Cassie Griffith is a singer, music teacher and Zumba instructor who lives in Los Angeles and comes from Massachusetts. Here is a link to her website:
Q: What do you hope to express though your music?
A: I want to bring out emotions in people. I want to make them feel something when they listen to my music.
Q: What do you like about the music industry?
A: I like that it’s constantly evolving. It’s creating new and exciting ways to be heard.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: That business gets in the way of creativity sometimes.
Q: Why should I hire you to give me music lessons?
A: Because I make lessons fun! I love to push my students in ways that will show them they can do anything!
Q: What is your funniest work story?
A: I was working at the Coffee Bean for a short stint and taking coffee orders at the register. I took one guys order and looked at him and asked him his name since we shout them out when their drink is ready. He gave me a funny look like ‘kids today don’t watch the news’ and replied “Larry.” I guess even guys like Larry King have to get their own hot chocolates.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: I grew up listening to Mariah, Jewel, and Shania Twain so I love all kinds of music. I will always love Jill Scott for her tenacity and anything Motown because it just makes you feel good.
Q: What is the biggest difference between Massachusetts and California?
A: It’s always sunny here and it never gets old! I need the sunshine.
Q: What is Zumba and how did you become an instructor?
A: Zumba is a latin dance based cardio group exercise class. I decided to become an instructor after going to Zumba classes for a year. I was in class and realized the joy that my instructor brought to these ladies around me as they freely shook their booty without judgement. Zumba really gave me a confidence and body awareness that I never had before and I wanted to do that for others too.
Q: What is more important in the music industry today, talent or looks?
A: I think looks can get you in the door but only talent will keep you there.
Q: What is your theme song?
A: Can’t Take That Away – Mariah Carey
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