Biggest musical influences?
I pull a lot of inspiration from classic country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings; I just love the simplicity and honesty of their messages in songs. I also really love current artists like Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, along with Justin Moore and Cody Johnson. I think they all do a great job of making music that still sounds like classic country while giving messages that are relatable to current times.
Musical and non musical goal for 2019?
As far as music is concerned, I hope that 2019 brings more time in the studio and eventually a debut EP album to release. It’s been a while since I’ve released anything, but I feel like I have some great stories to tell and have a grip on what I want to say.
My personal goals for 2019 include more quiet time to strengthen my faith, more quality time with the people in my life that mean the most, and less stress over things I cannot control. I just want this year to pour energy and passion into me, not leave me feeling drained.
Where did your love for music come from?
I have had music in my veins from a very young age. From the time I was five years old, I was taking piano lessons and playing hand bells in my church choir and always giving concerts in my mom’s backseat. From there, I fell in love with performing and continued to pursue this dream of mine by learning to play guitar and playing shows anytime I could. I’ve continued doing what I love and it has brought me so much joy and fulfillment through each song I’ve written or show I’ve played.
Your favorite place to perform/ tour?
Over the past ten years of playing shows, I have visited many different venues all over the East Coast. Out of all of them, still one of my favorite places to play is in my hometown of Angier, NC at the dinner theater I began six years ago, called Country on the Outskirts of Town. Each show is so special to me because it is filled with family and friends who have been supporting my music career since day one, and I know that they will always be there cheering me on. I feel so comfortable and at ease when playing these shows because I’m at home and among a crowd of people whom I know are there to listen to the music and enjoy themselves.
If you could work with one female artist who would it be?
My all time favorite female artist and biggest influence is Miranda Lambert. To be able to write with her, record with her, perform with her, or just get to know her on a personal level would be one of the greatest things ever and an absolute dream come true. She’s such an amazing storyteller, artist, entertainer and philanthropist, and getting to work with her to understand all of that more would be amazing!