Cheyenne Kimball Interview
Cheyenne Kimball: I’m actually getting ready to go to the studio.
Shelia: How old are you?
Cheyenne: I’m 15. I’ll be 16 in July.
Shelia: How long have you been singing?
Cheyenne: I’ve been singing since I was 8 years old. I picked up a guitar and taught myself to play. The day I picked it up, I wrote a song called “All I want to Do” and the rest [as they say] is history.
Shelia: How did it make you feel to record your first song?
Cheyenne: It was exciting. I recorded my first song at about 10. The real first song for my album “Everything to Lose,” I was kind of freaking out. Listening to it was amazing.
Shelia: Sounds like you’ve always known you wanted to be a singer correct?
Cheyenne: Yes, since I was 8. I started doing art, then I moved into doing poetry and then writing music. I knew it would be something that I used to express myself—which happens to be music.
Shelia: Have you gone on tour yet?
Cheyenne: No I haven’t. I have a high school tour opening up in April. It’ll be 28 states back to back. I’ll be going to the high schools meeting kids my age and interacting with them.
Shelia: Do you have a tutor or you still going to class?
Cheyenne: My mom was teaching me. I started home school at the end of 7th grade. Now I have a real tutor because I’m filming for MTV and they hired a tutor for me.
Shelia: When will the MTV show air?
Cheyenne: The MTV show airs May 24th I believe. It’s Reality TV. It’ll be called Cheyenne. The show is about my life and being 15 years old in the music business.
Shelia: How is it being on a reality show?
Cheyenne: At first I was nervous, but they’re great guys. I love MTV’s people. They have an awesome crew. I know they’re not going to try to put me in a bad light--just because they show the real me. Of course my mom & I get into an argument sometimes, but that’s okay.
Shelia: Does being on the show make you nervous?
Cheyenne: I’m not nervous at all. I think it’s going to be a great show. I’m real excited.
Shelia: Who are some of your favorite singers?
Cheyenne: Shanon Hoon from Blind Melon.. I always wanted to meet him, but he passed away in ’95. I love Melissa Etheridge. I listen to a lot of things. Musically I was raised on everything. I listen to everybody.
Shelia: Who would you like to work with if given the opportunity to do a duet with someone?
Cheyenne: Definitely Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.
Shelia: Besides singing and since you’re doing the reality show for MTV, do you think you’ll do any acting?
Cheyenne: Maybe much further down the road after I’ve established that I’m a musician. I’m not trying to be like a triple threat right now or anything. I just want to go out and play my music. I’m more of a comedian. I wouldn’t mind being on SNL (Saturday Night Live). I think that would be cool.
Shelia: Do you have time to have friends?
Cheyenne: I have four really good friends. They are my best friends. I don’t have much time to see them, but we talk every night. I have a Verizon phone. We’re texting all the time and I’m constantly on the computer talking to them.
Shelia: How has your life changed in other ways since your success?
Cheyenne: Nothing has really changed for me, except it’s starting to get faster, more things going on, more interviews, photo shoots. It’s starting to get busier.
Shelia: When will the album be out?
Cheyenne: The album, "The Day Has Come," will be released in July.
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