Although senior Lauren D'Anelli plans on auditioning for record labels soon, she also enjoys singing just for fun in her free time.Photo Credit: Lauren D'Anelli
Q: How old were you when you began singing?
A: I think I’ve always liked to sing. When I was 5 years old, I went into my garage with my dad’s video camera. I turned it on myself, and said “Daddy, I want to sing you a song.” And I sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I think that was when it all began, although I was too shy to show it to him.
Q:How do you feel about performing to large crowds?
A: I actually feel very comfortable in front of large groups, and I find the experience invigorating. Although, when I’m in front of small groups, especially family, it’s a little harder.
Q: Do you write your own songs?
A: I wrote poetry at a young age, and then I realized I could turn them all into songs. I started that when I was around 12, and it began just as a medium to express myself. But, I discovered this was a passion, and decided to make it my future. To this day, whenever I’m going through stress or a lot of emotions, I will sit down and write a song. Right now, I have an album named “Cliché” completed with 15 songs, and another unnamed album started with eight songs.
Q: Do you play your own instruments?
A: I’ve been trying to teach myself for the last year how to play guitar, and I can’t seem to find the time to really try hard at it. At this point, I would love to just have a guitar player join me, so I can get my demo finished on schedule. A huge plus would be if this guitarist could sing too, then we could do harmonies.
Q: Do you have a favorite genre of music? Do you sing a specific type?
A: I have always loved folk, singer/songwriter, and indie type music. I love a laid back sound, and people that actually sing. True artists that express themselves with real and deep lyrics, meaning behind every word, and emotion you can feel in their voice. I strive to be such an artist. I like to keep my singing style folksy, and influenced by the 40s and 50s. I stick to the simple sounds of guitar and piano in my songs, as the main instruments.
Q: Who or what are your biggest influences when singing/song writing?
A: My big influence would be my dad, and my first love. I’m also inspired by artists like Jack Johnson for his unique style in lyrics and guitar, Eisley’s lead singer for her vocal style, and The Civil Wars for their harmony.
Q: What do you usually write about in your songs?
A: Sadness, heartbreak, getting past obstacles, being strong, and of course, love.
Q: What is your long-term goal with this talent/hobby?
A: Well, I plan to send out a 4-song demo of my original music to a couple labels by December. From there, I hope to begin my music career, and work toward an even bigger goal: producing music, and movies.
Q: What record labels do you have in mind?
A: Brushfire Records, which is Jack Johnson’s label, is at the top of my list. I have to do a little more research for other labels I’m interested in, as well.
Q: Where can people find your music? Do you have a YouTube link?
A: I will be starting my YouTube channel in September. I have already created it; the link is: http://www.youtube.com/user/LaurenDAnelli, but there will not be any videos until next month.