Tell us a little about yourself.
I like long walks in the recording studio, I have an unhealthy obsession with cat videos, and if quoting Friends was a game show, I’d be a millionaire.
You were diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at a young age. How young were you when you first learned of it and how scary was it at first before you were diagnosed?
The tics appeared when I was 8 years old but it wasn’t until high school when I was finally diagnosed. At first it was scary cause I didn’t understand what was happening to my body but once I was diagnosed, I felt relief. It was the unknown that was the scariest part.
Was there ever anybody that tried to deter you from a music career because of that?
Not necessarily deter me, but it was harder for some people to accept that I was going to pursue music. In the end, I had to listen to what my heart wanted no matter what the nay-sayers thought.
Miraculously, your tics subside when you sing and dance. Did you see that as a sign that maybe this is what you were meant to do?
It wasn’t until I grew up that I viewed it as a sign. As a kid, all I knew was the more I sang and danced, the less the tics were appearing. It became second nature to me and I just couldn’t see myself wanting to do anything other than music.
What advice do you have for anybody that has been bullied because of Tourette’s Syndrome?
Ignore them and keep being you. A lot of bullies really don’t understand that the tics we have can’t be helped and most of the time, those bullies are just insecure about themselves.
You were going to school for Physical Therapy, what made you finally make the jump to a full-time music career?
I decided to pursue music full-time after seeing Lady Gaga perform in Milwaukee (my hometown). She was playing “Born This Way” on the piano and I remember turning to my sister (all emotionally, of course) and telling her that I needed to take this chance. A few months later, I packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles.
How would you describe your musical style?
I’m definitely influenced by the current 80s-inspired pop music with heavy synths. Think Dua Lipa in terms of vocal approach, Freddie Mercury in terms of my dramatic flare on stage, with Lady Gaga and her dance troupe slaying in the mix. What makes my music stand out are the infectious beats and relatable lyricism.
What can you tell us about your latest single/video, “Cannot Tell A Lie”?
Have you ever had a “WTF was I thinking?” moment or had a fling you regretted? That’s this single in a nutshell. The script gets flipped midway through though and I take back the narrative. There are also a lot of celebrity cameo appearances in the video that I can’t wait for others to see.
What advice would you have for aspiring singer/songwriters?
Trust the process, believe in your vision, and practice your craft every day.
What’s next for your career?
I’ve got a holiday single and video coming out this November, an album coming out spring of 2022, and a few tours in the UK in the upcoming year!
What’s your life like outside of music?
When I’m not living, breathing, and eating music, I love to take dance classes and go hiking. I’ve also got mad reading skills.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
My website www.harperstarling.com has all the latest updates and for socials, I can be found at @harperstarling