Interviewed by Celtic Bob
Coming to us from British Columbia, Canada this young and very talanted musician is about to set the world afire with her amazing voice and fresh new Rock. She blends a bit of Pop in with her Hard Rock sound to give listeners and fans somethig to rave about.
How long have you been in the music business?
Six years. I got into the business at the age of 13.
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I had been training in classical piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music since the age of five, so music was a big part of my life as long as I can remember. I continued with it, picked up other instruments and musical styles, and inevitably, music became my life. At 13, I started writing songs with a local songwriter named Guido Thylmann and we ended up recording an entire demo album at his friend’s home studio. During that time, I got called up onstage with Bryan Adams to accompany him for a duet. That performance got a lot of coverage from local radio and newspapers. Within a year, while still completing high school, I was traveling across North America playing festivals and writing with some very talented songwriters and producers in the US and Canada.
Who are you main influences?
Classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Who, Bryan Adams, Skid Row, Megadeth, AC/DC, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Guns N Roses, Queen, Motley Crue, U2… I could go on forever! Some newer bands that I love are The Darkness, Velvet Revolver, Edwin, Jet, Stone Temple Pilots, Train and Collective Soul.
Do you feel image is a major factor in the business today?
Definitely, and it always has been. It’s human nature to put artists in a box; they need a category for everything that’s out there. It’s our system for keeping track of all the names. It’s the way a stranger remembers seeing you walk by… it’s the picture that sticks in their mind. It’s very important for any performer to hone their image over time and listen to feedback and opinions from others in order to really understand how other people see them.
How would you describe or label your music?
Rock. Some of it is hard rock, other elements are more pop/rock. There is a lot of 70s and 80s in my music, which isn’t surprising as it’s practically all I listen to. There is definitely a bluesy flavour as well. It really depends on the song for me. I’m not the type of artist who writes the same song over and over again. Some may say my demos are inconsistent, but they’re just demos, so I experiment. If there is a single thread of consistency throughout my music, it’s my voice and its personality. I’m into melodic vocals, lots and lots of guitars, and big drums. My ballads are rock songs with pop appeal. It’s hard for me to accept being put into a ‘box’. I don’t fit comfortably into any of them, at least not for more than a song or two.
Ultimately, if you like my music, then great! Call it whatever you like, as long as it takes you someplace and you get something out of it!
Have you been getting much recognition outside of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />
Funnily enough, most of the recognition I get is outside of
Any support on the other side of the border?
People in the
The demos sound great. How is the recording for an album coming along?
Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to get all the new songs finished and roughly recorded so I can get a handle on what my options for the album are. In LA, I’ve been doing quite a bit of co-writing with Jim Huff, along with a few other LA-based musicians. It’s really fun to be able to work with other musicians and songwriters of other influences, and incorporate their styles into my own sound. The results are definitely cool!
I want only the best of my songs on the album, and all the recording I’ve been doing has really helped me polish these songs. I’m getting real close to having a good collection of songs for the final product.
When are you expecting to get it out on the market?
I anticipate having something to put out by the end of this year, but anyone who understands the logistics of this business would know that it could very well be an early 2007 release.
Any labels interested yet?
Always, but now everyone is waiting on the new stuff! I just finished recording three brand new songs with Jim Huff in LA, and he’s putting together some rough mixes of those right now. We’re all very curious as to the reception toward the new songs, as they are very strong.
What are your summer tour plans looking like?
FUN!!!!! Hahaha… first we’ve got Cruenadian Cruefest in
Any listed for
If the opportunity arose, it would be awesome! I haven’t yet explored
With your recent feature on Entertainment Tonight
The feedback has been GREAT! I’ve been getting a kick out of hearing peoples’ opinions. A lot of people love the new ideas, and some prefer the ‘before’ look. I like both. My style is very eclectic; I wear a lot of things you wouldn’t expect to see me in. It very much depends on my mood, the occasion… the weather…
It was so much fun to do, and ET and the Rockstar Image Team treated me so well. I was portrayed in a very positive light, and everyone involved was so nice! John Battaglia (www.RockStarImage.com) and the makeover crew really did a good job in giving me some new wardrobe ideas, and I even loved what they did with my hair!! I was pretty nervous letting them get anywhere near my hair with a pair of scissors, but it worked out great and I’m glad I took that risk!
With that kind of exposure does it seem to have opened any doors for you or is it too early to tell?
For sure! I’ve been getting calls for interviews, articles and even more television opportunities. It definitely spread the word out more and made viewers perk up regardless of whether they’d heard of me before. I think this is only the beginning though, because in my experience one thing usually leads to another.
Has it started a “Buzz”?
There has been a buzz for a while, but it’s definitely flared up a lot! In essence, that ET segment was my national television debut- I’d never gotten TV exposure before! It’s undoubtedly sparked some new interest within the industry.
What can fans expect from you in the very near future?
Some kickass shows… WATCH OUT! –We get pretty rowdy on the road…
…and I’ll be putting up some new songs on my websites so people can get a taste of the new material.
Anything you’d like to say or promote to the readers?
Thanks a lot for taking the time in answering the questions.
Thank YOU so much! YOU RAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! METAL RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!