What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now? That there is so much live music in Nashville. In Nebraska where I am from, it was very rare to find any live music.
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville? Yes. I performed at 12th and Porter when I was 16 and it was an experience I will never forget. It was the first time I had performed on a “bigger/spotlight” stage.
Where did you grow up and how has that influenced your style of music? I grew up in Pawnee City, NE. It is a very small farming community (pop. 900) and country music portrayed our town’s lifestyle. Therefore, I was exposed to country music the most and that is where I started to fall in love with Shania Twain and many other country artists.
Is there anyone in your family that you can credit as being instrumental in your decision to go into the music field? I grew up watching my Dad (Jeff) play the drums in his small town band for approx. twenty years. I went to almost every single one of his gigs. This is also where I started to perform in front of crowds and fell in love with singing and music in general at a very young age.
Who have been some of your biggest musical influences growing up and do the same artists currently continue to influence you now? Growing up, I was a major fan of Shania Twain because I loved how catchy her songs were and simply how “fun” they were to listen to. But as I grew up, I started to enjoy other artists such as Kelsea Balerini, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Dan and Shay, and multiple others. I started to branch out and listen to the messages of songs instead of just the artist themselves and focus more on how people pour their emotions into their songs. Now, its more about the messages/emotions of songs that I crave.
You’ve met a lot of people and musicians during your career. Who has made the biggest impact on you and why? When I read this question, there is no way I can pick only one person. When I moved to Nashville about a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Joie Scott, a talented song-writer in Nashville. From day one in Nashville, she never failed to make me feel included and felt like another “mom” figure to me. I also have to give credit to Bryan Cole, who I met through Joie. Bryan was the first person to take a chance on me and made me feel like I had the talent to be in this business. They both have done so much for me and I will forever be grateful for the both of them.
What do you do on a day off in Nashville, no work allowed? To be honest I love driving around, listening to music, looking at all the beautiful homes.
What are some places you recommend for out-of-towners? Loveless Café, Wild Beaver Saloon, Santas Pub, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Kid Rock’s Bar, Pinewood Social
What’s your favorite place in Nashville to eat-
Breakfast: Loveless Café
Dinner: The Diner
Place to get BBQ? Martin’s Barbecue Joint
Nashville Hidden Restaurant Gem- Taco Mamacita
Best place to relax with a beer and listen to music: Douglas Corner Café
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? I want to inspire people through self challenge. My song choices do a great job showing my vocal ranges. I want people to show every side of them through their music and to not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.