If you were to write an intro for “When We Were” before it played on the radio, what would you want listeners to know about the song?
This song is about growing up and suddenly realizing how fast it all becomes memories. It reminds you time has passed but also brings you back at the same time.
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Grew up in New England. Faneuil Hall in Boston in 2016. Can you describe how this helped you conquer your fear of performing?
Growing up, I always wanted to sing and be an artist. Except I didn’t know where to start and I was terrified of performing. Faneuil Hall was the first time I ever sang in front of anyone, let alone publicly. It was those few minutes of courage that showed me what I could accomplish. Since I could conquer that, I knew I had to go all in. I am so grateful I pushed myself to get up there and try it for that one song. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had to perform.
Debut single, “Highway,” followed by “Blame.”
Each song addresses how you’ve turned negative situations into positive ones. “Always chase whatever makes you happiest.” What have you found to be the key to staying focused on moving forward?
Personally, it’s a lot about remembering the younger version of myself. She never thought she would end up living her dream career. It’s also important to me that I show other younger versions of myself they can do it too. Music brought me so much healing and taught me more than I ever realized. It brings me so much joy to be able to do that for others. Every time someone says they’ve connected with my song, it just reminds me again why I love what I do so much.
Graduating from Bryant University. How has college prepared you for your music career?
College is an education of course, but it’s also a huge growth process. It feels like 18-year-old me is wildly different than 22-year-old me. I can’t wait to take all those experiences to Nashville and grow further. Along with that, I chose to major in Digital Marketing which was a huge help in managing my social platforms and website. I enjoy being able to have that creativity in my brand.Acceptance, strength, gratitude. Those three words encompass your goals for the year. How have you achieved each so far in ’22?
I believe that we are always changing and becoming better versions of ourselves. Throughout this year, I really wanted to work on accepting things I couldn’t change. I tend to want control and often overthink when I don’t have that ability. It’s still always there, but I’ve become better at not letting it take over. This also takes strength to be able to do. The beliefs I have in myself have grown to be a lot stronger as well. I believe in what I’m doing and the music I’m making. When I was younger, I often compared myself to other artists as anyone would in their field. Except the best thing about music is that no one has another artist’s voice. Everyone has their own stories to share and the voice that goes with them. With that, I’ve grown to be so grateful of my path. I used to wish it was different and that I began doing certain things earlier. However, the path that I’m on is what I’m meant to do. I’m grateful for the life I have and all the opportunities I’ve received so far. I’m also grateful for where I grew up and for being able to live in the same town for so long. It’s funny because I always wanted to go somewhere else. As I get ready to move, “When We Were” is more and more true to life. I’ve also become a lot more okay with the idea that we all have our own paths. We’re all different people so we can’t all have the same exact path in life.
What is one message you’d like to share for your fans?
I feel like the biggest thing I always want to share is that your dreams are never crazy,
impossible, or anything else someone tells you. No one else can tell you what you are meant to do in life because they can’t possibly know what sets your soul on fire. You owe it to yourself to give it a shot because you’ll always wonder ‘what if’ otherwise.
‘Anything vintage.’ What has been your favorite ‘treasure’ from vintage shopping?
I can’t say I have a particular favorite, but I love being able to find unique pieces. I live for rhinestones and fringe so anything different is something I look for. It’s fun to add a little bit of what you like into what you wear. I’m also in the process of getting some vintage signs for my apartment which I am so excited about. Along with clothing, I also love vintage accessories and designs.
Can you share 12 songs that have influenced your life and career?
(Not in any order)
“Music is Healing” by Florida Georgia Line
The lyrics in the song have connected with me ever since its release, it isn’t a single and I was never able to hear it live, but it means so much. I think it explains how much music can help others. I feel like we listen to music so often that it can be easy to forget the healing power it has. It’s just such a huge part of our lives.
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
This song reminds me of my childhood and wishing to become a country artist. “I hope your dreams stay big and your worries stay small” is probably my favorite line. I try to remind myself of that every day.
“Invisible” by Hunter Hayes
I’ve always listened to this song, especially through middle and high school. It was my song that got me through feeling alone. When I didn’t have many friends, I always had music on my side. I think this song really highlights the feelings some people go through growing up. You feel like you have to conform even though you’re meant to be different.
“Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw
This song also reminds me of my childhood. I used to hear it on the radio all the time and it was one of my favorites. I fell in love with country music because of the storytelling aspect. This song is a really great example of that and how meaningful country music can be.
“Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney
I’ve always loved Kenny Chesney and his music. I’ve spent a lot of years going to Gillette Stadium to see him live every August. This song always grounds me and reminds me how fast time flies. This was one of the songs that inspired me to want to write a song about growing up.
“Square Pegs” by Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea has been a huge inspiration of mine ever since I found her music around 2015. This song was huge for me because of the message behind it. It’s all about knowing you’re different but loving it anyway. Square pegs make the world go round!
“The Day You Stop Lookin’ Back” by Thomas Rhett
This song is a reminder for me that there are always more opportunities to come. It can be easy to overthink and analyze if what you’re doing is right. However, there are always more days and reasons to keep moving forward.
“Woman Down” by Carly Pearce
I think this song is one of my favorite girl power songs besides Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” It just gets me hyped and is a beautiful song about the strength women have.
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
“I Hope You Dance” was wildly popular when I was a kid. Because of that, this was another song I heard on the radio a lot. This song and “My Wish” were songs my mom used to sing to my siblings and me. I’ve always found the song to be peaceful and hold a lot of meaning.
“So Small” by Carrie Underwood
The chorus in this song always hits hard for me. It’s so relatable for people that get caught up in the moment. It can be hard to zoom out and remember the big picture. Not to mention, Carrie Underwood’s vocals never fail to be less than extraordinary.
“This One’s For The Girls” by Martina McBride
Another girl power song! I remember before I turned 13 wondering what that would feel like. Suddenly, I’m now closer to 25. Time really does fly by. Everyone is beautiful “from 1 to 99.”
“The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
This song will forever hold a special place in my heart. It’s nostalgic and reminds me of my childhood home. It also reminds me of the first dog I ever had and we loved her so much. Along with that, it was also the first song I ever performed live. I still remember losing all feeling in my body. Thankfully, I got through those few minutes and my life was forever changed since.