We encourage young artists here at Beyond The Stage so much and at just 17 years old, rising country singer Queeva has one of the most unique and mature sounds and voices today.
We had a chance to ask the young artist some questions about her latest singles and process of creating music during COVID.
Beyond The Stage: What inspired “Do Better” and “Show Off?”
Queeva: “Do Better” is my current single and I wouldn’t say anyone specifically inspired the lyrics of the song, but it describes what a perfect relationship would feel like. It is a happy love song that I think people will be able to relate to. I like to write music that I think others will be able to connect to. “Show Off” is one of my favorite songs that I have written; it talks about not having to impress someone in order for them to like you. I think especially with teens growing up in today’s world, we can feel pressured to change ourselves in order to fit in. I wanted to capture that in a song, and I wrote it with Trent Tomlinson and Brandon Darcy.
BTS: Were there any specific artist(s) that inspired the singles as far as style and production?
Queeva: I wouldn’t say any artists specifically inspired the singles because I like to keep my music authentic to who I am as an artist. Some of my favorite artists though are Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, and Luke Combs.
BTS: Your sound is so mature for your age, does it come naturally or what has the process of creating music been like for you?
Queeva: Thank you so much! I’d say that over the years just listening to a lot of music and singing constantly has helped a lot. I never did any vocal lessons growing up, and I wrote my first song when I was 9 years old. Ever since then, I have loved writing music and just being able to share my message through music makes me so grateful.
BTS: You’re Irish and from Chicago, which isn’t very well known for country music, so what drew you to that genre more than anything else?
Queeva: I grew up listening to country music because my dad was always a big fan. He played Randy Travis and Dolly Parton all the time, and I just fell in love with country. I knew that as I got older I would want to start writing songs and sharing my message through music. Also, people in Ireland do love country music as well, so being in that environment really drew me to country.
BTS: What was the process like for filming the music video for “Show Off,” especially with Covid?
Queeva: I had so much fun filming the music video for “Show Off,” which was directed by Preston Leatherman. The start of the video shows Hunter and me both very dressed up, but as the video continues, I show him that he doesn’t have to drive a cool car and be fancy just for me to like him. Covid made it difficult because the entire crew had to wear masks and I could only have mine off for filming. It was definitely different to what I was used to, but I’m so happy with how the video turned out.
BTS: Can we expect a “Do Better” music video?
Queeva: There will not be a music video released for “Do Better,” but an acoustic live performance video of the song will be released soon!
BTS: What’s next for you this year?
Queeva: I have more music that I have been working on, so more singles will be released soon! I can’t wait for my next one to be out there 🙂
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