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Tuesday
Apr022013

Lucie Arnaz: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Interview

The daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over 45 years in show business. She made her Broadway debut as "Sonia Wolsk" in Neil Simon-Marvin Hamlisch-Carole Bayer Sager-musical They're Playing Our Song for which she won the Theatre World, LA Drama Critics and Outer Critic's Circle Awards and has gone onto star in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as well as dazzling audiences in both film and television.

Now Lucie is continuing on with her recording career as she comes to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8pm with her show "An Evening with Lucie Arnaz" where concert goers can hear new arrangements of favorite standards by Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter, as well as Latin tunes made famous by her father and showstoppers from her Broadway career. Showtime is 8pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Lucie be sure to visit http://www.luciearnaz.com and follow her on Facebook!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Not ever going to be sure of that. One would have to guess though, right? My folks were in the biz and I saw that they loved what they did for a living. If they sold fruit and loved it, I might be a produce manager now.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? The list is very long. And most have died. But, for the living, we can start with Ron Howard, Steven Soderberg, George Clooney, Kathleen Marshall, Hugh Grant...........and on and on.

3. You are going to be performing at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on May 18. What excites you about this upcoming concert? I rarely get a chance to perform my shows close to home and my friends are always asking when they can see me. Now they will have no excuse!!

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your concert, "An Evening with Lucie Arnaz"? A happier outlook on their lives.

5. With a wide range of material to choose from, how did you decide which material you wanted to perform for this concert? Each show is a bit different from the last. I look at the audience I will be playing for (demographics sometimes matter- often they don't), the money matters only in the size of the band I can provide and the size of the band then decides which of my 200+ charts I will do. Some songs work well with a small band and other arrangements really need the full complement. This is going to be the trio show and so it's a cozier feel. The material is always drawn from the same well, though. GREAT SONGS. Or, at least, what I believe is a great song- fairly new or a vintage standard. Stick with the best songwriters and great stories and you cannot go wrong. Plus, I am an "arrangement whore." A good arrangement of a song can send it into a whole new stratosphere.

6. Your latest album Latin Roots, is a celebration of your Latin heritage. What made now the right time to put this CD together? I had been asked to produce an evening celebrating the music of my father and his Desi Arnaz Orchestra for the 40th Anniversary of Lyrics and Lyricists Series at The 92nd Street Y in NYC. My musical director and I had been discussing the idea of a "Latin Roots" CD for years as we do so much of this music in our shows. It seemed criminal not to have that kind of a CD available for sale in the lobby if we were going to produce this big evening tributing my roots. SO, we produced both at the same time!!!

7. What is your favorite part of the creative process in putting an album together? The first time I hear the charts played by the full orchestra is pretty fabulous. When you get the head phones on in the booth and start signing to those amazing tracks. And hearing the completed, mixed CD for the first time is bliss.

8. You starred in one of my favorite Broadway shows They're Playing Our Song. Looking back, what was the best part about starring in this show?  That's an almost impossible question to answer. There was so much good about that experience. Working with and learning from the genius that is Neil Simon. Working with and learning from the genius that was Marvin Hamlisch. Laughing harder than I can remember at Robert Klein's humor. Being directed by Robert Moore. Watch Carole Bayer Sager create. I am a lyricist, too, and that was a dream come true for me right there. Being a star in a hit Broadway show. That's like being Cinderella at the ball every night. NOT being nominated for a TONY. There was more love and compassion sent my way because of that than if I had WON. And, best of all, I met my husband Larry Luckinbill, during the run of that show and we have been married 32 years now and he gave me three beautiful children and two delightful stepsons.

9. What do you get from your theatrical ventures that you do not get from your music or television/film work? A sense that, after working very hard and giving it my all during rehearsal, that I did it all by my self once the curtain goes up. There is great pride in that. It's a big wire act that thrills me to no end. It is also a huge amount of work to DO eight shows a week for an extended period, to keep showing up every night and giving 100%. That is something to be very proud of. 

10. You were the executive producer of two specials about your parents Lucy and Desi, the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special and Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie. What was it like going back through all the pictures and footage for these specials? I directed Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie, too, and in both cases, it was a very healing experience. I encourage everyone to try it, whether they have famous parents or not. Walk a mile in their shoes and see what choices you might have made if you had been in their place at the same time. It's a very forgiving experience.

