We had the good fortune of connecting with Caroline Reilly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caroline, how do you think about risk?
When I think of risk taking, my thoughts immediately go to songwriting. As an artist, sharing songs that you’ve written is one of the most vulnerable things you can do. When I started songwriting, I felt like pleasing others with my lyrics and melodies. It became difficult for me to write while still trying to please others. Sometimes because I was writing about personal experiences and other times because I was afraid of what people closer to me may think if I write in a certain style or genre. Through time, I started to gain confidence in my songwriting process always making sure to remind myself that every artists unique style is what makes original music so captivating. I’ve learned how to express myself in a way that others will hopefully relate to!
Risk taking also means a lot when it comes to career decisions. That can mean deciding whether or not to release a song, audition for a television show, collaborate with other artists or play at a venue. Something I can speak to is auditioning for The Voice. This was a huge decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There were some doubts and questions going through my mind throughout the whole process. Thankfully, it turned out to be a fantastic experience and a risk that was well worth it. It was difficult to take that leap of faith and trust that it will go alright. As a result, I ended up making great connections with other artists and gaining a lot of experience. I also realized that even if I decide to take a risk that doesn’t work out the way I had intended, there is always something to be learned.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My journey as an artist has been both amazing and challenging. There were so many times that I really had to push myself out of my comfort zone. I began performing in cover bands when I was around 14 years old. That experience really helped develop me as a performer and collaborator. When I was 16, I auditioned for NBC’s The Voice which was a huge step in my career. I definitely had to work hard in order to set my insecurities aside and just be my true self throughout that process. My songwriting career sparked after I finished on The Voice. I came home and started writing nonstop about my experiences and my emotions attached to them. My original material has definitely changed and developed a lot over the past few years! Additionally, I help mentor a young band of 10-11 year olds. Their name is Otter Chaos and my younger sister is actually the lead singer. I am so thankful that I get to share the gift of music to younger artists and musicians coming forward!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend came to visit, our first stop would be the Georgia Sea Aquarium! It’s my favorite place to go if I ever feel stressed or overwhelmed. I would definitely want to take them to see a show at the Masquerade or Eddie’s Attic. I love the vibe of both of those venues. Next, I would definitely take them to my favorite local coffee shop, Community Cup! They have such a great “homey” atmosphere that makes you feel safe. After that, I would probably take them to Halycon in Alpharetta to have a nice dinner and shop at some of their amazing clothing stores. My family also owns a music lessons and recording studio called Freedom Academy of Music Education. I would definitely want to take them there so that they can see what my life is like on the daily! Finally, one of my favorite things to do is go thrifting. I would 100% take my friend to the thrift stores in my area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I couldn’t have done any of this without my family. My parents are my number one supporters and have sacrificed so much for my career in music. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without my amazing vocal coach, Colby Lapolla. She has pushed me to become a stronger and more confident vocalist throughout the years. My producers Brandon Black and Lewis Texidor have also helped shape me as an artist over the past years. I am constantly thankful for all of my supporters!