Learn more about the beautiful girl taking the singer/songwriter scene by storm and capturing your heart with her charismatic energy in the process...
Q: What motivates you to write and share your musical talents?
I think the biggest thing is just knowing that there’s so much power in music. Music
can do so much to heal another person’s soul or even just lift their spirits. It’s such a
gift to be able to make music and I feel like I’m wasting it if I don’t use it. Basically,
I’d say that it’s not hard for me to want to share my music because even though it
can be difficult, the impact that it can have on other people and also just the joy that
it brings me is too good to be true.
Q: When did you know you wanted to make a career in music?
I’ve loved music since I was a little kid, but it wasn’t really until age 14ish that I
knew I wanted to make music for a living. I started playing saxophone in middle
school and I fell in love with it. Learning saxophone and being inspired by jazz and
classical music really motivated me to want to learn other instruments too. So in
high school, I learned how to play guitar and I decided to perform in my high school
talent show my sophomore year. I had never sang and played guitar in front of an
audience before and I was so nervous that the orchestra director had to literally
push me onto the stage when it was my time to perform. But the feeling of playing
for a crowd and just singing songs that I loved is a feeling I never got over. It was a
turning point for me for sure. And after that I started really getting into songwriting,
which is now my favorite thing in the whole world and the thing I feel like I’m the
most passionate about. I’ve never looked back.
Q: Please describe a real life moment that has inspired your music.
There are so many, but there’s one in particular that left a huge impact on me. When
I was a junior in college, I drove from Lee University in Tennessee to my home in
Ohio for Thanksgiving break. Over break I got a chance to hang out with two of my
close friends from home, and we spent a night at the Cincinnati Zoo together.
Toward the end of the night we left the Zoo to head back to my house, and as we
were leaving we witnessed a car accident. We saw a little girl get hit by a car that
ran a red light, and the car sped off, making it a hit-and-run. It was horrible, to say
the least. The only time I’ve ever been in the back of a police car was when I was
giving a witness statement that night. I never thought I’d ever see something like
that and it hit me later that if I had taken just a few more steps, me or my friends
would have been the ones who were hit, not that little girl. That thought wrecked
me. My friends and I found out later that the girl’s name was a 3-year-old named
Khloe Pitts and that she and her mom, Joy White, were both hit by the car. We sent a
gift to the children’s hospital in hopes of just encouraging Khloe and Joy as they
were recovering. Unfortunately Khloe passed away, and we were devastated. But
through this tragedy we’ve been able to build a really special relationship with Joy,
Khloe’s mom, and I got the privilege of singing at Khloe’s Memorial Service and
several other events that have taken place in her honor.
Khloe’s passing inspired my music in a lot of ways. I wrote so many songs after that
car accident as a way to get my emotions out and begin to heal. In 2017 I released a
single called “All Along” that was written after the accident and it was meant to be a
song of hope in the middle of a really dark time. It’s a very personal song but the
response to it from friends and fans has been unreal. It just goes to show how
important it is to be vulnerable and let yourself express your feelings, even if they’re
not positive feelings, because you’re never the only one struggling and someone
needs to hear what you have to say. I’m continually surprised by how a single
difficult experience has brought hope and light to so many people’s lives.
Q: What memorable responses have you had from your audiences?
I vividly remember when I first released my EP, the Here to Stay EP, in October
2016, and just how overwhelmingly supportive everyone was. I felt so much love
from friends, family members, professors, and people I didn’t even know in the
weeks following the release. One thing that has always stuck with me though is that
as people were buying the EP, they started taking selfies with it and posting them on
Facebook and Instagram. I didn’t ask them to do that. They just did. And it felt so
amazing to know that people liked my music and believed in it enough to want to
share it, without any push from me whatsoever. That was such a memorable
experience for me. I saved all of those selfies and I still have them on my computer
because they make me so happy.
And in all honesty, I’m just unbelievably thankful for every single person who listens
to my music, shares it with their friends, comes out to live shows, and really just all
of it. Everything. So, so thankful. It’s cliché to say it, but I can’t do this without
support and I feel like I have a ton of it. That’s not the case for every indie musician
and I try not to take that for granted.
Q: What would be your dream musical project to work on?
I’d love to make a full-length album. That’s the short answer, really. I’ve always
dreamed of releasing a full-length album. But also, I’ve been really inspired by
“music movies” for a long time. Some of my favorites are Bandslam and The Greatest
Showman. I love seeing audio, video, the script, and everything else come together to
tell a story, so getting to be a part of a project like that someday would be a dream
Q: As a young artist in the industry, how do you see the future of independent
I think that we’re living in a time where literally anything is possible, and that’s
exciting to me. It’s not uncommon today to see indie musicians being very self-
motivated and entrepreneurial-minded, typically using technology to their
advantage, learning how to do a lot with a little, and trying to be creative and unique
by doing things no one has ever done before. I’m not worried about indie music
continuing to flourish and I’m excited to see what people create that sets them apart
and pushes the boundaries of what we already see and hear in the music industry.
It’s not easy to make ends meet as an independent musician or band and that can be
really hard, but I try to have a positive outlook on that, too, because I do really
believe that hard work pays off and that everyone has to start somewhere.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in 2019?
There are so many things that I’m looking forward to this year, some involving
music and some just involving normal life things I’ve been wanting to do for awhile.
I’m looking forward to 3 days of nothing but songwriting in a snowy cabin in
Montana. I’m looking forward to visiting my alma mater in Tennessee and seeing all
my friends before they graduate and move on with their lives. I’m looking forward
to playing more shows in and around my current city, Pittsburgh, PA. I’m looking
forward to watching my kitten, Stereo, grow into a big, adorable tomcat. I’m looking
forward to spending more time with my family. I’m looking forward to new music
and new opportunities. And I’m looking forward to a lot of other things, too. I’m
thankful for the life I live and I think 2019 is going to be an amazing year.