American Young Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

American Young Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka: Tell us about your latest
release.

Answer:  Our new EP is called Soundtrack of
Your Life.  We are currently writing and in the studio working
on the rest of the full length album but we couldn’t wait to
get these songs out to all of you!

Lamitschka:  What will your next
single be?Answer:  We just released the video for Gonna Be You,
and we are working on a remix that will come out soon.Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the
most?Answer:  Personally, I like songs that are written
around a melodic hook.  (This is Kristy) I love to write on
the violin.  I feel like when we get the melodic ear candy
worked out the direction flows naturally.  Having a fresh
lyrical narrative is imperative!  I love songs with titles
that have a fresh approach and catch you in a directional
surprise that keeps the listener on our toes.  Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs
you have recorded and what’s the story

behind it?Answer:  I love Gonna Be You.  I have listened to that
so many times and I am obsessed with that melody.  That song
and my son came into this world at the same time, so it will
always hold such special ties to this time in my life.  This
last year has been hands down the best year of my life.  I had
no idea how much I would love becoming a mother and creating
new life has been such a gift.  The music that we have made
has just been the icing on the cake.  It was really amazing
when I was in labor, I was regulating my heart rate as well as
the babies with breathing and music between contractions.
Love is War and Be Here from our last record slowed both our
heart rates and when a contraction would come about, I would
put on Gonna Be You, and it would just ease us into the whole
wave.  My son was born Jan. 3rd, and my grandfather passed
Jan. 6th.  When Soundtrack was recorded, I played it for my
dad and we had a good cry together over Opa.  He had raised my
dad in Africa and then my dad had gone to Germany for high
school and he started telling me stories of all these memories
they had shared traveling the world together as a family.  It
never ceases to amaze me what music does to the heart.  It
ties us to all our memories and our true and deepest emotional
selves.  So to answer your question, I don’t know that I have
a favorite.  Every song carries me into that time and space I
was in when it was written and released.  It’s kind of like an
audio picture memory book.  I had a friend who had a stroke
and was left in a coma.  I started playing her every song that
had gone number one starting with the week she was born up
until today.  By the time we got to where we were on the
calendar, she woke up.  Music is magic like that.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over
your music?

Answer: Basically whatever Jon and I can agree on.  It
would be like Hillary and Trump trying

to run the country
together, so it can be a challenge to get there, but once we
do…

we get a lot done.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how
fans have been affected by your music?Answer: One of my favorite memories was at a festival
in Manchester.  I was on stage and watched one of my friends
see the love of his life for the first time.  I’ll never
forget the moment they saw each other.  It was like time
stopped and the room went away and I had this feeling of,
“Lord help me not mess up this song right now because they
aren’t going to forget this.  Ever.”  One year later, they had
gotten married and were expecting their first baby when I saw
them at the festival again, and I had just happened to bring
my stethoscope and was able to listen to the baby in the
womb.  It was just beautiful.  (He was born this last month,
and is doing fabulous!!;).  Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your
musical roots run?Answer: I love Coldplay.  I listen to them so much it’s
crazy.  And Drake.  Probably my Canadian roots showing.  And
The Judds.  I listen to classic country whenever I’m cleaning
my house.  My music comes from both sides of my family, my dad
played the upright bass in the orchestra, as well as bluegrass
with me and my family, my sister played the fiddle and sang
with me, my mom plays everything.  Piano, violin, the flute,
the accordion, basically she is the most creative human I
know.  (Her family name was Holm, so the accordion kind of
came with the territory.  lol:).  My dad’s dad was the
singer.  He was an amazing baritone and my grandma played the
piano while he sang for church.  He was a preacher and teacher
his whole life, so music was what led that charge.  On my
mom’s side, my grandfather played the piano and the accordion
and my grandmother played the violin.  He was a heart surgeon
and she was his nurse, and they spent their adult life as
medical missionaries in the Philippines, Vietnam, and
Singapore where they had a family band with their three kids
playing the violin.  My Oma tells the story she heard from her
grandpa who was a violinist in Chicago and when he was a kid,
he used his fiddle case as a sled in the winter, much to the
dismay of his mother.  Basically music runs my calendar.  We
have always closed the day with music at sundown around the
fire.  I grew up in Idaho, so as soon as my mom started
building the fire, my sister and I started rosining our bows
to play.  It’s just what we do.  I find with my son it hasn’t
changed a bit.  I grew up worshipping on the Sabbath, so we
welcome the weekend with music into the night and basically
play most of the day together Saturday and Sunday morning.  Lamitschka:  What do you think about today’s music industry?Answer: Today’s music industry is an amazing open
market.  There is an opportunity for every person to get
themselves out there, and in doing so it creates so much
diversity which is so inspiring.  The internet changed the
world and we are alive at the MOST epic time in history.  On
the other side of that it is imperative to say unique and
necessary conversations.  Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about
the music industry, what would it

be?Answer:  We should pay men and women equally.  Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as
recording, touring, interviews. What do you

like best, what’s your favorite activity?Answer:  My favorite thing to do lately is play new
songs for my son.  I feel like he is my current A&R.  If
it keeps his attention something magic is happening, if he
doesn’t like it, he lets me know loudly and immediately.  Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its
current borders or are you happy

where it is?Answer:  We were so blessed to be able to play a huge
festival in China last summer!  They currently don’t have
iTunes, Spotify, the BBC, or an open internet.  It was truly
amazing to be able to share our music with that culture as
well as get to experience their local artists!  I wrote a song
that is English to Mandarin with a girl from the Chinese Navy,
and it was awesome to be able to sing it over there!Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the
music business?Answer:  Mike Curb came to see the band I was playing
with at Tootsies Orchid Lounge on Broadway in Nashville.  He
owns our record label and has broken my favorite singers
through the years and has the best creative vision on music
row.  I studied his politics in college and was super inspired
by the work he had done in California when my family was
living there.  (He was Lieutenant Governor of California
during the Reagan administration.)  I was able to play for the
Obama campaign during debates for that administration as well
as his fundraisers.  Mike has given the best industry
executives their first job, and I am constantly driven by the
work I see him do for the industry and Nashville as Music
City.  I feel like Mike has always used music to create
movements and momentum for good.  My purpose in the industry
is to create positive vision through music and so Curb records
has been an awesome family for me to build with.

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