Lucy Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr, Lucie Arnaz, Photo from www.luciearnaz.com11. What do you miss most about your parents? Boy, you ask the big questions, don't ya? I feel like I should have a book deal and a big advance at this point for these answers!!!!! I miss now what I missed when they were both alive. I miss them being there.

12. What is like to be the daughter of two people who made such a big impact on the world of entertainment? A gift. A bonus. A pain in the ass.  A huge responsibility. A challenge. An inspiration. A reason to search for the real truth in life. SO, ultimately, a blessing.

13. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I can be a light in this world.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

14. What's the best advice you've ever received? 

From my father: "There must be a way."

 From my mother: "Be good to Lucie." 

 From Unity: That we are all ONE and the power of God is within ME.

15. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I have not got a clue. Can I see the list of super powers? Is there a power to bring peace to all nations? If so, that would be my choice.

More on Lucie:

Lucie Arnaz's other New York stage credits include Lost in YonkersDirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grace and Glorie; in the London premiere of The Witches Of Eastwick; in the Coconut Grove Playhouse premieres of Once Removed and A Picasso; in national tours of SeesawWhose Life Is It Anyway?Social Security and My One And Only (Sarah Siddons Award); and in regional theatre productions of Wonderful Town, Master ClassCabaretThe GuardsmanAnnie Get Your GunI Do! I Do!Educating RitaVanities, and Mack And Mabel.

She has appeared on television in The Lucie Arnaz ShowSons And DaughtersThe Black DahliaThe Mating SeasonWho Gets The Friends?Washington Mistress, Death Scream and six seasons of Here's Lucy; on the big screen with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Oliver in The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe Nomination), Down To YouSecond ThoughtsBilly Jack Goes To WashingtonThe PackWild Seven and has lent her voice to the new animated fantasy about the NY Yankees, Henry And Me.

Lucie has performed the opening number on the Academy Awards (1981) and at The White House several times. She was Executive Producer of the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special (Emmy nomination), and Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie (Emmy winner 1993). She recorded her first album for Concord Jazz, "Just In Time," and her newest CD, "Latin Roots," is a celebration of just what the title says. Lucie has been traveling the country and the world with her various concerts for over 20 years. With her brother, Desi, she manages Desilu, too, LLC. With her husband, actor Laurence Luckinbill, she manages five grown children.

Sunday
Mar242013

Charles Eliasch: Carnegie Hall Debut Interview

Adam Rothenberg and Charles EliaschIn my fifth video interview, "Call Me Adam" sat down with rising opera singer Charles Eliasch to talk about making his Carnegie Hall debut on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 2pm. We also talked about working with his mom, Amanda Eliasch, life lessons, favorite hang-outs, superpowers, and were treated to a very special sneak-peak performance of "Ma rendi pur contento" by Vincenzo Bellini.

For more on Charles be sure to visit http://charleseliasch.blogspot.com.

Tuesday
Mar052013

It's Our Night with Jason Dottley

In my second video interview, "Call Me Adam" sat down with superstar actor and recording artist, Jason Dottley, to talk about his new single "It's Our Night" and upcoming album Love Story, due to release this fall

Jason is best known for his starring turn in Del Shores' Sordid Lives: The Series as well as the chart-topping hit songs "Hit Play," "Pop It," and "Party Round The World."

Now Jason is taking his music to the next level with his new single and upcoming album.

For more on Jason be sure to visit http://www.jasondottley.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Tuesday
Jan222013

Adelaide Mestre: Top Drawer Interview

Adelaide Mestre is an actress, singer, writer, and solo show performer living in NYC. Adelaide began her career at The Public Theatre where at 14 she had her first job as an actress in a musical and worked with Joseph Papp. Since then she has performed in numerous theatrical productions, musicals, cabarets and films including Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives. Adelaide has written and performed several solo shows including: Dead Mosquito at Emerging Artists Theatre's One Woman Standing Festival and Out of Step at Where Eagles Dare Theatre. Her ten-minute play, It’s My Amygdala was produced at the Estrogenius Festival and the SoHo Playhouse. Her musical memoir Top Drawer was first presented at the Midtown International Theatre Festival as a work in progress and most recently at the 2011 New York International Fringe.

