Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our March Artist of the Month is Cheyenne Knight. Below is our interview with Cheyennne as she talks about her music and career.
GC: Cheyenne, first, tell us about yourself. Where were you born and raise and about your family life today?
CK: I am a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Bethlehem, GA who has been singing, playing guitar, writing music, and perform since the age of 7. I have been overwhelmingly blessed to have had such a supportive family that believes in not only what I do, but what I can accomplish in my lifetime.
GC: You're an active singer yet still young. When did you start singing and who where your early influences?
CK: I started singing in church around the age of 3; however, I really began to have apassion for music when I was 7. One of my early influences was Sarah Tollerson, the daughter of Becky and Thom Tollerson who own 106 West in Winder, GA where I took guitar lessons. After watching her perform live with The Big Fantastic, I knew this is the path God wanted me to take.
GC: What is your earliest memory of singing in front of a crowd?
CK: When I was 7, 106 West asked me to lead the community in singing Silent Night at their annual Christmas Concert. Being so young, I was intimidated by the thought of having everyone's eyes on me; however, I was comforted by my family who encouraged me to do my best.
GC: You already have wrote many original songs. Has songwriting came easy for you?
CK: Songwriting has always came easily to me; however, I am always growing and improving. Of course I'm going to write about boys right now because I'm only 17 and that's mostly what I'm going through, but I'm also growing in character and in faith so my writing is constantly changing and maturing.
GC: What is your favorite original song so far?
CK: Although I have written over 70 songs, the one that I hold closest to my heart is "Run You Off". This is the song that I wrote after my sister left home and talks about howI dealt with her absence. I tear up almost every time I perform it because it means that much to me.
GC: What current country artist(s) do you admire and might influence you?
CK: Kacey Musgraves has always been a songwriter that I admire. I love the fact thatshe honestly isn't afraid to say what she wants to say, which makes her unique.
GC: You have been playing often in your area. What has been your most favorite place to playand why?
CK: Although I have played all over Georgia, by far my favorite venue is The Red Clay Theatre. Eddie Owen and his staff have always welcomed me with open arms. The theatre is not only beautiful, but also has amazing acoustics. I always feel right at home on his stage.
GC: What tips or suggestions would you give to other young singers out there wanting a career in music?
CK: Don't let other performers intimidate you. You have to realize that most of the local singers around you are more advanced simply because they are older. Your time is coming.
GC: If you could open up for one current act, who would that be and why?
CK: I would love to open up for Georgia Red Clay. Not only do they bring the house down, but everyone in the band is so down to earth.
GC: What plans do you have for the rest of 2015?
CK: This year I am finally graduating high school! Before and after graduation I plan on continuing to build my fan base in Georgia and possibly going into the studio and recording a new single. Who knows wwhat the future holds? I'm just going to do my thing and see where God takes me!
For more information on Cheyenne, go to CheyenneKnight.com