By Dani Felt (September 1, 2017)
1.What inspired your passion for music and who has been there supporting you from the beginning?
I come from a musical family. My dad was an extremely talented hobby musician who would sit down to play and sing folk songs on piano and guitar after dinner every night and my brother, mom and I would sing and strum along. 🙂 When he passed away in 1996 music was the only way I could still really connect with him and my passion for singing and playing piano grew, as I developed an interest in composing music. My family has been so supportive of me from day one, attending all my shows and encouraging me to constantly audition for new things. One thing I really appreciate is that never once did my mom stifle my creative energy. She convinced me that I could do ANYTHING and i don’t know where I would be today if she hadn’t told me that every day as a child.
2. How do you feel about people downloading music rather then buying physical copies?
Honestly as long as they’re listening I’m happy! 🙂
3.How do you feel about the music industry today?
I think it’s a crazy game that I’ll forever be learning how to play. Within the next few years something big is definitely going to change. Genres are constantly blending together and I think what people really want is music that’s real and that’s going to really touch them.
4.Where do you see yourself five years from now?
If you asked me that five years ago, I never would have guessed that I’d be where I am! I know God has an amazing plan for my life, as he does everyone’s, I’m just excited to see where it takes me. One thing I know is that it will be better than anything I could dream up.
5. Do you think singer/songwriters are the best interpreters of their own work or do you believe some cover versions can be better then the original?
I usually prefer to hear the writer sing his or her own work. It usually touches me the most because they’re coming from the exact place the song was intended to come from. However, there are countless amazing singers out there who can really dive into a song and make it come to life.
6. Who have you always dreamt of working with and why? How would you go about accomplishing this?
Bonnie Raitt. She’s absolutely incredible! She’s got such raw talent and has had such an awesome career. I’ve been listening to her since I was a kid and the more I listen the more I fall in love with her music! I actually hear that she’s super cool and tries to help out new artists when she can…perhaps a Bonnie Raitt care package is in order….? 🙂
7. As you are starting out your career in the music industry what steps do you plan on taking to reach your goal?
I’m going to push myself to become better at what I do and I am NOT going to compare myself to the people around me. I know that not everyone is going to like me, but my job is to be the best me that I can be, however cheesy that may sound.
8.Have you found that as you are starting out your career in the music industry there are aspects that have taken you completely by surprise. If so, what are they?
Yes, it’s amazing how something so magical musically can seem to mean nothing but numbers to some people on the business end of things.
9. What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
I wake up everyday and do something I’m passionate about. I’m doing what I love, it doesn’t feel like work and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I learn so much about myself every single day.
10.If you could have asked anyone for advice when you were starting out. Who would you have liked to ask? What would you have liked to ask? What would be your answer now?
That’s hard to say, I think everyone needs to figure out their own journey and make their own mistakes. Everyone’s path is so different. When middle and high school kids who want to be singers now ask me for advice all I say is “Start writing.”
11. From your experience in the entertainment industry what advice could you offer people looking to get where you are today?
Never, never, never give up. I love that Judy Garland Quote, “Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else”
12. What courses/classes would you recommend someone take if they want to be a professional in the music industry?
A music business course of some sort, which of course I’ve never taken. haha
13.How many years were you fighting to get to where you are today and what was that time in your life like?
I think I decided that this was it for me at 13, so 11 years. It was a crucial part of my life, as my dad had just passed away and I felt like music was the therapy I needed.
14.From your experience so far, what have you found to be most challenging? And how are you dealing with it?
The roller coaster of something that’s possibly going to happen. You get so excited about it and then sometimes end up disappointed. That’s life though. You just have to keep getting up and dusting yourself off.
15.Share with us your proudest moment in your career so far?
I was opening for Randy Travis in Loveland, CO, and I performed “Jealous of the Angels,” which is a song a wrote with Zach Rundquist and Jimmy Fortune for my dad. It was a solo piano song and there were probably about 2,500 people there at the time and as I was playing the outro to the song there was an uproar of applause. It meant the world to me to know that people were touched by a song that means so much to me!