Today we have the great blessing to speak with Avery*Sunshine and understand a little bit more about her wonderful voice, talent and positivity. With the release of her debut album last summer, she has brought an energy to the genre, that was lacking in my opinion. You can gather that vibe from her music, watching her perform or just hearing her in a voicemail. (Which I had the pleasure to receive, I will never delete):) Anyway, if you haven’t picked up the album please do, and give yourself a treat. Also, if you are in the Memphis, she will be performing at The Vine this Saturday January 15th. You know I will be there.
Soulified: With the release of your debut album last summer, how has your career changed?
Avery*Sunshine: We are definitely a lot busier!!! The album helps to increase awareness.
Soulified: What was the message that you were trying to convey to your fans with that album?
Avery*Sunshine: I wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of honesty. I hope that my honesty and “realness” (That word is not in the dictionary lol) encourages others to be honest and real. From that honesty will flow healing and from that healing will flow “SHINEABILITY”: the ability to SHINE! . (I made that word up too.) ;)
Soulified: As each song is an intimate creation of talent, heart and soul, what song had the most meaning to you on this album, if you had to narrow one down?
Avery*Sunshine: They are all very meaningful to me. If I’d have to pick, I’d choose UGLY. From that tune we were able to create an album. The vocals on that tune were recorded in my closet!!!!
Soulified: I really enjoyed your video “All In My Head”. What songs are next to make the transitions to a music video? Why was that one picked to be the first?
Avery*Sunshine: Thank you! We thought that the story of ALL IN MY HEAD would visually be interesting. We hope that it was! I GOT SUNSHINE and PININ’ will be next!
Soulified: I love that you are touring, even to the smaller cities like Memphis. How has the experience been for you?
Avery*Sunshine: The touring experience is very close to my heart. I am privileged to have the opportunity to travel the world doing what I love to do. BLESSED.
Soulified: Since you gave your fans such a great album last summer, what are you plans for the next album?
Avery*Sunshine: First of all, THANK YOU. Secondly, the thought of creating another album is TERRIFYING but a feat we intend to take on nonetheless!!! We, my music partner Dana Johnson and I, plan to write from our hearts again and see what happens. Wherever God leads, we’re gonna follow! Can’t go wrong that way. I’d like to have a few guest artists on the album too. (We’ll let you know if Prince agrees!!!) I’M KIDDING!!! well… ;)
Soulified: I can tell by your music, videos and just how you carry yourself. How do you keep your positive nature and outlook?
Avery*Sunshine: Prayer. My family. My friends. Music. Getting rest when I need it and being adamant about having personal time to “re-up”.
Soulified: With the growth of twitter and facebook as ways for artists to connect directly with the fans, what method do you prefer and what was the most surprising thing that you have noticed about the increased fan connection?
Avery*Sunshine: I am both a Twitter and Facebook junkie. When I first started, I was surprised that people were actually interested in the seemingly mundane things that I was doing!!! Now I realize that the social networks allow artists to have the necessary connection with the people who help to make the artists who they are. I was not a fan initially. Now, I’M SOLD!!!!
Soulified: So what are you plans for your music in 2011?
Avery*Sunshine: We intend to continue our touring to further increase awareness about the project. Of course we’ll be making more music too. ;)
Soulified: Thank your for your time, and best wishes.
Avery*Sunshine: Thank you Eric for your interest!!! I’m Honored!