Few up and coming artist rise as quickly and steadily as does singer/songwriter Savannah Rae. Only a few months ago, the Country music artist was delighting us in an interview following her newest release Typical Texas Girl. Now this native Texan is back stronger and more full of experiences than ever. She has been touring the United States, from intimate venues to main stages including recent performances on the NAMM (Gibson Stage), American Music Awards, The Voice, Roland Studio Sessions, the New Mexico State Fair and throughout Texas and Tennessee in support of her recent single releases. She is following her chart-topping single Typical Texas Girl with Pushing Up Daisies. 1 In Music meets the artist on her upward trajectory to superstardom.
1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?
Savannah Rae [SR]: My music is very unique because I bring a sound that is all new to the country market. My two main loves are country and rock and I love being able to combine them both. I am definitely country with a bit of edge. I love organic instrumentation and leaning heavy on electric guitar. I have also included some Latin elements and even threw in some Spanish speaking as well. I cannot think of anybody in the market that is in this lane and incorporating all these elements, and I think that’s why my sound is so unique.
1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?
SR: I have to attribute my parents to my love of music. At a very young age they introduced me to all different genres and started taking me to concerts when I was around 10 years old. I specifically remember going to an Evanescence concert at that time and really admiring Amy Lee, the lead singer. I turned to my mom and said that I wanted to be just like her and do what she was doing. Thankfully my parents took me seriously and enrolled me into vocal and guitar lessons and the rest was history. I knew right then and there, that music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support of my parents.
1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
SR: I was around 12 years old when my parents enrolled me into a group called Rockstar Academy. It was an organization where a bunch of young tweens and teens got together and played music. We recorded songs, filmed music videos, and performed around my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. I remember the first time I got on stage is what really solidified how much I wanted to pursue music as a full-time career.
1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?
SR: I listen to all types of music and can appreciate all different kinds of genres. Like I said before, my parents introduced me to everything at a young age. From country to rock, from pop to rap, from metal to 17th century lute music, they helped foster my appreciation for all types of musical art. As far as what I listen to most and on the daily, country and rock are the reigning two
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
SR: There are so many different artists that I think are extremely undervalued and I couldn’t possibly pick just one. However,
I think that the entire genre of Texas country and red dirt music are very underappreciated.
There are so many talented people and so much great music coming out of Texas and Oklahoma that sometimes doesn’t get a national stage, such as if it were to come out of a place like Nashville. I think the Texas country market as a whole sometimes gets overlooked.
1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?
SR: I prepare for my performances by always making sure that I am practiced up. I make sure that I have run over my material that I am performing as many times as I possibly can to ensure that I just go out there and have a blast and not think about any chord changes or lyrics or anything of that nature. I make sure to do all of my vocal warm-ups and hydrate my vocal cords with water and tea right before a show. Even doing my hair and make up is almost ritualistic and gets me in the right frame of mind.
1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
SR: I love cooking, photography, DIY’ing, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. Music is pretty much my life and I will say it takes up about 95% of my time. However, I am a big homebody so my perfect night is relaxing with my family, watching a movie, and cooking up something good to eat.#
1 In Music: Success to you is…?
SR: Success to me is achieving goals and dreams that I have set while also staying true to myself. I hope to cross off some of my bucket list items and continue to release the music that really resonates with me. I also hope this music resonates with other people as well. If one person can connect to the song and feel something, then I have done my job. Anything after that is just icing on the cake!
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
SR: To always stay true to yourself.
I am still young but I have been in this industry for a decade now. I was very impressionable and often did what other people told me to do. I listened to what they thought was a good idea for my music, and I went along with it because of how young I was in the industry and I always respected people who might have more experience than me. While you can always learn something new and industry veterans are veterans for a reason, this can often lead to people taking advantage of you and molding you into what they want, not necessarily what you want. It’s so important to stay true to yourself and stay true to your voice. After all, nobody knows you or your music better than you.
1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?
SR: I have been working hard in the studio for the past couple of months on a lot of songs. I hope that I can release them as soon as possible as I’m dying to get them out! I also have a bunch of shows on the horizon and I’m actively booking through 2022.
1 In Music: Where do we find you music / music project?:
SR: You can find me on all social media platforms!