I’ve always lived in Sheridan, and have always loved the arts scene and proximity to the mountains. Everyone here is proud to be here, and works hard to maintain the image of what we all want Sheridan to be.
2. Tell us about your take on the music culture in Sheridan.
There’s a lot of music in the community, but the music in the schools is so cool to me. I’ve been involved in music through the school district since kindergarten, and the opportunities that I’ve had because of that are so awesome. I also love that you don’t have to look very hard to find music to listen to around here, and it ranges everywhere from bluegrass to electronica, I love the diversity and talent.
3. When did you realize, you had a knack for music?
I don’t remember falling in love with music, I’ve just always been drawn to it. The potential for collaboration, expression, and growth is immeasurable, and that’s so exciting to me. Junior high was when I first started playing a lot of music, I don’t know that I have a knack, but just that I have so much fun playing that it’s never been work to me, but I do practice all the time.
4. Who are a few of your artistic influences?
Doug Andrews is someone who I seriously admire. Not only has he written some damn good tunes, but the fact that he’s a Sheridan native and a self-made singer/songwriter earns him the utmost respect in my eyes. I also love Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers because 1: they have terrific lyrics and 2: they’re folksy but original, creative with their writing.
5. What are your future goals for your musical talent/endeavors?
I know I want to pursue music after high school, but I’m not quite sure how seriously. I’m positive it’s something that will always be a part of my life.
6. If you could get a concert ticket to see any music artist perform live, who would you want to see?
Probably either The Lumineers or Mumford and Sons. They’re both incredible on albums, and the writing and attention that goes into each song is apparent.
7. If you could meet any music artist (alive or past), who would that be?
It’s so hard to choose. I’d want to meet so many people to pick their brains about songwriting and general musicianship. James Taylor, Doc Watson, Edward Sharpe, and Ed Sheeran would definitely make the list.
8. Which artist is on your current playlist, whom you believe should receive more credit for their work?
Brent Cowles and Shakey Graves are both terrific songwriters who don’t have a ton of name recognition. Brent Cowles is from Fort Collins and he has the most incredible voice, you can hear the passion he has for his music when he sings. Shakey Graves is from Austin, he’s a terrific guitarist and so much fun to listen to.
9. Where can people get in touch with you?
Facebook would be the best way to get in touch with me, carrier pigeons or telegrams are tolerated.
10. Where can people go to listen to more of your music?
I don’t have anything lined up as of now. I sing in the shower pretty much every day, listeners welcome.