Meredith

Meredith O'Connor

It was awesome to catch up with Meredith and get an inside peek on what makes this awesome young woman travel the globe and inspire young people everywhere to stand up, speak out and be brave. Thanks, Meredith! You are a true inspiration!

What are your top 3 favorites songs?

Total Eclipse of the heart by Bonnie Tyler, that song and video basically emulates the word “epic” haha, Vienna by Billy Joel and Finale B. from Rent.

If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?

Wicked. I used to really connect with Elphaba, and that show is a classic.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?

Jim Morrison from The Doors, Freddie Mercury from Queen

Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?

I do! I love to cook, horseback ride and surf! 

What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?

Finding out my concert in NYC, LA and London were all sold out was very exciting, but something that stands out to me is the time I was in Northern California, and one of the fans who came out to the show at the meet and greet said that she had never spoken in class because of anxiety until that day, and my music was the reason for it. I have been told remarkable stories of kids’ bravery a lot via Facebook, Instagram, and often times at meet and greets but they always stick with me. It’s hard to pick just one example. But I can tell you I know how much it can be a challenge to defeat anxiety, it’s like you’re fighting yourself, so you don’t even have yourself on your side. So hearing her do that was just really awesome and it touched me. 

What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?

Legacy, by Eminem. He talks about how his differences and struggles growing up ended up serving him for the better, and that message is so important. That’s why my song “Just The Thing” also has a similar message behind it.

What’s your favorite part of performing?

I love when fans sing along to my songs. I also love when a song is starting and I can feel the anticipation and excitement in a live concert. Just that itself gives me even more adrenaline. 

What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?

Definitely Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. If you haven’t heart it, check out the main hook. It’s personally a challenge for me not to sing along to it, haha. 

What message do you want to share through your music?

When I had issues with my confidence due to the abuse and bullying, I really wish I knew that the things that each and every thing that made me stand out, and every little thing that they picked on, including my height, my love for writing, and performing, would all one day be something that I thank myself everyday for never letting them change. That’s what I want my fans to see, because nothing personally bothers me more than not only when someone is bullied, but they actually let the words change them. That’s what I want to help stop.

What would you say to someone going through a rough time?

I would say, if you need help, know that you deserve it and life doesn’t have to be this painful. Whatever damage you have can be fixed, and it’s not easy, but it’s worth a try. 

If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?

Probably Just The Thing because its message of accepting who you are is universal. I currently am on a world tour, and at my concert in London, shows in Greece and in America (soon to be Sydney, Australia) that is a fan favorite. 

Just for fun … fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be eternally lost.

Music is my right arm. Does that make any sense? At all? haha

My hero is Freddie Mercury.

Life is mysterious and a miracle.

How are you rocking your voice for good?

Ever since “Celebrity” first became a hit, having a fan base and this type of attention was a new thing to me, but honestly a dream come true because since then I made it my priority each day to be the role model that I wish I once had.

Meredith 2015-05-14T15:18:33+00:00

FEATURED ARTIST: MEREDITH O’CONNOR

We are happy to feature Free2Luv Advocate, teen pop artist and anti-bullying activist, Meredith O’Connor who rose to fame when her first song “Celebrity” went viral on YouTube reaching over two million views within the first two months of its release.  Meredith’s energy and passion for making a difference is contagious and we’re excited to highlight this beautiful advocate for change.

Meredith O'Connor

It was awesome to catch up with Meredith and get an inside peek on what drives this awesome young woman to travel the globe and inspire young people everywhere to stand up, speak out and be brave. Thanks, Meredith! You are a true inspiration.

What are your top 3 favorites songs?

Total Eclipse of the heart by Bonnie Tyler, that song and video basically emulates the word “epic” haha, Vienna by Billy Joel and Finale B. from Rent.

If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?

Wicked. I used to really connect with Elphaba, and that show is a classic.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?

Jim Morrison from The Doors, Freddie Mercury from Queen

Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?

I do! I love to cook, horseback ride and surf! 

What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?

