Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Paige Warner. I am a 23-year old singer/songwriter who loves warm drinks, sunny spring walks, and creating songs that help me sort out my feelings while helping others feel like someone understands theirs.
How did you get your start in music?
My family and community were very music-oriented growing up. I first started with piano lessons when I was maybe 7 (and then hated it and quit as most of us did! haha), but eventually realized that I loved almost nothing more than singing, so I started taking voice lessons as a pre-teen. Once I realized that instruments would help me be able to perform and song-write, I picked up guitar, uke, and piano on my own and eventually took a few years of lessons in each and fell in love with music as a whole. With all this said, however, my true debut was in my parent’s living room. They knew I wanted to ‘grow up to be a singer’, so from a young age I was the after-dinner entertainment when we had guests over. This always took a lot of persuading, but I am forever grateful for the encouragement and patience they showed.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would say generally pop. I do find myself letting various genres leak into my songwriting, like r&b or folk, but they all seem to have hints of pop that tie them together. I try to write in whatever style best portrays my message, rather than writing for a specific outcome or sound.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Liquor”?
“Liquor” started as a voice memo of just a single line. “Now I’m sipping on this Liquor. Trying to feel something. Trying to be something.” I sat down to write months later, listening to various voice memos, and this one stuck out to me like none of the others. It took a few tries to really mold it into something I thought did the raw emotion of that voice memo justice, but with the help of my producer, Josh Polasz, its now formed into what I feel perfectly depicts that original feeling.
What can audiences expect from your latest single, “Do You Remember” which was released late last year?
“Do You Remember” honestly wasn’t a super planned out or promoted release. I just could not keep that song from the world. It is so beautifully raw and writing and recording it with mzft is still one of my favourite memories. It is a love duet, but a realistic one. A fairy-tale with some pain too.
How have you evolved since your debut EP, “Revealed”?
I know the release of my debut EP was only 3 years ago, but it feels like 10! I think professional, personally, and musically I have evolved so much since then! Musically, I have grown to see that I really value having some organic-sounding instrumentation in every song I create and have begun to song-write as a personal expression, even if no one hears it. Professionally, I’ve grown to love working with other people in any field! I thrive off of human interaction, especially when working towards a common goal! And personally, I have learned to face life head-on and let each action be a vote towards the future I want.
How has COVID-19 affected your career?
COVID-19 took away about 90% of my income, which has been very difficult. But, creatively, this forced hiatus has allowed me to refresh, create without limits, and see what’s really important to me.
How important is it for you to get back in from of live audiences?
So important! I miss seeing people’s faces react to a lyric or note. I miss chatting after the show and hearing how a song gave someone chills or made them cry because they felt understood. Right now, I would play to a room full of dogs and cats if it meant we could connect through a song!
What’s next for your career?
Realistically, I don’t know. I am focused on creating a community online and off, and whatever they tell me they want – that’s where we’ll go! I create music for them and they create this life for me! I’ll definitely be releasing more music and hopefully doing a mini tour soon!
What advice would you have for aspiring singer/songwriters?
Take every opportunity you possibly can, even if it seems like ‘no big deal’ or out of your league. Keep a real human connection with your friends and fans – they are the ones that are going to support you. And finally, be ok with making mistakes. If you’re doing everything 100% correctly, you probably aren’t pushing your own limits enough. This is one I still fight myself on every day and wish I had worked to create this mindset sooner.
What’s your life like outside of music?
Right now, my life outside of music consists of pretty much only these things: eating/cooking, walking on trails with views, being active, reading psychology books, and connecting virtually with the people I love. Oh and the occasional Netflix series or DIY project!
Let the readers know where to find you online.
The best place to find me is on instagram @paigewarnermusic or Spotify. But I am also on Facebook, Youtube, and have a website with everything you’d need to find me at paigewarner.ca . Or shoot me a message or email anytime and I’ll add you to my mailing list! Let me know you found me on Find Your Inner Geek!