How did you get your start in music? Was there one thing that really pushed you that way?
I started my music off in choirs. I had the amazing opportunity to travel around the world (Italy, New York) and perform in incredible, famous venues including Carnegie Hall! After a few years of choirs I knew it was time to move on and focus more on performing solo. A few years after being in the choir I started taking vocal lessons from Darcy D. Being with him for two years now, I have discovered what genre I am (Pop Rock) and that I have a huge passion for writing songs as well as performing! I have recently made it into the finals at the PNE Star showdown as well as The Valley Vocal Contest and have been nominated ‘Best Performing Artist’ at the Regional Arty Awards. All of this affirmation keeps me going. I know that music is what I want to be doing with my life and I won’t stop chasing it.
When writing music, where do you draw inspiration from?
While writing music, I draw inspiration from whatever I’m going through or how I’m feeling at that moment. If its a gorgeous sunny day and I’m hanging out on the beach (on of my favorite things to do in the summer) and I’m feeling good, the song that will come out of me is going to be a happy, fun song. If it’s a dreary day and I’m feeling mellow…the song that’s going to come out of me will most likely be a ballad. It’s as simple as that! 🙂
You recently formed a band, care to tell us how that came about?
Yes! I have recently formed a band! It makes me so excited knowing that I have one now! Without the band I would get gigs and it would always be a struggle to find musicians that could find the time to come out and play…it just felt like it was the next step that had to be done. There are five of us in the band Colin (bass), Nick (drums) Rick (lead guitar) Tasha (piano, vocals) Savannah (Lead Vocals and guitar). I have been good friends with Rick and Tasha for a long time and when I told them about the idea of starting a band they were both very excited. I didn’t know of any drummers or bass players so Tasha asked her friend Colin and Rick talked to his friend Nick and well….here we are! It all happened very organically. We all get along very well, it’s just amazing being in a room full of such talented musicians and all of the creative juices flowing! I love it!
What is your favourite thing about performing live?
First of all I’d just like to mention how much I LOVE live performing. The one thing I like most about it though has to be feeding off of the audiences energy. I love looking out in the crowd watching them have a good time and when I see that I love to give that feeling back in return because I’m always having a good time on stage! You know when you go to a concert and you can tell that the artist is really into the emotion of the song…that’s what I try and focus very hard on doing. I believe that if you feel the song and create a moment for your audience, it is that much easier to capture their attention and make that experience that much more memorable.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
Lately I have been heavily influenced by Grace Potter. She is a Rock singer that has such a wicked voice and so much energy and presence on stage, I really look up to her. If you look up her song ‘The Lion The Beast The beat’, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Throughout my life though, I have been very much influenced by the Beatles and Queen. I grew up on classics like them and I still love and listen to them.
Finally, where do you see yourself, musically, in the next year?
This year, with my new band we are going to be getting as many gigs as possible, working on our performance and honing our original music. Later on in the year we are looking forward to possibly doing a small tour as well as getting some professional recordings done. Mostly though we want to be getting out name out there and performing wherever and whenever we can
*Savannah Quinn is our Artist Of The Month for January. Be sure to check out her Facebook, Twitter, etc.*