“As cheesy as it sounds, I want to be a singer when I’m older. But hey, the world needs some cheesy people to do the crazy stuff others may be afraid to do.” ~Zoe L.
Meet this month’s Student Spotlight, 14-year-old vocal student Zoe. She’s so passionate about singing that if she has one thing she thinks she needs some work at, it’s becoming too excited and overdramatic when she sings. We can assure her that that’s a great problem to have! Zoe is a hard worker, and with a little help from her singing teacher, James, we’re sure she’ll have a star-studded musical future.
MM: How long ago did you get started with music, and how did you get into it?
ZL: I became interested in music around the time I had gotten my first iPod. I was around 8 years old when I participated in my first talent show and have been singing ever since. I enjoy pretty much any music, but it mostly depends on my mood.
MM: How do you share your music with others?
ZL: I sing and ‘perform’ around my house all the time and my friends support me at my choir concerts. Whenever we have people over I’ll pull out my guitar and play a few songs that I’m working on.
MM: What are your goals, and what steps are you taking to reach them?
ZL: What keeps me practicing is just the fact that I love to sing, and it’s so much fun to push myself to try new things. As cheesy as it sounds, I want to be a singer when I’m older. But hey, the world needs some cheesy people to do the crazy stuff others may be afraid to do.
MM: Who are a few bands/artists who have inspired you, and why? What genre do you like the most, or hear your own vocal style in when you listen to it?
ZL: Taylor Swift and Kina Grannis have both inspired me to try to pursue music because they are both extremely dedicated to writing and performing music for others, and they put in more effort than needed.
MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it?
ZL: I am struggling with being to overdramatic and not saving my voice for a whole song. I get too excited, and I’ve been working on breath support for higher parts of songs.
MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
ZL: Some advice I have for anyone just starting out would be to know that if you really are motivated to achieve something, you need to practice. Pushing yourself to try new things and gain more skills is extremely important too.
MM: I heard you just sung a solo in your school choir’s winter concert. What was that like? Any advice for our students who perform solos?
ZL: Well, I was singing a song I barely knew the previous week when I had auditioned (really bad idea). I went in every day at lunch for a week to work with my choir teacher so I could get advice on how to sing it better. The solo went really well, and I wasn’t scared on stage. I think if you are going to perform something, make sure you know it well, and no matter how nervous you are, don’t show fear.