TI Exclusive: Interview With Jayne Ava

Canadian singer/songwriter, Jayne Ava, is ready to take on the US charts as she finishes her upcoming EP, March. From a young age, she threw herself into the world of musical theatre and attended a performing arts school from 6th grade on. After high school, Jayne moved to LA to pursue her dreams of writing and performing alternative-pop music. Her electric sound can be described as soulful, electric pop fueled by a large range of emotions.

TeenInfoNet sat down with the rising star for an exclusive interview where she explained to us her musical influences, inspirations behind her music, life in Los Angeles and much more! Be sure to check out the interview and learn more about Jayne Ava at JayneAva.com.

TI Exclusive: Interview With Ashley Brinton

With a newly released single and music video titled “You’ll know”, 13 year old singer/songwriter and actress Ashley Brinton is ready to take the world by storm. In just a year’s time, Brinton has launched an impressive acting career, landing high-profile roles in national television commercials, major motion pictures and music videos. Her latest video also features Disney Channel star Jake Short.

Ashley will make her big screen debut in the thriller Broken Vows, a psychological thriller starring Wes Bentley and Jaimie Alexander scheduled for release later this year, where she plays the role of Daisy, who is the flower girl and sister of the film’s bride-to-be. The South Florida native has also appeared in Animal Planet’s World of Dogs.

Ashley’s extraordinary vibrant stage presence, coupled with her lively “girl-next-door” personality have all enabled Brinton become one of the most sought after teens in the acting world. At a very young age, Ashley developed a love for acting. Inspired by her idol Natalie Portman, she played the role of Lucy in West Palm Beach’s prestigious BAK Middle School of the Arts’ production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Among many lead roles in the Boca Raton Theater Company’s productions throughout her early childhood, she landed the role of Christine in the Boca Raton Children’s Theater production of Phantom of the Opera, where she garnered the audiences’ acclaim for her flawless vocals and performance. It was crystal clear to her parents, her peers and her various audiences….this girl had a gift, and it was time to begin her professional training.

TeenInfoNet got an exclusive interview with the rising where she explained to us all about her new single, working with Jake Short, upcoming projects and much more! Be sure to check out the interview below and learn more about Ashley at AshleyBrinton.com.

-We love your new single “You’ll Know”, what was the message behind the song?

The song is about three boys who are trying to get my attention for all the wrong reasons. They are superficial. But I want a good, nice wholesome down to earth guy that I can relate to. That’s Jake. The song’s message is “you’ll know when it is right. You feel it in your heart. All for the right reasons.”

-How did you come up with the concept behind your music video? And how was it working with Jake Short?

The video’s concept came up when we wrote the lyrics for the song. The song has a swag that reminded me of a cool NYC vibe. Also, I wanted the video to be my own private love note to NYC, which I love! The video tells the rest of the story…

Working with Jake was amazing. He is the sweetest, most polite guy on the planet and is really funny. We had a blast working together, and I won’t forget this experience any time soon!

-You’re also a singer/songwriter and actress, which one came first?

Everyone thinks of me as an actress first, but songwriting was always my true passion. It came way before. However it’s hard to become public with it, so I’ve pursued acting to get in the public eye and then be able to make my music known.

-Do you find it difficult writing music many of your fans can relate to being that you’re only 13?

No. Being 13 actually helps me write music that teenage girls can relate to. My music is real because it comes from personal experience. Every teen girl has the wrong guys that they have crushes on. “You’ll Know” is relatable because all of us girls want a down-to-earth guy who likes us for who we truly are. Someone we can be ourselves with.

-What has been the most difficult song for you to write or which one is the most personal to you?

In every song I write I share a little piece of myself, so they’re all personal.

-Is it harder filming show/movie or a music video? What are the main differenced?

Movies and music videos are a lot of fun to work on! TV shows and movies are exciting and challenging because you’re playing a part or a character different than yourself.

Working on my music video was even more exciting because I’m not playing a role or character. I can totally be myself. And because I get to perform what I’ve written, I could feel it and really get to express myself.

-We’ll also be seeing you on the big screen soon, can you tell us about your new film ‘Broken Vows’?

“Broken Vows” is an amazing psycho thriller. I don’t think my parents will let me see the final version. Lol Jamie Alexander and Wes Bentley rock. I was lucky to work with such professionals. My part of Daisy is small, but I’m happy. You have to start somewhere!

