Mariah Secrest (Pop)

Written by Jonny Havoc

Mariah Secrest
Posted Jul 3, 2008.

Hello, how are you doing? A little hot here in Arizona, but not too bad. Thanks.

Who all is in the band? Well, I'm Mariah and I sing and that pretty much takes care of that. I have a backing band called Bridgepoint Avenue. We've had a bit of a revolving lineup, but at the moment it's John and Dave on guitars, Tim on bass, and Adam on drums.

Do you have any shows coming up? Yep, next Saturday (July 12th) at Roadrunner's Coffee in Oro Valley, AZ. Come on out!

You have a new E.P. out right now, how is that going? I do, and it's such a relief to be finished! Recording always takes longer than you think. So far it's only available online, but in the six weeks it's been out it's gotten some radio play on 91.3 KXCI. "Monsoon" is about to be on the Sockspider radio show that's internationally syndicated, so I feel pretty good about that.

What is your favorite song on your new E.P.? "Pulse" is my favorite. It just sits right and accomplishes what I wanted to accomplish artistically.

Where do you get most of your inspiration from when your writing your lyrics? Straight out of life. I've said before that my songwriting has to be memoir, not fiction. I'm otherwise a fairly reserved person, and songwriting gives me that safe place to feel the emotions that I'm afraid of expressing in real life.

What were some of your favorite bands growing up? Hardly any of the ones I listen to now. Haha. Although Five O'Clock People was this artsy, melodic band that I latched onto for awhile. I wish I could find that album now.

What are some of your favorite bands today? Lifehouse is way up there, followed by Anberlin and Polarboy. Goo Goo Dolls are amazing, too. I actually don't listen to too many artists that sound like me, although I'm getting into Kate Voegele and I think we have a similar vibe.

I see your from Arizona, Could you tell me and our readers a little about the music scene? Tucson's a little bit of a sleepy town. Phoenix is the place that gets the big names in. Although anything at the Fox Theater in Tucson is worth going to, because the venue is this big old historic building and is intensely cool. I sang with a band opening up for Hawk Nelson there, and backstage is like a creepy little maze. Very fun.

Anything that you would like to say to your fans reading this interview? My producer and I are laying the groundwork now for the first full-length album, so just stay tuned!

What do you think of Big Smile Magazine? I like the news feed, because I'm not always as informed about the music scene as I want to be. This does the homework for you.

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