With her gorgeous voice, powerful songwriting talent and beautiful blue eyes for dayzzzz, Cailee Rae is positioned for great success in the music industry. The young singer/songwriter recently shared with Luca about herself, her inspirations and her hopes for the future.
Cailee's musical journey all started with a music video she posted on Instagram. We asked her about that first post...
Luca: Incredible voice and all – was posting that first video of yourself (singing) difficult? Did you feel vulnerable or have any doubts?
Cailee: Thank you! Of course. You want people to like what you put out, but after a while I realized I had to love what I performed as well. So I just made sure I loved what I recorded and did my best. Then I didn't really care what people thought because I loved it.
L: Your fans adore you, but have you had any haters? If so, how have you dealt with them?
C: I love my fans and I really try to only pay attention to them. Of course I see haters every now and then, but I just try to show them some love back.
L: Who are your inspirations?
C: Everyone and Everything. When I was younger it was definitely Taylor Swift, but at this point in my career, I love all kinds of music and artists for so many reasons. I'm always inspired by life and everyone in it. I am especially inspired by airports. I love seeing all the stories that unfold there: the joy, excitement and heartbreak.
L: What does music mean to you?
C: EVERYTHING. It makes me feel and understand. It makes me fearless. Music shows me so much.
L: What's on your own playlist?
C: My favorite song right now is “Figures” by Jessie Reyez. It's a super intense song, but so, so good.
L: Luca is loving your EP - Overthinking. Songwriting seems to come naturally to you, but do you ever have writer's block? If so, how do you overcome it?
C: Oh definitely. It just eventually comes to you. Most of the time it comes to you the second you give up. LOL.
L: We've read that giving back is very important to you. What is your favorite charity?
C: Charities mean so much to me; they always have. Growing up, my family made sure my sister and I were super involved with them. I'm actually an ambassador for Wish Upon A Teen, and I get to go to hospitals to sing for kids and hang out with them!
L: You probably don't have much downtime, but when you do, what do you like to do? Also, what is your favorite/latest Netflix binge watch?
C: When I have some free time, I love to hang with my hairless sphynx kitten named Dobby. He makes me laugh! Dobby has to be my spirit animal because he's weird and different, but he loves it and just has fun with life. And for Netflix...13 REASONS WHY!!!! Do I have to explain?
L: Sometimes with fame, friends will change, but have your friends stuck with you on this journey?
C: Yes and no. You make new friends as you go but some of my best friends have stuck by me no matter what. I love them all.
L: What do you hope your music does for others?
C: I hope my music makes them feel. Good, Sad, Peaceful... anything.
L: What is your daily mantra?
C: Write your own story. I have lived by that forever. To me, it just means making your own path no matter what people think or want you to do.
L: What is your favorite feature about yourself?
C: I love the fact that I never see the bad in people or things. It gets me hurt a lot but I always just give people my whole, real self without being scared about it.
L: You recently released the single “Anchor”. The video for it looked like a messy blast to film. What's the best part of making a music video?
C: EVERYTHING. I loved creating my music video for “Anchor” because I got to really be creative and just have fun. Watching something come to life is crazy!
L: What advice do you have for young artists to make their dreams come true just as you have?
C: I would tell anyone to always be who you are and love what you do. You will figure it out as you go but that's how you make your story.