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  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Ella Henderson

    Posted on 01/23/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Ella Henderson


    If you haven't heard of Ella Henderson, chances are you've heard her hit song. "Ghost" — the one with the ear-wormy line, "I keep going to the river to pray..." — is a soulful, stomping pop tune that combines the driving power of Adele with the honeyed vocal tricks of Leona Lewis. The chart-topping single is basically a microscopic representation of Ella's immense talent, so you better believe there's more where that came from with this pop diva.

    Ella's debut album Chapter One was released roughly two years after her time on X-Factor UK. It recently charted at #11 on the Billboard 200, proving her undeniable transformation from contestant to star-in-the-making. We sat down with our brand-new Fresh Artist to hear more about her life, her career so far and... oh, something about dolphin noises? Check it out below!

    1. The lyrics in "Ghost" are pretty metaphorical. What does "ghost" in this song refer to?

    When I wrote this song is was at a time when I'd spent almost 2 years writing the album but I still didn't feel like I'd found my first single. People were telling me that when you have your first single you know, you just have that gut feeling; and I was frustrated that I hadn't had that yet. Ghost is about that something or someone that is 'haunting' you; you can't eat, you can't sleep, it's tormenting your mind and you can't get rid of it. The thing I love about Ghost is that it means different things to different people, but regardless of what your personal 'Ghost' is, it's a feeling everyone can relate to in some way.

    2. What is the best advice you've ever received or the single most important lesson you've learned about the music industry?

    To be yourself, stay true to who you are and to work hard. And most importantly to enjoy it.

    3. What was one of your most memorable moments as a contestant on X Factor?

    My first arena audition. I was so nervous! I always said I was never going to cry on TV but getting a standing ovation from the judges and the audience was so overwhelming and unexpected. Having praise from the judges I think it was the first time I started to really believe in myself.

    4. When you need a breather from your crazy life, what do you like to do to relax?

    When I have a day off I love to spend it with my family and close friends and do 'normal' things like going to the cinema and walking my dog!

    5. Do you have any pre-show rituals or interesting warm-ups you do before you perform?

    I make a weird dolphin noise before I go on stage! I have a fear that my voice will give out when I open my mouth so by doing it offstage it means I don't wobble later.

    6. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"

    I remember shooting my first music video for Ghost and being out in New Orleans in this amazing location with a whole team of people around me, all there for my video. That was definitely a big pinch me moment! But I have pinch me moments almost daily! I feel so lucky to be doing the job I've always dreamt of. To be out in America performing and releasing my album over here is surreal!


    If you want to catch more of Ella, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Jacquie Lee

    Posted on 01/09/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Jacquie Lee


    You know those voices that come along every once in a while? Those totally arresting, chilling vocal pipes that can take any one song and transform it into something that, really, no one else could match? Well, if you can't remember the last time you were truly blown away by a top-notch singer, meet Jacquie Lee.

    Our newest Fresh Artist made a name for herself on NBC's The Voice, but is poised to break out in her own right. Already a proven cover QUEEN (have you seen her cover of Sia's "Chandelier"? Or Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie"?), Jacquie is now making a name for herself as a talented and focused singer-songwriter. Learn more about this powerhouse performer in our exclusive interview below!

    1. What was some of the best advice that your coach Christina Aguilera gave you on The Voice?

    Journal! It helps you stay grounded and remains constant in your life when everything is changing.

    2. As one of the younger contestants on the show, you were known for your unique ability to emote and really express yourself with your voice. How do you connect with music you perform?

    Well CeeLo says I swallowed an old lady but I don't think that's the case... Unless she snuck in there while I was sleeping. My connection with the music I sing comes from a place deep inside of me. It comes from my heart, my gut and my soul. I'm just lucky and look at it as a gift.

    3. Your breakout song "Broken Ones" has such a relatable message. What was the inspiration behind it? Why did you choose that particular subject?

    It's something that needed to be said! Everyone has their insecurities and demons they face on a daily basis and they shouldn't be scared or feel alone. Music is one way to never have to feel alone.

