From Kentucky, Savannah comes in tow with a mom who manages every aspect of her career and spares no expense to ensure that she shines.
When did you realize you wanted to be a country singer?
I have been singing and dancing ever since I can remember. I realized I wanted to be a country singer the first time I performed in front of a large crowd. I sang a Miley Cyrus song, "The Climb," and I was hooked. I was nine at the time.
Who is your favorite country artist?
It is so hard to choose a favorite artist. There are so many extraordinary musicians. Taylor Swift writes her own music, which amazes me. Carrie Underwood is an amazing performer and vocalist. Sunday Best has written some amazing music and I love the simplicity of their sound. Bonnie Raitt has a unique quality to her voice. Elvis was an innovator, and I love his originality. Grace Potter is a free spirit, and I connect with her ballads.
What is your favorite song to perform?
My favorite song to perform is a song called "Apologies" by Grace Potter. This is a great song because it is so soulful. I love music with a blues/jazz vibe that I think people can connect to. When I sing, I want my music to move people, make them "feel." The thing I love most about music is that it connects me to a different place, and that is what I believe a great artist does with their music.
What are your hobbies besides singing?
Besides singing, I love to dance. I have been dancing since I was five. It is a way to express my emotions. Dancing clears my head and makes me feel happy. I am on a competition team, and we travel and compete in different places. I also love hanging out with friends, and spending time with my brother and best friend, Elias. When I perform, he will get my music ready, burn cd's for my tracks, make a playlist for me, or whatever I need him to do.
If you don't end up being a professional singer, what other job would you like to have?
It’s hard to imagine not being a singer/dancer. I have done it for so long, it is and always will be part of who I am. If I am not singing, I will be teaching dance and music. The music business is a tough business and is very competitive...but I will make it! I can't focus on not making it in the business. I just have to keep on trying and improving. As long as it’s something that I want to achieve, I will go after it.
What has been your biggest obstacle while chasing your singing dreams?
The biggest obstacle for me is balancing my time, but I believe even athletes my age have the same obstacle. If you play a sport, it is competitive and if you want to be a major player, you have to work hard. Singing is no different. Winners do not get to be the best by sitting around doing nothing. In the real world, you have to make your own magic. Other people can only do so much for you...the rest is up to you.
What have you learned most from this experience?
I have worked with some of the most talented people in the business. I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity. The thing that stands out most is that there is so much talent, and it takes a lot of hard work to make it in this business. If you want to make it, you make sacrifices and you are always improving. I have also learned that I have an amazing mom, and I am thankful for all that she does. My family makes sacrifices so that I can have opportunities to, and improve. We are a team and we work together. Things are not always perfect, but life is not meant to be perfect.
About Savannah's Mom, Robyn
What’s your current occupation?
I worked as a senior sales executive for 16 years, but left that job to spend more time with my children. I currently work as a branch office administrator for a financial institution.
What inspired you to help Savannah become involved in the music industry?
When Savannah was five, she was sitting on the kitchen table, and my parents were in town to watch her perform in the "Nutcracker." Savannah started singing "Jesus Loves Me," and my parents and I stopped what we were doing, and just stood there in shock at the voice that we were hearing. I knew that Savannah had something special, and I wanted to give her every opportunity to build on what she already had. She would sing all the time, in the car, in her room, everywhere. I have always tried to instill in my children to find something they love, and make a living doing it because when you love something it’s easier to work hard and be the best you can be. I wanted to give Savannah opportunities to grow as a vocalist, and a performer.
Do you sing or have ever wanted to be a singer?
I sing, but I'm terrible at it. I grew up with gospel musicians. Three of my uncles had quartets, and I always enjoyed their music. I can still remember some of the songs they sang, and Savannah has performed some of the same songs. The first time she sang in public was at church, and the song was "Beautiful Scandalous Night."
Who is your favorite country singer and why?
I think there are so many talented artists, both past and present. I love Elvis because he wasn’t afraid to be different. He had this edge about him, yet he connected with people on a different level. His music speaks to my soul and stirs different emotions.
What do you think Savannah is learning most about while being involved in singing?
I think that Savannah is learning life lessons through her music. She has disappointments, accomplishments, she sets goals, she is learning a work ethic and a balance of work and play. She is learning that if you want to be the best at something, you have to work hard, because no one is going to hand success to her. She is learning that weare blessed in different ways. She is learning to give a part of herself to her music. I have watched her cry, and I have watched her stumble, but I also watch her pick herself up, and start again. Last but not least, she is learning to chase her dreams. We all have dreams, but it takes courage and perseverance to go after them.
Would you call yourself a stage mom?
I guess I am a stage mom. She has been dancing and singing on stage since she was five. I do push Savannah to be the best she can be, but I believe success doesn’t just happen.
What are your aspirations for Savannah?
My aspirations for Savannah are for her to be happy. There is nothing worth having if you’re miserable once you get it. I want her to stay grounded and know who she is. I want her to keep her values and know her worth. I pray that she keeps God close to her heart. As a mom, I want to guide her, protect her, and help her get the training and experience she needs to achieve her dreams, but not loose herself along the way.