Jessica: Lowvee, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for TSM. It’s great to have you here.
Lowvee: Thanks, Jessica! It’s an honor to be here!
Jessica: What inspired you to get into music and songwriting?
Lowvee: My father sparked my interest in music when I was a child. He used to sing along to the Oak Ridge Boys. I got such a kick out of him mocking Richard Sterban’s deep bass voice while singing the famous “oom-pa-pa-oom-pa-pa-maw-maw” bass solo. To this day, my dad’s vocal range blows my mind.
My pursuit of songwriting followed shortly thereafter – when I stumbled across our neighbor as he was writing a song. The way his sweet, velvety voice and the electric twang of his guitar seized my ears left me in complete awe of him. From that moment on, singing and songwriting became my greatest passion.
Jessica: What’s your process for writing lyrics? And where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
Lowvee: It varies. Most of my lyrics come to me as I’m playing around on the piano. Some come to me in dreams. Others come to me when I’m going about my day, driving in my car, doing dishes, etc…My inspiration comes from many facets: sometimes from stories that I read, but mostly from my own experiences and the experiences of those who are close to me.
Jessica: You’ve released four studio albums and singles. When can we expect a fifth album? And can you share some details about it?
Lowvee: My fifth album was actually due out last year, but I put it on hold to work on my novel writing. As of this moment, the album does not have a set release date. The album title is called Letters from Adrian and it will accompany a novel I have plotted that bears the same title. The tracks will follow the storyline; so, for those who don’t care much for reading, they can listen to the album and get the gist of the story that way. Letters from Adrian is a love story, a sort of fairy tale made up of letters exchanged overseas between two people who have suffered tremendous losses. It follows them over a period of several years as they struggle rebuild their lives, looking to each other’s words for comfort and guidance.
Jessica: Your song “Angie” got some recognition being elected amongst the April 2010 Top 5 Songs worth listening to radio campaign on Suckfree Radio. Tell us about this song.
Lowvee: I wrote this song for someone whose friend Angie had gone missing. Angie was quite troubled at the time and her friend thought she had committed suicide. In the end, he discovered that she had checked in to a mental institution.
Jessica: Who are some musicians you admire and look up to?
Lowvee: Gosh, there are so many. My absolute favorite artist in the world is Tori Amos. Other than Tori, I prefer to follow unsigned and independent acts. In my opinion, that’s where all the real talent lies – in musicians who have creative control and aren’t someone’s musical puppet, writing songs to appease the masses. A few of my favorites are: Amy Kuney, April Geesbreght, and Zach Berkman.
Jessica: You’ve co-written and published a children’s book with your daughter. What was the inspiration behind the book and where can it be purchased?
Lowvee: When my daughter was three, she used to love to catch the ladybugs that landed in our garden and put them in glass jars. She didn’t understand why I wouldn’t let her keep them. I wrote the story for her as a sort of creative explanation, and when she got a little older she dug it up and asked if she could draw the illustrations. You can purchase the book on Itunes and also on Lulu. For those who would like an autographed copy, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and purchase it from me directly.
Jessica: What are some other projects that are in the works?
Lowvee: I have recently been scouted by three different music licensing companies and am currently negotiating those contracts. Once they are signed, I’ll be writing music for television and movies. I’m also penning a novel series, as well as several other novels, the former of which is presently being shopped around to publishers.
Jessica: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
Lowvee: My greatest dream is to open an artistic center where aspiring musicians, writers, and artists who are struggling emotionally can nurture their talents and share them with others. As someone who has suffered a lot of loss throughout my life, music; art and writing have been my saving grace. For me to be able to channel that negative energy into creating something positive rather than let it fester and take me down with it is essential.
Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
Lowvee: “The greatest of strength Lies gently in suffering; suffering for the sake of truth.” – Idowu Joshua
Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and to purchase your music?
Lowvee: Just a quote by Terry Goodkind that I came across the other day and it really hit home. It applies to anyone, who like me, is struggling to bring their dreams to life: “If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.”
If anyone wants to know anything more about me, all they have to do is ask. Fans can purchase my music through Itunes, Amazon, or through me directly.
Jessica: Thanks again for doing this interview and wish you the very best of luck with all you do in the future. Look forward to your next album!
Lowvee: Thank you for featuring me in TSM! I am eager to share my new projects with my fans!