Hey TWIST readers,
We recently chatted with Radio Disney's N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) season four winner Shealeigh and runner up Zack Montana! After Shealeigh won, she opened up for Cody Simpson , who mentored the contestants during the competition! How cool?! We talked about their music, N.B.T. and more! N.B.T. has brought us awesome artists like Allstar Weekend, Cymphonique and Kicking Daisies! Check out our exclusive interview with Zack and Shealeigh below! Make sure you click "Read More" for the full interview!
TWIST: Can you describe your sound and the music you play? Shealeigh: My sound is pop-ish. I really like slow stuff, but I love fast stuff too, so it's a whole mixture of pop [with a] mainstream kind of feel. Zack: The music that I play is kind of a mix of Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Prince kind of mix.
TWIST: Zack, did you listen to those artists growing up? Zack: Oh yeah! Michael Jackson, mainly. Elvis, also. I was always on YouTube, watching and studying their dance moves and their vocal warm-ups. I would always sing their songs and copy what they would do because they were so great at what they did.
TWIST: Shealeigh, what artists have you always looked up to? Shealeigh: Definitely Taylor Swift! She's been my superhero since I've been in fourth grade. She actually inspired me to start writing music. It just seems so effortless for her. I just adore herl. But I really love Beyonce, Adele, and Demi Lovato.
TWIST: How did you get your start in music? What inspired you? Shealeigh: When I was 2 years old, I started singing. My mom's side of the family really loved music and loved singing. They would come over sometimes, and we would have this huge music party. I just started local competitions from there. I've just loved it ever since. Zack: I've always felt something when I performed. I was like, "Mom and Dad, I want to be a performer like Michael and Elvis and all those greats." They agreed with it, and I was really excited.
TWIST: What has being on N.B.T. taught you about being a singer? Shealeigh: So much! I guess what I've always known is just to keep trying, because nobody would have ever really thought that this would have happened. It's just so cool to actually be on Disney Channel and on Radio Disney. It just taught me to keep living my dream, because things like this really can happen and dreams really do come true!
TWIST: If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be? Shealeigh: I've always wanted to collaborate with Taylor Swift, but I think it would be really cool to do a duet with Greyson Chance. I think that would be really cool because he's got such a good voice and I really like his music. I think our music styles are alike in a lot of ways. Zack: I would really love to collaborate with Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Astro from X Factor. Astro's so talented at what he does. In the future, he'll be at where Jay-Z is today.
TWIST: Why should TWIST readers check out your music? Shealeigh: Definitely because it's new, it's maybe a little different from what you expect, but I'd really love to hear your reaction and your feedback for my music. I've worked so hard on it, and I just can't wait to see what people think about it once it comes out and is shown to everybody, because it's really exciting to me. TWIST: Thanks guys!
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