Let’s talk about your new album “Prevail II”, is there a link/something that connects all the lyrics of the album?
Absolutely! The albums are about my reality as I see it within this world. They are all about perseverance, observation, self-reflection, and most importantly , our humanity as an individual and as a collective. These are very clear and honest songs.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
I’m not actually. I find it very empowering because of how relatable it is from person to person. I’m all about connecting people through the music and exposing our similarities and that includes others to myself as well. We can learn so much from each other. I find great purpose as an artist in being honest about who I am.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
Well… it has been long, arduous, wonderful, and very intense. I’ve learned a lot over the last decade including some very tough lessons. I’ve also learned that the world must choose your music and that it is not something you can persuade. It’s been challenging but it has brought many incredible people with their own stories into my life that I find very inspiring. The support from people is very moving.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
Oh man, that’s a tough one. Probably The Beatles discography mixed with Queen and Les Miserables.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Oh, for sure “Spiceworld” by Spice Girls, that was my generation.
What is your favorite song (not written by you) lyrically speaking?
“Imagine” by The Beatles.
What inspired “Losing My Humanity” ?
I was inspired by a few different things. The exploitation of nature by our species. The bullying that takes place in childhood and carries forward due to what’s happening at home (bullying is a very complex situation), the stealing of other peoples things including art from others and claiming it as their own, even the way my humanity slips from my own fingers sometimes when I feel hurt and treat other people badly with my reaction… this could go on and on. Our human race is so self-destructive and there is war everywhere in the world because of it. War can be as simple as how we choose to view people and the world. We let our humanity slip away from us all the time and are ignorant to how much our ego goes into overdrive.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Modern Day Hero”?
Yeah! I was sitting in my boyfriend’s apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. It was one of the last remaining tracks that had to be finished in the second vocal session. It was a beautiful day and I remembered something somebody had told me recently about an exercise they had these young children do at school one day. She asked them what they thought a hero was and their answers were remarkably humbling. These people were: their parents, their friends, cops, firefighter’s, anyone who lent a helping hand; everyday people doing wonderful things. I thought it was a really important lesson that needed to be shared with the world. Redefining what a hero really means. My mom and dad are without a doubt my heroes and i’m inspired daily by what they choose to do to impact the world in a good way.
What inspired “Let Me Love You”?
This song is about true, unconditional love. It’s a love song that everyone deserves. It’s very courageous to be vulnerable and it can be tough to grant ourselves the belief that we are lovable.
What is the best show you ever played?
Oh, that’s a tough one. We’ve definitely had some great times in many different places in the world. I’d still say playing The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was one of the hugest highlights. There was a full 18000 capacity arena just screaming with happy people, revved up for some music!!!
What are your plans for 2018?
We’re currently finishing a US tour and will head straight over to Europe for a quick 7 show sprint through: Spain, France, and Switzerland. We plan to return and tour Europe extensively in the fall and with any luck head into the studio afterwards to start writing our 6th album!