I always feel as if bands cast aside the whole personal part of being a musician, and connecting to followers. I want to connect so we can be more like friends, the word “fan” is much too shallow. So go ahead and catch me in all of these places and see what I do when I’m not on stage or writing!
The fancy stuff:
- Birthday: December 8, 1997
- Birth Place: St. Augustine, FL
- Current living: Georgia, US
- Height: 5′
- Faith: Believer
Fan questions, answered
- “”Normal” is a setting on washing machines. It has no use anywhere else” – Sam Kerr
- “The greatest thing to realize is that limitations are for those who think they have them” – Unknown
- I don’t know what you mean by a “Christian rock band.” It’s hard to say that because people all have a different definition of what that means. If it means that we’re Christians, then yeah, we’re Christians, but if a plumber’s a Christian, does that make him a “Christian plumber?” I mean we’re not playing for Christians. We’re just playing honestly and that’s going to come out.” – Flyleaf/Sonny Sandoval
Something unexpected that most people don’t know about me:
- There was a point in my life when I wanted to sing Country music.
Current Favorite Movies:
- The Heat
- Easy A
- Corpse Bride
- Nacho Libre
- Howls Moving Castle
- 21 Jump Street (2012)
- The Book of Eli
- The Woman In Black
- G.I Joe
- Flyleaf (with former vocalist, Lacey Sturm)
- Fall Out Boy
- Hollywood Undead
- Twenty One Pilots
- Bring Me The Horizon
- Motion City Soundtrack
- Get Scared
Q: Favorite albums of 2013?
- Vessel – Twenty One Pilots
- Sempiternal – Bring Me The Horizon
- Popular Song – Mika (single)
- The 1975 – The 1975
- Nothing More – Nothing More (saw these dudes live, and they were amazing)
Requested funny story:
- One time my sister threw a Kiwi at my crotch.
- Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? A: Still single, haha. The dream was always to have a band and be traveling with my closest friends. And it’s still that way!
- Q: Do you have a recording deal? A: Nope, still unsigned. And I’m going to try my best to stay that way.
- Q: How many instruments do you play? A: 6. I’ve had a violin and cello up in my room for a year now, but it still sounds like my cello is giving birth when I try to play. But eventually it will be 8 instruments, haha.
- Q: If you could be featured on one of your favorite bands albums, who would it be? A: OH. That’s so hard. My favorite bands change every week. I’d do so much to sing with Lacey Sturm…but Linkin Park would be insane, too. I think in the end I’d say Freddie Mercury. But, ya know, he’s dead and stuff.
- Q: What’s your favorite animal? A: Sabertooth Tiger. Pretty sure you weren’t expecting that.
- Q: What do you like to do besides singing. Like, hobby wise? A: I like to bust spontaneous moves, and eat grilled cheeses backwards, haha. Actually, I’m fitness & crossfit crazy. So I’m always in the gym and baking really really weird food. Well, I don’t think it’s weird. But putting avocados in cheesecakes is…kinda…strange. And I do that, haha. Besides that, I do have a ton of paint upstairs in my room. And I’m like, totally Pro-DIY, and I love to Swing Dance. So there’s a few things.
- Q: How do you do your hair? A: I get questions about this one all the time, haha. I pretty much bleached the crap out of my hair, dyed it teal, and just throw random colors on it every once in a while. But as far as my dreads go, I just teased it and rolled the hair together. Didn’t use any wax or anything. And as far as shaving my head after my dreads goes, IF I have to take that route, I’d probably shine my head and then doodle hair all over my bald head until it grows back, haha.
- Q: Why did you decide to become a part of the dread family? A: Well, I spend about 20 minutes on myself in the morning. 30 tops. And I had flat hair problems, plus, after I bleached it it just turned out super puffy and I hated spending most of my morning on my hair. I change it up about every 6 months anyway, so it was time. I’ve always loved dreads and how natural they are.
- Q: Do you have any dreams besides being a Musician?
- A: Yeah! You never run out of dreams. Me and my lifelong friend always said when we were younger that we’d open a bakery. But since I’ve gotten older, that dream has kinda exploded even more so. Since I’m really into swing dancing, I’d love to open an all natural bakery/cafe that turns into different venues on the weekend. Like, Friday we’d open a drive-in-theater, Saturday we’d host swing dancing, and Sunday it could become an old 20’s style jazz club. It’d be radical. We’ve been talking about it taking place in San Diego on the beach somewhere, like a movie. So, that’s the plan for after we’ve lived a good chunk of our lives. We still wanna do something like that eventually, haha.
- Q: Do you plan on still releasing covers on Youtube after you start touring?
- A: At one point I would’ve said I’d just keep posting them, but I can’t say for sure now. But It’s not like I’ll ever quit covering forever.
- Q: What was your first concert? A
- It was a free concert for this band called Barlow Girl, haha.
- Q: What was the inspiration behind the song, “Bright”?
- A: Bright was one of my earlier songs, and one of the few that I felt like I could actually do something with. It was about the influence that my following has made on me through the past few years. It probably sounds strange being on the other side, but when I get people requesting signed photos, and then they message you a picture of that signed photo on their wall, I just wanna react like, “why is that on your wall?” , hahaha. People think you’re amazing when I don’t see myself as any better than the next guy. My fans are my friends, and they make me feel bright. That’s what the song was about.
- Q: Through all of your music, is there a certain message that you’re trying to get across?
- A: Anything that goes through my head is what I spit out on paper. And I hope that the outcome is optimistic. But I pray about everything I write, so my goal is for what you listen to, to be able something you can confide in. Something you can find hope in. Because that’s what I find in my faith.
Questions regarding offers to audition for The Voice and/or Americas Got Talent:
A: Over this past year I’ve gotten…hm, 4 or 5 offers from both shows. 3 from The Voice asking for personal auditions, and 2 from Americas Got Talent. It’s pretty crazy getting those kind of emails, honestly. And even though I felt honored and like “WHOA” reading them, it’s a different kind of life you get afterwords. You always have the title of “Hey, that’s that chick who won The Voice a few years ago!”. You can never drop the name, so that’s a big part of what influenced me to turn down the offers. The people who contacted me were really frikin’ nice, and we talked for a few days actually. But in the end those kind of shows aren’t for me, a little too organized, maybe. It’s not just the end result that I want to experience. I’d like to have all of the stories of the journey along the way, and it kinda defeats the purpose of that. For some people it works, but it wasn’t right for me, haha.