New Artist Spotlight: Maria Diebolt

Hey Everyone,

DSC_0431-1      I want you all to meet Maria Diebolt, a very talented young lady who contacted me on the road and shared a sneak  peek of her new song with me. Well, after hearing her, I simply had to let you all in on it because you know me – I don’t believe in keeping a good thing to myself for long. What is it about 16-year-old singer/songwriters? I think I must have a unique bond with them or something! Anyway, please welcome Maria to the blog and be sure to check her out soon!

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been performing?

My name is Maria Diebolt and I’m a 16 year old singer/songwriter from Fishers, IN. I’ve been performing onstage since I was 3 but my singing career started when I was about 8 and I started writing songs when I was 9 or 10.

2. Describe your music. R&B, pop, rock, folk, etc.

My music style is mainly pop. I love pop music because it’s always current and always changing. There are so many styles that go into making pop music and I love it!

3. Who were some of your early influences and who do you admire today?

I always have and always will look up to Selena Gomez. She’s my absolute favorite. She was the first artist that I ever really completely fell in love with and I love supporting her and watching her grow. I feel like I’ve grown up with her and I just adore her.
I look up to many other artists as well, such as Demi Lovato and Kelly Clarkson. I love music and discovering new artists and learning new stories. And I really admire Taylor Swift. I have a huge amount of respect for how she has handled herself while becoming one of the world’s biggest stars! In addition to her singing and songwriting, I really admire her business sense.

4. Did you ever crush over a guy in a band (can be a famous boy band…no judgement)? If so, who?

Oh my gosh of course! Everybody has at least once in their life!! Of course I have crushes on everybody in One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer. It was hard for me NOT to love them. They can sing, they’re gorgeous, they are the whole package!!

5. Who was your first concert?

I love concerts but of course nothing could ever top that first concert. I went to see Selena Gomez at the Indiana State Fair in 2010. I remember it so clearly – it was so hot out and I had a giant stuffed pig from a game that I won earlier that day. It was a great day!

6. Where do you find your inspiration for your lyrics?

The inspiration comes from every day life, really. Of course some inspiration is from boys and relationships. Some comes from the struggles that I’m going through that day. It really just depends what is going on that day when I write. It all dependson how I feel.

7. Who is your favorite female songwriter/artist (Other than MonAmi)?

I love so many but I’m going to have to keep Selena as my favorite!!

8. Can you tell us a little about your latest recording, album, or project you are working on?

My latest project started in November 2014. I went to LA to write and record 3 songs with an amazing producer, Alex Cantrall! The first of these songs is called “Shake Up The World” and is coming out May 5th so remember that date!! We are releasing both the song and music video that day!

9. Will you be playing publicly any time soon? If so, where can my fans find you?

My biggest gig that I have booked for this summer is Rock the Park Festival in New Castle, Indiana on July 5th. I played this music festival last year and it was a great experience! I jump on a lot of gigs around the Indianapolis area during the summer months, so the best way to keep track of my schedule is through my website www.MariaDiebolt.com.

10. What is your favorite song by MonAmi? 

I would have to say “How Do You Like Me Now” is my favorite – I can relate to that!

11. How can MonAmi’s fans find you? (list all websites and social media links that you want publicized)

All of my social media sites can be accessed through my website www.MariaDiebolt.com – but I’ll list them here for everyone also:

www.Twitter.com/maria_diebolt

Instagram: mariadieboltofficial

www.Facebook.com/MariaDiebolt

www.YouTube.com/mariasmama

www.ReverbNation.com/MariaDiebolt

12. Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for this opportunity to share my music and my journey with you and your fans!

Want to hear more? (I know you do!) You know the drill, comment below or on the FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Facebook page to be entered into a drawing for Maria’s new single “Shake Up The World.” Trust me…you don’t want to miss out on this one!

Until next time, Keep Rockin’

MonAmi

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New Artist Spotlight: Kira Taylor

Hey Everyone!

Kira    First of all, congratulations to Debbie for winning some new music from last week’s featured performer Haley Jonay! I am so excited to introduce you to another great young lady from Florida who I know you are going to hear more from in the future. Her name is Kira Taylor and I first met her a few years back and marveled that we had the same last name. We have become pals and I have been following her career ever since. She’s making a huge splash in the southern half of the US and even performed in the Midwest last year! I asked her to share a little about herself with FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME fans and here’s what she had to say:

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been performing?

I am a 15 year old singer, songwriter, performer, cystic fibrosis warrior, free2luv youth advocate, Kindness U activist, and volunteer with the special needs / youth ministry.

I live in tampa, fl but I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. I have been performing for almost four years.
2. Describe your music. R&B, pop, rock, folk, etc.

My two originals songs can be considered as Country/pop and ballad but I want to expand to more fast beat fun type of songs.
3. Who were some of your early influences and who do you admire today?

If referring to early music influences I would say Hillary Duff. Miranda Cosgrove, and Victoria Justice. Now I admire Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Bella Thorne, Carrie Underwood,etc

4. Did you ever crush over a guy in a band (can be a famous boy band…no judgement)? If so, who?

Yes, I am a huge “Mahomie Fan” for Austin Mahone.

