When did you start performing and competing in singing?
I started singing as soon as I could talk. I grew up with a stuttering problem and was constantly made fun of it. But when I sing I don’t have a stutter, so singing was a way out of my stuttering problem growing up.
Did you always want to be a singer growing up? Or did something spark later on?
Growing up, I never thought of what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was very involved with school. I played on sports teams, I was on the FBLA team, and I wasn’t ever in the “element” to think about the future like that.
Do you take voice lessons?
I took lessons for two weeks and dreaded lessons every week because they were very formal and boring. I like having the freedom to do whatever I want with my voice, and voice lessons restricted me from doing that.
Do you accompany yourself on piano and guitar?
Sometimes, if I need to. I’ve taken lessons to know the basics of piano, and guitar. But I like to perform visually when I sing. So I usually only accompany myself when rehearsing a song.
What are things you think to yourself on stage to perform better?
My goal when performing is to make the audience feel what I am trying to convey. That may include hand movements, eye contact, etc.
If you were to give a young musician that wants to get into the music industry a piece of advice, what would it be?
“Stay true to yourself. Don’t care what other people think. Do what you love.”