Detijon Mjekiqi discovers what inspires the young singer/songwriter Brittnie Price
Singer/songwriter Brittnie Price has made her mark in her local area of Cleveland, Ohio, and now she’s set her sights on conquering the world. While still studying musical theater, Price has released her first EP titled “Everything We Are”. Following this achievement, the 21-year-old took some time out to talk with Youth Arts Online about music, songwriting and more.
What first drove you to music?
Music has always been my favorite thing in the world (besides chocolate). The first musicians I ever looked up to were Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston. I was a huge 90’s/early 2000’s girl, so also Britney, Christina, the greats. As far as writing, finding my voice wasn’t as simple. My dad put a pen and paper in front of me and told me not to get up until I wrote a song – and I couldn’t. I really had to grow into my thoughts and opinions, and discover my truth and my means of expression on my own terms. I started out on the piano, and wrote a little ditty called “Call My Name,” and the first song I wrote on my first guitar, “What If,” is actually the first song on my EP. It’s so dear to me, because I discovered it on my own.
What’s the message you want to deliver with you songs?
I don’t think I really have a specific message. Life happens and I write about it. I think it’s such gift that we have the ability to express ourselves on our own terms, at our own pace. The music industry could use more of that. My goal is always to be listenable and relatable. It always hits home when I hear someone humming one of my melodies, or has a phrase stuck in their heads, or says a lyric helped them through something. I don’t ever write a song for the sake of singing it. There’s always something behind it; but it’s different for every song.
With whom would your ideal collaboration be with?
I have always wanted to collaborate/perform with John Mayer. I’ve always been a huge fan of Kina Grannis…she’s someone I look up to and I think our writing styles would work well together. I also love the work of Lianne La Havas – she is a brilliant writer, and her melodic choices are always spot on. Also, Matt Corby is incredible.
What inspires you to write?
There’s never anything specifically that inspires me. Life’s subtleties that always seem to speak to me. I remember writing the chorus to “Runaway” on a napkin while I was driving on the highway. I had just gotten off the phone with a friend and we were both going through something fairly similar as far as relationships, and it just kind of…tripped off my tongue. I usually end up writing down a bunch of words and when I look down, I realise, “Wow…I had a lot to say…” I will say this: if I sit down and plan to write a song, there’s a 99.99% chance that it will NOT happen. It took me a little while to accept that.
What has your greatest achievement?
Well, first off, this article! This is my first international interview, and so shortly after my record was released, I can’t stop smiling about it! As far as my life in theatre, I’ve just completed an international tour of the Broadway Musical, “Hair”. Which was really incredible. 1,300 auditioned, I was one of 21 cast, AND still in school. Also, releasing this record! It’s been a dream of mine to make money from writing and singing my own music, and being a professional musician feels incredible.
You can also purchase “Everything We Are” at www.brittnieprice.bigcartel.com