Interviewed by Fatima Az-Zaharaa Dadou
Chloe, it’s a pleasure to be meeting with you today. You are a Calvert Virtual High School student that attends a private school. What are some things you enjoy about Calvert?
I love the flexibility that Calvert gives me. I can spend a whole day in the studio recording a song and still get all my schoolwork done. I also love the fact that there is so much one-on-one attention at Calvert; this is both the first year I’m being homeschooled and the first year I’m getting straight A’s!
You had your own record label at the age of 14! That is something very impressive. What are some of your other major achievements so far?
When I was just thirteen, my song “I’ve Had Enough” was featured in an ABC Family television show called “The Vineyard”. My songs have gotten radio play in places such as the U.S., U.K., and Australia. I have done interviews for many radio stations, both local and international. I have been featured in a pilot for an upcoming music-based reality show called “Welcome to the Barn” and I was the subject of an independent documentary about my songwriting process for the Jacob Burns Film Center! Also, my EP is scheduled to be released in either May or June.
Some artists have special or certain times they write their songs. Where do you find inspiration for your music?
I find my inspiration for songs from pretty much everywhere. Whether it’s a situation from my real life or a storyline from a television show, I can always find something to write about. Ross and Rachel’s relationship on “Friends” fuels many of my song ideas.
Could you describe the process from the time you have an idea for a song to transforming it into a video? What’s your favorite part of the process?
Once I write a song, I usually start by recording a home demo of it. Then I send it to my producer in Nashville who begins to create a track around my demo. Finally, I fly to Nashville to do the vocals and I begin playing the song live for audiences to hear and react to it. My favorite part of this process is playing my songs for an audience, because there is a kind of energy that you get from playing live that cannot be duplicated.
You have many beautiful songs that have gained thousands of views on YouTube. Which of your own songs is your favorite and why?
Picking a favorite song is like picking a favorite child. It is pretty much impossible. Each song has certain elements that I like, and they are all so different from each other.
What are some pros of being a singer? And cons if any?
There are many pros to being a singer. One of my favorite parts of being a singer is being in front of a live audience, because the response from an audience right after you sing a song is irreplaceable. A con to being a singer is that not everyone accepts what you do for a career. They think everyone should work in an office doing the same thing every day over and over, because that is what they consider a “job”. To any students who want to become singers, you need to know that although you will get some hate, you need to be strong and stand for what you love. And besides, being a musician can’t be such a bad job when what you do for work is called playing.
Thank you for sharing with the Calvert Voices audience your amazing talents! Do you have any upcoming events or goals that we could look forward to?
I hope to one day play Madison Square Garden, but for now, I am playing at many local coffee houses and venues. This summer I will be in a production of “Into The Woods” in New York if anyone wants to come say hi! Thank you for having me, it was an honor to be here.
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