By Annabelle Macgugan.
Following the debut of her incredible single Try, I had the opportunity to gain insight into the creative mind, and world, of Courtney Teixeira. This brilliant young woman creates enlightening, authentic music that captivates on an emotional level. Listening to Try is the musical equivalent of taking that first sip of coffee in the morning; you need it, it enriches your soul, and, once you’ve had your first taste, you can’t live without it. Obviously, I am a touch excited to sharing this interview with everyone.
Congratulations on the release of your debut single Try! It translates such a heartwarming and hopeful message; what was the inspiration behind it?
Thank you! I actually still remember the night I wrote Try so vividly. I was actually sitting at my desk in my room… studying for my final exam just before my Graduation. My keyboard was also on the desk (of course) and I just had a sudden urge to play. So off I went and about an hour or so later, another song was added to my book. The inspiration behind Try would definitely be love. Finding that special someone to escape the norm of your everyday reality with. A relationship that takes you to a wondrous level of discovery and adventure, including all the flaws and imperfections of reality. There can be so much focus on social conformity and yet deep down you don’t feel that way in your heart and mind. We can get so caught up that we forget to make time for the simple things in life. Like a road trip, or a day at the beach with your feet in the sand. Things that we find joy in, that give us purpose.
When I met my partner I became the best version of myself. He inspired me in ways that I couldn’t have ever imagined. I began to embrace the imperfect aspects of my life… my flaws, and my fears. I erased the negative and it was like a breath of fresh air that came at the most perfect time. I just remember thinking… Why does it all have to make sense right now? Why does it have to be perfect? It doesn’t, and that’s the beauty of just trying. There’s no pressure. It’s knowing that you don’t have to be going everywhere fast to get there eventually, you don’t have to have it all together, and it doesn’t need to be perfect, to try.
You began singing at a very early age, and commenced writing your own songs when you were 14 (prodigy alert!). Did you always know you wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts?
Absolutely! I was always singing! It is definitely something I’ve felt a connection with ever since I was a little girl. Countless hours of garage singing that my old neighbors would remember that’s for sure! They used to open their windows just to listen to me, and back then that was the biggest deal! But learning to play the piano was when I went from singing other people’s songs to writing my own, and just when I thought music couldn’t get any better, It totally did.
What has been the biggest challenge so far in your career, and what has been your greatest accomplishment?
I think the biggest challenge so far has been portraying my true self through my music. I think you can discover a lot about a person when they are choosing to wear their heart on their sleeve. So I wanted to make sure that Try was a reflection of who I am and what I believe in. To be genuine, honest and truthful.
My greatest accomplishment so far would definitely have to be Try and the Music Video. I had to story board the themes and basically make the song that I envisioned in my mind for so long… come to life. Seeing the Video completed was such a pivotal moment for me. It felt so surreal. An absolute dream come true.
We are anxiously awaiting the drop of your EP! What can your fans expect from it, and your upcoming songs?
I cannot wait to have my EP released! I am constantly travelling back and forth to the studio to write and record, so it’s definitely in the works! I will be releasing another Single soon, so that’s pretty exciting!
My EP will reflect all the moments of my life, good and bad… that have brought me to where I am now. It’s a mixture of all the things I believe so strongly about and there’s going to be a variety of different sounds and emotions. I’ll definitely have some heart felt stuff in there. You’ll feel like you know me. Like you’ve read through my journal. And that’s how I want it to be.
In an alternate – and depressing – reality where you weren’t singing, what career path would you see yourself following instead?
I would be completely lost without my voice!! Although I would have to say I’d dive straight into something quirky and fun! I’d find a way to channel my creativity elsewhere. I love taking photos, so if I couldn’t sing about it, I’d capture it. Photography would be cool!
In the Try music video, we see you on a road trip, and enjoying the beach. When you are not behind a microphone, or creating music, what are your favorite past-times?
I am a mix of introvert and extrovert so I am usually one extreme or the other. I absolutely love the ocean but I have to say my favorite pass-times would be reading, watching documentaries, or a really good rom/com and sipping on lots of tea whilst doing so!
As a highly motivated and exceptionally talented young artist, the world is indeed your oyster. What can a mere mortal such as I expect to see from you in the future?
Why thank you! You can expect to see a lot more music that’s for sure! This is only the very beginning to a long journey ahead. I have already grown and evolved as an artist after releasing my Debut Single. I plan to travel overseas to pursue my music and I’d love to wound up in Nashville to do some songwriting! Ultimately, I’d love to have my music reach a global level. That would be amazing!
I understand that Try was self-funded, and that it wasn’t just your talent but also your incredible determination and hard work that led to its creation. What advice do you have for other young women who are looking to achieve their dreams?
My advice to young women would be that anything is achievable with the right kind of attitude. So much of success is determined by your willingness and mindset to do well, and to give yourself a fair chance to grow and evolve. If I am not in the studio recording or writing, I am teaching. I have been a Singing Teacher since the age of 14, my first and only job. I made an oath to myself to make a sustainable living out of something I love to do, and so after a few years I decided to take on my own independent venture. I taught from the bottom level of my Grandparents home, and at the age of 19 I signed the papers to open up my own business/music studio. I have been performing locally around my hometown in bars, clubs and café’s for the past 3 years as well, which has been the most amazing and humbling experience. I worked so extremely hard to support Try, and if I learnt anything from that, it is that hard work definitely pays off. Consistency and keeping a clear image of crossing the finish line with what you desire. Encourage other women and encourage other men, to chase their dreams. Collaborate, brainstorm, and share your ideas and then bring them to life. Surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire you to be the best person you can be and don’t ever settle for safe. Meet face to face with your fears and watch amazing things start to happen.