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GL: How did you get into singing?
Skylar: I started singing when I was nine years old. I signed myself up for a school talent show to play the piano, and when I went into the talent show to audition, they asked me if I could sing as well. I found out later when we got the results that I got in for the singing and not the piano. It was crazy. It was one of those moments where it was kind of like everything clicked and I just knew that that was what I wanted to do forever and that was what I wanted to pursue as my career.
GL: When did you start writing your own songs?
Skylar: I started writing around the same time that I found out I could sing. I was actually just practicing piano when I wrote my first song. I came up with all of these chords and I really liked the way it was sounding, so I went downstairs and I started just typing up a bunch of lyrics on my computer. That was my first writing experience and I really liked the process and what it felt like to write. From then on I just started writing all of my own music because I thought it was fun. I really like doing it. There are so many things to write about and I have so many ideas.
GL: Can you tell us a little about that first song?
Skylar: The first song I ever wrote was called “Crush” and it was about this boy that I really liked when I was in third grade. I wrote the song and then I actually took it and put it on a CD and wrapped it up for him and put it in his locker. He found it and then he put it in the trashcan and just started laughing with all of his friends about it. I was sad because it was my first little crush, but it’s fine now. It’s funny when you really think about it.
GL: Ouch! You should write a song about that experience.
Skylar: That’s what really encouraged me to start writing more. It just made me realize that there are so many things to write about. It’s funny because with other artists they’ll be writing about relationships that haven’t worked out and the same thing happened to me but with this guy. I don’t even remember his name.
GL: Is there any particular emotion that inspires you to write?
Skylar: When I’m writing about something, I really like to write encouraging messages. There’s a song that’s coming out on my album that’s called “Fly” and it’s about letting go and following your dreams. Sometimes people don’t have the courage to really believe in themselves and go for something that they love to do, so I wanted to write a song explaining that it’s important to do what you love and not be scared. That’s one of my favorites on the album.
GL: Who would your dream musical collaboration be with?
Skylar: Beyoncé. Who wouldn’t want to have a collaboration with Queen Bey? She’s awesome, so definitely her. I really like powerhouse vocalists.
GL: You have an upcoming fashion collection with Dirtee Hollywood. Can you tell us about your personal style?
Skylar: I like to wear a lot of different varieties of things, but I definitely have a style. My style is the same as my music: very fun and colorful and cute, but with that urban kind of edginess. I really like crop tops, but now they’re kind of going out of style because it’s winter. I really like flannels and ripped skinny jeans, too. Those are my favorite items of clothing to wear.
What are your creative outlets? Do you like Skylar's encouraging message? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to pick up a copy of Skylar's new album Firecracker.
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