13-Year-Old CAMRYN QUINLAN Discusses Her Life During Quarantine, Being A Part of Acapop! KIDS and More!
Rising star Camryn Quinlan’s talent shines through in everything she does whether it’s creating her own original music or performing as a member of Acapop! KIDS. The young singer-songwriter was born and raised in New York with a love of music and dreams of taking her talents on-stage. At just 13-years old, Camryn has already proven the immeasurable power and depth of her vocal abilities. Her powerhouse vocals can be compared to that of a young Ariana Grande or Katy Perry. She was even recognized by Glamour Magazine and Zhavia Ward for covering her song.
Camryn wrote and released her first original single “Better Days” at just 10-years old to bring awareness to teen suicide prevention. All proceeds for the song go towards The Muse Within, a local youth music non-profit organization. She followed this heartwarming track with the release of her uplifting single “With You” – which was quick to gain traction across streaming platforms. Her next release, “Monters,” showcased her powerhouse vocals, while the accompanying music video displayed her creative storytelling abilities. Camryn’s latest single “Ain’t No Second Chance” takes it a step further showing off her vocal versatility and overall proving that she is a dynamic force to be reckoned with.
Last year, Camryn was selected to be part of Warner Records’ youth acapella group Acapop! KIDS, created by the founding members of Pentatonix.Currently comprised of 25 talented young performers from across the nation, the group delivers acapella versions of current and classic hits. Camryn can be seen as the leading vocalist for recent Acapop! KIDS releases such as: “The Other Side” by Justin Timberlake and SZA, “Breathin” by Ariana Grande, “Without Me” by Halsey. In addition to singing, Camryn also writes her own music and plays the ukulele, guitar, piano and drums. Outside of Acapop! KIDS, Camryn can be found performing for local charity organizations and using her ever-expanding platform to advocate for Mental Health education and awareness for all ages.
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Learn more about Camryn Quinlan in the following All Access interview:
Thank you for your time. So given these unusual Covid-19 times, what does a typical day look like for you? How have you adjusted to these times? How are you staying busy?
A typical day would be waking up around noon (lol), then going swimming or on my trampoline for a little while. Some days I see my friends and we just hang out in my backyard. After I eat dinner, I work on my music for a couple of hours. My best work comes late at night.
What has been the hardest/most challenging part about being quarantined? Is your city starting to open up more? What was school like for you this year?
The hardest part about being quarantined was not seeing my friends all day, doing my work in my room and just staying home. New York has opened up a little bit so I have started to see my friends more which is always fun. School was okay until the quarantine. Then we just did online learning, which just isn’t the same as being in school.
What has it been like being a part of Acapop! KIDS? How did this opportunity first come to you? Do you find that you enjoy being in a group versus a solo artist sometimes? Does it depend on your mood each day? What has been the best or most fun part about being in a youth acapella group with 25 other singers? What has been your favorite cover to perform yet with the group?
Being a part of Acapop! KIDS has been fun and exciting, especially when we travel to meet all of the other cast members. I saw an online ad for the audition and decided to send in a video. This was June of 2018.
Sometimes being in a group is exciting because you get to work with people who have the same love for music as you do, and are the same age as you. So new friendships and bonds are formed just from working with other people.
My favorite cover to perform with the group was “High Horse” by Kacey Musgraves because it was a really fun set and an overall amazing day.
Let’s talk about your solo music. How do you think your songwriting style has grown over the years? How do you think your very first original single, “Better Days” reflected who you were as an artist back then? What about your latest single, “Ain’t No Second Chance”?
My songwriting style has changed, but mostly stayed in the same range. I have started to look at more structures for songwriting and better techniques. “Better Days” was my first real song that I ever recorded professionally. It had such a deep meaning and I mostly wanted to write a message in my songs to help people. “Ain’t No Second Chance” is a song about relationships and how sometimes it’s not meant to work out.
Speaking of “Ain’t No Second Chance,” what was the inspiration for it? Typically, how do you go about writing your songs?
The inspiration came from past relationships. I typically write the chords and lyrics and then I come up with a melody. There isn’t really a plan it just comes out. Sometimes I write a verse first or chorus it just depends on the day.
I understand that you play the ukulele, guitar, piano and drums. Which do you enjoy playing the most? Is it also the instrument that you are the best at? 😊
My favorite instrument is the piano because I have been playing it so long – and yes I’m the best at it!
If you could design your dream music video right now, what would it look like?
It would be a scene in outer space or at least in the clouds.
If you could perform or write and record with any artist right now, who would you choose and why?
Ariana Grande because she has been my idol for the past couple of years. I love her music, voice, style and everything about her.
I am curious how you are able to balance being a musician and a normal 13-year-old? Have you been able to easily juggle it all? What do you love doing when you aren’t working on music?
During the week I would go to the studio or my lessons after school, and get my homework done after that. Some nights I was really tired and it was hard to get up for school the next day.
When I am not working on music I love to hang out with my friends, go outside, bake and ride my bike.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
This past few months in quarantine I have written over 20 songs. It has been a really creative time for me and I can’t wait to share what I have written with my fans.