What inspired you to make this song? The idea came to me during my first writing session with … Continued
The idea came to me during my first writing session with my producer, Ron Haney. He played me a rough track he’d been working on, and I immediately felt this sense of reflection and the vibe was almost bittersweet. The track inspired me to write about my experience living in Nashville. I was dealing with a toxic relationship while simultaneously trying to pursue my dreams. “Skeletons” is my own twist on “skeletons in your closet”. It’s the secrets and the stuff that no one really wants to admit to or talk about, but it’s also the pain and the shit that we all go through. I wanted the song to be from the perspective of when we finally have no choice but to deal with these “skeletons” in order to accept and move on.
I think my favorite song I’ve made is the third track on my new EP called “Indecisive”. I remember the lyrics and melody just poured out of me when I was writing it, and I was able to say everything I wanted to say. It’s about realizing you have too much baggage to start a healthy relationship, but also not wanting to be alone. It’s that inner conflict.
I wrote a song called “Evidence”. I’m definitely the most proud of that song. I have a neurological condition called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) which basically means the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. I wrote that song when I was still looking for answers, before I was officially diagnosed. It describes how I experience life with SPD—the struggles of dealing with people and social situations, having irrational fears and anxiety, and trying to accept who I am. I have the title tattooed on my neck as a reminder to never let anything or anyone stop me from living the life that I want.
“Skeletons” is my anthem. I hope it can be an anthem for anyone that needs that reminder that they are strong enough—especially for young girls who think they need a guy in order to feel worth something. I think everyone can relate to it because we all go through those bad situations and toxic relationships (whether that’s a romantic relationship, a friendship, or in business). However, when we go through these things, we learn and we come out stronger. I want to inspire people to take their lives back into their own hands.
After this video and the EP is released, I’m planning on touring and bringing my live show to life. I’m going to let this EP get the time it deserves. It’s taken me 5 years to release music that I truly feel represents who I am as an artist. I’m always writing and creating and I have more music in store for the near future.
As an artist and as a human being I’m constantly changing and evolving. But I hope to be playing my music to a massive amount of people and I hope to be inspiring those people or touching them in some way. I think whatever I do artistically will be real and true to who I am and what I feel in that time.
I honestly don’t think I’d be releasing music if it wasn’t for Taylor Swift. Her Journey to Fearless documentary inspired me to get off my ass and start making my own music. She’s definitely number one for that reason. However, lyrically I’m inspired by Fiona Apple and Imogen Heap. Some of my favorite songs of all time are written by them. I’ve always been more of a “heady” lyricist that’s definitely Fiona/Imogen influenced. I’ll start off writing songs that way and then think “Okay, what would Taylor Swift do?” and then try to tone them down a bit so it’s a little easier to digest. However, the production of this EP was very much inspired by Zayn.
I was about 6 when I knew I wanted to be a performer. From ages 6-15, I wanted to be on Broadway, but I think that changed when I realized my love for pop music. At 15, I started performing in a girls’ pop group and began writing songs. I also fell in love with the recording studio. That’s when I knew for sure.
Keep on writing and making music.
Be open to others and their opinions, but don’t lose sight of who you are.
If something doesn’t feel right it’s probably not right.
If this is your dream, don’t have a back up plan.
You’re an artist, but remember you’re also a business with a brand.
Don’t let anybody tell you what you can’t do.
I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in those thoughts. “If only I knew then what I know now.” But as cliche as it may sound, I believe everything I’ve gone through in my career was meant to be and has lined me up to where I am now. I think the best is yet to come so I wouldn’t change a thing.
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