Someone Worth Remembering: 14-year-old country singer, QUEEVA, shares 5 things she wishes she knew
I had the pleasure of interviewing rising country singer, QUEEVA. At 14 years old, her incredible voice, talent for songwriting, effortless poise and overall maturity explain why this teen is on her way to stardom.
What is your backstory?
I started singing when I was about 4 years old, and I used to go around the house singing “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton, and “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson. I was also an actress; I acted in an episode of Chicago Fire and in a Build-a-Bear commercial. The first time I ever went on stage was when I was seven years old in front of a crowd of four-thousand people. I am Irish-American, and I go back to Ireland every summer. My dad always played country music in the car when I was growing up, and from that point on I always wanted to be a country singer.
What has been the funniest thing that has happened to you thus far in your music career?
The funniest story that has happened to me thus far in my music career was when I was going into a writing session in Nashville, and I was wearing a shirt that said, “Young, Wild, and Free,” on it. One of the co-writers shouted out, “That would be such a cool song title!” And after he said that, we decided to write a song called “Young Wild and Free.”
What are some of the exciting things you’re currently working on?
One of the most exciting things I am working on at the moment is making a music video for “Live Like A Song.” I am SOOOO excited for this music video, because “Live Like A Song” means so much to me; I really can’t wait to put a music video out there to show my fans how this song truly makes me feel.
Who are some of the most famous people you’ve interacted with? What was that like?
One of the most famous people I have worked with is Jamie O’ Neal. She is such an amazing singer, songwriter, and just genuinely kind person. She has taught me so much over the years I’ve been working with her, and she always gives me great advice. Jamie helped me make my first album when I was nine, and she introduced me to songwriting. She also helped me find my exact image as an artist.
Who inspires you?
Some people that inspire me are Jamie O’Neal, Dolly Parton, and Maren Morris. Jamie O’Neal inspires me, because her voice is so soulful and unique. Whenever I hear her sing, I can feel every word she says in my heart. She also has INSANE songwriting skills, and is great at performing on stage. Dolly Parton inspires me because she paved the way for women in country. She has such a beautiful voice, and because of her I was captured into the genre of country music. Maren Morris inspires me because of her work ethic and confidence. Maren worked so hard to be where she is today, and I love the way she also isn’t afraid to go out of her comfort zone and sing something outside the genre of country, such as her new single, “The Middle.”
Who do you aspire to be like?
I aspire to be someone worth remembering.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have used my success to bring goodness into the world by writing songs that will hopefully inspire people and make a difference in their lives. I don’t just want my song messages to go in one ear and out the other, I really want it to help them through whatever they are going through and resonate with them.
What are 5 things you wish someone had told you before embarking on a music career?
1. Not everyone is going to like your music. I realized that everyone has different taste in music and that doesn’t mean that they will always like my songs, but I have to keep my mindset on what I love to do.
2. Everything takes time. I can’t just expect my music to be on the radio the next day I wake up and become an overnight success. I need to keep working hard and then maybe one day that will happen.
3. Don’t overthink things. When I am writing a song, sometimes I start to overthink my lyrics and wonder what other people will think of them. I realized I have to think about how important these song lyrics are to me and just understand how many people can relate to what I’m writing about.
4. Always believe in yourself. Sometimes before I would perform I would think “Well I can’t hit that note,” or anything that started with the two words, “I can’t.” I realized that I am just gonna backtrack if I keep doubting myself. I just need to remember all the things I am capable of and have faith.
5. Stay positive. When something didn’t always turn out the way I expected it to, I would worry. I would also worry about things that could go wrong before a live performance on stage such as, “What if I drop my pick.” I realized that I need to stay positive and think about all the good things that can happen. Just because something gets thrown off course a little, I shouldn’t worry; I should just be positive!
Who is one person you would want to share a meal with and why?
I would love to share a meal with Taylor Swift because I would like to learn more about how she gets inspired to write her songs, and also how she was able to balance her music life with her daily life and still work so hard to be where she is today.
Check out QUEEVA’s single “Live Like A Song” now on iTunes: