When the Internet first heard 16-year-old Cailee Rae's incredible voice on Instagram, they couldn't help but take notice. What was seemingly an ordinary post of her singing turned out to be life-changing. Now, 600,000+ fans later, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has an EP to her name, Overthinking, and over 1.3 million views of her debut single "Anchor" on YouTube.
Here, Chalk catches up with Cailee on what's next for her!
Last year was pretty rad for you. What goals are on top of your must-achieve list this 2017? "This year, I really just want to make a ton of new content and continue to work hard. I really am hoping to travel and tour soon, too!"
What are you looking forward to the most in your career? "New opportunities and new memories. I have a good feeling about this year."
Can you tell us more about where you're taking your music this year? "I really want to go out of my comfort zone. I want to make some great music that's even better than the last batch! It's always about pushing myself and seeing what I can do differently to improve."
What's your most memorable experience with a fan so far? "One time, I performed at this school and one of my biggest fans was in the audience. I recognized her instantly from social media. During the meet and greet, I ran out of time and realized I didn’t get to meet her so I pulled a teacher aside and showed them a picture to see what class she was in. Then, I personally went into her class to say hi and give her an autograph, a pic, and a hug. It was one of the most heartwarming moments of my life."
What's the most important thing 2016 taught you? "To be happy and to balance life with work. I think, sometimes, I work to a point where I feel like I can do nothing else. I tend to overwork and stress myself out that I forget about my wellbeing. This past year, I really worked on figuring out my balance."
How do you balance your personal life and your professional life? "I make sure I'm honest with what I need. Sometimes, you have to cancel things or spend a week with family so you can stay balanced and positive. I used to never want to stop working for even a second, but I realized taking those few breaks to restart myself improved my work as well."
Can you tell us a little bit about your relationship with Jack? You two are so cute! "Ha ha! Thank you! I love him to pieces. He makes me laugh every second and empowers me to work my hardest and do what makes me happy. It's important to have a partner that makes sure you put your future and happiness before anything else."
How do you inspire each other? "We inspire each other in everything. We only want to help each other and have a good time no matter the ups and downs. He's my best friend. Every second with him is inspiring."
Apart from music, what are your other passions that you'd like to be known for? "I love fashion, makeup, and baking. Maybe, in the future, I can dive into those things a little!"
Do you have plans on taking up anything new—lessons, hobbies, etc.—this year? "I really really really want to learn the drums. I also want to take a ton of baking classes this year."
Get to know more of Cailee Rae by watching her amazing video of "Anchor" below!
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For more updates on Cailee, log on to caileerae.com / Image by Brandon Woelfel / Special thanks to Jessica Shein of MLC Artist Development