Q: What made you interested in music?
A: I’ve always been a singer really. I started off singing the National Anthem at my rodeos. Then, I was invited to sing at the National Steel Guitar Convention which is where I was advised that I needed to get a band together. Leona Williams is actually the one who told me that, and that she can see me going far with this career. So when I got home, I talked to my parents about it and they loved the idea. I held auditions, got a band together, started going to the studio and playing out, and that’s when my career began!
Q: What inspired you to write “Not Pretty Enough”?
A: I didn’t write “Not Pretty Enough”, even though I wish I could have. It’s such an amazing song. My manager, Michael, is the one who found that song and sent it to me thinking that it would be a good one for me to do. When I listened to it, I pretty much instantly loved it, especially the lyrics. So, I went to the studio and did my own version. When I released it, it did so much better than anticipated. I also became a spokesperson for Angels and Doves, which is a National nonprofit Anti-Bullying Organization. I’m so proud to be able to say that I’ve done that song.
Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
A: As far as women having the same rights and opportunities as men, yes. I feel like women should be treated equal and be able to do things men can do. Then again, it’s nice being a girl and having the roles of a woman.
Q: What is the biggest misconception people have about country music?
A: That it’s not all about losing your wife, big trucks and your dog. Country music means so much more than that. It tells real life stories about losing a loved one, or going through hard times, or even rejoicing about something good that happened. That’s why I love country music, because I can relate to it.
Q: How did you get your first big break?
A: For my first big break, I would have to go with when I signed a management deal with MTS Management. Ever since then (almost a year ago), so many amazing things have happened. I’ve been able to open up for big name artist, travel all over the U.S. and meet so many amazing people along the way. I’m so appreciative of Michael and what he’s done for me.
Q: What is the oddest thing a fan has ever done to get your attention?
A: I haven’t really had anything crazy happen . . . yet. I have, however, signed a purse and a boot. That was definitely pretty cool. I have had a couple people try to buy me alcoholic beverages. I of course declined. ;]
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: I grew up listening and singing the traditional country, so artist like Patsy Cline, George Jones, Hank Williams, and Tammy Wynette are one of the first to pop into my mind. Today though, my favorite artist is Miranda Lambert. I just really like how she’s a real person and doesn’t care what people think about her. She also really loves animals, so that’s a plus.
Q: How do you think things are different for female country singers nowadays than they were for women of previous generations?
A: I still think it’s harder for female artists to break into the industry than males, but it’s not as hard as it used to be. Since internet has came about, it has made it a lot more helpful as far as getting your name out there. Society is a lot more accepting of the female role too, so that helps as well.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about being a teen in show business?
A: What’s most challenging for me has been my age and getting my schedule to work out with school. Since I’m only 18, a lot of people think I’m too young to be able to do the job. It’s getting people to take a chance on me is when I’m able to prove myself. I’m a senior in high school, so I still go to school for 8 hours a day. Sometimes I have to be gone for a week at a time for my music or leave early because of a show. So far, everything has worked out, so hopefully it will continue to.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: What’s next for me is getting my next single out. We were hoping for it to already be out, but once again, the schedules keep getting in the way. I was in the studio a couple weeks ago laying down the final vocals, so hopefully it will be out soon! Besides that, I’m going to continue playing out with my band and making a name for myself. I’ve had a really good year so far, so it can only get better. For anyone who wants to check up on me or come see me at a show though, go to http://www.joseymilner.com. There I have my schedule, as well as my music and pictures. I also have the links to all my other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. I love meeting and talking to people, so definitely come out and see me! :]
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)