    4. Having gotten your start singing covers, was it important for you to establish yourself as a writer and artist?

    So glad this question was asked. It's so important for me to establish myself as Jacquie lee rather than "that chick from The Voice." I want people to see me as what I am, and everything that is happening post voice is truly a blessing. Getting signed to Atlantic records with supporters like Lyor Cohen and Julie Greenwald is truly unbelievable and makes me work even harder.

    5. What is one of the most star-struck moments you've had since being on The Voice?

    Since then, it was probably opening for Christina Perri at her Fresh In The Park concert. It was surreal, and meeting fans after the concert was fun.

    6. What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

    Probably that I am very athletic. I dislike working out so I get the majority of my exercise from playing flag football.

    7. What's next for you and your career?

    More music, fun, laughs and work. I will work until I get to where I want to be.


    If you want to catch more of Jacquie Lee, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Lecrae

    Posted on 12/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Lecrae


    Rapper Lecrae is an anomaly. The Texas native and our newest Fresh Artist has made his mark with a brand of inspirational rap that stands out not only for its refreshing message, but because it's just really, really good. Case in point: His Grammy-nominated album, aptly named Anomaly, became the first full-length to top both the Billboard 200 chart and Gospel Albums chart in the same week. *Drops mic*

    Lecrae shared some of his thoughts on what music means to him, how he plays a unique role in the genre of hip-hop and his love for a certain TeenNick chairman ;). Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. How did you start rapping and writing music? Are there any musicians who have really inspired you?

    I started at about 11 with my neighbors. I got really serious at 13. 2 Pac, Lauryn Hill and Outkast were some of my biggest influences.

    2. What do you think is one of the most common misconceptions about the rap and hip hop genre?

    That all the content is degrading and glorifies negativity.

    3. What advice would you give to young people, musicians or not, about spreading positivity and making their voice heard?

    I'd tell them to be confident in the truth. Integrity is what matters. Your consistency can change people's lives. Also realize that you'll face opposition for your position so stand firm on your convictions. Allow your character to keep you wherever your talent takes you.

    4. You occupy a unique space in hip hop. Are there any challenges you've had to face establishing yourself in the community?

    For me I focus on being who I was created to be. I don't worry too much about being accepted. I think when you live for people's acceptance you'll die from their rejection. I know people appreciate me and what I do so I focus on that.

    5. What is one message you hope your fans will take away from listening to your music?

    There are plenty of messages. One is that they would be who God created them to be not what this world demands them to be. Success is not about comparing yourself to others, it's about accomplishing the mission you were created to accomplish.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked LeCrae a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Kalin and Myles



    If you want to catch more of LeCrae, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Kalin and Myles

    Posted on 11/21/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Kalin and Myles


    "I got my heart stolen from a robber with some high heels on," croons Kalin White, one half of the Bay Area duo Kalin and Myles. If this chorus hasn't been stuck in your head for weeks, let us enlighten you: Kalin and Myles, comprised of White and his rapping partner-in-crime Myles Parrish, use their respective talents to create a of blend pop and hip-hop that's totally irresistible.

    We caught up with our Fresh Artist to get all the deets on what it's like to make music together, their new EP "Chase Dreams" and, um, something about lucky underwear? Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. How did Kalin and Myles come to be? How did you two meet and start working together?

    Myles was throwing a house party and one of our mutual friends brought Kalin over. This was in 2006 and neither of us at the time we're making music. It wasn't until a few years later in 2010 where we officially got into the studio a.k.a. Myles' room and made our first song called "More Than Friends"

    2. Can you describe your new EP "Chase Dreams" in three words?

    Fun! Positive! Hyphy!

    3. What's one of the coolest things a member of the KAMFAM has done for you?

    One cool thing a KAMFAM member has done recently for us is made a huge collage poster with pictures of a lot of the KAMFAM :)

    4. What is the best part about making music and being on tour together?

    Best part about making music and being on tour together is that you get to do it with your best friend rather than on your own. Helps with creativity too because you can bounce ideas off each other.

