All the way from the Big Apple to the City of Angels, Simone Reyes is an upcoming star with a fierce and energetic presence; for those not familiar with her… you will be soon!! Xposer Magazine had the pleasure of accompanying her to her first performance in Hollywood and let’s just say, Simone & her band killed it on stage! Below you will find out a little more about this talented woman, the back beat to her story as well as what’s yet to come in the Country Music Scene!
Be sure to check out our Xclusive live video taped performance in the links below and don’t be too shy to go give her a follow to find out where she will be next!
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Who is Simone Reyes?
Mom (to animals) ⭐️ Daughter ⭐️ Country Singer ⭐️ Activist ⭐️ Farm Animal Rescuer ⭐️ Author ⭐️ Friend ⭐️ Ex- Girlfriend ⭐️ Ex Reality TV personality ⭐️ Native New Yorker ⭐️ Dreamer
What made you go into country music considering you have a hip hop background?
I was raised on country music. We always had John Denver, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn playing in our apartment in Greenwich Village, New York when I was a kid During my school years the movie Urban Cowboy became a huge hit and that really got me excited about country music and intrigued by the county music scene. I couldn’t wait to grow up and be old enough to go line dancing at a place like Gilley’s.
Who was your biggest influence in your music?
My late father. He lived and breathed music. He was an accomplished Flamenco Guitarist. One of the last things he said to me was to keep singing.
What made you leave New York for Los Angeles?
My boss, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons wanted to be closer to his children who lived out in LA with their mother and he wanted to concentrate more on film and television. I hated leaving my family in NYC but the winters were getting harder for me to deal with and they are always a phone call away.
Where do you see yourself with your music in 5 years 10 years?
My hope is that we can grow our audience and play larger venues. My band is finally solid now which is so incredible. I’m so blessed to have Al Bonhomme at the center of it all. He’s not just an incredible guitar player and a successful author but he keeps it all together- we would be lost without him. Leila Afshar is our back up singer and she has the voice of an angel. She was the last to join the band and fit in so perfectly. I can’t imagine the band without her- we love her. Then we have Georg Egloff on keys. He is an insanely talented producer and composer of music for film, television, radio, and commercials. He has composed music for countless TV shows and happens to be my neighbor-so I lucked out but time recruiting him. Scott Harris is a master on drums and his enthusiasm for our music is contagious. We are so lucky to have found him – on Craig’s list of all places! And we are so fortunate to have Paul Gomez rockin’ on bass and background vocals – he is so easy going and always has a smile on his face. We all have our own lives and then meet at Amp rehearsal studio in North Hollywood and have the time of our lives just playing together. I am also obsessed with making music videos so in the near future that’s my goal. We have a wonderful video company called Frontman Media who we work with who does really great work.
What made you decide to become an an animal advocate?
I think it’s pretty simple-I just love animals too much to eat or wear them. I have an extremely deep respect for all living things.
What do you want to achieve, portray through your music?
I want to be an example to anyone that has a dream that they think has expired because they have not had the time or the courage to act on it. I think many of us fall into the trap of letting life pull us away from our bliss but it’s never too late to chase after your dreams. The journey is the gift. The result is just the cherry on top.
If you could do a duet with any artist who would it be?
That’s hard to narrow down. My first thought was Harry Styles (he did country right when he sang with Shania) but Miranda Lambert would be super cool. And don’t get me started on how much I adore Stevie Nicks. She’s a legend.
So far in your musical journey what he been your most memorable experience? Good and bad?
The most memorable experience so far has been playing live for the first time at Molly Malone’s and feeling completely supported by my band. The bad ? Forgetting the words to a cover song we did – but hey we are all human.
What do you want your fans to know about you?
I would like them to know that I believe in them and that if they have a dream they shouldn’t wait until they are ready because we aren’t ever truly ready and that’s ok. They shouldn’t ever think that they’ve waited too long either. They might be terrified to embark on their journey but that’s OK. I don’t think there is anything I have ever done in my life of importance that I didn’t do a little scared, but in the end it was worth it.
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