Adelaide Mestre in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd StudioNow, Top Drawer is coming to Theatre 72 (formally the Triad Theatre) in NYC from February 5-27. Directed by Coco Cohn (who's currently appearing in Broadway's Mamma Mia as "Rosie"), Top Drawer recounts Adelaide's journey from the gilded penthouses of Manhattan’s Upper East Side to the old city streets of Havana, Cuba. On a mission to re-discover her colorful family’s heritage, one that includes Marshall Field (founder of Marshall Field & Company Department Stores), Marshall Field III (founder of The Chicago Sun- Times), Cornelius Bliss (founder of the Metropolitan Opera) and Abel Mestre (CMQ Network, Cuba), Adelaide establishes her personal independence and takes the audience from dysfunction to redemption. With a gay, Cuban, concert-pianist father and a mother who was an exacting, strong-willed socialite and professional opera-singer, Adelaide's extraordinary life makes for a riveting theatrical experience. 

Top Drawer plays at Theatre 72 (158 W 72nd Street, 2nd Floor) on February 5, 13, 19, & 27 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 + 2 drink minimum. Click here to purchase tickets!

For more on Adelaide be sure to visit http://adelaidemestre.com and follow her on Facebook, and Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My parents, their love of the arts, they took me to the theatre all the time and the opera and the ballet…all kinds of entertainment. My home was filled with music. It was all around. My mom took me in tow to her singing lessons. My dad played piano all the time. Was always entertaining at dinner parties. I witnessed their love of music, their dedication to it AND their struggle to realize themselves as artists. That’s been part of the fuel that’s kept me at it, a feeling that I need to fulfill something.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Michael Grief. I love his work. Next To Normal, the new musical Giant…I’m a big fan!

Adelaide Mestre in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd Studio3. What made you want write Top Drawer: Stories from Park Avenue to Havana? What made now the right time to share your story? I was stuck. I was trying to work on a cabaret act and I couldn’t move forward with it. I called a friend who teaches writing and said, “Help, I’m stuck!” I couldn’t give myself the permission to do the thing I love best in the world, which is to sing. So he gave me the assignment to write about my life in music. He has a wonderful first assignment he gives to all his students, which is to write your autobiography in one page (It’s amazing how you write the story of your life when you have to condense it to one page)! But, for me, he told me to write my life story in music. As I wrote I remembered anecdotes I’d heard about great grandparents that loved music and wanted to sing and I delved into my childhood growing up with a dad who played piano and a mother who was an opera singer. I traced the creative impulse in my family and most importantly my parents and saw what happened to it, how it was thwarted, and how that legacy was passed down to me. I had to figure out to figure out what happened, I needed to understand how I ended up so blocked and unable to express this vital and important part of myself.

And I was also inspired by a significant trip to Cuba. I traveled to Cuba to see my father’s homeland and to see the piano that belonged to him before my family fled in 1960. I’d heard the piano was still there and I had to see it. I was so moved by my experience of being there that I wanted to write about. But I actually began writing that piece years before and it wasn’t until I wrote about music in my life that I was able to tell the story of my journey to Cuba. I realized that the search for my dad’s piano and the search for my voice were stories that belonged together.

Adelaide Mestre in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd StudioAdelaide Mestre and Doug Oberhamer in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd Studio4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? A sense of connection. That they’re not alone. We all have painful experiences of which we’re often, sadly, so ashamed of. As a kid I felt so isolated, I struggled with my embarrassment of my father’s homosexuality and then later, shame about his suicide. But what feels so difficult and shameful and, if we share it, can liberate us and connect us to others.

The knowledge that we can survive painful experiences and that good can come from those experiences. The understanding that though we may feel devastated, even debilitated for a time, you can learn and grow and find a way through. Find a way through whatever darkness you’re experiencing. Whatever your problems there are others who have had them too and there is no unhappiness that cannot be lessened. There is always hope! That’s probably my biggest thing. Losing my father to suicide I have a passionate need for people to know there is always hope.

The feeling that we’re all in this together having a very human experience, full of all kinds of pain and struggle but joy and triumph too. To feel okay with who they are and whatever struggles they have. To feel compassion for themselves with whatever difficulties they have. I hope they feel liberated in some way, to be able to talk about things they might not have been able to or to access their feelings in a way they couldn’t before.

I hope I’ve been able to give voice to some things that will open a door for someone. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me after the show and said with a sense of relief, "my father was gay and it was never talked about , thank you!," or someone hugs me crying and says, "my father committed suicide too," "I lost a brother to suicide," or one woman who came up to me and said, "I really felt for your mother, my first husband was gay and I loved him dearly." In voicing some of my experiences it seems to give people permission to.

