rCountry Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

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BACKGROUND Q&A SECTION

Country Music Explosion:Did you live in a small town or big city?

Savannah Harmon:Kind of in the middle.I've lived in the suburbs my entire life,but we've only ever been about 15 minutes away from the city.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Savannah Harmon:Oh yeah.I was what you call a church baby-I grew up in the church,because it doubled as a school.I still go to church as often as I can.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child

Savannah Harmon:I have an older brother who's 20,and a younger sister who's 14.That makes me the middle child-a nickname my dad gave to me because he knows that I hate it.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Savannah Harmon:Well,I was homeschooled from sixth grade on out-and there's a couple ways you can graduate.You can either walk across a stage with other homeschoolers,or your dad can be cleaning the toilets and randomly look up at you and say,"Savannah,I'm done teaching you.You're done."I hated school my last year,so that was as good a diploma as any.
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Savannah Harmon:Since homeschooling was mainly the school experience that I remember most,my favorite part of it would definitely have to be the random field trips,hands-on activities,and annoying my brother every time my dad walked out of the room.He would leave to go vacuum and we'd start throwing pencils at each other and putting each other in headlocks and he'd come back 30 minutes later and we'd still be halfway through problem two.We got into a lot of trouble!
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Savannah Harmon:I LOVED being outside (I still do)but mainly I loved acting.I was in a lot of plays at Syracuse Stage (a big local theater in downtown Syracuse)when I was 5-8,and I fell in love with it.I still love it,even though I haven't done it since. Acting fascinates me.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to friends at school,Do you still stay in contact with them?what kind of things did you all like to do together?

Savannah Harmon:Absolutely.My friends I met in school are still some of my best friends today.I went to a small private school,so we all got really close-some of us drifted,but the few who I stayed close with I love more than anything,and we all still hang out today as much as we possibly can.We'll go to each other's houses and have New Girl marathons and go to Wegmans and fall asleep in the basement just enjoying each other's company.Sometimes we get wild, but I love them.I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now

Savannah Harmon:I loved acting and playing outside,but reading was probably my biggest hobby.I could go through a book in a few hours to a day,and it's still the same way today, even though I don't have as much time to read anymore.Now I mainly just sing and try not to miss my shows and hang out with my dog.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your biggest goal in life? Name three of your biggest weaknesses.

Savannah Harmon:My biggest goal is to take everything I've envisioned in my head-my dreams,goals,and aspirations-and make them come to life.I don't ever want to give up on what I want,or settle for less because I'm too tired of the journey or putting in the effort.I want everything I see in my head to come to life,even if only to satisfy myself and be able to say"hey,you really did have it in you."As for the weaknesses thing,I feel like you might be looking for big abstract or emotional ones,but all I can think of is food...so my biggest weaknesses are potatoes,(in any form)anything lemon flavored,and puppies.And wooden bowls.I'm obsessed with them and I can't stop buying them and I don't know why.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite color?

Savannah Harmon:Sky blue, but orange is a very close second.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Savannah Harmon:It depends on what mood I'm in. I can go from Frank Sinatra to Def Leppard to Drake in two seconds. My Pandora playlist is the weirdest mix of music you'll ever see, and I've got no shame about it.
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Savannah Harmon:Disney's entire Tangled soundtrack, but that's not even embarassing. I can sing that movie top to bottom, and I watch it at least once every couple months.
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Savannah Harmon:I'm a wizard.(We're not supposed to tell Muggles,so keep it on the down low.)
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Country Music Explosion:When & where were you born?Did you grow up to adulthood there?

Savannah Harmon:I was born in 1998 in Syracuse,NY.I've lived here my entire life.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you grow up at this location?

Savannah Harmon:I did! I lived in Cicero,a town about 15 minutes away from Syracuse.
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you lived?What section?

Savannah Harmon:I've only ever lived in Cicero,which is kind of a town on top of a swamp,but I've come to love where I grew up.I know it like the back of my hand,and to me,it will always be home.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the most common group in the area?

Savannah Harmon:Um...I almost made something up,but I figure it would just be better to say pass in case you guys, like,fact check this or something.Aka,we didn't really have one.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you go to college,if so What is your major? How supportive were they about you going away to college?Did you get along with your roommate?Why did you go into that major?

Savannah Harmon:I chose to pursue music instead of going to college,and I don't regret that decision one bit.I actually don't want to go to college,because I know that my heart's not in it;I don't want to learn in a classroom about things that I don't really care about.I'm better learning out in the world from people and experience,because I think that life and time are the greatest teachers.
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Country Music Explosion:How far back can you trace your ancestors?

Savannah Harmon:Off the top of my head I can trace them back to my great grandparents,but my grandma has a full family tree that goes all the way back to our beginning.I love reading it.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you know if your parents,grand-parents,great-grandparents were the ones to migrate to the US?

