As you set out on your music career, what do you feel has kept you grounded?
I’m really close with my family. My parents raised me and my sisters. They raised us to be good people, straight head on our shoulders. I’m really focused on my family and my friends. My family’s been the rock of my life, and I stay away from people that are doing questionable things. I also have a boyfriend! [laughing] I guess having a boyfriend is a good barrier to doing other stuff. You spend a lot of time with them.
When I was listening to your EP, there was a line in “Slow Down” that really caught my attention. It says, “You’re so innocent that they’re going to try and run their game on you.” What lessons have you learned the hard way?
Definitely in this whole industry there are a lot of fake people. A lot of people are just going to try and play games and just screw you over for money and stuff like that. There are a lot of fake people who play nice and have a front, like they’re nice, cool people. I haven’t met like too many real, nice people, I guess.
A great deal of your material comes from journals that you write. Out of the songs that you’ve written, which do you think is your most personal?
I wrote a song called “My Everything.” It’s not going to be on my EP, but it will be released on the next one. It’s a ballad that I wrote. I actually wrote it right before I left college. It talks about my home life and how my family is “my everything” in the world, but I had to move on to the next chapter in my life.
Before diving into the music world, you spent some time at the University of Arizona, correct?
Yeah. I was there almost one full year, but I ended up taking a leave of absence. It was kind of a struggle having to juggle school and my singing career. I ended up flying around a lot to LA and home and a bunch of places – recording and doing photo shoots and all that stuff. It just felt really difficult, so I took a leave of absence, in case I ever wanted to go back.