Hi Charly, Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hi Danaille! Thanks for having me. When I was younger, I always sang and knew that I wanted to be a singer, but I didn’t always want to be a country singer. I used to sing a lot of Broadway music from Wicked, Bye Bye Birdie and Funny Girl. That is what I loved to sing. Then, it started transitioning into Taylor Swift with “You Belong with Me,” and “Our Song,” which definitely put the country idea in my head! It was during the Carrie Underwood Blown Away tour back in 2012, however, that it really hit me. It was then that I realized this was exactly what I wanted to do.
What is the background story behind your latest single “We Need to Talk?” When I sat down in a writing session with my friends, Kelly Seidel, Nicole Croteau, and Dave Mohr, we were discussing ideas and Kelly came up with “I Think We Need To Talk.” Usually, when you hear someone say that, it means someone is in a bit of trouble or about to be in an argument. But, we discussed it as a twist where it’s a good thing where you see someone that you really want to go up to and talk to. Sometimes girls, including myself, see a guy in public that upon first impression looks like a great catch and is worth taking more time to get to know. So that’s how we came up with “We Need To Talk.”
Who are some of your musical icons? I have always loved Carrie Underwood, as I said earlier. I think she had a lot to do with me seeing a future career in country music beginning at 12 years old. I also love Blake Shelton, I have called him my “famous boyfriend” for probably 7 years now and he doesn’t even know it! My biggest inspiration and icon is Shania Twain. I started listening to her music when I was about 15 and I couldn’t stop. Then, I learned about what a hard life she has had and the fact that she still works so hard to do what she loves was so inspiring to me.
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Original, Country, Genuine, Relatable, and Unique.
What was the first country concert you ever been to? My first country concert was Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away tour which was definitely life changing!
What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? I love playing at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, it is always such a fun time and I love that there is a dance floor so people can dance and have a great time with me! I also loved playing Song Suffragettes at the Listening Room. It has been a goal of mine to be a part of Song Suffragettes since I had heard of it and finally was able to make that happen, I also love the listening room because unlike some other writer’s rounds, people are truly there to listen to the songs you have written.
Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019? I am currently working on an album and the goal for that is 2020, but I could surprise you!
What is one of your favorite quotes? I don’t have many favorite quotes, but I have a favorite Bible verse that is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Is there anything else you would like to share? I just want to thank everyone for all the love on “We Need To Talk”. The sound is so different than my other music so I was a little bit nervous with putting it out. But with all the overwhelming support I am so glad to see that people seem to love it as much as I do!
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