We love the new Caroline Grace song "Lotto" but we love the stripped down version even more. Her sultry vocals take center stage and the smooth backing instruments are a vibe that we can't stop listening to.
How did you first get started in music?
Caroline: There’s not a moment I can remember that I didn't want to be a singer. Every time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up it was always a “pop star”. The funny thing is it was never just a dream to me, it was something I always believed would be my reality and that I would make happen one way or another. Therefore, I got serious about my passion early on. When I was nine I started taking voice lessons and writing music. At 14 I met my first mentor in the music industry, Mark Vogel, and recorded my first single. From that moment on I never stoped. I’ve been writing/ recording/ rehearsing music consistently for the past seven years. However, the past few years I have been delving head first into the music industry and beginning to make a career out of it.
What’s it like being a student and pursuing a music career?
Caroline: Honestly it’s tough. It’s hard to find the time in the day because both my music and college career are very demanding. However, I have the incredible opportunity to be educated at such an amazing school while pursuing a career which I love. Therefore, I make the time. Sometimes I don't sleep, or have to sacrifice things like social events, etc. But it’s all worth it. It’s all about finding a good balance too and keeping myself healthy inside and out!
Tell me about your song “Lotto” what’s the story behind it?
Caroline: Nic and I met a few months back through our friend Stefan who actually produced the track. Nic had already recorded the verse and when Stefan played it for me, almost immediately we recorded came up with the chorus. Those first recorded takes are actually the ones you hear on the song. Nic then went back and recorded the second verse and the song was finished in no time. As far as the songs meaning, I think It’s just about two people meeting, having instant chemistry and realizing you want to pursue that person. It’s supposed to encompass those feelings of excitement and butterflies when you finally find a person you really like.
Where do you find inspiration for your songs?
Caroline: Writing to me is therapeutic. I write to clear my head and gain a level mind. My inspiration comes from my personal experiences, but also the experiences of my friends, or even people I don't know. Essentially I am always trying to have an open mind and seeking inspiration because it can come in all forms. I also always carry around a notebook!!
What’s been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?
Caroline: Yes I am passionate about music.Yes I am passionate about singing. But I am even more passionate about making a difference. Music is my vehicle to do so. I’ve been given the opportunity and means to have a career in music and therefore, I want to use it in anyway I can to serve people in my community and out of it in an attempt to make the world a better place. With this mentality comes a desperate need to make things happen as quick as I can and I often forget about being patient. Being patient and understanding are probably the biggest hurdles I have had to overcome. Finding the right team and waiting for your right time is strenuous, but when done right and with hard work, it will pay off.
What is your best piece of advice for young women?
Caroline: BE YOURSELF AND DON’T GIVE A FLYING FLIP ABOUT WHAT ANYONE THINKS. I know it sounds cliche but you have absolutely no obligation to live our anyone else's dreams but your own. Your limitations are only there because you put them there. Do not ever be discouraged by people or trails. If you keep doing you and working hard thinks will start to happen for you. At the end of the day, do what you love, and do not let anyone stop you from doing it. In all honesty, being a young woman in any profession is difficult, but let that be fuel to your fire and make you want to work even harder!