-It might be February already, but the year’s still new, what do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

2015 is gonna rock! I’ll be graduating from 8th grade and getting ready to go to high school. I’ll also be working on my EP which is so cool. During my downtime I’ll be playing with my dogs and I’m going to Maine this summer… where I just know I’ll be inspired to write so many new killer songs!

-Besides your new film, you’ll also working on an EP…what can fans expect to hear?

Expect to hear more songs from my heart with a variety of beats: from kick-back cool to downtown tempos.

-What’s the process like to record an EP? How do you choose which songs to put on and which ones to save for later?

It’s super fun to record because I get to spend hours and hours with some super cool people in the recording studio. I don’t consider it work because it’s way too much fun and I love singing. We record a lot of songs and then we listen to them and like I always say, “you’ll know” when the right song comes along. It comes from my heart.

-Do you have a message for all your friends, family and fans?

Live, love and laugh a lot. I thank my fans and family for believing in me and I won’t disappoint.

-Finally, can you share with us your social medias and also where people can find your music?

Website: ashleybrinton.com
Twitter: ashleybrinton1
Instagram: ashleybrinton
Facebook: ashleybrintonmusic
YouTube: AshleyBrintonMusic
Tumblr: ashleybrintonmusic

Photos: Megan Nicole At SiriusXM Hits 1’s The Morning Mash Up Broadcast In L.A.!

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Singer-songwriter Megan Nicole attends Hits 1’s The Morning Mash Up Broadcast from the SiriusXM Studios on February 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

More pics below!

TI Exclusive: Interview With Cade Larson — Read Here!

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TeenInfoNet had the opportunity to interview singer-songwriter Cade Larson. Below is what Cade chatted with us about, and be sure to keep up with him on Twitter @CadeLarson to stay up to date with everything he has to come.

Hi Cade, we are excited to chat with you, how have you been?
Hi TeenInfoNet! Thanks for having me! I’ve been great!
How have things been since you starting pursuing your solo career?
Things have been awesome. Everything has been happening at a really fast pace, and the journey is so exciting.
 
We know you just released you 4 song EP, what song is your favorite?
My favorite song from the EP is Let Me Know because it’s SO much fun to play live, and the emotions that I was feeling when I was writing the song really shined through the recording like I wanted them to.
 
In the past you toured with Before You Exit, what is your favorite part of touring?
Of course I LOVE the performing, but meeting all of the incredible people after the shows is one of my favorite parts for sure.
 
What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you?
One fan drove 9 hours on a school night just to watch me perform, and had to drive all the way back home that night and go to school that next day. I thought that was incredible.
 
We hear that with your new EP you plan on touring in the spring, can you share any details on that?
I’ll be visiting almost all of the cities that I visited on tour with Before You Exit last winter, and more! 🙂
 
Who is your dream artist to record and tour with?
 
It’s my dream to record and tour with Ed Sheeran. He is incredibly talented and has heavily influenced who I am as an artist.
 
You only recently starting pursuing a solo career, can you give some advice to those out there who are trying the same thing?
 
Work, work, work. There are so many independent artists out there nowadays that share the same dream. You have to out-work everybody else to succeed in this business. Most importantly, believe in yourself. Confidence is a very powerful trait.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us!
Thanks for having me! Can’t wait to chat again soon. 🙂

TI Exclusive: Indie-Rock Band Kids on New Single & Upcoming Album!