5. What did you learn going back through your life to write this show? I learned about how much my parents did indeed love each other. I’d always wondered. Because my dad was gay I had the notion that their love wasn’t real. That it was a farce. I always thought that marrying my mother was a choice my father made because he was trying to be straight and lead a conventional life. But in writing about their courtship and how they came together and understanding more of the bond between them, I learned that their love was in fact very real. It made me feel more real.

Coco Cohn, director of "Top Drawer"6. Coco Cohn is directing Top Drawer. How did you two come to work together and what has been the best part about this collaboration? It’s a ridiculous story. Coco and I have been friends for year, since my brief stint at NYU, Ticsh School Of The Arts. I called her in a panic because I got into the Fringe but still didn’t have a director attached to the project. I had to fill out a form online with the name of my director. She told me to just use her name as a placeholder. And as time was running out and I still didn’t have a director I called her and said, "I think you’re it!" The truth is I was terrified to do the show and so I dawdled in finding a director and when it came down to it I realized I couldn’t really do it with anyone other then her because she’s a dear friend and I feel so safe with her. The trust we have from years of friendship was critical to being able to pull this off!

The best thing has been discovering this aspect of our relationship. We never worked together professionally before. Coco has always been my de-facto acting coach and all around creative consultant. She helps me with auditions, gives me feedback on pieces I’m writing and yet it never occurred to me to have her direct my show. It was like looking at your best friend and suddenly realizing you’re in love with them. She was right there. All along. My perfect director and I didn’t know it. She ended up the perfect choice!

Adelaide Mestre in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd Studio7. Top Drawer first premiered in the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. How do you feel the show and you have grown over these past two years? The show has gotten tighter. More solid. I trust the story more. I have a terrible habit of over-explaining which comes out in my writing. I’ve grown in confidence as a performer. And more specifically, I’ve gotten my stage legs as a Solo-show performer. There is a unique dynamic with an audience when it’s just you up there. The audience is your scene partner in a way and you have to learn how to navigate that relationship.

Adelaide Mestre in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd Studio8. Your family heritage includes Marshall Field (founder of Marshall Field & Company Department Stores), Marshall Field III (founder of The Chicago Sun- Times), Cornelius Bliss (founder of the Metropolitan Opera) and Abel Mestre (CMQ Network, Cuba). What were/are some of the rewards and challenges coming from such a prestigious family tree? See the show and you’ll know! No, seriously….the challenges? Well, the pressure, the expectations, the impossible standards to live up to. All that breeds a terrible perfectionism that stunts growth and the creative process. It’s a challenge to carve out an identity against the backdrop of these larger than life figures; who accomplished so much. It’s easy to forget they were just human beings. (It can become hard to accept one’s very ordinariness, one’s own humanity really).

But some of the rewards…a great sense of what can be accomplished, that one can do "big" things. It gives you an expanded vision that helps you to dream because you have a sense of what’s possible. It’s also daunting because of the feeling of needing to live up to something (or someone) great, a pressure to do something out of the ordinary but taken the right way it’s also a gift.

And in some ways the challenges are the rewards. Working through the challenges yields the rewards. Like dealing with anything that’s difficult. You learn from it and you grow.

Adelaide Mestre in "Top Drawer", Photo Credit: Laura Boyd Studio9. When and how do you think you found the strength to get through the dysfunction you grew up in and move forward? The love of something that transcends and includes all the pain, difficulty and challenge. The desire to sing… It’s been the carrot in front of me. The thing to follow…I wanted to overcome my challenges and heal enough to be able to do this thing. My creativity has, in many ways, saved me. Like most creative people, I let my life be the stuff of my art and it transforms it.

And, of course, the love and support of dear friends… And some professionals!

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? There are two things in the show that I would have to say are the best two pieces of advice I’ve received. At one point I’m crying to my singing teacher, afraid that my heart is going to break again, I don’t think I can survive another heartbreak, another loss and he says, "Let your heart break. Let it break into a million pieces and become one with everything." And then he says, "Just give yourself over to the music and sing." Give yourself over to life. Don’t hold your self back from experiencing life. All of it. The good, the bad, the joyful, the painful, it’s all part of being human. Don’t stand outside of life. Participate in it fully. For years I held myself back. I was so afraid to be hurt again. Afraid to love after experiencing the immense loss I did as a child. But then you just rob yourself of even more life. You can’t ever get back what was lost but now, in the present, you can live fully.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Stay in bed late, read the paper, go to a movie in the afternoon, and when weather permits a long bike ride. The other thing I like to do when I have free time is bake or take on a major cooking project. Like plan a dinner party with a special menu and spend the day shopping in some neighborhood in the city, buy special ingredients and then cook a big feast. Like shop in Spanish Harlem and make a big Mexican or Cuban dinner or shop in little Korea town and make a Korean dish.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga and swimming, it’s the perfect combination!