Savannah Harmon:I don't know exactly who it was,but I know that one of my very distant relatives was one of the hundred that came over on the Mayflower,which is pretty cool.
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Country Music Explosion:Where did they come from?

Savannah Harmon:Plymouth!
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Country Music Explosion:Did they come with families or did they begin family in the US?

Savannah Harmon:I want to say that they started their family once they were in the US,but I can't say for sure if that's 100% true.I'd have to fact check it with my grandma.
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Country Music Explosion:What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Savannah Harmon:Playing outside,waiting for it to get dark,getting called in for dinner,showering,changing into pajamas and watching TV with my family before we all went to bed.Then I'd read for about 2 hours after everyone was sleeping,which was when I realized I'm a night owl.It was all family oriented,for which I'm thankful.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you or your family members involved in the community?What kind of things?

Savannah Harmon:My mom taught Sunday School every single Sunday until about 8th grade,which meant that every single morning we'd get up at 6:00 am and be out the door by 7:00 in order to get to the church in time to set up her classroom and get to our classes.It was tiring,but worth it. She was a great teacher!
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Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your education?

Savannah Harmon:My dad is the one who homeschooled my brother and I,which meant that he would get home from 16 hour overnight shifts at the hospital,sleep for two hours,and get up and teach us.I still don't know how he did it.The effort and time he put into it was incredible,and I still think about it today.
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Country Music Explosion:What language do you speak?

Savannah Harmon:English, and sarcasm.
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Country Music Explosion:If you speak Spanish?Did you grow up speaking Spanish?When did you learn it?Has it ever been an issue?Education In general,

Savannah Harmon:Like every other typical kid, I learned Spanish all through grade school and have forgotten every single word but hola.
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Country Music Explosion:How was your educational experience from K-12?

Savannah Harmon:It was truthfully amazing.All the memories I have of school,both from when I was in private and at home,are ones that I'll cherish for the rest of my life.It really could have been a lot worse.I didn't have any homework from 6-12th grade,which is all I really wanted in life.
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Country Music Explosion:What schools did you attend? Where located?

Savannah Harmon:I went to Abundant Life Christian Center from K-5th grade which is located in East Syracuse.From 6th grade on I was at this magical location known as the Harmon Household,the exact whereabouts being classified information.School was,
however,at my kitchen table.
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Country Music Explosion:Compare your junior high to high school involvement?

Savannah Harmon:I have to say,there really wasn't much of a difference.I kind of just did the same thing for 6 years, but I'm sure I like,did some more dishes or something.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of activities or organizations were you a part of?

Savannah Harmon:I was apart of this co-op thing where other homeschoolers would meet one day a week and all do school together,but I hated it and refused to talk to anybody and counted down the hours until I got to come home,so that only lasted for 365 days.Personally,it was 365 days too long.
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Country Music Explosion:If you weren't singing,what would you be doing?

Savannah Harmon:Definitely something in the FBI,like a crime scene investigator.I've always been fascinated by serial killers and murder cases and crime scenes;they're the only books I'd ever pick up at the library,and I've always said that if I wasn't singing,that's what I would do.I have no idea why because it's literally the furthest thing from
music,but that's what I'd choose.
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MUSIC Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Savannah Harmon:Anything and everything.I dont have one specific genre that I limit myself to;if a song is good,I like it,and I'll listen to it.However,my favorite artists of all time are Johnny Cash and Maren Morris.
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Savannah Harmon:Madison Square Garden.I know that sounds cliche,but I remember back in 2009 when Taylor Swift sold it out in 60 seconds,and ever since then I've wanted to do it in 22.
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Savannah Harmon:Maren Morris,but mainly so I could just sneak around backstage and try to get in as many pictures with her as possible.
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music,what would it be?

Savannah Harmon:R&B.I love the way the lyrics fit into the melody,and I love the soul and feel of it.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Savannah Harmon:SCREAMO.I can't understand what they're saying and my throat hurts FOR them and I feel like I'm being yelled at by my dad,just 10 times worse.
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Country Music Explosion:How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer?at the time did you know what Genre you wanted to sing ?

Savannah Harmon:When I turned 16 was when I really started taking music seriously.I think that was when I realized that I was growing up and that I needed to start thinking about what I wanted to do with my life;it took me about a year to get out of my bedroom,and since then,it's been history.I knew I wanted to sing my own original music;whatever genre that falls into, that's what I wanted to sing.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process you go through when doing a gig?or in the studio?How do you decide which song to perform or record first?

