At the greenhouse-like ICA Café, Roan reminisces about his life growing up in the Midwest before he met the charm of a self-proclaimed superhero. “I grew up on Christian rock…and I can say it with pride. This is the worst music I’ve ever heard.” Giving Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel” a pass Except for the loan is unshakable. However, when she starts talking about the pop idols she belongs to, she lights up and says her name one by one. “I was a teenager at a great time. Lorde had just dropped pure heroineLana had just fallen paradise and born to die, Kesha is doing great and Gaga came out with: monster of fame.Rihanna R designation And “S&M”, teenage dreams And Drake was just starting to pick up steam, and I was into the whole thing. ”
Around this time, Roan had her first taste of success when she won the 8th grade talent show and became known as the “Singing Girl” at school. It was here, where she shared her covers and original songs on her YouTube, that Atlantic her record execs took note of her raw talent, and she signed her contract when she was just 17. tied. Her stage name was a tribute to her late grandfather Dennis K. Chappell and his favorite song, “The Strawberry Lawn,” and it was a stroke of fate that led to her debut EP. school night We happened to land on the anniversary of his death.
“It was all about the voice back then,” she explains succinctly. “I didn’t have this brand. It literally took years for this whole world to develop me. And I only had a few songs I wrote at summer camp.” Describing the sound as “very witchy”, she took the whole thing very seriously, but ultimately revealed that she hated the music. Even when it was released, she recalls being embarrassed by it. “Now, I love albums, I love making music videos, I love performing, and I’m really into my projects, but it definitely took me about five years. .”