When I asked our teachers for a few suggestions for Student Spotlight candidates, Molly came forward and suggested Daisy D.:
“Daisy is one of the most devoted students I have. She tackles songs from every genre with a grace that’s rare in even seasoned singers. Her taste is beyond her years, and she’s a joy to work with.”
Daisy sings, plays guitar and the ukulele, and she’s a seasoned veteran of OC Glee. Read about her experiences, goals, and advice to up-n-comers.
MM: Tell me a little bit about yourself. When did you get into music, and what are you doing with it now?
DD: I have always enjoyed music and performing. I really discovered that I enjoy singing when I was about eight. I starred in a couple of plays but what I really loved was singing solos. I’m continuing to sing with OC Glee, and I will be in my school choir again in 8th grade. In August, I will get to sing “Surfer Girl” by the Beach Boys at the House of Blues in San Diego for a wedding.
MM: What’s your favorite aspect of playing and singing music?
DD: My favorite part of playing music and singing is performing. I enjoyed performing at the OC fair last summer with Glee, and I got to sing a solo at Disney California Adventure with my school’s choir last December. The song I chose was “One More Sleep til Christmas” from A Muppet Christmas Carol.
MM: I heard you recently started playing the guitar. What are some challenges you face doing that?
DD: My dad bought me a guitar when I was about 7, but I just recently became interested in really learning how to play. It has been challenging for me to play and sing simultaneously, so I have been working on that. Right now, it is definitely easier for me to sing than to play guitar, but I like them both equally.
MM: What’s singing in a choir like? How is it different from singing in OC Glee?
DD: Singing in choir is different from singing in Glee in that there are a lot more people in choir. There are a lot more vocal parts to learn, and the genre of music is very different. In Glee we sing a lot of pop songs, and the songs I learn in choir are more traditional.
MM: What’s your favorite song that you’ve ever sung?
DD: My favorite song that I have sung with Molly is “Much More” from The Fantasticks but my favorite song that I performed in front of an audience is “Happily Ever After” from Once Upon a Mattress. That was fun to perform because it’s a song from a musical comedy and I got to be dramatic and funny while I sang.
MM: What kinds of music do you enjoy?
I enjoy a lot of different kinds of music. The music that I listen to is not necessarily the same as the music I enjoy singing. I like listening to Jack Johnson, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Barenaked Ladies, and Foo Fighters. The songs that I enjoy singing are usually musical theater songs. I like when Molly introduces me to songs that I haven’t heard of.
MM: I heard that you’ve sung some great solos for OC Glee. Do you get stage fright? What would you say to kids who are afraid to get on stage?
DD: I really enjoy being on stage so I don’t usually get stage fright. Sometimes I worry that I might mess up, but I don’t get concerned about what the audience thinks. I think that the best way to deal with stage fright is to know that you are prepared, and that gives you confidence to perform in front of others.
MM: What are your future goals for music? If you could be anywhere in 6 years, where would it be?
DD: I hope that music is always a part of my life. I hope to continue to perform in one way or another because that what I really enjoy. I think that I’ll always enjoy singing, but as I get better at guitar I might enjoy being in a band or playing with a group. In 6 years I would love to have a singing job at Disneyland!
MM: What was the last song you listened to?
DD: “If I had a Boat” by Lyle Lovett.