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Interview with Casey McQuillen

By: Skyler Johnson

Since American Idol’s first inception in 2002, no one could have guessed how popular the show would be and how many new musicians would gain popularity through the years, including Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Jennifer Hudson. Casey McQuillen performed on the show in season 13 and became a top 48 musician. Since then she’s done an anti-bullying concert series, and was interviewed by Kelly Clarkson, as well as released a lot of great music. I had the pleasure of interviewing McQuillen on her life and career up to this point.  

  1. How did you first get into music? 

I started writing music from a really young age!  It was when I learned to play some guitar around the age of 12, though, that I started performing and posting my music on the internet.  Since then, I’ve been lucky to have an amazing relationship with my audience, and many of my fans have been following my music for close to 15 years.

2. What, do you feel, is your biggest success as a singer/songwriter?

As a singer/songwriter, I think my biggest success has been writing about really difficult topics and conveying them on stage in a way that makes audiences feel connected and understood.  I wrote my song “Beautiful” at 17 about the pressures of conforming to beauty standards, and the response I’ve received from audiences all across the country inspired me to continue to be painfully honest in my writing.  The title track on my upcoming album “Can A Heart Go Bad?” addresses very personal and painful mental health issues, and though I’m a bit scared to share it the world, I’m confident my vulnerability will allow for a deeper connection with the listening audience.

3. Who are your biggest influences and why?

I would say Taylor Swift is my biggest songwriting influence because I’ve been listening to her music at every step of my career.  Other artists I feel very inspired by include Colbie Caillat, Kate Voegele (whom I had the honor of opening for), and Adele. All of these women write beautiful, complex stories into their songs, and I try to emulate that.

4. How important was it for you to campaign for anti-bullying?

I was picked on a ‘normal’ amount as a kid, but it was through self-reflection in songwriting years later that I realized how deeply I’d internalized a lot of the insecurities I’d developed in middle & high school, and how long those issues had continue to stick around in the back of my psyche.  Somewhere in my heart, I assumed the kids saying and doing mean things to me must be right, or why else would they treat me so badly?  In my anti-bullying concert series, I tell my story and sing the songs I wrote about growing up in that environment.  With perspective, we’re able to discuss that bullies bully because they’re insecure, not because there’s anything wrong with you.  And through these examples, I hope to help curb the cycle of internalized insecurity for the next generation.

5. What made you want to campaign for anti-bullying? 

It would have meant a lot to me as a young student to have a role model at school. I think I would have felt a lot less alone knowing that someone I looked up to had had similar experiences to me and made it out on the other side.  I want to be that person for these kids.

6. How was your experience performing on American Idol?

American Idol was great practice in performing under pressure.  I’ve found that my career cycles in these long preparation periods with my team, all culminating in big, high-pressure performances or interviews.  Being exposed to such high-stakes performances at such a young age on American Idol gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to be myself and have fun during those moments.

7. Was it odd seeing yourself on camera? 

I’ve been on camera most of my life, so I’m pretty used to it.  I started posting on YouTube and developing a following at a pretty young age, so it wasn’t that odd.  However, Idol was definitely the first time I’d ever been exposed to stage lighting and cameras, which are so bright and intimidating.  Before my Idol audition, they had me wait in this little box with a red light, and when it turned green, I opened the door and walked out onto the audition stage.  So, I truly hadn’t seen the lights until the moment the cameras were on me.  It definitely threw me for a loop!

8. How was being on The Kelly Clarkson Show, what was that experience like?

Honestly, it was one of the most surreal moments of my life.  It was very nerve-wracking, but Kelly Clarkson is the sweetest person and had even left me a hand written note in my dressing room welcoming me to the show and thanking me for my work in the community.  Small details like that really helped me feel at ease before the show, and she’s so friendly and funny that I felt like the interview was a breeze.  It was probably my favorite experience so far in my career.

9. Are you excited to go on tour?

I am PUMPED!  I was having so much fun touring with artists like Eric Hutchinson and Tyler Hilton before the pandemic, and it was so disappointing to have to cancel so many shows and stay off stage for so long.  But we are BACK baby, and I feel so honored to be hitting the road with the talented Clark Beckham this fall.  Come see us!

10. Are there any upcoming projects you’re allowed to tell us about?

My album “Can a Heart Go Bad?” will be coming out soon, so make sure to follow me on Apple Music and Spotify to stay up to date with all my releases.  I’m really proud of the album and I hope everyone will have a chance to hear it!

