WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A COUNTRY MUSIC STAR?
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE FOLLOWING YOUR FOOTSTEPS?
SHANTAIA: My parents started me very young in music, 3 years old to be exact. I was a very outgoing, determined little girl, and I know that every time a teacher in elementary school asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, every answer was “Superstar” or “Country Singer”. So I guess you could say I kind of always knew this was what I was destined to do! It just became apart of who I was, apart of my identity, and I don’t think I would know what to do with myself if music was taken away from me! The best advice I could give aspiring artists would be work hard, educate yourself on everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. You can never stop learning in this business. And remember, it is a business, you don’t just sing and write songs, there is much more to this than just that. Last but not least, stay grounded and humble. You’re never better than anyone else, and the minute you act like you are, you’ll learn some hard lessons. Support everyone around you, especially if you’re a woman in this industry! Women tend to compete with each other because were told we need to do that, but we need to lift each other up and help one another out. The music industry is about more than just you!