By: Amanda Hather
Surely you’re all familiar with British Columbia label 604 Records. With heavy hitters such as Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Faber Drive, just to name a few, signed with them, there is no surprise that they attract talented Canadian acts. Recently you may have heard of such artists and bands as Jessica Lee, Cat Thomson, and ByStarlight. Well get ready for one of their newer artists that you’re sure to like.
Paige Morgan, from Richmond, British Columbia, is a new pop artist under 604. She got her start at 16 years old, after being introduced to the label by Josh Ramsay, lead singer of Marianas Trench. After realizing that producers that write her songs for her weren’t exactly her thing, she wrote her own songs. Her new single, “Never Change”, is available here on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/never-change-single/id674783051.
If you want to learn more about Paige, you can visit her websites below, and continue to read this interview we were lucky to have via email.
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/paigemorgannn or http://www.youtube.com/user/PaigeMorganVEVO
What made you go into music?
PM: There wasn’t really a real moment for me when I was like ‘this is what I want to do,’ it just sort of happened because I know I was meant to do this.
Who is your biggest musical influence?
PM: I have a lot, and they’re always changing, but I think both stylistically and musically it would be Rihanna.
What kinds of things inspire you to write music?
PM: I can be inspired by anything. Most of the time I get inspired by something playing on my iPod or maybe seeing something on TV and of course through life experience.
If you could work with any band or artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
PM: I think it would be really inspiring to work with Stevie Wonder. He’s always been a huge influence for me.
What was it like working with people such as Kevvy from Fake Shark Real Zombie?
PM: I love Kevvy! He is super creative, so it was really inspiring to work with him. He is excellent at thinking outside the box. Super nice guy too, he made me feel comfortable and not afraid to express myself! We laugh a lot!
Why do you prefer writing your own songs as opposed to singing a song someone has written for you?
PM: It just means so much more. You can get so much more passionate and have that translate onto the recording.
When you write songs, what comes first, the lyrics or the melody?
PM: It’s different every time. Sometimes I’ll have a melody I’ve been humming and it all starts from there. And other times there could be a word that inspires me and I write around that.
If someone hasn’t heard your music before, how would you describe it to them? What song would you suggest they listen to first?
PM: Well, my voice is very R&B soul sounding. I like singing all kinds of music, so my album is very versatile. Definitely in the pop genre, but with a soulful sound. The song that represents that best is probably “Paralyzed,” which will be on the new record!
A lot of bands and artists are connecting with fans through social media. Do you think it is an important tool for musicians?
PM: Absolutely! Social media is key for musicians and their fan. I love it when my fans connect with me. They can find all my links to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at www.paigemorganmusic.com.
Where is one place in the world where you would most like to tour most?
PM: I would love to tour in Europe, particularly in the U.K. I’ve heard the people just appreciate the art of music so much. I’d also love to perform at Coachella one day.
Do you have anything you’d like to say to your fans?
PM: Thank you for supporting me and being you. I love you all! … and never change ;).
Now for some quick answer questions…
What is the first song you remember listening to?
PM: I remember listening to the Barenaked Ladies song, “Pinch Me.” My dad always listened to them. I still have it on my iPod to this day and I know every single word.
What was the first CD that you bought?
PM: My first CD I ever bought was Avril Lavigne’s Complicated.
Any guilty pleasures?
PM: I keep up with the Kardashians.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
PM: Well I was just recently in Greece, which was always a dream of mine. Next, I would love to see Spain, specifically Barcelona.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
PM: I was about 14. My grandma was really sick. She made it out to one of my performances and I sang a song dedicated to her. I remember running off stage after and we both just held one another and cried. It was an amazing bonding experience that I’ll never forget. I could tell I really touched her heart. And that’s about all I wanted to do before she passed. It gives me chills just thinking about it now. I miss her.
Favourite flavor of ice cream?
PM: Mint chocolate chip!
Favourite TV show/movie?
PM: On the movie side of things, White Chicks and Dude Where’s my Car. When it comes to TV I love Sons of Anarchy.
PM: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.
Favourite social media site?
PM: Instagram for sure.
Cats or dogs?
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.