“Never give up on your dreams no matter how hard life gets! Don’t listen to people who doubt you or make you feel you can’t become something great. You are special and what you love to do matters.”
Check out the interview with Pocahontas exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Pocahontas: At the age of 2, I started singing. I wanted to follow in my mother’s footsteps who is a singer and a songwriter. My mother gave me vocal lessons and had me sing wherever we went. I sang for family, friends, strangers, and at family events. I started writing music at the age of 10. I taught myself how to play the piano and guitar. I spent years auditioning for labels and agencies and later on I got signed to most of them. I modeled and took acting classes as well to be well rounded. I recorded my first song at 18, using only my laptop and got many hits from the UK, which is where my song is selling the most. At 19, I started my own independent record label and this year I started a songwriting agency. I work with many different artist all over the world writing lyrics. My journey with music has been a huge blessing.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never give up on your dreams no matter how hard life gets! Don’t listen to people who doubt you or make you feel you can’t become something great. You are special and what you love to do matters. Let the world hear you and make a difference. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Just believe in yourself and know that there are people who have faith in you.
We all know that the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I find the best way to promote and advertise my music is to connect with others. It’s not about just trying to shove your work down someone’s throat, but to build a connection with your listeners. Music can change people’s lives. I like to write about things that we all can relate to. To be able to have an understanding with another person and to share moments and ideas makes a difference. At the end of the day, we are all just people who go through the same type of things. Why not get to know your listeners who also support you? It’s an amazing bond.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in Hopewell, Virginia. It’s a small town, but has many great artists and musicians. The fans here are very supportive. When music events occur or someone is just trying to share their work, the people are helpful and kind. It’s nice to have so much support in the community.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself being as happy as I am now. Enjoying making music and enjoying my family. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration was my grandma who died of cancer. She was my best friend and believed in my music. I know if she were alive today, she would be proud of me. Who I look up to in today’s world is my love, Killen. He’s been there for me and my children. He’s helped me in many ways, including writing music. I am very happy to have him in my life and very blessed how much he supports my goals and dreams. I am a very lucky woman.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love all types of music in every genre. I support artists who are doing music just because they love it and not just for the money or fame. Yes, there is music that’s out that I like and some I don’t like, but as long as the artist is living their dream, my opinion about their work doesn’t matter.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?