Good Afternoon! Thank you so much for talking with us! What was it like writing and also working with Mark McKee?
Mark and I work extremely well with each other. We respect each others decisions, but we also voice our opinion because we strive for perfection! He brings out the best in my writing style and will never let me settle.
Why the move from Pop to Country music?
I’ve always been a huge huge fan of country, even growing up! My manager and I were constantly listening to the newest country and I loved it. One day she said I should write a country track and I did and never looked back.
Who is someone that you would love to collaborate with?
Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing music?
My inspiration is always from personal experiences. My last pop EP revolved around one relationship. My country tracks are more about me stepping out, trying new things, and not being afraid of change.
Do you have any other projects you are working on?
Just finished in the studio with a new song and it should be finished soon! I’m looking forward to it.
Whats playing on your ipod right now?
“Almost Over You” by Jessie James Decker and all of Dustin Lynch
Now for the fun questions! What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up in Hawaii?
There was five of us in an outhouse, so we always ate at home. My mom would always cook up something super healthy. At the big family dinners, at my Tutu(grandma) and grandpas house, it was always hawaiian style! Poi, poke, loom salmon, chicken long rice, kalua pig… grandpa would make his special stew! So GOOD!
I am sure it is quite different from the Southern cuisine of Tennessee?
So different! We don’t have things fried ever really… unless you’re at carnival! I love my sushi and ramen.. so I’m going to have to find those places in Nashville or drive to New York lol
What was your favorite food to eat as a kid?
I loved all carbs including pizza and pasta, but mainly always hawaiian food! AND OF COURSE SPAM MUSUBI- cooked spam with brown sugar and soy sauce. You put the spam slice on top of rice and then wrap it in nori(seaweed).. 🙂
What would your last meal on Earth be?
That is such a hard question, but I would have to go with sushi!
Do you prefer cooking at home or eating out?
I love eating out because we never really did that growing up.. and I LOVE FOOOOOOOOD!! Cooking home is so fun with your significant other or your best bud.
What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?
At home breakfast is eggs and sometimes potatoes. For lunch I will have ground turkey chili on a bed of lettuce and for dinner I’ll make my favorite salmon dish with green beans, pesto sauce, and lemon juice. Tour life makes it more difficult to be healthy.. so it’s definitely a lot different!
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels. What did it involve?
Lil Frankies in NYC! They had this amazing rigatoni with meat sauce paired with a nice glass of Chardonnay.
You have travelled and performed across the country! What’s some of your favorite cities for food?
San Francisco, Chicago and New York! So much great food. In San Fran they have the best thai on every corner!
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
Definitely my grandfather that passed away, he was a big hawaiian guy! We would cook ahi with soy sauce and have sides of kimchi and crackers, maybe some macaroni salad and a little poke on the side 🙂
Alive would be James Taylor. I would take him to my favorite sandwich spot, Cafe Laufer in Hawaii. I’d order the turkey sandwich on croissant with a little mayo and mustard, lettuce and tomato and a side of an delightful pasta salad! Top if off with an ice cold Lemonade!
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