Savannah Harmon:For a gig,I start off with a song that I know is going to get the crowd in party mode;you want to make them laugh with you before you make them cry.An intelligent artist down in Nashville told me that,and I've remembered it ever since.For a record,I chose whatever song I'm feeling first-it's funny,because generally whatever I want to start with,the engineer/musician does to.We all are riding the same wavelength when we're in the studio together,and it's great.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions.What's your view on the value of music today?

Savannah Harmon:Music is definitely easier to access these days,legally or not-but an artist's revenue rarely comes from the amount of spins or downloads a song gets,it comes from the live show.Music might be easier to download these days,which takes away from the feeling of buying an actual vinyl record and racing home to play it,but music will always have the same effect on me that it always has.If you truly love something,it's priceless.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Savannah Harmon:I play mainly guitar, but I'd love to learn piano.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Savannah Harmon:Since I grew up in the church,the first songs I heard were all Christian songs,but I started listening to country music when I was in 5th grade.
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Savannah Harmon:My dad has a decent voice and will try to tell you that he sings,but as much as he wishes he could, singing just isn't his cup of tea.No one else in my family is into music,so that's why I say my voice is truly God-given (as much as my dad)
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Savannah Harmon:My brother(literally)tried his hand at drums,and my little sister experimented with piano and drums, but neither stuck with it.We're all fans of music here,just some more than others.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Savannah Harmon:I really respect Nancy Wilson,lead guitarist from the 70's band Heart.Not was she incredible on the guitar,but she was a woman-she probably smashed stereotypes,and I really respect her for that.I'd kill to be as great as she is on the guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Savannah Harmon:I've probably learned the most from Johnny Cash.He's taught me that a song should be a story with a melody,a principle that's influenced a lot of my writing.Not only has he helped me musically,but he taught me that it's okay to go through low points-not only do you have great song material,but things like that change you for the better as a person.It builds character,and Johny Cash had the best character of any muscian I've ever known.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Savannah Harmon:The best musical memories I have are when I was in Syracuse Stage.All the plays I was in were all musicals,and it was the greatest thing ever being 5,6,and 7 years old,running around a theater with costumes and props and professial actors and actresses,picking my favorites ones and getting close to them on set.Trying to drive our child wranger out of her mind was also pretty fun,but that's neither here nor there.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Savannah Harmon:I wasn't influenced as much as I am now by older music.My dad has really gotten me into a lot of the older stuff lately,and we love going to our favorite book/record store together and buying old records for $2.50 a peice.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? ?

Savannah Harmon:Johnny Cash and Maren Morris are my two male and female role models in the music industry.Not only do I love them as people,but the way they pour themselevs into their music,and what they produce from that-it really does satisfy some part of me that craves good old fashioned music. It makes me feel something.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Savannah Harmon:I've been in my local Texaco Country Showdown,and I won that,which won me a spot at the NY State
finals,an opening spot for Kelly Pickler and radio time.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Savannah Harmon:I perform at local and some not so local gigs around town,and occasionally award shows or down in Nashville.I've played Watkins Glen,the Schermerhorn down in Nashville,and the Civic Center in Syracuse NY for ABC TV's Extraordinary People of the Year Event.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Savannah Harmon:I usually try to focus on the song and the music,but also stage precence,and how to entertain the crowd by using certain angles from the stage.In the rare moments when I let my mind slip,I'm usually thinking about what I'm gonna eat when I get home,cause I never eat before a show.I'm never hungry.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Savannah Harmon:I always,always laugh.I mean,I'm singing-I'm not trying to pass a roadtest or recite the Gettysburg Address.I'm having fun,and sometimes I make mistakes-the only way to handle them is to laugh at yourself.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Savannah Harmon:Never.There was a time when I was little when I'd get butterflies,but I think as soon as I realized that I'm doing what I love and that I have every right to take full control of the stage,nerves fled and haven't come back since.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Savannah Harmon:If you're ever nervous before a performance,just remember that you're doing what you love-it shouldn't be nervewracking.But if it is,just try to focus on the fact that you're up on that stage for a reason-an audience wants to be able to relax when they're watching someone perform,so even if you don't know what you're doing, just pretend that you do.Breathe,and feel the music.Be concious of what you're doing,and remind the audience of who's in charge.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions?What makes a good session?

Savannah Harmon:I've only co-written twice,and both times I was lucky enough to be in Nashville for both of them.A great session happens when you spitball ideas out there,no matter how stupid they may sound in the moment.You bounce ideas off each other and get a groove going,and pretty soon, you have a great song.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Savannah Harmon:I usually practice once a week with Sean,the lead guitarist in the band.He goes over new songs and things that we screwed up on in past shows and teaches me the correct stucture of the songs.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice -exercises,new tunes,hard tunes,?

