Three Florida Preteen Songstresses Talk Taylor Swift, Savannah's Soldiers, and the Grand Ole Opry
What were you doing in your early teenage years? Writing an album, playing shows all over Florida, and getting featured on the Today Show? Probably not. And that's just what makes the three featured artists at this Thursday's Songwriter's Showcase such inspiring talents.
At 12, 13, and 14-years old, respectively, Savannah Maddison, Maggie Baugh, and Emily Brooke will all ruling a circle of current and future fans with their beloved instruments at this week's Art After Dark, and sharing the stories behind their songs.
With so much talent in such young performers, we had no choice but to interview all three songstresses and discover how in the world they already have achieved so much at such an early age.
New Times: When did you first realize that you wanted music to be an important part of your life?
Savannah Maddison: I always loved to sing and perform but I started to really take it seriously when I turned 10.
Maggie Baugh: When I was 2, I asked my mom for a violin. She said no. I kept asking, and she finally got me a violin and I started lessons at six. I loved it. Since then, I cannot imagine my life without music.
Emily Brooke: I probably realized that I wanted music to be an important part of my life when I was actually at a Taylor Swift concert and just heard everyone knowing all the words to all of her songs and just singing them at the top of their lungs! It just touched me that fans care so much about an artist and their songs just touched them so much that they felt connected in a way. So I looked to my mom and said, "This is what I really what I want to do."
What type of impact does living in South Florida have on your music?
Savannah: South Florida is super cool because I get to work with so many musicians and writers. They play and write all genres of music and I think that is really fun. My genre is country-pop, and the South Florida influence helps me keep my music fun.
Maggie: Nashville is the hub of country music, but we have been told Nashville is not a great performance town. South Florida has festivals, fairs, and events all year round, and that gives me the opportunity to perform, and meet new fans. I play regularly, from Miami, up to Jupiter. South Florida is a great place for local musicians!
Emily: The impact of living in Florida is that I think there aren't as many country fans as I believe there are of pop and rap music. So I don't really get involved with every single thing going on at my school, because not really a lot of kids like country, so I don't really put it out there (laughs).
Give us a peek into your personal songwriting process.
Savannah: When I first started trying to write music, a very accomplished songwriter told me to keep a pen and notebook with me everywhere I go. This was great advice, because you never know when a good idea is going to pop into your head. I personally enjoying co-writing. I think it is more fun.
I usually get together with another songwriter, and we start throwing out ideas, and before long, a song starts to develop. We usually go with it, and see where it takes us. It's always fun to find words that fit into the song that sound good. Sometimes songs happen quickly and sometimes they take days. I always get excited when I hear the finished product.
Maggie: Middle school, friends, boys, and my parents all are very emotional subjects and give me a lot of material for new songs. I write from my life, my thoughts, and my emotions. I usually get pretty obsessed when I start writing a song and cannot stop until I get it finished. My songs take a few hours, or a few days to write. I write both the lyrics and the music at the same time.