By Lexx Fusco @SimplyEvryThing
I recently contacted former Voice contestant and rising country star Audra McLaughlin to see if she would want to answer some questions for an interview. She responded so positively to the idea and provided really interesting insights.
- What's your style when it comes to fashion? Does it vary based on when you're just hanging out or on stage?
“I absolutely love clothes and shopping, it is definitely a weakness on mine that many women have in common! Depending on what I am doing and where I am hanging out at, it can vary. I love to be comfortable in a cute casual shirt paired with leggings, jeans, and combat boots or maybe some high flat boots! I also love working out at the gym so I love wearing fitness gear and running shoes. When it is time to perform I love to get dressed up! I would say my style on stage is more cool-edgy, rock, and country mix (black leather pants, skinny jeans, and of course, cute heels).”
- Do you write your own music?
“Yes, I write my own music but I also co-write and collaborate with other writers and musicians.”
- How do you get inspired?
“I get inspired all different ways. I get ideas from watching TV, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and traveling. Sometimes Ideas just pop into my head out of nowhere and I quickly write them down on whatever I have with me. Most of my inspiration comes when I am playing my guitar, a melody will pop into my head and I just go with it.”
- What's your debut album going to be like?
“My debut album is going to be a country album with a mix of fun up-tempo songs, inspirational songs, and a few contemporary ballads with more of a classic sound.”
- Do you have a title yet?
“No I do not have a title yet.”
- What’s your plan for 2015?
“My plan for 2015 is to start doing show-cases, presenting my demo to major labels, and continuing to play shows and write songs.”
- You were bullied in high school. Do you have a message out there for students and individuals facing the same issues?
“Yes, please don’t give up as it will get better, find something that you love and focus your full attention on it. Remember that someone loves you and that you are beautiful no matter what. Continue to always be kind to people and never stop doing nice things for others; trust me it will pay off in the end. Growing up I loved music and singing so I focused my attention on that to cope with my emotions.”
- If you could go on an ideal tour, where would your first show be and who would you want to open up for?
“My first show would be at the Grand Ole Opry!! I would love to open up for any country artist, it would be an honor but If had to pick I would love to open up for Keith Urban, David Nail or even Brad Paisley.”
- What's your favorite country song?
“Wow, this is such a hard question to answer because I love new & old country, BUT If I had to choose one song that I always catch myself singing it would be “Somewhere in my car" by Keith Urban.”
- What's your favorite song that you have written and why?
“I am really excited about the new material I have written but if I had to choose one song it would be "Toast to the Sunrise". I love this song because it's one of those “fun-summer songs” about being up all night with the people you love or with that special someone and just having a good time and not wanting the night to end. I think we all have those nights where we want them to last forever.”
- What artist influence you?
“I grew up listening to all different artists/genres and always fell in love with singers who had big voices. I loved singing along to Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Lee Ann Rimes.”
- How do you define a role model?
“My definition of a role model is to try and be the best person you can be. I thank my parents for being the most amazing role models growing up, they always believed in me and they taught me to always be kind to others and to help people out along the way. They were always there for me when I needed them, and they always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I am not sure what I would have done without them.”
Audra is currently recording her album in Nashville, TN with her vocal coach and manager, Melissa Daley. Audra posted recently on Instagram, “So excited about this year. 2015 wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for all of my amazing family and fans who have believed in me.”
Audra is an example of how no matter what life throws at you, as long as you embrace your passion and believe in it, you can make it happen. It is a cliché for sure, but it is a cliché that can be attained by anyone if they work at it hard enough.
We are looking forward to hearing all of Audra’s new music and hope to see you at her shows!