Country music has a rich history of strong and powerful women. Following her inspiration from Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood, Adrianna Ames is starting her career with her sights set high! We had the pleasure of speaking with Adrianna about her journey from the ground up. Check out our full interview below!
Take us through a little bit of your childhood. What is there that you’d want fans to know about how you fell in love with music? What other hobbies or jobs did you have growing up?
I grew up on a really small island 13 miles off the coast of Maine called North Haven. With a population of 350, it’s pretty much the epitome of “small town”. I graduated in a class of 11, which was actually considered a big class for the tiny public school on the island. It’s a kindergarten through 12th grade school, all one building, and there was a total of about 58 kids. The island was one of those everyone knows what you’re doing, everyone knows what you’ve done kind of towns. People never locked their doors or cars, everyone knew everyone, it was basically one big family out there. Dating was always difficult. If they weren’t related to you by blood, they were related to you by marriage and if not by marriage, well, you grew up beside them, they were more like a brother or sister anyway. Living there was a perfect escape from the real world. I moved in with my grandparents after my mother passed away when I was four. Growing up without her was, and still is, the hardest thing I’ve ever done but my grandmother raised me as if I was her own daughter and I will forever be thankful for her. As far as my childhood, that’s about it. Going to the beach and exploring the island was just about all me and my friends did growing up. Living in a landlocked state like Tennessee is definitely a challenge when the ocean was such a big part of the first 18 years of my life but I’m slowly adjusting. Though, after two years, it’s still not easy.
I’d say I fell in love with music kind of unaware that I was. When my mom passed away, of course I was too young to remember much, but my grandmother told me stories of how she’d always find me singing. Whether it was up in my bedroom or outside in the yard, my four-year-old self would waltz around singing. My mom used to sing to me a lot. She’d sing to me while I splashed in the bathtub, she’d sing me to sleep. My grandmother quickly realized that singing, for me, was like a safe haven. The loss of my mother was almost impossible to understand at the time, all I knew was that she wasn’t there anymore and I missed her. Music, even just the humming of a melody I had never heard, was a way for me to escape from the things happening around me and feel closer to her. As I grew up, music was always an escape for me and so many artists helped me, so many lyrics comforted me over the years, I always knew I wanted to be able to help someone with my own music the way other people’s music always helped me.
What artists played a role in your life growing up? What kind of music was around the house?
Shania Twain all the way. I was five when my grandparents brought me to my very first concert. We took a bus from Maine to Quebec, Canada and I watched in amazement as Shania killed her performance during the Up Tour. I think that’s where my desire to be a performer really started. Since then, Shania has been my number one idol and inspiration.
Country, always. It was really the only genre my grandparents listened to. Older country, newer country, it didn’t matter. I grew up listening to country music.
What played a role in your decision to go to Belmont?
Nashville was the main reason I chose Belmont. I had toured colleges in Cali, South Carolina, Florida, Maine, and other places as well but nothing made sense like Nashville. I knew the career I wanted to pursue and this was really the only place that fit. It was between Vanderbilt and Belmont and coming from such a small town, the smaller school seemed like the better option for me. Plus, Belmont is known for music, why wouldn’t I choose it? Out of all the colleges I toured, Belmont was the only one I applied to so I’m pretty thankful I was accepted. I didn’t exactly have a plan B.
Take us through a day in your life. How do you manage both school and trying to pursue your music career?
That’s a funny question. See, I’m still not sure how to manage it. Between classes, homework, regular work, trying to maintain a social life, trying to stay fit, trying to write, practice and play live music, vocal lessons and the occasional full night’s rest, I’m pretty much living every day hoping for the best. Whatever happens, happens. If I have a couple minutes to nap, I’ll take them, if not, I’ll push through it, keep working hard and hope that one of these days that “big break” I’ve always dreamt of will come along.
Your debut song ‘Don’t Look At Me Like That’ gives a nice middle finger to some boys out there, what inspired that song and how much truth is behind it?
It’s strange because I wrote that song when I was like 14 and never thought I’d end up using it as my debut single years later. I fell in love with Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova and that’s where I got the idea to write Don’t Look At Me Like That. In school, there was this boy I had a huge crush on, honestly since 2nd grade. It was pretty obvious to everyone, including him. When I got to middle school, he was in high school and I tried my best to win him over but even though he’d flirt with me and wink at me and make me feel like I was walking on clouds every time I’d see him, it was clear he wasn’t interested in a relationship with me. He was what we all called “the player”. I guess with the inspiration from Carrie Underwood, I wrote that song to him because he never gave me a chance in school. Thinking about it now makes me laugh but at the time, clearly, I was unhappy about it. Now, I’d like to thank “the player” for playing, otherwise I wouldn’t have this badass song to share with the world!
What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have a full album or EP in the making?
I’ve got a whole notebook full of song ideas, half written songs, finished songs, and songs that have been scribbled out but honestly it’s just a financial thing right now. Trying to get through college, especially at a place as expensive as Belmont, has put recording on hold. I have everything I need, I’m ready to release an album…I’m dying to release an album…I just have to keep saving my pennies. I’m hoping I can at least drop another single by the end of this year and hopefully have enough set aside for a full album in the near future!
If you could work with any artist out there right now who would it be and why?
That’s a tough question. Honestly, if I had the opportunity to work with literally any artist, I’d take it. I definitely wouldn’t be picky. I want to gain experience, I want to learn more about this industry and the dos and don’ts of being a well-known country music artist. I’d work with anyone willing to work with me. This is so important to me, it’s everything to me. I’ll take any help I can get!
Lastly, the important question, who is going to win the College Football National Championship this year?