The queer sound of Nashville
When did you discover and start to explore your passion for music?
My first memory was singing My Heart Will Go On at my aunt and uncle’s anniversary party at five years old. That gave me my first taste of performing for an audience, and it grew from there.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve begun to find a voice and sound that I call my own. Like everything in life, I’m a work in progress and my music will always continue to grow and evolve.
What led you to move to Nashville?
Opportunities! After coming down several times to work with musicians down here, I realised that to truly benefit from Music City, I’d have to live here.
It was the best move for me personally and for my career. I’ve lived here for a year now, and it truly feels like my second home.
Is Only Human indicative of your musical style?
I feel like Only Human showcases not only who I am as a musician, but also as a person. While I’ve been in this business for a while, I continue to grow and evolve and find my voice.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating music?
Everyday life — I’m able to draw from the highs and lows of not only my personal life, but others as well. My last song — Me Too — was driven by the movement, and what I kept seeing in the news. All you have to do is look around you, the world is full of inspiration.
Who are some of your music heroes and inspirations?
Musicians like Brandi Carlile, Carole King, and Andy Grammer all inspire me in different ways. Each of them are so uniquely themselves and never try to be anything else. Brandi creates an inclusive environment within her music. Carole King was a trailblazer as a young women in the industry, years ago. While Andy Grammer chooses to write about love and happiness, which I so closely relate to.
What do you hope that people feel when listening to Only Human?
I hope that people connect with the song and have a little faith in humanity. I want to inspire people to be kind to each other. I think the world could use a little more love and respect right now.
What are some of your goals and ambitions for the months ahead?
I want to continue creating music that speaks to people. Music has always been an outlet for me. I want my music to do that for other people as well. I’d like to get the message of my song to reach a broader audience, and continue living my best life.