13. Favorite skin care product? RéVive Tonique Preparatif – recommended to me by this fabulous make-up artist. It makes my skin exceptionally clear and beautiful. And meditation – I swear it makes my skin better!

14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Omnilingualism -- the ability to and understand and speak any language fluently. I think that would be really cool.

Thursday
Jan172013

Amy Rose: The Country Singer Interview

Photo Credit: www.melyssagphotography.netPart down-home country girl, part sophisticated musical veteran, Amy Rose has already earned a reputation for being one of Ontario, Canada’s best-known secrets. From her early years on small-town fair and festival stages, to her brand-new, Nashville-recorded single, Rose is on a journey to the world stage and beyond…THIS is the beginning!

Amy Rose grew up in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where she began her singing career at the age of 5. Her first public performance was in a singing contest at the Barrie Promenade Days, a local fair. A series of singing competitions followed, including her most memorable early moment: "It was at the Kinmount Fair," Amy recalls. "I had been the winner for the previous three years, when I was lucky enough to meet one of my local heroes, Jason McCoy (2001 CCMA Best Male Artist.)" It was also during this period that Amy was trained in, and mastered the art of yodeling, earning her the respect of Ontario’s country music community.

Photo Credit: www.melyssagphotography.netAmy’s first album, One Special Girl, was released independently, when she was 13. On the strength of this album, she landed a spot on Dorian Baxter’s Gospelenium Tour, opening for Joni and Cathy Twitty, the daughters of her then-idol, Conway Twitty. Other openers for The Wilkinsons, Emerson Drive and High Valley followed. Her second album, The Last of the True Believers, was released in 2001, receiving airplay, and earning her the reputation as one of Canada’s best young female artists. A brief hiatus from recording gave Amy the opportunity to raise a family with her husband; passing along the strong values that have always been an important part of her life. During this period, she continued to inspire live audiences by performing for fundraisers and promotional events, including those for Opry Orillia, Opry North, Penetangueshene Centennial Museum, and other Midland events. But, Nashville began to whisper in this northern girl’s ear…

Photo Credit: www.melyssagphotgraphy.netRecorded at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, "I Just Want You To Know" is the new single from Amy’s forthcoming third album. The track, a pop-country cover of a song originally recorded by the Backstreet Boys, was produced by Glenn Coulson and Marty Beecroft of After Tuesday Productions, and it features some heavy-hitters on the Nashville studio scene: Mark Prentice, bass (Vince Gill, Keith Urban;) Glen Duncan, fiddle (Reba, Shania;) and Mike Rojas, keys (Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan,) among others. This mid-tempo gem is already receiving critical acclaim from the industry: Patrice Majors of Focus On The 615, gives it 5 out of 5 stars. It was the Most Added Single at country radio, weekending October 26, 2012, according to New Music Weekly magazine, and it is currently at #30 on the New Music Weekly Main Country Chart. It is also #130 on the Music Row Chart, #77 on the CMG Radio Network chart, and #1 OnlyLyrics.com.

"I Just Want You To Know" follows the European release of "(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck," a song that was co-written by Amy and her producers. A funny, tongue-in-cheek music video has already secured a spot in the rotation on CMT Canada, and it was recently the #1 music video on OnlyLyrics.com. The video for "Redneck Reunion" also debuted in the Top 25 Most Watched Music Videos on Y’allwire.com (#21.) The track debuted at #7 on the Independent Music Network country chart, and it has received airplay in Netherlands, UK, Germany, Australia, Japan, Denmark, and of course, Canada.

Earning comparisons to contemporaries like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, "I Just Want You To Know" is just a preview of what lies ahead for this burgeoning vocal superstar.

For more on Amy be sure to visit http://www.amyrosemusic.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer? Growing up I would sing along to records of the great Pasty Cline, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Dolly Parton...These artist have definitely made an impact and showed me exactly the type of artist I want to be...

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I'm a huge fan of Dolly Parton, so she is definitely on the top of my list of people I would love to work with.