    5. What is one thing you would want a brand new fan to know about you and/or your music?

    If there is something that they are passionate about we would just encourage them to chase their dreams, anything is possible!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Kalin & Myles a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Kalin and Myles



    If you want to catch more of Kalin & Myles, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Betty Who

    Posted on 11/07/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Betty Who


    TeenNick Top 10 fans, you're just going to have to bear this double negative because there is quite literally nothing not to love about our Fresh Artist, Betty Who. Instantly recognizable with her platinum blonde coiff and easy-breezy pop songs ("Somebody Loves You" has been on repeat since Tuesday...), Betty Who is bliss in a bottle.

    We caught up with the Australian songstress to chat about her debut album, her classical past and her budding career so far. Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. After releasing several EPs, how does it feel to have your debut full length album out?

    It's honestly such a relief, it's been such a long time in the making, I'm just so ecstatic to finally have it be done!

    2. You have a background as a classical cellist. That's so awesome! Has that training influenced your music in anyway?

    Yes I think it definitely influenced me. I think I started writing music so early because of my classical training and background. It also influences my ideas of melody I think. Some of my favourite melodies I've ever heard come from my favourite symphonies.

    3. What are you looking forward to most about going on tour with Katy Perry?

    I honestly am just excited about watching her show and hanging out in Australia, it's been such a long time since I've been home so that's definitely a plus.

    4. Where do you draw inspiration for your songwriting? Does inspiration come to you spontaneously?

    It definitely comes from experiences. Sometimes maybe I'll have a conversation with somebody and I'll walk away thinking about what they said and I'll say to myself "I have to go write that down right now."

    5. What is one accomplishment or milestone so far in your career that makes you particularly proud?

    Being on The View was pretty cool... I think playing a sold out show at Irving plaza this month, though, is definitely something that is up there and will be forever.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Betty Who a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes



    If you want to catch more of Betty Who, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Shawn Mendes

    Posted on 09/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Shawn Mendes

    Credit: Andrew Zaeh


    If you aren't already smitten by singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, brace yourself. The Vine-star-turned-superstar-on-the-rise has stolen the hearts of many (in under six seconds, no less!) and is about to break out in a major way. We caught up with our brand new Fresh Artist to get exclusive details about his life on tour with Austin Mahone and The Vamps, his biggest influences, and so much more!

    1. Congratulations on all of your recent success! What is a day in the life of Shawn Mendes like right now?

    Wake up on a tour bus in a new city every day, find the nearest shower, head to radio station to say "Hello," grab some food, then meet some fans, then hit the stage. :-)

    2. What was the inspiration behind your hit song "Life of the Party"?

    The song is inspired by the feeling of not fitting in or not being comfortable with who you are. The lyrics basically say that you should be yourself and that you can be amazing regardless of whether you feel you fit in or not.

    3. What's it like being on tour with TeenNick faves Austin Mahone and the Vamps? Has anything crazy or funny happened during your time together?

    It's awesome and everyone is just so chill and relaxed and having a good time. We're always cracking jokes with each other behind stage. I'd say the craziest moment was getting chased by 400 fans at one of the first shows.

    4. When you started recording covers on Vine and YouTube, did you ever think your music would spread as much as it has?

    I really didn't think it would, I kind of just started doing it because I loved posting covers and then it just spiraled into this crazy thing as I kept posting. It's really beyond my expectations.

    5. What do you think about the power of connecting with people in a six-second video?

    It's so cool because in six seconds you have to really find something special in a song and impress people a lot to connect with them. I think that's been a big thing for me and my fans connecting.

    6. Who are your biggest musical influences?

    Definitely Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, just how he holds himself and such, and Bruno Mars is such an unbelievable performer.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Shawn a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes



    If you want to catch more of Shawn, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Colette Carr

    Posted on 08/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Colette Carr

    Credit: Jared Thomas Kocka


    Colette Carr has a fuse, and it's about to go off. This sassy spitfire rapper is not afraid to use her voice to send a message, and that's exactly why she's our newest TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist. We caught up with the girl behind the hit song "HAM" to learn a little more about her background, her exciting career and how a certain Snow White costume used to be a staple of her wardrobe. (What?!) Check it out below!

