Sunday, August 19, 2012

Out of the Chute - Arabella Jones

I feel so honored to have interviewed today's guest. If you haven't heard the name Arabella Jones, you are in for a sweet surprise. I won't spoil all the fun. Instead, I'll let you hear what Arabella has to say about her passion for music and then I encourage you to check out her YouTube videos and her website. While you're cruising her sites, make sure you follow her on FB and Twitter. She is just amazing!

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Arabella has been studying guitar since the age of 10. She discovered her love for singing when she joined her middle school choir. In 2011, she began vocal training professionally to become a country music artist. She performs mostly cover tunes. Some of her favorite artists include Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Jason Aldean, and Johnny Cash. She has fans from all over the world, including over 19,000 YouTube subscribers! She has recently begun writing her own material. Arabella says, “I'm really thankful for all of the encouragement that I've received from my family, friends, teachers, and fans. Without them, I wouldn't have gotten to where I am!”  xoxoxoxHere's a little bit about this talented young artist:

Here we go!

Congratulations on signing with TateMusicGroup. How long have you been singing and performing professionally?
Thank you! I started seriously singing and pursuing a career about a year and a half ago. I got a later start than most musicians, but I've come so far since then, I couldn't be prouder.

You’re a Texas girl. Had you looked into the management options in the Texas community before deciding to sign with Tate out of OK? What was it about them that caught your attention?
Actually, my record deal with Tate does not include management, so my dad is pretty much still my manager! We joke that he's the 'dadager.' :) I've made it incredibly far without official management, and I'm pretty proud of that! But, with our hopes of  really taking my career to the next level, we've decided to start looking into options in Nashville, soon.

You admire both Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. What was it about Carrie’s song that you chose it over other songs for your Teen Hoot competition video?
Carrie Underwood is musically my idol, no question. “Good Girl” was such a hot new song, and I loved it, so it was the perfect choice!

How would you describe the genre of music you perform?
Definitely country/pop. My style is fresh, energetic, and real. One of my biggest goals is to always give listeners a feel of my personality.

You’ve been writing your own material for about a year. What do you find to be the hardest part of the process?
The hardest part of writing songs, for me, is being able to open up, and tell people all my thoughts, out loud. Especially as a teenage girl, I guess, we get so used to being judged. So, it's such a vulnerable moment when you just throw your emotions out there, and it takes a lot of getting used to. But, being able to write my own situations and perspectives into songs, makes it worth it for me.

Every concert features an opening act. Who would you like to open for?
I would love to open up for Taylor Swift, because she has a crazy supportive fan base!

You’re newly signed, working on your first album and you’re already doing interviews as well as having a HUGE twitter and FB following. What keeps you grounded?
I've honestly always just felt like a normal person. I have to deal with all the same things every day people have to, and I think that's what keeps my grounded.

Having a vision of where you are going and having a Goal is important. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Headlining my own tour!!! If not sooner ;)

Thanks for joining me today, Arabella. It was a pleasure. I look forward to chatting with you more in the future and watching your climb.

Now that you've met Arabella, head on over to her WEBSITE where you'll find links to all of her other social media locations and be hear clips from her music.

Country Blessings!

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