With a big voice and pop sensibilities the sky is the limit for Felicity. At just 18 years of age, the Australian/South African is already starting to make waves around the world. She may be young, but with her thoughts, words, and sounds are anything but.
She was born in Australia, raised in Cape Town, South Africa, graduated high school in Denver, and is now taking New York by storm. Her new track, "Pilot With A Fear Of Heights", discusses the fear of fulfilling a destiny.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Felicity to talk about her new track, find out where her hardworking attitude came from, and learn about her hopes and dreams for the future.
Hello - Please introduce yourself.
Hey! My name is Felicity, I’m eighteen years old and from Australia/ South Africa. Thank you so much for the questions!
Where are you right now?
New York City!
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
I just released my newest song, ‘Pilot with a Fear of Heights’, this month. It’s about the fear of fulfilling destiny, more specifically the destiny to be with someone and fear of the potential outcome (and unfortunately for me, yes it’s based on a true story). I co-wrote the song with Brian Kierulf in a studio in Jersey. As far as candy goes there may or may not have been a Reese's piece or two involved in the creative process.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I like to call it pop with a little bit of soul in the mix. It’s also important to me to emphasize how meaningful the lyrics are to me as I always make a concerted effort to make them as personal as possible. Raw.
Other than Felicity, what should your hometown be known for?
I would like to consider my hometown to be Cape Town, South Africa and I’d have to say the food. It’s world class and whenever I go back to visit all I can think about is where I’m going to eat next!
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
I wear two bracelets on my right arm that I never take off. One has a treble clef charm while the other has a letter ‘F’ charm. The treble clef represents music, the most consuming, amazing part of my life. The language that is music, something I find I can speak more fluently than just regular spoken words. I can express myself more vividly through song than any other way. The ‘F’ reminds me of who I am and what I stand for in the simplest way possible.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I always took to music from a very young age. I picked up violin at the age of five and fell in love with the instrument, I vividly remember learning John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song’ on it and to this day I still get emotional when the string section comes around (if that sounds cheesy it’s undoubtedly because it is cheesy). I love the song because I like how lyrically he describes this girl as so beautiful, so perfect to the point that she takes over all of his senses, his wording is just phenomenal.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
My Mum has always told me that the harder I work the luckier I’ll get - words to live by when embarking on any endeavor.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Probably my best friend, Hannah. She keeps me sane. If not her then most likely John Mayer, he could play crazy guitar riffs while I improv over them, not to mention he seems like a good laugh.
What song best sums up your life right now?
Luxury - Jon Bellion. He does such a good job of accentuating the importance of keeping your mind on the music in this song. I love it and considering all I’m ever thinking about is what I want to write about next or ‘Ooh how can I say this so it rhymes with that’ and what not, I think it’s fitting.
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
A girl reached out to me and told me that listening to my music helps her escape this horrible anxiety she can’t breakaway from any other way. That really hit me, the way that something I created, something so very personal to me could impact someone else just as much. Theres also always something so beautiful and satisfying about seeing someone find and outlet for something that consumes them so terribly.
Take a moment to dream - Where do hope to be a year from now?
Making the most authentic music I can and relating with more and more people with it, performing for me is also one of my all time favorite things to do. It allows me to share my music on a personal, intimate level. The more I get to play out the more I can connect.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Work, work, and work! Write and release more music, play out, and honestly just put my music and myself out there!!!