Finding out my concert in NYC, LA and London were all sold out was very exciting, but something that stands out to me is the time I was in Northern California, and one of the fans who came out to the show at the meet and greet said that she had never spoken in class because of anxiety until that day, and my music was the reason for it. I have been told remarkable stories of kids’ bravery a lot via Facebook, Instagram, and often times at meet and greets but they always stick with me. It’s hard to pick just one example. But I can tell you I know how much it can be a challenge to defeat anxiety, it’s like you’re fighting yourself, so you don’t even have yourself on your side. So hearing her do that was just really awesome and it touched me. 

What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?

Legacy, by Eminem. He talks about how his differences and struggles growing up ended up serving him for the better, and that message is so important. That’s why my song “Just The Thing” also has a similar message behind it.

What’s your favorite part of performing?

I love when fans sing along to my songs. I also love when a song is starting and I can feel the anticipation and excitement in a live concert. Just that itself gives me even more adrenaline. 

What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?

Definitely Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. If you haven’t heart it, check out the main hook. It’s personally a challenge for me not to sing along to it, haha. 

What message do you want to share through your music?

When I had issues with my confidence due to the abuse and bullying, I really wish I knew that the things that each and every thing that made me stand out, and every little thing that they picked on, including my height, my love for writing, and performing, would all one day be something that I thank myself everyday for never letting them change. That’s what I want my fans to see, because nothing personally bothers me more than not only when someone is bullied, but they actually let the words change them. That’s what I want to help stop.

What would you say to someone going through a rough time?

I would say, if you need help, know that you deserve it and life doesn’t have to be this painful. Whatever damage you have can be fixed, and it’s not easy, but it’s worth a try. 

If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?

Probably Just The Thing because its message of accepting who you are is universal. I currently am on a world tour, and at my concert in London, shows in Greece and in America (soon to be Sydney, Australia) that is a fan favorite. 

Just for fun … fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be eternally lost.

Music is my right arm. Does that make any sense? At all? haha

My hero is Freddie Mercury.

Life is mysterious and a miracle.

How are you rocking your voice for good?

Ever since “Celebrity” first became a hit, having a fan base and this type of attention was a new thing to me, but honestly a dream come true because since then I made it my priority each day to be the role model that I wish I once had.

FEATURED ARTIST: MEREDITH O’CONNOR 2015-05-14T03:23:01+00:00

ALEXX

https://free2luv.org

It was super awesome to sit down with Alexx and learn more about the amazing person behind the music. Thank you for sharing your incredible words of wisdom, Alexx!

What are your top 3 favorites songs?

I Only Have Eyes for You by the Flamingos, Claire de Lune by Debussy, Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?

I’d probably travel back to the 90’s grunge era. I’ve always felt such a connection to that period in music, and my own music is heavily influenced by artists like Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, silverchair, and more. It was so beautifully melancholic, so emotive and expressive, and so musical.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Leonardo Davinci, George Washington

Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?

I own a kids party company, and over the years have learned how to face paint, twist balloons, and perform magic tricks. I started the company with only 3 costumes, and now I manage over 20 people, have relationships with event planners all over California, and carry over 100 different costumes. I also do a little acting on the side, and in my spare time, I like to read, write and play music, and work out.

What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had several awesome opportunities, but I’d say one I’m very, very proud of was performing my song “Survive” recently on Lifetime’s “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”.

What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?

Claire de Lune. It is one of the most tranquil, emotive, and moving pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

What’s your favorite part of performing?

It’s an indescribable feeling really. I feel like a totally different person when I’m up on stage, like nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my personal life. For those 45 minutes or however long I’m up there, I’m completely Zen. All of the struggles and hardships that I face on a day-to-day basis as an artist are worth it just so that I can have those precious moments on stage.

 What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?

I don’t have a go to song per se, but I will admit, I do sing in the shower pretty frequently. I love the reverb on my voice, haha.

 What message do you want to share through your music?

I just want people to be inspired by what I do. I write from life, and my own personal experiences. If someone can take something positive from what I have to say, then I know I’ve done my job as an artist. That’s what separates great art from good art.

What would you say to someone going through a rough time?

