Dear Mom and whoever else is reading,
I used to be from a suburb right outside of Atlanta, and then I was from another suburb near Orlando, and now I’m from a university in Miami. (If it’s actually my mom reading this hopefully you already knew all that).
My parents put me in piano lessons when I was four and my teacher would paint my finger nails different colors to line up with the white keys on the piano. When I got bigger I started performing in musicals and taking saxophone lessons. I thought that was pretty cool because I was the only girl that played saxophone at my school and I beat all the boys on our placement auditions.
I guess when I turned 15 I was sure that I got my heart broken forever. I couldn’t believe a boy that held my hand one time didn’t love me, or something like that, and I wrote a poem about it. It was probably a year or so after that that I thought about setting my poems to music. I wrote a couple songs and decided I liked that a little more than playing classical saxophone, and a lot more than the idea of studying pre-med.
I graduated from high school and packed my bags and moved to Miami and that brings us to now! I live with my three best friends and my cat in a school apartment. I have to drink 2 cups of black coffee before I can talk to people, and I eat avocado toast for lunch everyday. I study songwriting, music business, and English lit. I love reading; one of my all time favorites is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which I read every year at least once.
I love Bob Dylan, Nickel Creek, Alison Kraus, Nick Drake, Judy Collins, Lucy Rose, Bon Iver, Twenty One Pilots, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chopin, Laura Marling, Adele, Ariana Grande, Bright Eyes, The Decembrists, and a lot of other awesome musicians/writers. I don’t think I’ve ever driven in a car without blasting music (when I’m with my mom sometimes I’ll compromise with NPR).
I can’t believe that I figured out my passion at 15 years old. Songwriting never even seemed like an option to me; whether I was at school for it or not, I wouldn’t be able to stop writing. I write when I get overwhelmed in crowded places, or when I can’t stop crying, or when I want to scream, or when I don’t understand what I’m feeling but I know it’s a lot.
Nevermine was written in the course of about 2 months. They’re the most vulnerable, scary, fragile parts of me that I wrapped up in a pretty melody and disguised with metaphors. When I got my fingernails painted at piano lessons, I had no idea how much I would be up against 15 years later. But, I’m lucky to be able to create something kind of cool out of the bad stuff, and I hope it makes your bad stuff a little better.
So that’s pretty much me. I have a super special place in my heart for anyone who can find a little piece of themselves in my songs. I would never have gotten the nerve to keep writing songs without all the people who supported me and told me they liked my music. So lots of love to all of you,