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INTERVIEW: Chloe – “sophisticated infused pop”

Today we want to introduce you to Chloe. She is a singer who has been the featured vocalist for the legendary Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2010 and has toured extensively and performed on Broadway with international sensation Rocktopia.  She has also recorded and toured with well known keyboardist/composer Yanni on his landmark Yanni Voices album and tour, performed with renowned jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, has been a soloist with the New York City Ballet, collaborated with noted hard-rock guitarist Joel Hoekstra, and even stepped into Janis Joplin’s shoes to tour with her legendary band Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Recently Chloe premiered the music video for her most recent single “Renegade”

The track is taken from her upcoming solo debut album The In-Between due out April 19th. For more information on the album click HERE.

We recently got a chance to ask Chloe some questions about her career:

How would you describe your sound if talking to someone who has never heard your music?

I would describe it as “sophisticated infused pop.”  (Not to sound like an ass, but it’s the best way to describe it. LOL) There are many genres that influence my sound ranging from rock to soul to pop to classical etc.… and my production is certainly pop influenced but it’s mature sounding. A sound we created to support my voice.  I’m not pretending to be a kid or write music that makes me seem younger than I am, therefore my sound overall needed to have sophistication for it to all make sense.

How did you get your start in music?

I grew up singing in the church as many kids do.  My parent’s put both my sister and I in every kind of music lesson you could imagine.  When I was nine, I joined an all girl performance group in Tampa called the “Entertainment Revue.”  From there around the age of 12, I was taken to New York to a do a few demos with a production team that saw some potential.  I signed to RCA Records and it’s history from there on out.  Haven’t stopped working since.

What show would you consider to be your “breakout gig” to this point?

I’ve been fortunate to have a few opportunities that brought me to different levels and exposed me to different audiences through out my career.  I think “Yanni Voices” was a huge moment as it was my introduction to PBS and his fan epic base.  Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Big Brother and the Holding Company exposed me to the Rock World and Rocktopia allowed me to have my Broadway debut.  I’m insanely grateful for all these experiences.

What does it take for an artist to stand out in a music environment such as Florida?

I actually do believe there is something in the water in Florida.  A number of talented artists have come from Florida and can’t give you a real explanation as to why. However, I believe talent and work ethic will take you to where you want to go no matter where you are.  I was very lucky to have amazing teachers and family that really helped grow my career beyond my local Florida community.  But anyone can stand out, just takes a shit ton of faith and determination. J

What should people expect from your live performance when coming to see you perform?

Epic musicianship!  It’s so important for me to recreate what we did in the studio, live.  Generally speaking and no disrespect to other artists, but I find in some of today’s music what we hear on the radio is amazing and then we are wildly disappointed when we see these artists live and they don’t hold up to the track.  It is the beauty of computer-enhanced music, but it’s also the downfall, as true talent doesn’t always get to rise to the top.  So, it is important for me as a singer to deliver the most emotional and vocally powerful performance I can give, LIVE.  (As I did on my record) My band, Travis Laws and Al Pitrelli, are two of the finest musicians on the planet.  There is not one weak link in my opinion and we all bring something unique to the show.  It’s an emotional and heartfelt performance you will feel, as the record is just that.

Do you write your own songs and how do you write them?

I do write all my songs.  This whole record was pretty much written by myself in my Brooklyn apartment as more or less of an experiment to see if I could do it on my own.  I had always been one to collaborate not believing I could do it solely my own, and after a number of life changes I needed to challenge myself to do just that.  I write from life experiences.  Sometimes I will write the chorus idea and leave it alone and finally complete the thought months later after I’ve been able to process my feelings.  Other songs, I write in 10 minutes if I’m just that worked up. LOL.  Usually, I’m flooded with emotions and songwriting is a form of therapy; The most healthy way I know to process and move on from whatever I am experiencing.

What should people expect from you in 2019?

This is finally the year I’m releasing #JustChloe.  I have been in a number of bands and recorded on records for others but never released anything of my own.  This year, it’s finally my voice, my feelings, my heartache, my recovery, my thoughts, my opinions, and my sound.  Took me a while to get here and figure it out, but I couldn’t be more proud and excited for the world to hear me.

What was the first album you purchased?

I remember I was in third grade and my girlfriend introduced me to Mariah Carey.  I made my dad buy me “Daydream” and I was hooked. 

First concert you attended?

Oddly enough, I believe it was Garth Brooks.  HAHA. What a hell of a performer!

Most influential artist to you personally?

This is such a hard question.  Different artists pertaining to singing verses songwriting influence me in different ways.  But since I take the most pride in my singing, I would have to say Whitney Houston.  I think she had the greatest gift of all time and I can remember trying to emulate her voice as a child.  I still practice to her music today.  The nuisances in her voice and vocal styling’s were simply perfect.

Connect with Chloe:

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