Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2019 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.
- What brought you to country/roots music?
My love for country music has always been in my blood. It was passed down to me by my Grandfather, Charlie Mayell. They used to call him the “Oak Lake Country Troubadour” in Eastern Ontario, in Belleville, Stirling and surrounding areas, where he used to play. Growing up around him singing, playing guitar and sharing his true love for music, is what shaped me into the musician I am today. When I was 9 years old I stayed with my Grandparents for the summer. We spent all our time going around to retirement homes, jamborees, campgrounds and radio stations singing together for everyone to hear. They ignited this passion for music inside me like nothing I ever felt before. It’s safe to say I caught the performing bug after that. That summer was the best thing to ever happen to me. They let me be me, unapologetically me. They encouraged me to strive for my dreams and taught me that hard work and determination pays off if I want something.
- When did you write your first song – as an an artist or with a band?
When I was 13 years old, I wrote my first song by myself on the piano. Music has always been my language, the only way I knew how to really express myself. Ever since I could talk, I sang. Words were never easy for me, but when I would sit down to write lyrics, it would just pour out of me. Writing is my happy place.
- If you could go on tour opening to any performing artist right now, who would it be?
If I could go on tour with anyone, opening for Eric Church would be a dream come true for me. His energy, relatable storytelling through his songs and his ability to stay authentic to himself is everything I strive for as an artist. Growing up I was an outsider, a “miss misunderstood,” but I embraced it. I pride myself on being different, while always staying true to myself.
- What is the best trend in country/roots music right now?
I love how songs are starting to focus more on the story again. How it connects with people, and makes them feel something through country music again, like how it used to be. That’s what made me fall in love with Country music. It got me through all my ups and downs, and I want to be able to give that back through my music.
- What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?
I am always striving to better myself in anyway I can and I believe being a part of Project WILD would really help me evolve as an artist. I am looking forward to learn and grow alongside other talented artists. Growing up being a competitive ski racer, I dedicated most of my time training and working myself to the max because I know hard work pays off. I cannot wait to go in with an open mind, work hard and see how much progress I can accomplish.