TI Exclusive: Introducing Mary English

Seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter, Mary English exploded onto the music scene just last year with her anthemic pop tune, “At It Again” which garnered over 100K plays to date. Since then the NC-native has released “Don’t Wanna Say”, “Lullaby”, “Ignite The Night” and “Like a Dream” with placements on MTV.

Mary English is a talented vocalist whose sound is an ambiguous mix of pop and feel good music. Currently working alongside Elliot James, original drummer from Hey Monday, the two create meaningful songs and videos that reflect her youthful lifestyle. Mary English has been working hard in the studio to create her debut EP that will be released later this fall and although she’s young, she’s strong when it comes to her music. For people who truly love music, it’s always about the music and what Mary English has to offer is no exception.

We caught up with Miss English in an exclusive interview where she dished on her childhood idols, songwriting, upcoming projects, and many more! Check out the interview below and be sure to watch her new music video for her single “Don’t Wanna Say.”

-Can you tell us a little about yourself first?
Hi, my name is Mary English Moore, and I am a senior in high school. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I absolutely adore anything that has to do with music. I love to sing, dance, act, write songs, and play the guitar. I have been involved with music ever since I was young, and I can’t seem to ever get enough of it. Music is how I express myself everyday.

-You started dancing and acting at a young age, but when you discover your love for singing?
When I was five, I used to follow my brother to his drum lessons every week. I always wanted to do the same thing as him, so I begged my mom to let me have a lesson. She asked one of the teachers there if she would sing with me, since I was a little too young to play an instrument, while my brother was in his lesson. So from then on every week I took voice lessons, and I never quit going. It was so much fun for me to go and have something prepared for my teacher each week. It was my favorite thing to do. Then I got more involved with the plays at school, and my teachers began to reach out. They encouraged me to keep singing and do some local theatre. I continued to train and perform. I used to train very seriously at a ballet school for several years until I got an ankle injury. Then I was introduced to Elliot James and Billy Hufsey who helped guide me and lead me to where I am.

-Which artists did you look up to when you were younger?
I grew up listening to all of the Disney stars like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lavato, and Selena Gomez. I wanted to be just like them! I would learn all of their songs and choreograph my own videos.

-Has your taste in music changed now that you’ve grown up?
My taste in music has definitely changed and grown along with me. I used to only listen to soundtracks of movies and what was on Radio Disney. Now I listen to all kinds of genres like pop, country, hip-hop, R&B, rap, and really just anything! I go on YouTube and look up new artists and music all the time.

-When did you begin writing songs?
I guess I have been writing songs ever since middle school. I would write poems and those poems would turn into melodies. I would write down what I felt and then I would grab my guitar and just strum chords! Then when I started working with Elliot, he really helped me develop my ideas and make them more than just the sounds and words in my head.

-Did you find it difficult to write songs people could relate to when you were younger?
In theory, yes. I used to second guess myself a lot. I thought that I was the only one going through awkwardness and drama, so I didn’t want to let it all out. When I was younger, I thought people wanted to hear music that was really emotional, but I wasn’t at that point yet. Then as I got older and experienced more, I got used to feeling more vulnerable. I realized how alike we all are and how much we have in common.

-Which song was the most difficult to write for you?
From a technical point, they all have their challenges, but if I had to pick one song that was the hardest I would say “Promise.” It was hard from an emotional perspective. I had to be honest with myself and let my guard down. While writing the bridge, I had to be able to put myself in the guy’s place. It was hard to bring all of those emotions back up, but that’s what being an artist is all about. It gets easier over time to talk about your feelings, but not all the time. Especially not when you’re speaking so directly and vulnerably to someone in particular. Though I think that I have grown in so many ways emotionally from writing music.

-How was it working with Elliot James?
Elliot is honestly just the sweetest guy ever, and we hit it off right away! He has always been so encouraging through everything, and he never makes me feel bad or out of place. He challenges me vocally, pushes me, and always knows exactly what to say. Elliot is like my best friend, and he knows so much about me (especially all of my boy drama- haha.) It’s amazing! We have both grown so much working together, and our relationship gets stronger every time. He is seriously such a talented musician and songwriter. Elliot is just an amazing guy, and I would never be where I am today without him!

-What is one thing you have learned from working with James?
Well, I have learned a lot from working with Elliot but if I were to say one thing, I would say that he has taught me how to put my voice into my music. He really helped me bring out my emotions and to really put them into words. It’s easy to just sing a song, but when emotions are really put behind those lyrics, it really turns into a story.

-How does it feel to be recognized by MTV?
It’s crazy to think that the MTV I grew up watching and dreaming to see myself on is now something I actually do! It’s like all I’ve ever dreamed is right in front of me. I used to spend hours in front of my T.V just dancing and singing to all of my favorite artists like Taylor Swift and Beyonce. To see myself up there now is just so unreal! My favorite thing about it is getting a tweet or message from a new fan whose just seen me on TV for the first time. I love it!

-What can fans expect from your EP?
Fans can expect to finally get all my songs in one place, as well as some new ones ; ) I can’t wait till it finally comes out! I’ve always wanted to have my own CD☺

-What is the hardest part about pursuing a singing career?
The hardest part is not giving up. A music career is a 24/7 job, so you always have to be ready and on point. People are always watching. You also always have to believe in yourself. No matter what you take on, there’s always going to be people wanting to take you down. They will say everything they can to make sure you don’t achieve what you want. Though the important thing is to always remember why you wanted to do it in the first place.

-If you could pick any song, which song would you say best describes your personality?
I would have to say Pharrell’s, “Happy.”

-Are there any artists you would love to switch lives with for a day?
I think it would be so cool to live in Beyonce’s heels for a day! It would be so cool to be on a world tour and perform every night. That’s a dream come true! Beyonce is known for the way she carries herself, and her presence when she performs. I would love to be in her world for just a day! Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be Beyonce☺

-If you had to live in a music video, which video would you choose and why?
I would have to choose Love story by Taylor Swift. It is so romantic and her dress is so gorgeous☺The video is exactly like a fairytale. Who doesn’t want to live in one?! Also, in the video she finds her Prince Charming. I really want to find my Prince, so If I lived in the video, boom there he would be☺ Ready with a ring and everything- haha!

-Where do you hope to see yourself in the next couple years?
I would hope that my music continues to touch more people and helps me meet more faces. I can’t wait to start performing again and playing shows. So I would hope that there would be a lot more of that! I see myself releasing a full album and travelling to perform in all areas of the world. I’m excited to see where my music can go and who knows, maybe I’ll be performing somewhere near you soon☺
-Where can fans find your music and your other social medias?
Fans can find all my music and videos on iTunes, VEVO, YouTube and MTV.com. You can tweet and Facebook me @iammaryenglish. I always stay in touch with fans on Instagram at maryenglish☺ I love to hear from all of y’all!

Check out the video for “Don’t Wanna Say” right HERE!

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