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Lena Stone Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lena Stone Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer:  I think my music lives in that space that’s a little bit pop and a little bit country.  Some of my biggest influences are Sugarland, Sara Evans, James Taylor, Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles, and I’m always just trying to make music that’s authentically me. 

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Answer:  The last year has been incredible (and busy!) for me; I released my first two singles and a music video for each of the songs, and I’ve been in the studio recording my debut EP. 

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Answer:  Songwriting is a really important part of my artistry, so all of the songs that I’ve recorded so far are ones that I’ve written myself. 

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Answer:  One of the things that country music does best is nostalgia songs, and I think my current single „Can’t Think Straight“ is a perfect example oft hat.  I love those songs that take you back to a memory, especially one of young love.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?
Answer:  All of my songs are so special to me, but there’s a song that will be on the EP called “As I Go.”  I wrote the song years ago with some of my closest friends about all the things that I’ve learned from love, and no matter how old I get those lessons keep feeling more and more true!  

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Answer:  After one of my shows in Nashville I had a young woman come up to me and tell me that she had first heard me play a show the previous year, and had been so inspired that she started writing songs and had recently moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music! One of the main things I hope to do with my music is inspire people, and to have that happen at such an early stage in my career meant the world to me. 
Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?
Answer:  I really love all aspects of being an artist, but there is a really special magic that happens in the studio, when I get to hear the songs that I’ve written really come to life.  I also adore being onstage, and getting to share my music with an audience in such a personal way!

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?
Answer:  My grandma is one of my biggest inspirations in music (and in life!).  She worked as a music therapist for most of her career, and has always had the biggest heart for helping people connect through music.  I grew up listening to her original songs and so it always seemed natural to express myself through music. 
Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
Answer:  CMAfest in June is one of my favorite weeks of the year because I get to play for so many fans from all over the world who come to Nashville to hear great country music.  I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival and sharing my new EP with my fans!

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Answer:  The Grand Ole Opry is the Mother Church of country music, and I would absolutely love to play that stage someday!

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?
Answer:  „I Can’t Make You Love Me“ by Bonnie Raitt is one of the most incredible songs and every time I hear it or play it, I wish I had recorded it!

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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