This too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever, be it good or bad. Take comfort knowing that the universe will always take care of you, and never give you more than you can handle.

If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?

That’s a very difficult question. I suppose I’d perform my song “Cry” since it’s already made some waves, especially in the dance community thanks to Lifetime’s “Dance Moms”…or perhaps I haven’t written that song just yet, haha…

Just for fun … fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be lost.

Music is reason for living.

My heroes are my mother and father.

Life is hard, and not always fair. But it can also be incredibly fun!

How are you rocking your voice for good?

I’d like to think that most all my music sends a positive message. It’s probing and introspective, and it encourages listeners to pick themselves up from their bootstraps and carry on. As a person, I’m very strong willed and motivated, and I always strive to be the best I can be. I hope I can influence others to do the same. You should love yourself for who you are, have self respect, and be willing to work hard for the things that you want. Never wait to be great. Start now.

ALEXX 2014-11-13T21:18:19+00:00

FEATURED ARTIST: ALEXX CALISE

We are happy to feature the amazing singer, songwriter, guitarist and Free2Luv Advocate, Alexx Calise!  Alexx delivers a sound that is both fresh and uniquely her own, combining crunchy rock riffs with probing lyrics and hooky pop melodies. This passionate young woman is rocking her voice for good and we’re delighted to share more about her.

https://free2luv.org

It was super awesome to sit down with Alexx and learn more about the amazing person behind the music. Thank you for sharing your incredible words of wisdom, Alexx!

What are your top 3 favorites songs?

I Only Have Eyes for You by the Flamingos, Claire de Lune by Debussy, Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?

I’d probably travel back to the 90’s grunge era. I’ve always felt such a connection to that period in music, and my own music is heavily influenced by artists like Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, silverchair, and more. It was so beautifully melancholic, so emotive and expressive, and so musical.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Leonardo Davinci, George Washington

Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?

I own a kids party company, and over the years have learned how to face paint, twist balloons, and perform magic tricks. I started the company with only 3 costumes, and now I manage over 20 people, have relationships with event planners all over California, and carry over 100 different costumes. I also do a little acting on the side, and in my spare time, I like to read, write and play music, and work out.

What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had several awesome opportunities, but I’d say one I’m very, very proud of was performing my song “Survive” recently on Lifetime’s “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”.

What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?

Claire de Lune. It is one of the most tranquil, emotive, and moving pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

What’s your favorite part of performing?

It’s an indescribable feeling really. I feel like a totally different person when I’m up on stage, like nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my personal life. For those 45 minutes or however long I’m up there, I’m completely Zen. All of the struggles and hardships that I face on a day-to-day basis as an artist are worth it just so that I can have those precious moments on stage.

 What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?

I don’t have a go to song per se, but I will admit, I do sing in the shower pretty frequently. I love the reverb on my voice, haha.

 What message do you want to share through your music?

I just want people to be inspired by what I do. I write from life, and my own personal experiences. If someone can take something positive from what I have to say, then I know I’ve done my job as an artist. That’s what separates great art from good art.

What would you say to someone going through a rough time?

This too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever, be it good or bad. Take comfort knowing that the universe will always take care of you, and never give you more than you can handle.

If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?

That’s a very difficult question. I suppose I’d perform my song “Cry” since it’s already made some waves, especially in the dance community thanks to Lifetime’s “Dance Moms”…or perhaps I haven’t written that song just yet, haha…

Just for fun … fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be lost.

Music is reason for living.

My heroes are my mother and father.

Life is hard, and not always fair. But it can also be incredibly fun!

How are you rocking your voice for good?

I’d like to think that most all my music sends a positive message. It’s probing and introspective, and it encourages listeners to pick themselves up from their bootstraps and carry on. As a person, I’m very strong willed and motivated, and I always strive to be the best I can be. I hope I can influence others to do the same. You should love yourself for who you are, have self respect, and be willing to work hard for the things that you want. Never wait to be great. Start now.

FEATURED ARTIST: ALEXX CALISE 2014-11-13T21:11:34+00:00
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