Courtney Stewart’s debut album “Where Will I Fit In?” will be released on Lamon Records Tuesday, October 4th. Courtney’s breakout EP has been in the works since late spring and contains the single “Telling You,” as well as several other self-written songs.
Courtney Stewart grew up in Pennsylvania and currently attends Keystone High School. Although some may say she is young, having recorded this first EP at the age of fifteen, Courtney has been dreaming and working towards this career since she was a little girl. She says that Taylor Swift was the artist that prompted her to get into the music industry. Shortly after learning how to play the guitar “just like Taylor,” Courtney began delving into her songwriting as well. She found that writing came easy to her and has written dozens of songs over the past few years.
This EP contains Courtney’s songs “Telling You” a song Courtney wrote about an ex-crush who now has a crush on her. “Telling You” was recently released as a video on YouTube and has since attracted thousands of views. Other tracks on the EP include the song “For All The World To See,” “I’ll Think Of You,” and the title track “Where Will I Fit In?” This song was one of the first songs Courtney wrote and specifically dealt with her desire to become a country music singer/songwriter.
Grammy nominated producer and Lamon Records President Dave Moody summed up the album best when he said that “Courtney’s music is really powerful because she is writing about things that she knows – the relationships, the people, and the situations that she’s dealing with in her daily life.” Dave also said that Courtney is one of the most driven young artists he’s ever seen. “It’s great to see someone with so much talent and so much drive at such a young age.”
Look for Courtney’s album coming soon on www.LamonRecords.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, and everywhere music is sold. With her timeless themes about love, heartache, and youth, Courtney’s EP “Where Will I Fit In?” is sure to have something for everyone!
TEN QUESTIONS – - – GETTING TO KNOW THE ARTIST
1. What’s your favorite sound?
My all time favorite sound would have to be the sound of crowds and applause. I love the clapping, the roaring, the screaming, I love everything about them. When I hear a crowd of people cheer for me, or even someone else, I know that those are the sounds I want to be blessed with hearing every night.
2. What makes you happy?
Little things make me happy. Writing new lyrics or new chords to a song you have been pouring your heart out into, or having a bad day and going to a mall with your mom and seeing Christmas trees in the middle of September. Times when you wake up at five in the morning for a 12 hour car ride, and you know that by dinner you will be in your favorite place on earth. The fragrances that hit you at the most random time and take you back and relive a time in your life that you will never forget. The opportunities to meet new people, new fans, and make new friends.
3. What makes you angry?
There is only one thing that makes me truly angry. Of course, it is something that occurs in high school almost 99% of the time. I highly dislike the aspect of whispering and secrets. I believe that if you are to speak words out of your mouth, they should be civil enough for everyone to hear them.
4. What do you think is the secret of success?
The secret to success, all leads up to the beating and ticking of your body that lies within your chest. In order to be successful, you need to have heart. I think loving what you do and imagining the possibilities make success come easier. Although, success never comes easy and both you and I know, everything in life takes work, and sometimes tears. The idea of success would not be success if there wasn’t a previous obstacle that was meant to be overcome. Success is a climb, a journey. A journey that I pray each and every night I get the chance to experience.
5. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it is?
If I could have dinner with anyone in history, dead or alive, who would it be? For everyone who has ever met me, went to school with me, or has taken a look at the playlist saved on my I-Pad, they know in an instant whom I would choose. If it were possible, I would call Taylor Swift in a heartbeat. She is the one who I can say, has started it all for me. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have believes I could ever have achieved what I have become. Not only did Taylor give me hope or a glimpse of the dream had, but she also helped me through the not so good times in my teenage years. Her songs speak to me, and the day that I sit down with Taylor and co-write a song with her is the day I know I have made it. She is my role model, and I dream that kids younger than me will someday soon say the same about me.
6. How do you hope you’ll be remembered?
I hope to be remembered as someone who has changed people’s lives. I hope to be remembered as someone who was a good role model and someone who everyone could look up to. Someone who helped people get through rough times in their life. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference.
7. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is without a doubt having the opportunity to go to the Speak now concert, at Heinz Field. I will never forget that day for as long as I live. My best friend Ali and I bought matching dresses, and made signs incorporating the song’s names into the message we had. We had dinner at a restaurant by the river, surrounded by the thousands of other fans in the streets. I will never forget seeing all the people, all the shirts, all the signs, all the support. I will never forget the feelings that were inside me that whole entire day leading up to the concert. I remember the giant semi trucks, that we got our pictures taken by outside of the stadium and how I imagined that would someday be my picture on the sides. It was an emotional day for me before the concert even started. As soon as Taylor came out on stage, I started crying. I just couldn’t help myself. Everything was just so surreal to me, and imagined myself being her, as 52,000 people watched me. My eyes never became dry throughout the whole two hours she was on stage. I feel like a have a connection with Taylor, I always have felt that way. I tell people “Taylor and I are best friends; she just doesn’t know it yet.” After the concert, I had no makeup left on my face. I remember trying to leave the stadium, and the city just like 52,000 other people. Hoping that one day, I will have as much support and love as what was evident there that night.
8. What book is currently on your nightstand?
The bible. Each night before I go to bed, I read a chapter from Psalms. Psalms is such an inspiring and hopeful book, with really relatable subjects. Right now, it feel as though Psalms is speaking directly towards me. One thing that I’ve learned in life is that nothing is impossible with God.
9. What artist is the most played on your iPod?
The most played artists on my I pad change almost every week. Once I hear a new song that I “fall in love with”, I will listen to it over and over again for days. Currently, the most played artist or should I say artists, are Justin Bieber, Randy Montana, and Taylor Swift. I find myself listening to Justin’s music all the time. His songs are so relatable for me, since we are very close to the same age. I just love his music. I consider Randy Montana and me to be on the same path right now. His EP was just released not too long ago, and I am awaiting the release of mine. As for Taylor Swift, I know that I am able to go to her for anything through her lyrics.
10. When you get to heaven, what is the first thing you want to hear God say to you?
When I get to the golden gates of heaven, I want God to greet me with a smile. I want him to say to me that even through all of my mistakes; I did do good deeds on earth. I imagine him saying that he is proud of me, and that he loves me, as the gates to heaven open wide.