- What is your first memory involving music? Was that the moment you knew you wanted to sing?
I remember always being surrounded by music as a child. My parents are big fans of music and always had it playing in the house or in the car. I wanted to take acting lessons when I was five and performed in my first musical theatre show at that age. I don’t remember what it was about performing, but it was the only thing as a child I never wanted to miss. I would cry and scream about missing my voice lessons and acting classes and when I stayed home sick from school I would miraculously get better just so I could go! Something about it is addicting to me and it satisfies a love that I don’t have for anything else.
2. You have a lovely voice; do you play any instruments as well?
First of all, thank you so much! I play a bit of guitar, bass, and piano. I like to understand what is happening with all of the instruments when I’m recording and working on music. However, it makes me nervous to think about performing with any instrument live.
3. Since you are from NJ: Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi?
Any TRUE Jersey Girl has only one answer to this question and it’s “Both”. I have seen both of them live in concert and my love for both is quite strong.
4. What is your favorite record of all time? What the first record you ever bought?
My favorite record of all time is Tapestry by Carole King. That record is about a journey; a true journey of self-discovery and it always inspires me to write. The first record I bought was Avril Lavigne’s Let Go. I, too, wanted to be just like Avril Lavigne… because I am obviously just SO complicated.
5. At what age were you diagnosed with diabetes? Has that affected your music?
I was diagnosed at the age of 8. My diagnosis has added a very complicated and intricate aspect to my story and my story is what is told through my music. It has affected every part of me and therefore, every part of my music.
6. Did you always want to be a model? How did you start working with MSA models?
I was such a little ham as a kid. My mom and dad had to pull me away from the camera. I absolutely LOVED having my picture taken and I would do anything to have the camera on me (some would argue that has not changed!). I never knew I wanted to model, people always just told me I should try it. A voice teacher I was working with about a year and a half ago suggested I go to MSA’s open call… and the rest is history!
7. Do you have any favorite fashion designers/brands?
My favorite fashion designer is Malia Mills. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her and she is honestly one of the coolest people I have ever met. She preaches a message of loving your body no matter your shape or size and she carries that message into her clothing line. There is not nearly enough of a message of “self-love” in the fashion industry.
8. How did you come up with the storyline for your new video “Found You”?
I worked on the concept for “Found You” with the producer and director of the video Chris Palanca. We really wanted to do a storyline based music video to grab viewers and keep them watching to the end. We decided to do a story with a twist at the end, like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”.
9. What inspired you to write that song?
I wrote that song with my writing partner and producer Ron Geffen. It really came about when I was my first real relationship where I was falling in love with this persona and as I started to learn more about him, I began to learn more about who I was and really discover who I am as a person.
10. What’s it been like working with the team at TMMA Entertainment?
It is a dream working with the team at TMMA Entertainment. They are super supportive and hard working, which are amazing qualities in a group of people working closely with you. They really believe in my dream and are guiding me in the right direction towards achieving it.
11. Are you currently working on an album?
I have recorded an EP and am hoping to release another single and hopefully the full length EP later on this summer.
12. We hear you are a student at NYU. What are you studying? Do you like NYC?
I am studying Childhood and Special Education at NYU. Helping others, especially children, has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been working with kids for as long as I can remember. I love NYC because the whole city itself is always on the go. Everyone here is super motivated and always on to the next thing. If you’re not doing a million things in the city, then you’re slacking… and someone else is picking up the slack for you.
13. If you could put together your dream tour, what 4 other artists would be on the bill with you?
If I could put together a pop star, girl power tour I would totally do it. As lame as it might sound, that would be my dream! I would have Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce because they are all reigning pop divas of today and are a great representation of women empowerment.
14. What’s the best concert you’ve ever seen?
The best concert I’ve ever seen was Taylor Swift’s Red Tour Concert. I have never seen such an all-out quality show from start to finish. There was no weak spot throughout the entire performance, which is incredibly rare. It had an intimate, personal feeling for each audience member amidst all of the crazy dancing and set design, which is definitely hard to maintain on a large-scale stadium tour. I am still in awe when I think about this concert; it gives me butterflies in my stomach.
15. What’s next for Carrie Lane?
Hopefully some very big things! I am working on booking shows for the summer so I can start to get my music out there and show the world what Carrie Lane really has to offer. I am also working on getting another single and the full-length EP ready and finding the perfect time to put them out for everyone to hear. There is going to be a lot from Carrie Lane coming your way, so keep checking the official website www.CarrieLaneMusic.com