How did you get started in music?
I don’t recall music ever not being in my life. Both of my parents have a huge love for music, so it was constantly being played around the house. My grandmother was a music teacher and my grandfather sung for the Vienna Boys’ Choir. They had 12 children and each child—including my mother—had to either sing or play an instrument. Music is just in my blood.
At what age did you realize you wanted to make music your career?
I think when I was around 5 years old. I was writing songs and performing for anyone who would watch. If I behaved during the week, my dad would take me to the local Blockbuster and let me rent one Shirley Temple film. I fell in love with her musical performances. I was only 5, but I knew then.
Who are some of musical influences?
In terms of singers, I adore Faith Hill and the ladies of ’90s country. Also, my dear friend David Foster is probably one of my biggest influences. If you look at his catalogue of work, it’s astounding—he’s a pop musical genius.
What three words describe you as a musician?
Passionate. Determined. Grateful.
What would you say is unique about your sound?
Most American country artists have that traditional twang in their voices . . . I don’t. I lack that traditional sound because I sing with an Australian accent. That is probably the most unique thing you can hear.
What does your single, “Easier to Apologize,” say about you?
I have been through a lot in my personal life the past few years. I was bullied relentlessly by an ex’s new partner whom I had never met, and I certainly held a bit of resentment to those that were apart of that. I wanted to show the world what was being said and done. When I first heard this song, it really struck a cord. I know my past and I know what was true and “Easier to Apologize” is how I feel about life. I don’t let anything get to me. Life is way too short to hold grudges, even to those who did you wrong. I surround myself with love, compassion and joy now. “Easier to Apologize” is just that, letting go of all the background noise.
What’s the last song you heard that blew you away?
“God’s Country” by Blake Shelton.
Where is the craziest place you’ve performed?
This year’s Dubai World Cup horse race. I performed for Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai.
What’s the first thing you do after a show?
Smile at how lucky I am, and generally I’ll decompress with a glass of wine in my sweat pants.
What’s been your most exciting or unusual fan encounter?
I had someone after a show ask me if they could have a lock of my hair—that was interesting.
What’s your favorite song to cover?
“There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill. I have to be careful because I get emotional. I’m an emotional woman!
What family member or friend has been the most supportive of your musical career?
My entire family. My mum and dad have always championed me, from driving me to gigs and lessons to just telling me that I can. One of my biggest supporters is someone very close to me. He encouraged me to go back to music when I was unsure of myself, and he was there for me every step. For that, I will always be in his debt.
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