Posted On 25 Jun 2015
Tag: Aaliyah, All Access Music Group, Aluna George, Artist Interview, Beyonce, Clown, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Friday Night, Lay Me Down, Miami, Michael Jackson, One In A Million, Rihanna, Sage The Gemini, Sam Smith, Sebastian Mikael, Slip-N-Slide Records, Stay, Teenear, Thinking Out Loud, Trinia, You Know You Like It
Born and raised in Miami, music found 18 year old Teenear at the tender age of three. She gained her determined and positive spirit from a supportive family and from a musical influence that she emulates the one and only Michael Jackson.
The past year has been a defining time for Teenear, she just finished working on a summer anthem she penned called “Friday Night” featuring popular hip-hop heartthrob Sage the Gemini.
Learn more about Teenear in the following All Access interview:
Growing up, how did music play a role in your life?
It has always been something that has gotten me through the day. Every day all day I would be sing up, down and all around the house when I was little. (Laughter) Now leaving the house without my headphones means DO NOT TALK TO ME (Laughter), I will be in the worst mood. I need music to get through the day, its my therapy
Can you remember the moment that you decided to be a performer?
Growing up, I’ve always known I wanted to be a performer. I have a video of me at my 5th birthday party say “I’m going to be on T.V” so its always been there, but New Years Eve going into 2013 was the day I really decided to show it off to everyone. I was nervous at first, but I knew performing was what I wanted to do.
What was it about singing Rihanna’s “Stay” at the talent show that really stood out to you?
Before that performance, I had just sang in church and different little places with people I knew so of course they’re almost obligated to tell me I did fantastic and cheer me on, but at the talent show there were people I had never met or even seen before out there cheering me on and responding to my singing in an awesome way. It gave me such an amazing feeling and such a rush I didn’t even want to get off the stage afterwards! I wanted to keep singing for them!
Tell me how exactly your love of Michael Jackson has pushed you to be an artist?
Just seeing how he grew up to become one of the biggest is the most inspiring! He started off as this little boy and grew up to touch the world with his music. His music will live forever.
How has being from Miami influenced you and your music?
Miami is such a creative place in itself. There are so many talented people around all the time that I feel like motivate me a little. I want to be apart of “Miami’s talent”.
What was it like working with Sage The Gemini for your newest single, “Friday Night”? Why do you think it’s the perfect summer song?
I didn’t actually get to work with Sage until the video shoot but he’s such a sweet guy and he has an awesome spirit. I definitely had a lot of fun working with him.
It’s a fun song to dance to when hanging with your friends. I love that it’s so catchy.
Why is Slip-N-Slide Records right for you now?
It’s a home based label that has broke so many artists from down here in South Florida, so why not keep it home and represent where I’m from, right?
How have your label mates, Trina and Sebastian Mikael been helpful to you through this process?
They have been very supportive and especially when it comes to getting my music out there by posting stuff for me!
What are some of your favorite covers that you’ve done in the past? What are some that you are planning on doing in the future?
“Clown” by Emeli Sande, “One in a Million” by Aaliyah and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran are my favorites. I plan on working on “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith and “You Know You Like It” by Aluna George
Living or dead, who would you love to work with and why?
Beyonce. I feel like she has set this high standard for all female artists and has built this amazing brand for herself that I dream of doing one day. Working with her and having her show me how she does what she does would be amazing!
How have you been balancing school and your music career?
I’m getting through by separating the two. Trying to focus on finishing all of my school work in school, so when I leave school I can do any and everything surrounding music. It’s been extremely hard and some days it doesn’t really work out and I end up going to sleep extremely late but its been all about time management. Also it’s definitely going to be worth it in the long run.
If you music sends listeners a message, what would you like it to be?
Be who YOU are and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or put you down!
I LOVE the lord and strive to put God first in everything I do!