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New music is constantly coming out.  New pop stars emerge, new rock bands with a metal edge, new boy bands, new indie bands, new solo artists; one has to wonder, where do they find an original sound?!  Well, the band, Kids, has done just that.  The indie-rock band, straight out of the South of Florida.
This December, Kids debuted their first single, “Love’s Song.”  Now, guitarist Josiah Sampson, Bassist/Vocalist Joshua Diaz, Drummer Matthew Barrios and Guitarist Christian Gonzalez, are looking forward to their album debut set for January 27!
TI has the low down on everything about their first single to their favorite tracks on Rich Coast!
Where did the inspiration for “Love’s Song” come from?
The writing of “Love’s Song” was inspired by the revelation that love is work. I found myself at the end of a relationship with someone, asking myself what went wrong. And it was obvious that the relationship was far “one-sided”. I came to the realization that I was the one that did all the work. I loved doing the work. But by not letting her do any, I was letting myself fall more in love with the relationship than she was. Because you love what you work for. If both people aren’t doing that, then it’s doomed to an end where someone is uninterested. Also just so happens, this girl’s last name was Love. So it’s an extra literal meaning in the writing.
How would you describe the meaning behind “Love’s Song”?
“Love’s Song” is written as an analogy.  If you had two men who always wanted to be farmers, and you give one of them a piece  of land that was producing crops already and all he had to do was harvest; and you give the other man a barren wasteland that he had to build the crops himself, poor his blood, sweat and tears into to produce crops; in the end who would love his farm more?… The man that had to work.
What is your goal concerning your music?  What do you hope people will get from listening to you? 
There’s such a beauty that comes with adolescence. We lose much of that as we get older, but we don’t have to. Just because we deal with more adult situations when we get older, doesn’t mean we can’t approach them with the same reckless abandon we would have as a child. Everything about a persons soul matures and evolves as he or she ages; imagine if also, our dreams and playfulness matured and evolved too. Life should be an adventure. Kids, is our artistic expression and documentation of many of those adventures. Love, inspiration, fear, aspirations, tragedy, betrayal; the chase for these things, the disappointments, the rewards…. The unknown. Of course were also humbled as people are inspired by this concept, and moved to play along with us.
Who/Which bands were an influence on you guys wanting to be an Indie-Rock band? 
We each have a number of different music that inspires us, however I don’t know how much they actually have an influence on our writing. For instance, I myself listen to Louie Armstrong, Blind Willie McTell, and Johnny Cash everyday. And the rest of the band is a melting pot of Tears For Fears, the Smiths, The killers, Mute Math, or even various K-POP artists. Were all over the map. So I don’t believe any of these influence our music directly. We enjoy them. But our biggest musical inspiration is ourselves. I’m not a fan of the phrase “Art inspires art.” I think copycats like that phrase. But I believe true artists are inspired by life.  As a musician, your art should sound like what you’ve seen or experienced, not like what you’ve heard.
Art is just our language. For instance, I didn’t grow up in England or Australia, so I don’t have an accent from there. Sometimes I wish I did… Cause it’s cool. But if I fake one, then I’m a fake… And people catch on to that. So Why would I do that with my music? We sound like us.
What was the best part of recording and getting ready to release the LP, “Rich Coast?”
Rich Coast is one of the first products we’ve made that had a certain goal and intent from the start. We wanted the entire record to sound like authentic feelings we had while doing things that made us feel alive.  To write this record, we set out on an adventure. We took time off of our jobs to hike and camp the Appalachian Trail, and follow up our adventures there in a log cabin in Chattanooga TN, where we converted the entire living room into a writing studio. We played old spaghetti westerns and Kung fu movies on silent (films we watched a a kid) as we documented musically, the feelings of the adventures we just had, paired with lyrics inspired over the last few years of our lives.
So my favorite part of the writing process, was literally walking what felt like an endless trail in the GA wilderness, humming melodies in my head of what the soundtrack of these sights and feelings would be.
Why is the album titled “Rich Coast?” 
The past few years for me have been a flood of feelings and perseverance. And many of them due to a chapter in my life that was directed toward investing in a life with someone in Costa Rica (literal translation, “Rich Coast”). A time investment that failed to say the least. But failure is one of the biggest adventures of all. Because you get to see what you’re made of, If/how you get back up, and who/what you put hope in next…. Chasing something again.
Don’t get me wrong, Rich Coast is NOT an album about Costa Rica lol. But it is a documentation of many of the feelings, experiences, and adventures that accompany endeavors that came with that time.. sentiments that EVERYONE experiences: Learning how to hope, loosing hope, then hoping again
What is your favorite track from “Rich Coast?” 
Personally, the track that resonates with me the most is “Sunshine”. It wasn’t even supposed to be on the record originally. It was unfinished as of two weeks before entering the recording studio. It was a 2-verse, unfinished nugget about hope.
One day, I was riding in the car with my mother. She had always been hard of hearing. But it was getting worse. And my mother doesn’t complain about ANYTHING! But she started to say that she was scared. She is losing her hearing rapidly, and she feared that she wouldn’t be able to hear her grandchildren speak to her anymore; or that she wouldn’t know what the song sounded like that “made it for me”.
This situation moved me. I went home, and revisited this unfinished song and wrote the final verse of “Sunshine”; as well as the last line of each verse. See, my mother always called me “sunshine”, that was her nickname for me. But… shes always been the one to light MY way. I told the guys that this song had to be on this record, so that my mother could hear it while she still had her hearing. And that I would play it for her every time she watched me; so that even if she couldn’t hear it one day, she could watch, and hear it from memory.

TI Exclusive: Lauren Strange On Biggest Dreams And Her Music!

 

 

Meet Lauren Strange! On the outside, this Memphis, Tennessee native is just a normal girl.  But to those who know her or are beginning to to know her name, she is a talented songwriter and musician who has been an award winning songwriter since she was only 9 years old!

