She is a TWO time Stellar-award winning artist and has stunned the world with her incredible, yet inspiring voice. The power within her voice is truly breathtaking. You may have seen her on NBC’s The Voice when she introduced herself to the world. Let us tell you, she did exactly that. Ever since Hawthorne took the stage, we haven’t been able to forget her. The Louisiana native is a natural talent and at the rate she is moving, we’re certain her soulful voice will soar her high with success in everything she does. We sat down with Koryn Hawthorne to get the scoop on her love for music and what all you can expect from her soon!
Can you tell our readers about yourself? Do you remember when you first knew music would become such a big part of your life? Can you share that with us?
Well, I grew up in a small town, Abbeville, Louisiana. When I was younger, I used to watch movies with music involved such as: Annie, The Jacksons: An American Dream, anything that had music in it, I was watching it. I’ve been singing ever since I can remember but as far as a moment where I knew that music would be what I wanted to pursue as a career, I never had that because I think it’s always been the center of everything. I’ve just always loved music.
How did you end up on The Voice? Do you mind sharing your experience on the hit show?
I’ve been singing ever since I was a kid so growing up, I found many avenues to help my gift grow. I did competitions, I started auditioning for different things whenever I was 11. When I turned 16, I knew that I wanted to audition for American Idol and when I did and was told, “no.” A few months later, The Voice came to New Orleans. My mom suggested that I go audition for The Voice and I initially told her no because I didn’t want to get rejected again. But, my family is super supportive and my step-dad kind of pushed me to audition. When I got there, I prayed and asked for God to be with me. I knew that if He took me past the first round that he would take me all the way to the end and that’s exactly what He did. The experience was life changing to say the least. I’m so blessed for the opportunity. I think it was just great to be on such an amazing platform that allowed me to express my faith so boldly. It was such a positive atmosphere. From the producers to the workers on set, everyone was super positive. I made connections that I will have for the rest of my life.
What was it like working with music legends such as Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams?
Well, I chose Christina to be my coach at the very beginning. I didn’t end up having her as my coach for too long but Christina is definitely a legend. She catered to my performance side, which I am a performer at heart. To be with her and have her feed off of my performing and basically show me how to work the stage was awesome. Switching over to Pharrell was completely different because he was all about my heart and emotions in music. Pharrell is definitely a legend as well, he is a genius and one of the most down to earth people I’m sure I will ever meet. He’s incredible, it was more than just the show for me. He would always tell me not to worry about the show and to focus on what would happen afterwards.
Can you tell us about your debut EP? What inspired you to create it?
I got signed to my label so of course, we were expecting for a project to be released. As far as the creative on the songs on the EP, I knew we had five days to create five songs. We went out to Los Angeles and I think it was just incredible to be in a room filled with gifted people. Warryn Campbell and Bernie Herms, who are Grammy award-winning producers and many more, I was very blessed and gifted to be in a room with such talented people. We didn’t really have to over-think anything. I was just all in the moment and spirit led. We definitely created more than five songs in five days, which blows my mind to this day (laughs) so I think it was all just about where I was in that moment and how I wanted to introduce myself as a new artist. I’m such a versatile person, I love all people and have conversations with everyone. I wanted to make music that reflected that. I wanted to make music that anybody can pick a song from my EP and say, “I feel that,” and I feel like we definitely did that so it’s great!
What can we expect to see from Koryn Hawthorne in the future?
Ah! It think just growth. I want to grow to bigger and better things. I don’t know what the future holds, of course, God holds my future but just looking at everything He has done so far, I would’ve never imagined I would be here today with my first single released being number one on Billboard. I think we can only go up from here. We have an album coming out this year. Be on the lookout for television and film opportunities too, just bigger and better things. I just want to never stop growing or put limits on myself. I want to do the unexpected.
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