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Tate McRae × Khalid – Working

Rising global singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae and multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid release their new single “Working” today via RCA Records.  The upbeat summer jam was produced by Joel Little (Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons).

“I am so stoked for this song I did with Khalid,” says Tate.  “I usually release a lot of songs that are pretty emotional but this one is just a straight summer bop. We had such a fun time creating this song – I seriously can’t wait for everyone to hear it. “

McRae will hit the festival circuit this summer/fall making stops at Wonderstruck Music Festival, Lollapolooza, Leeds Festival, Reading Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Music Midtown, Firefly, Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and more to be announced.

McRae is currently featured on DJ Regard’s #1 Dance hit with Troye Sivan (listen HERE) which is currently rising up the Top 40 chart.  She is also featured on blackbear’s recent track “u love u.”  Her TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD EP is also available HERE

McRae’s breakout single, “you broke me first” reached #1 at Top 40 radio and has over 1 billion stream worldwide.  The track is currently top 5 at Hot AC, helped Tate to secure her spot in the #1 spot for 5 weeks on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart and was #1 at dance radio last year.  The track is not only double platinum in the US, but 4x PLATINUM in Ireland, 3x PLATINUM in Australia and Singapore, 2x PLATINUM in Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway and Sweden, PLATINUM in the Austria, Netherlands, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK, and GOLD in Denmark, Germany and Indonesia. 

About Tate McRae

Singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become an artist on the rise. She currently has over 2 billion career streams with over 3.3 million subscribers and over 500 million video views on YouTube.  She was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician on the list as well as Apple’s Up Next Artist for 2021, Amazon’s Artist to Watch in 2021, Pandora’s Artists To Watch 2021 list and included on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 One’s To Watch list. She was also named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise, and MTV’s Push Artist for July 2020. 

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old.  She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on Ellen, The Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music.  

About Khalid:

Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum certified American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019, was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”.

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Tate McRae × Essentia

Rising singer/songwriter Tate McRae announced that she has signed her first major brand partner deal with water company Essentia.

With over 1.8 billion career streams and being listed as the youngest musician to make the Forbes “30 Under 30” list, Tate is familiar with hard work, dedication and knows what it takes to overcome unthinkable odds, traits that fit well with Essentia’s commitment to keep the world properly hydrated so people can do the things that matter most to them.

“My journey has been filled with hard work, unexpected turns, late nights, and early mornings,” said Tate. “I’ve made sacrifices in pursuit of my dreams and even though I felt like I gave up some of my childhood, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m so excited to partner with Essentia because it’s a brand that encourages people to pursue their dreams and to never give up, plus it’s my favorite water.”

The announcement comes as Essentia launches its “Stop for Nothing” campaign that will feature Tate. The campaign will also feature star quarterback Patrick Mahomes II and classical fusion violinist Ezinma who will showcase that resilience takes motivation, strength, stamina and makes you feel unstoppable, but in order to maintain it, you first have to take care of yourself and that starts with proper hydration.

Essentia Water CEO Scott Miller said Tate is someone who has always gone after her dreams. “When I learnt that Tate started setting goals when she was eight years old, I knew she was someone with grit and determination,” Miller said. “We are thrilled to have Tate bring her passion, creativity, and drive to Essentia.”

Essentia is the pioneer of ionized alkaline water and is known for its unique ionization process. The brand is CarbonNeutral® Packaging Certified and distributed in nearly 90,000 retailers across the United States.

About Tate McRae

Singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become the artist on the rise.  She currently has over 1.8 billion career streams with over 3.3 million subscribers and over 500 million video views on YouTube.  She was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician as well as Apple’s Up Next Artist for 2021. 

Her current single, “you broke me first” reached #1 at Top 40 radio, has over 1 billion stream worldwide and has been on the Hot 100 (peaking at #17; currently #21) longer than any other song released by a female in 2020 with 37 weeks.  The track is approaching the Top 10 at Hot AC, helped Tate to secure her spot in the #1 spot for 5 weeks on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart and was #1 at dance radio last year.  The track is not only double platinum in the US, but 4x platinum in Ireland and 3x platinum in Australia and Singapore.

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old.  She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the Fox series: So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on Ellen, The Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to Netflix’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music. Who knows what’s next for this artist-on-the-rise?