I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Demi Michelle to learn five random facts about herself and the story behind her album Dear Dairy. Check out my interview with Demi below:
Loryn: What is the story behind your album, Dear Diary?
Demi: Dear Diary is an album I had to write for myself. I’ve been struggling with a lot of thoughts, feelings, and insecurities over the past two years, so I turned to songwriting to process and work through things. Dear Diary is exactly what the title implies; each song is like a musical diary entry. As a songwriter, I believe it’s extremely important to be authentic and write from a place of truth. Much like putting pen to paper in an actual diary, I poured my heart out into this project. Writing the album has helped me heal, and I’ve had many moments of self-discovery. I’m a much stronger person now, and I’m so grateful for songwriting for always being there. Dear Diary is truly my story, and I couldn’t be more proud of this album.
Loryn: Who is a singer you’d love to collaborate with in the future?
Demi: I’m going to answer this one two ways. So, Julia Michaels is my favorite songwriter, and she inspired me to start songwriting. I actually met her a few years ago on a tour, which was one of the best moments of my life. In terms of songwriting, I would absolutely love to co-write with Julia. That would be a dream come true. Since I’m going more country with my sound, I’d have to say the artist I’d love to collaborate with most is Kelsea Ballerini. Where Julia inspired me to pursue songwriting, Kelsea made me fall in love with country music. Early next year, I’ll be releasing my own studio version of her song, “Homecoming Queen.” It’d be a dream to collaborate with Kelsea because she’s my favorite country artist and is constantly inspiring me to follow my heart and write country music.
Loryn: What lesson has the entertainment industry taught you?
Demi: Wow, this is a great question. I’ve learned so much from only being in the music industry for two years so far, but one of the lessons I’ve learned is to be patient. If you want to pursue music, you must have patience. Overnight success is a myth. When someone makes it, it’s because they’ve been working extremely hard behind the scenes for years. It’s easy to get frustrated when things don’t just get handed to you, but I’m making it a point to truly work for my dreams and never give up. I think a lot of independent artists give up because they have an expectation of how they want their career to go that isn’t realistic. I’ve found that it’s a great idea to take a step back and reflect from time to time. Two years ago, when I released “Into Focus,” which was my debut single, I never would’ve thought I’d be where I am now. I’m so grateful for everyone who is supporting my music, and I’ve even had some pretty incredible opportunities, like attending a songwriting retreat in Nashville, guest-hosting radio shows, doing interviews, and more. My musical journey is my journey, and instead of comparing myself to other artists, I’m being patient with myself and what my career has in store for me. I think all aspiring songwriters and artists should try to have this positive perspective. Being patient has helped me stay centered and inspired in all that I do. I know in my heart that it will all pay off.
Loryn: What new projects do you have in store for 2022?
Demi: I’ve been writing and recording so much new music. The first half of the year will be full of new singles. My first release of the year will be my cover of “Homecoming Queen” by Kelsea Ballerini. I’m planning on releasing an EP at the end of the year, so we’ll see how that goes. I feel like I’m just so excited to be working on country music that I’m letting myself enjoy the ride. I’m very particular about the songs I release, so I’m looking forward to writing more songs and creating my country project.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Demi: I’m actually a total introvert, which probably sounds strange. I’m clearly open and honest in my music and outgoing during interviews, live shows, and the other opportunities I’m given in the music industry. Still, I’m generally super quiet. If you’d run into me in public, I'd most likely seem shy. Also, I’m usually not the one to start a conversation. Once you get to know me, I’m extremely chatty and goofy at times, but it takes a while for me to break out of my shell.
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