Lauren is backed by her band, The Pretty Killers, and has just released her first EP: Say Yes. 

Don’t think that this is all you are going to here from Lauren, however.  Plans for a full album are in development and we think this down to earth girl has the makings to fulfill her wildest dreams!

Read through the interview below and head over to Lauren’s YouTube channel to check out her AMAZING talents! You can also keep up with Lauren on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her personal website!

 

Who is your role model? 

I have lots of strong women in my life that I admire greatly, and I’ve always hoped to be as independent and driven as my own mother. Some people are scared to death of turning into their parents, but if I can become half the woman my mother is, I’ll be happy.

 

If you could pick one track from the EP, what is your favorite?

“Say Yes” is one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written. I think it turned out really cool, with the doubled vocals we recorded and also the guitar parts that Rob laid down. I showed him “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley and told him I wanted this song to take on that kind of energy. He nailed it in one take.

 

What was the first song you ever wrote about? 

The first song I remember writing was when I was about 9 years old, and it was about not giving away your heart. I wish I had listened to 9-year-old me!

 

What is your favorite thing about songwriting/making music?

I love the feeling when a song is complete. It’s almost like creating a journal entry and being able to let all of those feelings just run and take a life of their own.

 

What instruments can you play? Which instruments do you not play but would love to learn? 

I play guitar (electric and acoustic) and piano/keyboard. I don’t play drums but I would love to learn! I would also love to be able to play bass well.

 

If you could have lunch with anyone-past, present or future-who would it be? 

I would love to have lunch with Kathleen Hanna. She’s such an incredible inspiration to me and other girls everywhere, and I’d love to hear personally about her experiences as an artist and all around awesome human being.

 

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is that I could be able to do this full-time. I would love to tour extensively with my band and be able to write and create all the time. That’s the goal.

 

TI Exclusive: Jocelyn Arndt On Songwriting With Her Brother!

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TI got the chance to talk to Jocelyn Arndt, singer of the brother-sister duo.  Between taking classes at Harvard, Jocelyn and her brother Chris have the talent to write some amazing songs and perform at venues between semesters!  You can get their EP, “Strangers In Fairyland” and stay tuned for cities and dates that you can catch the pair in action!

Listen below to the interview and be sure to subscribe to TI on YouTube and follow Jocelyn Arndt on Twitter!

TI Exclusive: Colin Huntley On Balancing His Music With Teenage Life!

During our teenage years, we all have dreams that reach far into adulthood.  We want to be Doctors, Lawyers, Rockstars, Astronauts, Models, and on and on the list goes.  For some of us, our dreams become reality sooner than we ever expected and that is what is happening to Colin Huntley.

Colin Huntley is a singer/songwriter living in Austin, Texas who began his pursuit of music in 2011 at an AMTC showcase in Orlando, FL.  Now, Colin has two EP’s that you can get, “ECLECTIC” and “Best I Never Had.”  Now, the title song for his second EP, “Best I Never Had” has a great music video and is up for its first award!

Below you can read interview questions answered by Colin himself!

“Best I Never Had” is up for the 2014 Music and Media Award; what was your reaction to the news of the nomination?
I was really thrilled to hear the news about Best I Never Had. Any kind of recognition you get for your music means a lot, especially so early in my career. I always put all of myself into my music, so the music, in essence is me, or at least who I was in that moment that I wrote it. So for people to recognize and reward it, makes it feel like they’re recognizing and rewarding a part of me. It’s a cool feeling.
What was your favorite part of shooting the “Best I Never Had” music video? Least favorite?
My favorite part of the shoot was the people. I flew to LA to do that shoot, and was there for about a week, doing various things. The video shoot was 2 days, and I made several life long friends along the way. Nayip Ramos, the director was an incredible guy. He made the whole shoot fun! He would yell really random things to try to get smiles and laughs out of us on camera. Him and the whole cast and crew were seriously great people. My least favorite part of the shoot was honestly just the early mornings. I’m definitely not a morning person, and we shot this before I discovered coffee.
 How is balancing your music and finishing up high school, any challenges? 

Balancing music and school is very difficult for me. Not because of the work load, but because of the motivation… I’m very motivated to be a musician, and I’ve known that for a while now. I understand why school is important, but sometimes I can get to feeling like it’s holding me back from running towards music 100%. Luckily, I do go to a performing arts school, so I am able to spend at least more of my day on music than most kids in high school can.

