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RHIANNA LAROCQUE: RISING STAR

By Travis Mamone

Meet Rhianna LaRocque:  former Severna Park native, current Northeastern University student, and a promising talent.  Her laid back acoustic melodies and stunning voice have already garnered the attention of such seasoned veterans as Rob Levitt. 

Q:  How did you get into music? Was there a lot of music in your house?
A:  I always loved music, but was always too shy to sing in front of people. It was really when my aunt's boyfriend came to our house for a visit and taught me couple chords on the guitar. For about six months, I sat in my room for hours at a time and practiced. An opportunity arose to perform when I decided I wanted to audition for a school production, and for that audition I sang in front of people for the first time. After that, I realized playing music was what I wanted to do.

My grandmother was a singer, but nobody in my immediate family plays any instruments. My mom claims my musical abilities came from her playing The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and James Taylor when I was a baby.

Q:  Who were some of your influences?
A:  There is a ridiculously long list of artists that influence me, but to name a few, Joni Mitchell, Andrew Bird, Wilco, Feist, and Radiohead. I'm also lucky enough to be surrounded by a ridiculously talented group of friends, and I get a lot of ideas, support, and input from them.

Q:  When did you start writing songs?
A:  My first few songs were written in tenth grade about a failed relationship. They're really quite silly to me now, but it's cool to look back at how I've changed in the last few years.

Q:  What inspires your music?
A:  Honestly, I wish this wasn't the case, but for the most part...boys.

Q:  What was it like recording your EP, Only Thing I Can Do? Are you currently recording a follow-up?
A:  Recording my EP was slightly stressful because it's an extremely different from what I was used to performing, but my producer, Marco Delmar, was amazing and I ended up learning a lot.

I'm definitely going to be recording a follow up, but right now I'm dedicating most of my time to arranging and rearranging songs, and getting a band together.

Q:  What do you hope audiences will take from your music?
A:  For me, what I love when I hear music is when a certain band or a certain song really connects with me, and if my music could affect even one person like that, I would be happy.

For more information, check out her website at www.myspace.com/rhiannamusic.

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