When did you become a music lover and what does music bring to your life? It sounds cliche but since I was a baby I've been singing and dancing in diapers. I learned my letters so I could play piano, joined church choir where I earned her first solo, auditioned for musical theatre til I made it to go on to be in 18 musicals. I encouraged my sisters, cousins and neighbors to be in the shows I put on in her backyard. At a young age I always was promoting music and self expression.
Music brings joy into my life and helps me get through the hard times. I remember turning to music when I wasn't invited to a party or going through a break up. I turn to music now for inspiration and when someone tells me to no in business. I hope to use my music to make others happy and help them to feel empowered!
What can we expect to see at one of your LIVE shows!? You can expect a high energy, positive, empowering, real, honest show! I always try and do a meet and greet after as well because there's nothing better than connecting with fans who become friends after a show!
Who has been your greatest influence?
My greatest influence is definitely hands down my family. We're super close and I feel so blessed to have them in my life. My Dad worked his way up in corporate america at the same company for over 30 years in Sales. My Mom worked in advertising and now real estate with a marketing and sales background. Between the two, I've been able to use their knowledge to help me in the music industry. My sisters are my eyes and ears for my music and social media. My husband is always encouraging me to follow my dreams and I can count on him to tell it like it is. I couldn't do it without them.
Please tell us about your new music!!
I'm obsessed with my new upbeat and fun single "Prove It"! It's part of the series of songs that empower, inspire, and believe: "Epiphany", "24", "Brave Enough" and now "Prove It".
I knew I had to record "Prove It" when I heard these lyrics “sometimes you gotta prove it, show em you can do it, feel the beat start to moving to the music, gotta sugar shake it, fake it til you make it, you know you can do it, so go ahead and prove it."
I connected immediately and fully related to 'Prove It" as I have been working hard to prove it the last decade pursuing my dreams of being an independent country artist/ singer-songwriter. It takes getting out of your comfort zone, putting yourself out there, not worrying about the sticks and stones thrown at you, when someone tells you no - you keep going and prove them wrong and finding the lion inside of you, your truth" said Lyons. It's a universal theme that we all feel.
I heard "Prove it" via at the time ole Nashville's Emily Mueller and John Ozier who pitched me the song written by Jesse Lee (Brett Young's “Like I Loved You”, Kelsea Ballerini's “Peter Pan”, Keith Urban's “That Could Still Be Us”), Derrick Sutherland (Grammy winner Carrie Underwood's “Storyteller”, Kane Brown's viral Hot 100 hit “Like A Rodeo”, and Ingrid Andress' No. 1 single “More Hearts Than Mine”) and Jake Mitchell (Florida Georgia Line's "Can't Say I Ain't Country", Luke Bryan's "Born Here Live Here Die Here" and Devin Dawson's "Dark Horse"). I went into the studio with Nashville producers Brad Hill (Maren Morris, Brett Young) and Robert Williams, mixed by Jim Cooley (Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Jordan Davis, Luke Combs) and mastered by Jonathan Deans. Inspired by my years living in New York City working as an Executive Assistant to CEO/President at Westwood One/Cumulus Media during the weekdays then week nights and weekends playing shows and writing music. I thought what better place to shoot the music video where there are millions of people day and night proving it and following their dreams. The hustle and bustle of the city is contagious and you're constantly meeting people who are beating to their own drum and lifting you up to be the best you can be. The world needs some positivity and joy right now more than ever. We all have to be us as true individuals and not let the nay-sayers get you down. I hope people hear this song and it empowers them to dream big, believe in themselves, and PROVE IT! I worked with NYC photographer Caitlin Reeves on album art, created the lyric video on my own, and on music video with director Adam Defrin, director of photography Louis Obioha, and behind the scenes photographer Anastasia Italy.
What are you most looking forward to in 2021? I truly miss playing live shows and festivals with fans in the audience! Hopefully things will go back to normal and I'll be able to play some festivals I booked like French Quarter Fest, Winnetka Music Festival, Summerfest and Ohio State Fair.
I'm excited for a new music project I'm going to be releasing in 2021! I can't stop listening to the songs I've already recorded who are a part of this release!
In 2020 I learned how to make a killer margarita, guacamole and chicken fajitas, so I hope I can nail some more recipes!
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