    1. As both a singer and a rapper, did you discover one talent before the other? Or have you always done both?

    I discovered I could rap in high school when my ex-boyfriend decided he wanted to freestyle battle with kids after school. He was so ummmm...not great/terrible that I started ghost writing for him. I fell in love with free-styling and rap. I didn't know I could sing until I started working on my album "The Skitszo Collection". The first time I really sang was in the studio with FrankMusik recording songs like Killswitch, F16, Delusional, Hearsay & No ID.

    2. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"

    Anytime I'm on stage and the crowd gets their hands up without me even asking them to, or know the lyrics to my songs and sing/scream along it's like an out-of-body experience. I know exactly how I got here though, it's been a long, crazy, difficult journey. Definitely collaborating with guys like e40 and TechN9ne, legends I grew up listening to, bumping tracks in the studio with them, and having them feature on my songs because they love my sound, those moments are very surreal "how did I get here" moments.

    3. You've cited Eminem as a musical influence. What do you admire most about him? Are there any other art forms that inspire you??

    Eminem and Dr. Dre were the first hip hop artists I ever listened to, I was tiny and obsessed. I learned all the lyrics to the clean versions of their albums. The way Eminem tells his life stories and paints pictures with words that rhyme seamlessly, it's intimidatingly good, I can't get enough. I love all forms of art. On my days off I like to finger paint.

    4. Many of your videos show off your fearless sense of personal style. How important is fashion when you're performing? Where do you get your style inspiration?

    It's weird, I never think about "fashion" or clothes, or personal style. When I was in preschool I wore a Snow White costume with mix-matched Chuck Taylor's everyday, my mom was worried about me. I don't really think before I get dressed, I usually grab clothes in a hurry. I just throw on a Pikachu beanie, some sneakers and run out the door. When I write my video treatments I already know exactly what I want to look like to portray my lyrics or the overall mood of the song, so choosing the outfits is the easy part.

    I hand made the cake dress for my "HAM" video, [and] I actually hand make and design a lot of the stuff I wear. Fashion is a form of expressing myself therefor it is important to me, although I wouldn't mind wearing a bath robe and pajamas everyday.

    5. What are you looking forward to most in the next phase of your career? Is there any one thing you're determined to conquer?

    I am MOST excited about continuing to tour and meet/hangout with fans/goers after my shows. I love being on stage and in the studio writing and creating. My favorite though, is making music videos! I can't wait to pick a single, record a music video for it and share it with the world. The next phase of my career will be epic. It will be better than chocolate Nutella on a warm piece of toast, mark my words. :)

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Colette a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    If you want to catch more of Colette, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Katy Tiz

    Posted on 08/08/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Katy Tiz

    Credit: Atlantic



    It's official. We love Katy Tiz. She's a super talented songstress from the UK (currently holding it down in the U.S. of A), and if you haven't heard of her yet, listen up. Katy's hit single "The Big Bang" is a funky, sassy tune that's every bit '20s swing band as it is straight-up pop. Her voice is a perfect mix of Adele and Fergie, but at the same time something new and unforgettable. We caught up with our newest Fresh Artist to learn a little more about her background and career. Check it out below!

    1. Congratulations on signing with Atlantic Records! After releasing music independently for some time, how does it feel to make it with such a big name label?

    It's AMAZING!! I still wake up everyday and have a little scream... It can get a little awkward when I'm alone and walking down the street... ;)

    2. You're originally from the UK but have recently been spending a lot of time around the US. What has been your favorite city to visit so far?

    Wow! That's a hard one, I fell in love with Chicago, Seattle, San fransisco and many more! I'm so lucky to travel and get to visit all the places. I do love anywhere with high buildings. I'm all about a view.

    3. What made you want to pursue music? Has singing always been your passion?

    Music has always been a huge part of my life. It's helped me through some rough patches. I was a late bloomer at 18, but my dream is to help others the way music has helped me. This is what has made me chase my passion.

