Get To Know "Maybe April" A Little Better
by Sherry Bach
I recently had the pleasure to sit down in Nashville with the group "Maybe April" and discuss life. "Maybe April" consists of Alaina Stacey, Katy Bishop, and Kristen Castro. They all write, they all play multiple instruments, and they all sing.
What impresses me most about the three of them is how likeable they are in different ways, but how tightly their sound fits together like pieces to a pre-fabricated puzzle, and it will be that component that will make them stand apart from their competitors.
What I also find interesting is that "Maybe April" is three girls who are just doing what they love to do…playing and singing…and they just happened to stumble accidentally into their sound because of Grammy Camp. They all pursue their own thing as well as performing as a group.
Alaina is from Chicago, Kristen is from California, and Katy is from Arkansas…three very different areas for music and precisely why their sound is so unique. All three girls as of this writing are single so if any guy wants to bring flowers to a show, they might want to keep in mind that Alaina's favorite color is purple, Kristen's is any shade of blue, and Katy's favorite color tends to change like the wind so good luck with that one.
As can be expected with any young person about 20 years old, one of their favorite things is food! For eating out in Nashville, Alaina and Kristen both like Pancake Pantry, and Katy likes Italian at Maggianos. When snacking at home, Alaina prefers ice cream, gold fish and carrots; Kristen drinks root beer and likes sour cream and onion chips…oh…and nerds; Katy likes anything peanut butter including peanut M & M's, and likes to drink sweet tea.
If asked who their musical influences were, Alaina would say Kasey Chambers and I find it interesting that the reason she likes Kasey Chambers is that Kasey showed her that she could still do country music but in her own way. Kristen says that Brandi Carlisle was the first songwriter she really loved and Katy was inspired by Shania Twain at the age of 3 at one of Twain's big production concerts. Katy is inspired by the way Shania Twain worked hard, brought her music and videos to life, and kept her unique sound.
When I asked them what the freakiest thing was that has happened in their careers so far, here's what they said:
Alaina: "I opened for Trace Adkins while singing background vocals in a country band at the Naperville Rib Fest and he stood on the side of the stage while we played. Afterward I met him and he told us we did good up there in his deep voice and I about died."
Kristen: "I got to play with Keith Urban in front of a lot of people."
Katy: "I cut my first demo in New York on a 9th grade theater trip after convincing my instructor that I should."
Although "Maybe April" is just three girls doing what they love, they still have dream gigs. For Alaina it would be Bridgestone Arena; for Kristen it would be the Hollywood Bowl and selling out Mercy Lounge and for Katy it would be performing with Justin Timberlake.
Maybe April's advice for aspiring young artists:
Alaina: "Don't get too caught up in making it…make sure you're living your life always doing music because you want to and because you love it."
Kristen: "Network all the time!"
Katy: "Make sure you live your life because those are the experiences that will enable you to write songs. Also, know who you are as an artist before jumping into the Nashville scene."
Although Maybe April consists of three girls who are talented, beautiful inside and out, and confident in what they do, they still have fears…this accumulative list includes drowning, masks, spiders, the dark, the ocean and scary movies.
"Maybe April" is active on all social media sights and would love to see your face at one of their shows. Please stop by and introduce yourself.