Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Noella Rain Barnhart and I’m 17. I’m a native New Yorker currently living in Maryland which isn’t my favorite place. I’m a junior in high school who loves music and songwriting with all my heart and soul.
How did you get your start in music?
My family is extremely musical, so I grew up with a lot of inspiration from the people around me. I just started writing songs non-stop around 14, and putting everything I had into the music I wanted to create. With my single “Bare”, my music started to gain momentum and I used Instagram as a way to build an audience by always trying to be authentic and share myself in a genuine way.
How would you describe your musical style?
I like to experiment in many genres, I would say my musical style is raw and vulnerable at its core but specifically has pop, indie, folk, and jazzy vibes.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Phoenix”?
Phoenix is a song about finding your inner strength and overcoming your past, shame, guilt, regret. It’s not a song about accepting who you are it’s more a song about finding who you are and choosing to live life as fearlessly as you can as that person.
What can audiences expect from your album of the same name?
My album is about my journey finding myself. “Phoenix” is a song of victory but in the album, I encompass a lot of feelings, and channel a lot of personal experiences some that are darker. I didn’t want to gloss over the pain I’ve felt because it’s real and that’s part of my story. I’m still finding myself but “Phoenix” for me was about realizing my worth, overcoming my past, and appreciating the beauty in my life. I hope that the songs can maybe resonate with others, I think that’s the ultimate goal for most artists, that something you created could touch another person, that’s wonderfully beautiful and so humbling as a human.
How do you balance school with your music career?
In all honesty, it’s a bit difficult at times but I wouldn’t want to do it differently. Going to school helps me to stay grounded and I love and am so thankful for my truly incredible friends. I love music but I also do want to go to college and continue to learn and grow in other areas for sure.
What’s next for your career?
I’m not entirely sure but I’m pumped. I’ve been writing a lot of music lately. I thought when I released “Phoenix” I’d want to stop for a bit but it’s just given more motivation and inspiration. I’ve definitely been writing more songs in the jazzy/soulful genre. I want to experiment more with my voice and unlock its full potential, I guess. I will definitely be releasing new music in 2020, and hope that I’ll be able to perform live more regularly because that’s something I really enjoy.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Wow, it’s kinda wild to think others might want advice from me. As simple as it sounds I would say stay true to who you are and create music that you would want to listen to not that you think other people want to hear. As a songwriter that’s always been the most important thing for me when creating music. People love authenticity, and people can see when you are being genuine and appreciate that. Don’t give up, and try your best not to compare yourself to other artists around you too much, because your sound and journey are going to be completely different.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I would describe my life as a chaotic but beautiful mess. I have a wonderful family who is so supportive and who I love so much. I’m an older sister to my little brothers and a struggling junior in highschool. I try to hang out with my friends as much as possible. I have an adorable cat named Aurora. I love to watch Drew Barrymore movies on repeat. I have boy problems my life is that of a confused teenager who also loves to create music and sing.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find my music on any streaming platforms, and my main social media is Instagram @noellarainn!!