What’s your first musical memory?
When I was a kid, my dad got a black BMW with a CD player. He only had two CDs in it— one was by a rock band, and the other was by Paula Abdul. She was the first artist’s name that I remembered as a kid. She had this really huge song called ‘Opposites Attract’, and the music video for it featured an animated dog. It was really upbeat and funky. I grew up with a lot of funk and pop in the 90s.
You auditioned for a lot of singing contests growing up. What were some of the lessons you learnt from this experience that have stuck with you?
The biggest lesson I learned from those auditions was not to be afraid of rejection. That has brought me really far in life. Of course you’re going to fail a bunch of times. A lot of people can feel very defeated by that. Sometimes, one rejection can make you feel like that’s it. For me, auditioning was practice for things I’ve had to experience later in life, like going to label meetings and being told no. I don’t take it personally. I’ll just take my “thing” somewhere else.