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Exclusive Interview: August Rayne Delves on Her Creative Tastes, Her Inspirations & Her New Single “Messed Up”

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August Rayne Messed Up

Where do you originally hail from and where are you based now?

I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas where I was born and raised. I just recently moved to Orlando, Florida in 2020.

Have you always been interested in music?

Growing up, I’ve always wanted to do music. All the other kids wanted to be doctors, lawyers and astronauts but I just wanted to sing. I think being raised in the church had a huge influence on that because I would sing in the choir and I was around music constantly.  My family is also full of amazing singers so often times we would just sing random songs around my grandmothers house on holidays or we would sing together in the church choir. Simply put, music has always been apart of my life.

Please tell us more about your release “Messed Up” How did this idea first come together and what is the inspiration behind it?

So the producer who produced the song (Fantastick) sent the beat over and I managed to turn it around in a day. I was in my feelings a little bit so it was easy to just let the words flow. Those words came mostly off the top of my head well, the hook specifically, and I wanted to say something catchy and powerful to me.  I think too many times I’ve tried way too hard to gain the attention of guys to only realize I don’t have to do all that and they don’t really care. You have to learn your place in people’s life so you can avoid situations where someone got you all the way messed up!

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You have an amazing voice. Are you vocally trained?

As I said before, I grew up in the church so, I’ve sung in my fair share of church choirs. The most proper vocal training I’ve had are the choir classes I took when I was in school. I took choir in 6th grade all the way up to 11th grade where I made all-region every year except 1 year. All region is a competition for students in choir all over the state to compete in. That was always a cool experience for me and besides the natural gift to sing, this is the most vocal training I’ve had.

What has remained as your constant source of inspiration?

I am constantly inspired by some of my favorite artists and my family. Artists like H.E.R, Brandy, and Jazmine Sullivan always inspire me. H.E.R is just musically genius and I’ve been a fan of hers since I discovered her in high school. Brandy and Jazmine have always inspired me vocally from the way they riff and run to the music they create! My family is constant inspiration because of how resilient they are. We’ve been through our fair share of troubles like any family but we always come back to each other. We always come back to family.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Writers block is the absolute worst! It’s even more worse when I actually want to create some music but I have no words. It’s very frustrating but to be honest I don’t deal with writers block. I don’t force anything because when I do, I become a terrible writer. I think it’s important to let words flow and when I encounter writers block, I let it have its moment then when I have something, I’m back as if nothing happened!

What’s a little-known fact about you that might surprise people?

I don’t know if it will surprise anyone but I’m heavy into the battle rap world. I’m such a fan of it! I came across URL in highschool and have been a fan ever since. Some of My favorite battle rappers are Jaz the Rapper, Tsu Surf, Chess, and Rum Nitty. They are top tier battle rappers in my book!

Is there anything else you’d like to say before we wrap things up? Are there any words for your fans?

I just want to thank everyone who has listened to my latest single “Messed Up” and if you haven’t, it’s out EVERYWHERE on streaming platforms. I’m just getting started and there’s so much more to come so get ready!

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