Interview: Country-Pop Rising Star QUEEVA Talks Irish Influences and More
Good Afternoon QUEEVA! Thank you so much for talking with us! What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up in Chicago? One of my favorite things that my mom would make would be an Irish breakfast on a Sunday. It consists of Irish sausages, rashers, beans, black pudding, white pudding, eggs, and toast. It’s delicious!
Are there a lot of Irish influences? I feel like since my family is Irish, it has definitely influenced who I am as a person. My grandmother was also a famous Irish Sean-nós singer in Ireland, and many people say that I got my voice from her.
We have shared your muffin recipe before. Do you still enjoy baking? I do enjoy baking! It is a lot of fun, especially if you just need to take a break. I also love baking with my siblings.
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be? That would have to be mac and cheese because it is honestly my favorite food!! It is super creamy, and I just love the texture of it.
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve. Everyone tells me that I should try sushi, but I do not like seafood. The idea of eating fish makes me uneasy because I just don’t like it at all.
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville? My first trip to Nashville was when I was nine years old, and my whole family came with me. I have five siblings, so it was so much fun. I also went to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, and that was an experience that I will never forget.
What do you do on a day off in Nashville, no work allowed? I love to go down and just explore the city! It is so cool to stop in at different restaurants and listen to all the different talent.
What are some places you recommend to eat for out-of-towners? Portillo’s is the best place to eat; I am dead serious. It has anything from cheeseburgers to salads. Go there and I promise you will not be disappointed. If you want a more healthy but filling place to eat in Chicago, I recommend going to Mingle. They have super delicious Açaí Bowls, which are basically made up of fruit, a smoothie, and granola.
What made you want to become a musician? Growing up and seeing how Taylor Swift was able to influence young girls like me through her music was so amazing to me. I always looked up to her and I wanted to inspire people too. I wanted to write songs and share my experiences with other people.
Who have been some of your biggest musical influences growing up and do the same artists currently continue to influence you now? Some of my biggest musical influences growing up were Dolly Parton and Gretchen Wilson. I knew all their songs, and their music would always be playing in the house. Although those artists still influence me today, some of my more current influences are Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini. Maren has such a cool tone to her voice, and Kelsea has great stage presence.
We love your new song, “How do you Know!” We know you have some acting experience under your belt with “Chicago Fire.” Are you excited making a video for this song? Yes! The video for this song will actually be coming out very soon, and I am super excited for everyone to see it!! The video is dedicated to finding loving homes for dogs, and there is a surprising twist at the end!
What's it like being recently voted one of Nickelodeon’s Fresh Faces? I would always watch the Nick Music channel on TV at home when I was younger because I thought it was so cool to watch artists bring their songs to life. When I heard that my music video would be played on the channel alongside big artists, it was a dream come true for me.
What is one thing you can tell us that most people don’t know about you and might surprise us? I actually did Irish dancing for about three years, and I would compete. It was a lot of fun, but I wanted to focus on my music career.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? If I could be sponsored by one drink brand it would have to be Starbucks! I love their drinks and snacks.
QUEEVA already has a list of accomplishments longer than many artists double her age. The 15-year-old powerhouse and high School freshman was recently voted one of Nickelodeon’s Fresh Faces and has garnered over one million streams on Spotify and YouTube. Additionally, her current single "Stand Out," was recently added to Spotify's Wild Country playlist with the corresponding video added on CMT.COM.
Born in Chicago, IL, QUEEVA was raised with five siblings in a creative Irish clan speaking both Gaelic and English and dividing her time between the US and Ireland. In fact, her name, sometimes spelled Caoimhe, means, "gentle," "beautiful" or "precious" in that language. Early on, QUEEVA gravitated to Country music’s greatest storyteller-artists who were skilled in illumining their everyday experiences in a song. She then went on to compete in talent contests all over. QUEEVA started to earn a name for herself at a very early age when she landed national TV spots, including an acting role in an episode of Chicago Fire, a role in a Build-a-Bear commercial, among others. By age seven, she caught the attention of Jamie O'Neal and under O’Neal’s guidance, QUEEVA found her unique, fresh style as a songwriter and artist, which is reflected in her songs.
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