Louisa Wendorff Interview On Taylor Swift And The Power Of A Tweet
Louisa Wendorff has been awash in success following a recent tweet from Taylor Swift and has had the good fortune to play at both the Grammy Red Carpet on E! as well as the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics. Here PledgeMusic speaks with her about the upturn in her career and her new EP.
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It started with a tweet. Louisa Wendorff’s life was changed when Taylor Swift tweeted the word “Obsessed” along with a post of Louisa’s mash-up of two of Taylor’s songs, “Blank Space” and “Style”, performed with Devin Dawson. From that moment last December, Louisa’s career taken a dramatic upturn and brought her opportunities like playing the and, most recently, the closing ceremony at this year’s Special Olympics. We sat down with Louisa to ask her about her brand new album and the wild ride of 2015.
You started singing and learning to play instruments at an early age. What’s your earliest musical memory?
When I was in kindergarten, my teacher, Miss Morris, would teach us a new song every week. I couldn’t wait to sing them for my mom when I got home. I would sing them on the swings, at the dinner table, and before I fall asleep. I literally could not stop. I still remember most of them.
When Taylor Swift sends a message that she’s “obsessed” with your music, how did you find out and what went through your mind?
I was on vacation with my family in the mountains and remember feeling my phone buzz uncontrollably. when I checked it, the screen was frozen but kept vibrating, so thought it was broken. Before I had the chance to read anything, my friend Devin called saying, “Tell me you’ve seen it!” I had no idea what he was talking about. Turns out my phone can’t handle a tweet from Taylor Swift. I couldn’t believe it. My mind was running back and forth between “What Is Life,” and “AHHHH.”
What did that spotlight do for you? Did you see a definite shift in activity and attention?
Definitely. It opened up a whole new world of opportunities that I had been dreaming of and working towards for as long as I can remember. My following grew in ways I could not have anticipated. I’ve since had the honor of performing on the Grammy Awards Red Carpet on E! and before 50,000 people from all over the world at the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics.
Yeah, you just played the closing ceremony. How did everything go?
It’s hard to put into words how beautiful that experience was for me, and I’m just so thankful I got to be a part of it. I left full of love, inspiration and with a heart twice the size. The people I met, the stories I heard, and the acceptance I witnessed will stay with me forever.
What prompted the move to L.A.? How do you envision the move changing who you are as an artist/songwriter?
I am originally from Southern California and moved to Nashville to study music business. Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time traveling between the two. I immediately fell in love with Nashville and my heart will always have a home here, but for where I am creatively, L.A. feels like the place I need to be right now. There are things I love about both cities’ creative communities, and will remain invested in both.
How is the writing and recording process coming along for the new EP?
I’m currently writing for my EP and am working hard to give my fans my absolute best. I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on!