Pop-Soul Singer, Bean, Shares Her Favorite Musical Moments So Far, What Truly Inspires Her And Why She Loves Coldplay!
Posted On 30 Dec 2014
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Her music has been featured in recent national television campaigns for Mitsubishi, Lay’s and Bud Light Lime. She was also chosen from more than 20,000 applicants to write a song for the “Coke – 52 Songs of Happiness” campaign. Bean performed all three nights on the KISS Stage for One Direction’s Rose Bowl run in Pasadena this summer and she was also featured on the 2014 High School Nation Tour. That’s not all, she even performed at Bonnaroo 2013. She has opened for Colbie Caillat, Megan & Liz, Hot Chelle Rae and Austin Mahone. Additionally, Bean wrote the theme song for OK! TV’s newly launched entertainment news show.
The songstress recently released her EP Rollercoaster, which includes “Let’s Go,” “Cops & Robbers” and her current single and title track “Rollercoaster” – a song that you won’t forget!
To view the video for the highly addictive “Rollercoaster,” please visit:
Learn all about this EP and more in the following interview:
Can you remember the first moment that you decided you wanted to be a performer?
The first time I realized music was meant for me was when I played my first coffee shop show at this little place in the heart of Dallas called The Crooked Tree. Barely 5 months into playing guitar and writing music, I was a mere 19 years old and the most nervous I’d ever been my entire life. A pair of a little over 100 eyes, everyone from my momma who had the biggest smile I’d ever seen to my best friends from high school, were on me waiting for the first song. I realized that I kinda liked the feeling of pushing myself to do something out of my comfort zone. I was alive; thriving on the highest kind of happy I’d ever bumped into. I fell in love with the feeling of putting my heart on paper and sharing it with people who appreciate it. After that first show, with a standing applause from my friends and family and new found fans, I knew there was no going back to normal. This was the destiny meant for me. And I swore by the treble clef tattoo on my right hand that I couldn’t and wouldn’t quit until I say goodbye to this world to sing with the angels.
What was like posting your first video, “Like To Love You” to YouTube?
Truthfully, I had no intention of getting as much recognition as I did by using Youtube as a tool to catapult me into my career. I started putting up videos to show my long distance family and friends my progress with my guitar playing and songs. haha But I guess life truly does have an incredible way of working itself out.
Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
My inspiration derives from everyday situations. I write about my reality: break ups, losing loved ones, falling head over heels recklessly, being young, making mistakes, and learning from them. I’m very transparent in my lyrics, probably too much sometimes! haha. But, it’s only because I want those interested in my music to connect with that and know that I’m a normal human being who has normal emotions and normal problems just like everyone else. I’m not this superstar prima donna who is too cool to converse with unless I’m doing a Meet & Greet after a show.
“I’m a silly, dorky, sometimes awkward human who loves to laugh with strangers who make me smile.”
Have there been any surprises about the music industry since you have been in it?
This industry is a giant surprise. Everything from sound-check being pushed an hour earlier when my makeup is halfway done to last minute getting invited to tour with Jake Miller a week before the tour begins. I think that’s what is so great about the whole thing though. I hate predictability. Don’t get me wrong, it’s frustrating at times, but a good plot twist keeps me on my toes and makes for a pretty interesting story when it’s all said and done.
Your music has been featured in many global spots for the brands, Mitsubishi, Lay’s, Bud Light Lime and Coca Cola. Which spot got you the most excited?
The Mitsubishi spot got me the most excited because it was my very first commercial placement! Picking up the phone and hearing your friends and fam screaming, “DUDE! YOUR VOICE IS PLAYING THROUGH MY TV!!” was one of the coolest “Pinch me!” moments, ever. It’s so rewarding to see that major brands such as Bud Light, Mitsubishi, Lay’s, Coke, etc. believe in my sound enough to choose my music out of the entire world of artists out there to represent the sound of their commercials.
Not to mention, the whole “getting paid to do what you love” thing isn’t so bad either lol
What was it like releasing your debut EP, Rollercoaster last summer?
It was incredible. Having as many supporters purchase and leave sweet reviews on iTunes put into perspective how far I’ve come since March of 2011 when I put my first song on YouTube. If I wrote a novel of thank you’s describing how incredibly blessed I am, it still wouldn’t scratch the surface of how lucky I feel to be doing what I love and having people support that.
You look like you are having a lot of fun in your music videos. What’s been your favorite to film so far?
I gotta say, I had the most fun in both music videos for my songs “Cops And Robbers” and “Rollercoaster”. “Cops And Robbers” because I had the chance to shoot and edit the music video myself. I love editing! “Rollercoaster” was incredible because we shot the music video at this incredible mansion in Los Angeles. On top of that, the people in both music videos are either family or friends. I love getting to make awesome memories like that with people I care about.
What was it like being a part of Macy’s/iHeart Radio Rising Star Campaign?
It was amazing! It gave me a shot at vast exposure to so many new fans. I’m super lucky I was picked to be in the running with that many talented people.
And what about being a supporter on the iHeart Radio On The Rise Tour? What have you learned from this experience? Anyone really awesome that you have gotten to rub elbows with?
I’ve learned from watching and rubbing elbows with talents like Jake Miller and Becky G that it takes a ton of dedication and levelheadedness to achieve success. To treat people like you want to be treated and show gratitude for opportunities. Most importantly, don’t forget why you started because it’s the one thing that you love so much you couldn’t imagine life without pursuing it.
How has the High School Nation tour been alongside artists Drake Bell, Nikos, Dakota Bradley and host DJ Unieq?
It was bananas. Such an incredible energy with each high school we played at. It was rewarding to speak into the students’ lives and plant some inspiration into each student hoping to turn a dream into destiny. High School Nation was definitely rewarding for me.
What are you favorite songs to perform?
Right now, my favorite songs that I’m performing on tour with Jake Miller are songs that I’ve yet to release. Three of them are called “Junkyard Kids,” “Hometown Hero,” and “Think Twice.” You’ll be hearing them soon on iTunes
Living or dead, who would you love to work with and why?
I’d flip out to work with Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. Both because, lyrically and musically I’m a super fan. And I think my voice could be way dope singing harms with Chris Martin & Ed Definitely on my Bucket List!
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands have been inspiring you lately? Any newcomers that you are currently enjoying? What song can’t you get out of your head?
Lately, my influences consist of The 1975, Cage The Elephant, Midnight Faces, and a few other indie alternative bands. The one song I can’t get out of my head is called “Happy Little Pill” by Troye Sivan. Insane lyricist.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with you (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
My favorite memory so far was back a couple years ago, when TI flew me out to Atlanta to hang in the studio and talk about music. I got to sing the hook on a song that his late artist Doe B wrote. It was a moment I will never forget. Honored.
Well, I’m a woman so naturally I love to shop. I love playing volleyball and working out. But mostly, I love crafts and DIY projects. Anything from making flower crowns to bracelets. And I love to sometimes attempt cooking a 5 star meal, good practice for being happily married one day, lol
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
Inspiration. I want the world to know that it’s completely achievable; going after a dream that seems bigger and scarier than anything and dominating successfully. If you want to go eat sushi in Japan, drink ale in Ireland, to kiss your lover at the tip top of the Eiffel Tower, GO DO IT! Don’t wait for life to do the hard work for you because it won’t. Work hard and never give up. This world is yours for the taking.