound, while also bringing in modern pop elements to make my music relevant to today.
How did you feel about the success of your first single, “Crazy”?
I could not be more grateful for everything that “Crazy” did for me. It really catapulted me onto the scene. It charted in both Canada and Australia, and radio really embraced the song. I am so thankful.
What can audiences expect from your latest single, “Back Burner”?
This song is upbeat and confident. It’s all about leaving a relationship that is just no good for you. Sometimes it’s scary and hard to walk away from a relationship, but this song is all about the moment that switch flips and you’re ready to move on.
Do you have plans for an EP or full-length release anytime soon?
Although I’m always looking into the future and planning out what’s coming next, I am trying really hard to focus on one single at a time! I am working towards releasing a new album or EP at some point, but there are no confirmed dates yet.
What’s next for your career?
I am really excited to be on my second radio tour. After the tour I am planning to do some Christmas events! Then in January 2020 I will be doing a full Australian tour. I can’t wait to visit the land down under again!
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
I learned to say yes to crazy ideas, make your own opportunities, and say no to anything that doesn’t push your career further.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I spend a lot of time relaxing. When I’m not out catching shows or writing songs, I really try to chill out. I love house plants and gardening, horseback riding and crochet. I’m not a huge TV fan, I’d rather read a book.
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