Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2016 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.
1. What brought you to country music?
My parents met as rodeo athletes, so you might say country music is how I came to be in the first place lol. I grew up on a cattle ranch and had a very rural upbringing, so country was the genre of my people, it was always on the radio and it was the first music I remember hearing. So naturally when I got interested in music and started writing, it all had a touch of country to it, I consider myself highly influenced by it.
2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?
My first ‘attempts’ at writing date back to when I was about 14 – my friend and I formed fake, funny band we called Slap Cow [there was a reason why we named it that but it escapes me now lol] and we would write these sort of parody songs. But I didn’t really seriously start writing until I was 18 and in college – another friend of mine walked me through the process and we started writing songs together and playing them around town. I came to really enjoy it and started writing alone in my spare time.
3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?
Either Thomas Rhett or Brothers Osbourne. They’re both doing something really unique right now and their live shows seem like a ton of fun!
4. What is the best trend in country music right now?
I’m not sure if this is a trend or just the new way of things, but I really enjoy the pop crossover that country is allowing right now. It’s not exactly a new thing but the pop country sound is always evolving and pushing the envelope, which is appealing for an artist like me who errs on the pop side of things but is rooted in country. It gives me more room to breathe and space to be myself on a record and within my brand.
5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?
It’s always fun to meet and be around fellow artists, because you just don’t interact with them much due to the nature of our industry [always touring, never in the same place]. So just making new friends and being inspired by people in my lane is something I’m definitely looking forward to.