Singer Claire Sully discusses starting music at 13, her influences, her first song, working on a new music video, and more!

Beyond The Lens – Independent Massachusetts pop & country singer Claire Sully had a lot to share in an interview we did earlier this month and I’m excited to share what we discussed on the website for you all to read. I wrote up a couple of questions for her to answer after she accepted an invite to be interviewed shortly after being contacted over messenger. Enjoy the interview!

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~*~*Interview /w Claire Sully*~*~

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Internet Hollywood: Hey Claire! Welcome to your very first Internet Hollywood interview. I appreciate you taking some musical time out of your day to feed us with that knowledge about yourself and what you. And what’s pretty about that is your a musician as well, so props! Anyway, lets take a step in the past and see what we could find. Give you give us a little history on your background story, as far as who you are, where you from, and what you do?

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Claire: I’m Claire Sully. I am 19 years old, I’ll be 20 in August. I was born in Romania, then moved to Milan Italy at 3 years old, lived there for 7 years. My mom is from Argentina so I visit annually, and now I’m currently living in Massachusetts! I have a twin sister who is also a singer and dancer. I am a student at Dean College in Franklin MA ( Communications Major) and working really hard to go into the music industry.

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Internet Hollywood: Music has always been a relief to the soul for thousands of years and it clearly isn’t going to be changing anytime soon. Everyone could easily find something they like about music, whether be a rap, pop, rock, etc. But many creators find something deeper than the average listener when their expressing themselves creatively. What kind of music influenced you while you were growing up and how did your journey begin as a musician?

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Claire: The music that influenced me growing up was a lot of pop music! My very first artist I listened to was Ashley Tisdale. I was about 8 years old, and obviously we know her from the high school musicals, however the second I heard she had an album out (Headstrong) I was in Heaven. I listened to her music and I was able to connect with Ashley’s lyrics on so many levels. Growing up my twin sister was all about Motown, so I was introduced to Michael Jackson, and a whole new world opened up listening to Michael. I still listen to the king of Pop and think about his music all the time. My journey as a musician began when I was 13. At the time, my cousin was telling me about open mic nights in Vermont. I was introduced to Radio Bean, a coffee shop that held open mics, and I did my first gig there, and its been a climb ever since! At 15 or so, my love for music escalated and grew and I watched more documentaries on singers and from there I kept performing as mochas possible.

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Internet Hollywood: What was the feeling like recording your very first song and playing it back the first time you heard it? Did it feel like music was a thing for you when that happened?

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Claire: The feeling recording my first song felt surreal! I worked with my artist development company, Bristol Recording Studios when I was 17 and I recorded my first original song called “Girlfriend” and after the recording was mixed, mastered I was so content with the outcome and to this day when I finish my recordings I love having that accomplished feeling and having the world hear your hard work pay off.

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Internet Hollywood: I like the cover you did to “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga. Will you be doing anymore covers or releasing any original work soon?

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Claire: Thank you! I had seen A Star is Born, and the music was just phenomenal! I had to do a cover, just because I haven’t done as many as I did in the past. Back then I was doing covers because I wasn’t writing a lot of my own material because inspiration didn’t spark for me quite yet. I will be doing more covers really soon! I am a big fan of Country music and I plan to cover a song called “Die from a Broken Heart” by Maddie and Tae. When that’s done, I definitely plan on releasing more of my own material. I just released a song March 10th called “By Your Side” and that was written about my best friend Veronica Craig who wants to go into the beauty industry. I was heavily inspired by her. She’s been so good to me and has shown up to my gigs and has been such a great support system. We really built this strong friendship and bond and I feel so connected with her on so many levels. I wanted her to know how I felt and for me this was a way to say thank you. I also just finished up writing my second country song called “Your Place” For that song, I gained inspiration while I was in Nashville on vacation. My first country song was incredibly successful and I didn’t think it would have done so well, so while I was in Nashville, I was thinking, maybe writing another country song wouldn’t hurt my Sullynators! I was so inspired with the lifestyle Nashville has. The people are so heartwarming and when I was there, I felt like I was where I needed to be. I texted my friend (Yes Veronica jumps back into the picture) and I just spilled my thoughts, feelings and emotions to her about Nashville. Right then she texted me an important line that became the title of the song! She said “Claire you found your place” So the name of this new song is called “Your Place”

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Internet Hollywood: How hard was it to learn how to play the guitar when you first started and what became your favorite type of songs to write once you did learn how to play it?

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Claire: Ooh! I’ve never gotten this question before! I learned how to play guitar at 10! I started and I was taught a D Chord, and two weeks later I quit lessons because it became too hard for me. My teacher was also a bit strict if I remember correctly haha! Then a year later, I went up to my mom and I asked her if I could take guitar lessons again. She was on board with the idea, so I took lessons from 11 to 15 with my guitar teacher. I stopped taking lessons at 15 because I wanted to be more independent and try things my way. I was born with an ear for music, so I wanted to get chords by ear and just do things my way. From there, I started playing all sorts of songs, however I always put my focus on pop and country music. My audience ranges from little kids to elders, so I always have a few oldies in there too!

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Internet Hollywood: Last but not least, will there be a chance we will see a music video or an album sometime in the distant future?

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Claire: I love this question!! We’ll have to see! I want to say yes! I’ve never shot a music video for my original songs and I feel like since A Girl in Nashville did so well, I might shoot a music video for that! Right now I’m in the process of shooting a music video for my new cover “Die from a Broken Heart” I am very excited for people to see this one! There might be an EP coming?…. oh wait what?!?! Did I just say that?!

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Claire!

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~*~*Photos*~*~

Photographer: Liz Collins

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Claire Sully: SpotifyWebsiteYouTube

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