    4. If you had the chance to do a musical collab with any artist, who would it be and why?

    Hmmmmmmmm... Well I was lucky enough to go and see Justin Timberlake in concert this weekend [interview conducted in July] and he was incredible so I would have to say him! #fangirlmoment

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Katy a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    If you want to catch more of Katy, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Nico & Vinz

    Posted on 07/25/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Nico & Vinz


    By now you've probably cruised down the highway to Nico & Vinz's breakout single "Am I Wrong?" blasting through the speakers. Or maybe you've tapped your toes to its infections beat at a pool party. In whatever way this inspiring and totally danceable summer smash has soundtracked your summer, it's pretty obvious that this Norwegian hit-making duo is doing something so right.

    But here's the thing: For Nico & Vinz, there's a lot more where that came from. We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn more about their debut album, their musical influences, and fun facts about their past! Check it out!

    1. Coming from Norway, how does it feel to see your music spread across the globe?

    It's almost indescribable. We're are having the time of our lives right now, trying to soak it all up. We always had a dream of having our music reach and touch people all over the world, and to see that dream happen is beyond amazing. We're truly grateful for the support and we're working to pay you back with the best music we can make!

    2. Your sound has roots in African rhythms and textures, but with a Scandinavian pop twist. What do you think is most special about that unique combination of influences?

    The most special thing about it is that it's very personal, it's Nico & Vinz. We figured that the best way to be unique, is to be yourself, because there's no one like you. So we started making music with that mentality and mixed our personalities and backgrounds in the music. Born and raised in Norway with parents from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Norway, influenced by the hip hop-culture.

    3. Has music always been your main focus and passion? How did you two become a duo?

    Nico wanted to be a professional soccer player and Vinz was studying before we decided to focus on music at the age of 20.

    4. Can you remember the first album or record that made a lasting impression on you?

    Nico: Nas Illmatic
    Vinz: Dr. Dre 2001

    5. For fans who are eager to hear more music from you, what can they expect in the coming months?

    Right now we're in the midst of finishing up our debut album Black Star Elephant, which will be out during fall. The album is a story based on our journey from where we started to where we've come now. We are very excited about releasing it and we definitely feel like this is our best music so far!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked nico & Vinz a series of silly questions, and here's what they had to say!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: 5 Seconds of Summer

    Posted on 07/03/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: The Vamps


    You know that anywhere, anytime music that just puts you in a good mood no matter what? Well, Aussie pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer are pretty much the poster boys for that kind of feel-good vibe. And chances are, you've already come across (and subsequently played on repeat) 5SOS's mega-hit "She Looks So Perfect." But we're here to tell you that Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton are only getting started.

    We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn a little more about their debut album which drops July 22nd, their experience on tour with One Direction, and the ultimate question: Boxers, briefs or tighty whities?

    1. From your hit single "She Looks So Perfect" to your TV debut on the Billboard Music Awards, we can imagine the past few months of your career have been quite the whirlwind. What is the biggest difference in your lives right now compared to a year or two ago?

    It's been a whirlwind! Four hours sleep a night, lots of air miles, lots of new cultures. Our love for touring remains the same, and we cannot wait to be back in America!

    2. Your songs are very lyrically driven and clever. If you had to choose one line from one of your songs as your favorite, which would it be and why?

    If Hollywood could see me now
    I'd get the starring role
    But they won't so I'll just keep on acting a fool


    From "Heartache on the Big Screen"

    3. Having been on tour with One Direction, what have you learned from the band that has helped you with your own career?

    They work so hard, and have shown us that by working hard you can achieve big things no matter where you are from.

    4. What is one of the craziest things a fan has ever done for you?

    [One fan] bought us a star. It was called the A155 Star in the Milky Way...

    5. Your debut album drops in July! In three words, can you describe what fans can expect from the album?

    High energy rock!

    6. And finally, what is one thing in America that you wish you had in Australia?

    Squirrels!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked 5 Seconds of Summer's Ashton Irwin a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10pm ET!