From MySpace to a signed record deal with Beluga Records/Warner Bros. Records, fan favorite Auburn Williams (she goes by her first name only, channel Madonna and Britney with an R&B twist) is tearing up the town with “Up In My Ear (La La La).”
The 21-year-old singer says of her hit song, “It’s about how you’re trying to have a good time and someone gets in your face and starts complaining. You have to put your fingers in your ears and say, ‘la la la, I can’t hear you!’ The song has a lot of my personality in it. When I sang it, I felt the irritation. I was really saying ‘Get out of my ear please!’”
Auburn will be sharing her spunky style with Palm Springs visitors and residents when she takes the stage at this year’s The Dinah. The five-day star-studded lesbian event runs March 30 – April 3, 2011. Find out more and purchase your event tickets right here.
You’ve opened for Keyshia Cole in the past touring more than 20 different cities. What did you think of that experience? It was great! My first time ever being out on tour. Keyshia was so cool and she made me feel good when she told me that she was digging my music.
How is your life on the road? Do you crave any creature comforts while you’re away from home? I pack a lot of things to help me feel comfortable and my bags are overstuffed if I am going to be gone for more than a few days.
You were a tomboy and self-described “nerd” growing up in Minneapolis, MN. How do you think your upbringing shaped your music and outlook on life in general? A lot of what I sing about comes from my experiences, and I have had and continue to have a lot of support from my family and friends, who help to keep me going.
There is a human rights issue going on right now in this country and it involves the LGBT community as a whole. How important a role do you think music plays in uplifting spirits and inspiring change? Music is a very important part of world history and plays a vital role in dealing with human emotions. I trust God that my music inspires positive feelings, and sometimes a range of emotions to all that hear it.
You are working in the studio currently with J.R. Rotem – the same hitmaker behind some of Rihanna, Leona Lewis and Britney Spears’ music. How did you get hooked up with Rotem? His brother Tommy came across my Myspace page and was intrigued by all of the fans that I had and the fact that people were interacting to the music. So he hit up my management and flew me out to L.A.
Speaking of Rihanna, did you see her dress at the Grammy’s? What did you think of Lady Gaga arriving in an egg? Rihanna looked great and Lady Gaga is, well…Lady Gaga. She is very talented, creative and interesting.
Any fun stories you can tell us about working in the studio? Too many to tell…It’s always fun, even though we are serious about creating great music.
If you had to compare your style to three artists – alive or dead – who would you pick? That is a very difficult question because my style is so all over the place. We like to say I don’t fit into any specific genre, rather its “Auburn genre.”
Where can your fans see/hear you next? We are in the studio working on more music and you should hear something from us very soon. So keep your ears on!