I’ll start by saying this would not be my favorite genre to review or listen to. The 1st thing to catch my eye, was that Blair was originally from the area that I am from. I thought, let’s give it a listen anyway. That proved to be a great decision. To each is own on the music, and the style that comes natural to them. It didn’t take long for me to get into Blair’s style and genre. Breath of fresh air. It’s new, it’s relevant, it’s real, it’s Blair Woods. You can be an old country outlaw like me, that’s also loves Dio, and still have a Blair Woods CD cranked up in the truck when your friends aren’t looking. Now if your young, new, and like to listen to mainstream radio….this is even better than that. Tune into Blair Woods, no matter what your pleasure or even guilty pleasure is. You won’t be sorry.
Shannon Ireland – Officially Rocks/30A Songwriter Radio
Blair Woods is an American pop singer/songwriter and actress originally from the Emerald Coast of Florida. She found her way into the entertainment industry while living in Los Angeles California. She loves to write and perform her originals as well as covers from her inspirations.
|What makes her Officially Rock?:
Blair is a spiritually uplifting person, she shines and makes sure those around her shine just as much. Her goals are to remind you that you are never alone whether you are listening to her music, her performance, or chatting with her. She makes sure all of her fans feel more like friends because everyone is a friend in “the forest” (her fans have coined themselves her “little trees” and all of them make up the forest). Aside from her personality, Blair has impeccable talent. She is primarily self taught but since has acquired a vocal coach to help maintain her healthy vocal habits. She has an impressive 5 octave range with the likes of Mariah Carey. She enjoys trying new vocal tricks with her whistle register for fun and to incorporate it into her own music.
|What drives you as a musician/band?:
My fans and the ability to create. I think if I ever lost the ability to create fully it wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable as it has been. I love trying new things in different genres and bringing back to the dark pop type of style that my producer and I are slowly getting me into.
|What/who are Blair’s main influences?:
Blair’s musical inspirations include Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, The Beatles, and Zara Larsson. All for different reasons of course. There’s several more, male and female inspirations in music, there’s just not enough space for that. She really looks into all genres and vocal styles for ideas. Primarily pop and the legends, but she enjoys listening to metal core, rock, classic rock, rap, hip-hop, blues, and alternative styles for inspiration as well.
|What is your songwriting process?:
I primarily just hear a melody in my head and once it pops into my head I record on voice notes an idea and go from there making sure I’m not copying anyone. I sometimes write on a piano but I find the best creative moments come when I am in the car alone or with my producer Nick in the studio. From voice notes I get an idea of what I want the instrumental to sound like, then I just find a song with similar instruments in it and tell Nick and he makes something incredible and then we record when I can fly out.
|What is your craziest road story?:
I’ve never been on the road for tour, but when I used to live in Los Angeles in between shows for money I would instacart. On one of my deliveries I was in weho and somehow a fan noticed it was me and ran up and basically tackle hugged me. I was thrown off guard that she recognised me from a show, because I was so new to everything at the time, but it was cute. I hope soon to have tours and fun road stories, but since I started live performances the year before the pandemic I haven’t had enough time to really “tour” yet.
|What is your scariest road story?:
I only have a scary plane story, one of the first times I had to fly out to my producer (because when I lived in LA I would just drive out to him in Vegas), I had flown before, but never over Vegas and never to that airport. I flew in on a redeye, got there extremely late/early (depends on your perspective), and I wasn’t due at Nick’s until the next day, so I had to get an Uber to my hotel. I got lost in the airport trying to get out, had no cell service to pull up Uber, I missed my first Uber, and then when I went outside for signal my app stopped working and I couldn’t catch an Uber or a Lyft because for some reason the apps weren’t loading at all. I had to trust a stranger (she was so sweet thank god) to get me an Uber, I paid her cash, and shared the Uber with her to my hotel. She was such a life savior because in a city like Vegas, I never want to be alone for more than 20 minutes near the strip.
|What are your thoughts about the current music business in general?:
I think there are aspects about the way it used to be that I wish were still applied to the industry now, but I like some of the ease of new streaming services and ways to perform. It’s all got pros and cons honestly. I think certain apps and services definitely have shown they are helpful, but also show just how rigged it can be sometimes. I do love to see more women on top in the charts though. Every time I see Ariana or Taylor taking over the charts it gives me hope as a female pop artist that we’re seeing so many more female artists dominate.
|Where do you see your music career in 10 years?:
Touring, consistently chart topping, seeing millions of fans, and loving every bit of it, including the rough stuff. In 10 years I also hope the platform and earnings are enough so I can start my own homeless shelter that actually helps and houses people who have been left on the streets due to job loss or other uncertain circumstances they couldn’t control. I think the government doesn’t do a great job and I have ideas that would, in time, all completely go full circle and create possibly one of the best non profits. Also in hope to make sure families and single people aren’t left on the street. It of course involves a plan to get them back into a career path they would choose from. I feel like if I get blessed enough to have a full successful career that I should give back however possible.
|In one word, why are you in a music career?: