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Tristan describes her own music as fun and youthful while at the same time signifying deep meaning such as the song “You Can’t Take That Away From Me” which signifies such a wonderful meaning of showing everyone that no matter who you are that being yourself is the most important thing in life. “My music will always reflect who I am.”
Tristan’s voice is rather developed for an 11-year-old since her studio performance required little to no tuning. That doesn’t mean that Tristan doesn’t seek constant improvement and constructive criticism in all areas. “You can be an artist and not be a performer, but I am a performer. I am currently honing my songwriting skills and guitar and piano playing, but I am also developing my total package including my image and my stage presence. “This isn’t just a dream of mine, this is a goal that I am determined to achieve and I won’t give up.” Tristan takes and applies all the advice she receives from the Nashville music industry professionals she works with and who also serve as her mentors.
In addition to Carrie Underwood, Tristan’s influences include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Katy Perry. She is most touched by Vince Gill with his performance of “Go Rest High on the Mountain” after the death of his brother.
While Tristan’s heart is in country/pop music, she also credits actress and pop singer Beyoncé as an influential role model to her. “Beyoncé was this young teen pop star in the news who was able to stay out of trouble at a time when her counter-parts were making headlines in all the wrong ways. I found it inspiring that you could be in the spotlight while maintaining a sense of decency and wholesomeness. Some people might say that I’m a goody-goody, but I don’t mind that. I’d rather be known for doing good things than doing bad things!” Tristan asserts.
It is Tristan’s hope that her music will provide a new means for her to give back to her community. “I would like to give back to my school for teaching me all that I know,” she says, in addition to wanting to give back to other charitable organizations close to her heart such as the Pacer organization, the Veterans Association, and the March of Dimes.
Having been involved in Children Christian choir, Let Freedom Sing Tour, and various other musical projects throughout middle school, Tristan is no stranger to the stage. “I feel at piece on stage, and every stage I step foot on becomes my home during that performance.” Tristan has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of places, from her hometown diner in Pleasant View, TN to the football fields and basketball courts of Vanderbilt University. Tristan’s middle school chorus teacher always knew she had a voice for country/pop music.
Tristan’s career started with a just a simple song in the kitchen at her home. Perhaps that’s because she had not yet learned how to talk and could only hum along with the music that made her have such a happy childhood. But by age 4 she had found the words to perform her first solo at school. It was a rather short solo, only one line, but she sang it with as much passion as she does today.
Tristan is only 11 but has bigger dreams and plans for her life and is working towards that ultimate goal of someday living out her dreams of Stardom. “I hope my music will one day touch the hearts and minds of people worldwide.” “I am also glad to have taken part in the National Bullying Campaign because like my song says “You Can’t Take That Away From Me” and always be true to yourself!