Good Afternoon Friday! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up?
My family wasn’t really the kind that sat down together for dinner. In fact, I don’t really remember the last time we did that. We always joke about how “Mom can’t cook” so we fend for ourselves to this day!
Being a Tennessean, where are some of your favorite places to get southern classics?
I am a huge fan of “Mom and Pop Shops.” Any restaurant that I haven’t heard of that is family operated, is typically where I love to dine. There’s a place called Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse in Columbia, TN that I absolutely adore.
What is your favorite music to listen to while you cook?
I love the Jonas Brothers. I typically rock out to them no matter what I’m doing!
Any similarities between putting together a good meal and making a good record? Is drawing out flavors in ingredients like capturing sounds from instruments?
Oh my gosh, there is nothing BUT similarities! When I’m making music, I break down every beat, every instrument, every lyric; in order to get that finely tuned, flawless result. The same goes with my food. Every ingredient I put in has to be precise if I want a great result!
What is your go-to weeknight meal?
I love baked tilapia paired with asparagus. The tilapia is a great healthy food and I eat the asparagus like chips.
I’m a sucker for a quick meal, especially after a late show. So I’d say most times I go straight for Ramen noodles. But I also really enjoy nutella on whole wheat bread.
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?
I follow a very specific meal plan, so a typical day for me consists of oatmeal for breakfast, either nutella on wheat or a salad for lunch, and tilapia and asparagus for dinner. I also drink tons of water everyday. This same meal plan works for tour as well, so I don’t make too many changes if I don’t have to!
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels. What did it involve?
Oh gosh, I try everything. I’m no stranger to new foods. But I guess I’d have to say the most memorable was probably out in Colorado, where I went to a sandwich shop that named every sandwich after a different strain of marijuana. There wasn’t any in the sandwiches of course, but it was QUITE the experience.
What is your favorite spice/ingredient?
ADOBO ADOBO ADOBO!
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Ramen. Simply because there are so many different flavors, and I’ve never gotten tired of it. Not even in college when it WAS my only choice.
What was your biggest cooking disaster?
Probably any time I’ve ever tried to make pancakes. That’s never an easy time.
Is there anything that you don’t enjoy eating?
I cannot stand bananas. They are the BIGGEST NO.
Tell us about your debut single “I Know Where.”
My single “I Know Where” was produced by my absolutely incredible producer Chris Love, and was recorded at Chris Love Studios in Lebanon, TN. I wrote the song myself, and collaborated with my friend S.A.M. GoHard on the track. It’s about wanting to leave a toxic relationship, but at the same time wanting to stick it out and find a place to be alone and forget about the issues the relationship caused. That’s why the main hook says “I Know Where We Can Go.” It’s definitely a different sound for me personally, but for my fans, it’ll seem pretty fresh and new.
You are quite the songwriter, so how did you decide on this song to be your debut single?
The decision to make this song my single was actually a decision my producer Chris made. I presented him a few songs at our first session, and he told me that “I Know Where” was a stronger song. I also had a better vision in mind for it than the other’s I presented to him, so we knew it’d get done more quickly and easily. So far it looks like we were right!
What can fans look forward to from you in 2017?
My fans can definitely look forward to more music, alongside my Debut EP. I will also be playing more shows, releasing a few music videos, and trying to meet as many of them as I can!
Finally for Battered and Brewed, if you could have a drink with one person, who would it be and what would you have?
I’d love to have a scotch with Nick Jonas. I’ve met him once, and he’s so sophisticated and genuine. He’s also incredibly dreamy and I heard he likes to pair his cigar with a scotch.
Thank you so much for talking with us Friday! Looking forward to hearing from you again!
ABOUT FRIDAY JAMES:
Friday is an independent artist; singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Born in Nashville and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee, Friday has had a passion for music since a very young age., and fell heavily in love with songwriting at age twelve. By age thirteen, Friday taught herself to play both guitar and piano, and had already filled a notebook with over one-hundred songs. By age sixteen, Friday took on a love of musical theater, and appeared in over ten plays in both her high school theater and a professional theater in her hometown. She used this time to train with vocal coaches, and worked alongside Broadway star Bailey Hanks at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She then went on to win “Performer of the Year” and went on to pursue more rigorous vocal training and academics. Also at age sixteen, Friday started her first semester at Austin Peay State University after being accepted into a dual enrollment program for brilliant minds. Upon graduation at age eighteen, she returned to her first love of songwriting, and filled two more notebooks over the span of one year. She used this talent to become accepted into Grammy Camp, completing the courses of Audio Engineering, Songwriting, and Producing. By age twenty, Friday became heavily indulged in music and performing, and began to travel to multiple cities in order to gain exposure. She began playing regular shows in Nashville once settling down, and has since released her debut single “I Know Where” while working with award-winning producer Chris Love. The song is now available for streaming on iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and many more outlets.
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