What are your short term and long term goals?

Goals are always a really interesting thing to me, because I’ve learned that so much can change so fast, and I change so fast. So my goals aren’t as specific as I think some people would tell you they should be. My number one short term goal is to graduate high school. Once that happens, I’ll have time to focus completely on music, which will be great.

As far as my number one, long term goal, I would have to say that it is simply to play music for a lot of people. I just want to make people feel understood… All of my favorite artists ever write and perform songs that make me feel understood, and I want to be that for a whole lot of people.

Where does your passion lie: singing/acting?
My passion is in expression. I know that’s a very artsy answer, but that’s where it is. I think my gift is music, so usually my expression comes out through music, but I’m a very emotional person. I have a lot of thoughts, ideas, and stories running through my head all the time, and I’m passionate about making those things heard.
What is the easiest part of song writing for you?  Hardest part?

The easiest part of songwriting for me has always been melody. Every songwriter I’ve ever met has one strength that rises above all, and mine is chorus melody. I’ve just always had a knack for that. The most difficult thing for me is lyrics. I’ve always got so many ideas. Some of them are literal, and some of them are poetic, and sometimes I can’t decide which direction I want to go.

Who is your dream duet/collaboration with?

I have two answers to this one. As far as musical collaboration goes, without a doubt, my dream collaboration is with John Mayer. I just want to play blues guitar with the man, and sing some harmonies! He’s my all time musical hero.

And as far as songwriting collaboration goes, I would definitely want to write with Ryan Tedder. He’s written countless hit pop songs, but that’s not what makes him special to me. All of these amazingly successful songs he’s written are also so emotional and so soulful. I love how he’s mastered taking real emotion and making it so universal.

What is one piece of advice you could give to anyone that wants to be a singer?

There are a few things I’ve learned about pursuing a music career that I wish I had known before. One is that it’s incredibly competitive. It doesn’t matter how bad you want it or if you’re doing it for the right reasons or the wrong reasons. The only people who have succeeded long term are those who have talent, but more importantly, work ethic. You have to work very hard.
On top of that, you have to have thick skin. Because even the most talented, most hard working people may never make it, and you have to know that, and be okay with it. You’re gonna run into some discouraging situations in pursuing a career in music. Those moments are what define who will and won’t make it.

 

Justin Levinson’s “Free Love” Video Is Now On Rotation On MTV.com — Check It Out!

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Singer-songwriter Justin Levinson released his official music video for “Free Love” and MTV.com has added it to their rotation. Justin is currently on tour and soon he’ll have some company — genre-defying artist Anna Nalick will be joining him at the Jammin Java in Vienna, VA.

Check out Justin’s “Free Love” video below:

Tour Dates:
Oct 10 The Lobby Middlebury, VT
Oct 27 Jammin Java w/ Anna Nalick Vienna, VA
Oct 28 The Iridium (Night #1) w/ Anna Nalick New York, NY
Oct 30 Tupelo Music Hall w/ Anna Nalick Londonderry, NH
Nov 01 Boulder Coffee Co Rochester, NY
Nov 07 Mexicali Live w/ Anna Nalick Teaneck, NJ
Nov 08 The Loft w/ Anna Nalick Poughkeepsie, NY
Nov 09 Stage on Herr w/ Anna Nalick Harrisburg, PA

Justin Levinson- Singer/Songwriter
Website: http://www.justinlevinson.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jxlevinson
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jxlevinson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justinlevinsonmusic
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Levinson

Roots Regular Patty Crash Flies Solo, Debuted “New Life” On MTV.com Today

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Icelandic rebel PATTY CRASH, legendary Roots Crew Affiliate premiered her video for her debut single “NEW LIFE” from the upcoming debut album BORN TO FALL. The Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter debuted “New Life” today at 3pm on MTV.com, this was a big step in the starlet’s young career — something like this puts her label Highly Educated Music Label on the map.

Mascara never holds up…especially when you’re near drowning in life’s bathtub of despair. This dark, artsy NEW LIFE visual by PATTY CRASH finds the industry mainstay doing what she does best – standing out amongst the crowd in her brash yet relatable way.

It’s a timeless love and life tale we can all sing along to when soulful PATTY CRASH declares, “…I do the most, so I can overdose/Pain is the Devil’s drug/You tell me go to hell, and it feels like the place to be…”

Check out the world premiere of Patty’s music video for single “New Single”: 

http://www.mtv.com/videos/patty-crash/1080384/new-life.jhtml

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Check out one of the Roots music videos featuring Patty below:

 

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