5. Who was your first concert?

My first concert was Demi Lovatos ‘here we go again tour with David Archuleta, etc.

6. Where do you find your inspiration for your lyrics?

I use personal events that happen in my life and what happens to others to help inspire me to create my lyrics. I write about things that I know will inspires other and people will relate to.

7. Who is your favorite female songwriter/artist (Other than MonAmi)?

Demi Lovato

8. Can you tell us a little about your latest recording, album, or project you are working on? In November, I did two collaboration covers with House Puzzle (Pablo Adame). We did a collaboration cover to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Bad Day by Daniel Powter. I am working on some new original/ cover songs.

9. Will you be playing publicly any time soon? If so, where can my fans find you?

Not at this time. I have submitted to venues, but really want to perform soon. I have opened up for Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars –Toby one of the main characters, ) at the Shops at Wiregrass Mall Meet and Greet over 1100 people. I’ve performed along with Spencer Sutherland, Oliivia Millerschin, Liberty Deep Down at the Second Annual No Bull Challenge Music Showcase Event Fundraiser for the Teen Video Awards

10. What is your favorite song by MonAmi? 

I like all of MonAmi’s songs! She rocks!

11. How can MonAmi’s fans find you? 

Website: http://kirataylormusic.wix.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/KiraTaylorCountryMusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/KiraTaylorMusic

https://instagram.com/kirataylorsinger/

https://twitter.com/KiraTaylorSings

http://www.reverbnation.com/KiraTaylor

12. Anything else you would like to add?

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Want to score some FREE music? Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kira Taylor’s “Country Girl Things” by commenting below or on the FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Fifteenminutesoffamebook

Until next time, Keep Rockin’,

MonAmi

 

Artist Spotlight: Haley Jonay

Hey Everyone!

hjalbumcover     Today, I am pleased to introduce Haley Jonay, a very talented young singer/songwriter who you do NOT want to miss. I discovered this amazing artist last fall when I was visiting my hometown and I was blown away by her style. (In fact, she kind of reminded me of ME at that age!) I asked her if I could present her to my fans via my FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Tour Diary and she jumped at the chance. So…here’s the 411 on Haley and don’t forget to read to the end for a special offer for blog readers!

1.Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been performing?

My name is Haley Jonay. I’m a seventeen year old singer/songwriter from Greenfield, IN. I’ve been performing since the age of fourteen.
2. Describe your music. R&B, pop, rock, folk, etc.

My music is a melting pot of genres; everything from pop to rock to country to folk.
3. Who were some of your early influences and who do you admire today?

One of my biggest influences as a child was Hannah Montana, also known as Miley Cyrus. I was totally inspired by her rock star lifestyle and sparkly outfits. Others include Johnny Cash, Demi Lovato, and Alanis Morissette. Currently I’m pulling a lot of inspiration from artists like Ed Sheeran, John Lennon, and Taylor Swift.

4. Did you ever crush over a guy in a band (can be a famous boy band…no judgement)? If so, who?

When I was about ten years old, I had the biggest crush on Joe Jonas from The Jonas Brothers.

5. Who was your first concert?

My first concert was Miley Cyrus on the Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2007. That concert definitely sparked my dream of being a performer

6.Where do you find your inspiration for your lyrics?

My inspiration comes from the world around me. That can be anything from heartbreak to dandelions. When I write songs, nothing is off limits.

7. Who is your favorite female songwriter/artist?

Other than MonAmi, Taylor Swift is definitely one of my favorite female artists/songwriters. Her lyrics are so clever and relevant, her stage presence is enchanting, and she is a beautiful person inside and out.

8. Can you tell us a little about your latest recording, album, or project you are working on?

I recently released my debut album ‘Haley Jonay’ which I wrote, composed, and produced. I’m insanely proud of it. The songs are all from my heart. With this album I’m essentially opening my diary for the world to read, and I couldn’t be more excited.

9. Will you be playing publicly any time soon? If so, where can my fans find you?

I have tons of exciting shows coming up in 2015. On July 2, 2015 I’m playing on the Plaza Stage at Klipsch Music Center right before Ed Sheeran hits the main stage. This is a dream come true for me, because Ed is one of my idols, and Klipsch Music Center is my dream venue. It’s going to be amazing! All of my dates can be found at http://www.haleyjonay.com/shows.

  1. What is your favorite song by MonAmi? My favorite song by MonAmi is definitely “How Do You Like Me Now?” 
  2. How can MonAmi’s fans find you?www.HaleyJonay.comwww.twitter.com/haleyjonaywww.facebook.com/haleyjonay

    iTunes: Haley Jonay

    Instagram: @HaleyJonay

  3. Anything else you would like to add? I’m a huge fan of MonAmi, and I’m so incredibly excited to be interviewed for this blog! It’s a dream come true.

***SPECIAL GIVEAWAY*** Post comment to this thread and be entered to win an MP3 of Haley’s song “Like We’ve Never Met” from the album Haley Jonay!

Thanks Haley for joining us on our Artist Spotlight!

Do you know of a hot new artist I should feature? Tell me about them in the comments, send them to this blog and I will try and feature them on an upcoming edition!

Until next time, KEEP ROCKIN’

MonAmi