Your music has been labeled as pop with a country twang. And for as long as you remember, in coming to Nashville, some people were a bit hesitant about investing in your particular style. Outside of Nashville and just being a new artist in general, how do you go about generating interest in your work? In what ways did you have to be most creative in getting people to know more about you?
I think just through my writing. I think when you're trying to be an artist and you need to get noticed, you got to have something special and something unique about you. I think, for one, I'm not blonde. And the other is my lyrics. I think my songwriting and my songs are different. I don't think you're going to hear a lot of songs on the radio that are like mine. I feel like I got something new that I brought to the table. I think that was something that made me unique and stand out a little bit compared to the other artists out there that were trying to make it or are trying to make it. I think my songs are the real deal. I'm a little ballsy. I say what I mean. I think I don't try too hard. I don't think I overdo it, you know. I'm just myself.
Your musical influences include Bobbie Gentry, Janis Joplin, Shelby Lynn, and Shania Twain. Since you have so many, pick one or two and tell me what you most admire about their work? What from their careers do you want to incorporate into your own?
The thing I like about Bobbie Gentry was she was signed to a pop label and her song was number one in pop and country radio. The song was called "Ode to Billie Joe". She was able to cross over from pop to country. She was signed to Capitol. You know, I think that's something that I would like to do. I'm a pop artist, but I have so many country influences. I would like to be in both markets and I really admire the fact that she was able to do that. So it's been done before. I don't know if people remember that – it's been a long time ago – but that woman will go down in history. Her songwriting was amazing, too. Shania Twain was turned down by everybody in Nashville as well. She finally got the chance and took over the world. She's the biggest-selling female country artist of all time. She did pop and she did country and had so many different fans in so many different places. That's why I admire those two the most out of that group.