Amy Rose singing at Kempenfest3. You have been singing since you were 5 years old, releasing your first album, "One Special Girl," at age 13. What was it like to release an album at such a young age? Honestly I remember it being so nerve racking and exciting at the same time because this was something I had dreamed about doing from the time I was 5, so to have that opportunity to cut an album, I was excited but nervous with thoughts of people not liking me or my sound....

4. You are getting ready to release your third album, which features your new single "I Just Want To Know You," originally recorded by The Backstreet Boys. What excites you about this upcoming release? How did you come to record "I Just Want To Know You"? What do you identify with most about the song? I get very excited at the opportunity to show that all songs can be "country-fied"..."I Just Want You To Know" was a great pop song and I wanted to show people that it could be a great country song as well... :)

As much as I would love to take credit on picking "I Just Want You To Know" to cover, the truth is I had nothing to do with this...A very good friend of mine Jessica is a huge BSB fan and had brought this song to me a few years back and said Amy I think this would make a killer country song...I listened to the song and fell in love with it!!! When I started to work with my producers on this album, I showed them this song and they loved it too!!!

5. You took a brief hiatus from recording to start a family. What was it like to make this decision? Did you always know you would come back to music or were you wondering if once you had a family, you would stop recording completely? Stopping was never an option (Music is in my blood)...For me, I've known for a long time that I wanted to be a singer and I have worked extremly hard at it from such a young age but sometimes there comes a time in everybody's life when they need to just take a step back and breath...During my first pregnancy I was still doing shows right up to 2 weeks before my daughter was born, (cancelling one show because I went into labor). Making the decision to take a break from music was probably one of the hardest and easiest decisions ever made, however, I never really left music. During my "TIME OFF" I got to achieve one of my biggest accomplishments to date, becoming a Mom to three of the most incredible girls on earth all the while still performing smaller shows, working on possible recordings and trying to find that exact sound and style I wanted. To tell you the truth, I always knew I would stay with my music, but I just wasn't exactly sure how, until one day someone sat me down and gave me a heart to heart saying "Amy your wasting your talent by not showing the world what you were put on this earth to do"...(That heart to heart really made me realize how much I missed recording). I'm now refreshed, recharged and ready to show country music that this "Redneck Princess" is ready to kick some butt...

6. Now that you are older, what is like to record an album as opposed to when you were 13? How has your process changed, if at all? At the age of 13 I was new to this recording thing. My parents were also new. We had hired a management company and basically they had complete control of everything, from the songs I sang to what I was wearing for my shows. Over the years I have learned a lot about the industry. It is a very difficult one to navigate. Now that I am older, more experienced, (however still have lots to learn), I have come to realize that I needed to take more control. I guess that is my "A" type personality coming through. I started working with two of the most amazing producers Glenn Coulson and Marty Beecroft...From that we picked and wrote some amazing songs, went to Nashville, TN and worked with some of the best musicians in the industry, which was the start of where I am heading today.

7. How do you feel having a family has strengthened your career? Does having a family change the songs you choose to record? If so, how? Having a family has strengthened my heart and soul and has opened my eyes to further tackle anything to prove to my girls to "reach for the stars and be anything you want to be." I don't necessarily think my selection of songs have changed however my passion for life has changed since having a family and I now portray that emotion in the songs I sing...

8. What made you want to start writing your own music? What's your favorite part of the creative process in putting an album together? I wanted to investigate the inner me to create new songs for the country fans and knowing the type of songs that most people like to sing along with...My thoughts were why can't the fans walk around singing the songs that I have written??? LOL.

Photo Credit: www.melyssagphotography.net9. What have you learned about yourself from being a singer? I have learned that I'm a much stronger person then I give myself credit for because lets face it, there is a ton of amazing talent out there waiting to be discovered and at times this can be a cut throat industry meaning people are going to say things about you and some of them not so nice... As long as you stay true to yourself and believe in your craft you can achieve anything...

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Don't let people break you because for every one person that doesn't want you to make it, there are 100 more out there that want you too...(Oh and always drink a ton of water because your vocals are like plants...) LOL.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? I love spending anytime time I have off with my three incredible daughters and my amazing husband...

12. Favorite skin care product? I absolutely love the MARK beauty line from Avon...Make up, Face Creams and Hair Products, I love it all by MARK!!!

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I feel that I already have super powers within my voice and with my accomplishments in life but having x-ray vision would be fantastic! LOL.