QUEEVA is a multi-talented vocalist who is fast becoming one of the most talked-about voices on the country circuit. The 15-year-old singer/songwriter juggles attending high school with travelling between her hometown of Chicago to Nashville in order to pursue her burgeoning music career and last month she shared her impressive debut LP ‘How Do You Know’.
Here we chat exclusively to the rising teen sensation to discuss her very first record:
You’re currently balancing travelling from Chicago to Nashville for your music career, with your High School curriculum how are you finding that?
Surprisingly, it’s not that difficult so far because I am only in my sophomore year. My teachers will always work with me and then when I get back from a week or two of performing they’ll just give me my work and I then have to make it up, they are super flexible with me.
Have your friends from school been supportive of your music career?
All of my friends from school have been super supportive of my music career. I don’t really experience a lot of negativity which I’m really grateful for. It’s just super cool that kids my age can support me and relate to my music.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue music as a profession?
I kind of decided that when I was about 9 years old because that’s when I started writing and actually recording. But singing and becoming a performer was always a big dream of mine since I was really young. So, I started to take action on that dream when I was about 9 years old.
You have just released your debut album, how are you finding the response?
The response has been pretty awesome! People have been reaching out to me and telling me how much they love the album and certain songs on it that they can relate to and telling me their favorite songs. It’s so awesome to learn that people actually enjoy my music and are listening to it and can relate to it in different ways.
What was your average recording day like when working on the LP?
We started with getting the musicians in the studio and get the track put together. Then I would work on the track and put my vocals on it. Then get some food (duh!) and then get back in the studio and work on the next track. We would usually do two songs per day, maybe three if we were really trying to get it down. I live in Chicago so I have to commute down to Nashville but I love recording days!
Is there one song, in particular, you’re most excited for fans to hear?
I really do love all the songs on the album, but one of my favorite songs is called “You’re Still Here.” It’s the first slow song that I’ve done and I ended up rerecording it because I first recorded it when I was nine. It’s about losing someone that you loved and how they’re still with you even if they are not physically there.
Do you have any plans to tour your music when time allows?
Yes I do! I always want to be performing and playing shows whenever I can. Hopefully, I would love to do a High School Nation tour in the near future.
How would you describe the records overall sonic sound to new listeners?
Inspiring and uplifting and if you really want to talk about the actual sound I would say its very Country/Pop.
What has been the main inspiration behind the songs on the album?
Things I see happening around me or things I’m going through personally. Or just things that I find to be important messages to address or reminders that everyone sometimes needs to be reminded of like staying true to who you are. Sometimes I even need that reminder.
Where do you hope your music will fit into the current country music market?
I think it could fit anywhere. I love the sound and I think it’s a little different from what else is out there right now. I hope that it will fit into the country music market as a whole and hope that people will like it!
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