Savannah Harmon:We practice new songs,which are usually hard ones-it's just learning new chords and the structure of the songs and the chord progressions.It's tiring,but it's worth it.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Savannah Harmon:It's tough trying to balance music with friends and family,seeing as it's a full time job in itself. I tried to work part time for as long as I could,but I actually just quit really recently-music comes first,and they knew that when they hired me.I just try to get everything done that I need to do before I make plans-weekends I'm always singing,so Sunday is usually my day off.It's just about finding balance and learning how to utilize it.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If your signed,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Savannah Harmon:For now,I'm looking to do as much as I can on my own as an indepedent artist.I like being in complete control of my music as much as I possibly can.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Savannah Harmon:The debut EP entitled Savannah Harmon is available for pre-order,if you get in contact with me directly online through my website or facebook. Savannahharmon.com
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Savannah Harmon:Right now we sell EPs after shows for $10.00,but once we have the release party on October 28th, they'll be available on iTunes and for sale everywhere.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you released any albums,cd's..if so can you tell us about them and the process you did to complete it(length of time,favorite song)

Savannah Harmon:I JUST released my first ever EP-I'm super excited about it,because it's the first thing that's just solely original music.It has five songs on it,and we had to record the whole thing in 48 hours because Trevor Silva, my producer,is from Nashville and had a super limited schedule.It was probably the most stressful week leading up to it that I've ever had in my life,but it was so worth it.The whole EP is about 50 minutes,and my favorite track is I'll Find Land.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Savannah Harmon:A full length album produced entirely in Nashville. I have to work on selling the EP first, but it's absolutely in the near future.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you and/or band have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Savannah Harmon:I can be found at the following....

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavannahHarmon/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/savannaharmon8

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GcLBx-8c9Cz3hTx88CBWA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savannaharmon/?hl=en
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Savannah Harmon:I'm doing gigs all over NY, and sometimes even out of state;I've performed on Broadway down in
Nashville a couple times,but that's only on special occasions.I usually perform around Syracuse,but we're expanding our territory to Rochester,Albany and Buffalo.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Savannah Harmon:I'm probably the proudest of I'll Find Land.It's been nominated for awards down in Nashville,and it's my favorite song.
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Savannah Harmon:I wrote this one at the top of my stairs without a guitar or a pencil and paper;I was just sitting there one day when everyone was out of the house,started singing,and wrote it.I hung onto it because I didn't have any chords or sheet music;just the lyrics and melody,and then the very first time I ever went down to Nashville,we sat at the top of a hill on somebody's farm and wrote the music for it.It's a really special song,not only because of the meaning behind it,but because of the story that followed it while writing it.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?Can you tell us the story behind the song

Savannah Harmon:I think My Wish is probably the most universal song that I have.I wrote it when I was fourteen on my bed when I was supposed to be doing school;it didn't take long,and little did I know that a tune I wrote in 15 minutes when I was 14 would become the powerful ballad that it is today.I've had countless people come up to me and tell me what that song means to them,and who they're reminded of when they hear it.I think it touches all audiences because it's a message that spreads across all age groups.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Savannah Harmon:That whatever you're feeling,someone else is feeling too.We're all human,when you get down to it.We all love and hurt and experience emotions the same as everyone else.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Savannah Harmon:0-99 years old.I want anyone to be able to relate to my music.Of course,there are songs that apply to certain age groups more than others;Trainwreck wouldn't be that relatable to a 30 year old man/woman,but songs like My Wish and On My Own are aimed towards everyone.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Savannah Harmon:I don't really know what genre to call folky modern country with a pop twist,but whatever it is,my music falls into that category.All my songs are different,and there isn't really a generic genre I could put them into;I just make music.Maren Morris is my biggest musical influence.She's sort of a rock country soul girl,and I dig it.I absolutely adore her.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Savannah Harmon:My songs are about life experiences,And whatever I'm going through at the moment.I write songs for other people, too;if someone is going through something that they tell me about,I usually wind up writing a song about it.
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Savannah Harmon:Hopefully one that just tells the truth.I want to get my stories out to other people-girls,guys, adults-I want them to hear my songs and think,"hey,I've been through that too-how did she know?"
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Savannah Harmon:I've performed at local places around town,not so local places in upstate NY such as Nashville's and in Albany;I've been at Watkins Glen,Crazy Town and Whiskey Bent Saloon down on Broadway in Nashville,and the Schermerhorn,also located in Nashville.Those are just a couple places,and there's more added to the list every day. My favorite venue by far was Watkins Glen-I got to sing on a huge stage in front of 10,000 people that were all screaming the lyrics with me at the top of my lungs.It was one big party,and I can't wait to go back.My least favorite venues are the little bars that you perform in when you're just getting your start-everyone is usually drunk and no one is listening,but just because they're not big flashy stages doesn't mean I'd trade the experice of doing that for anything.You have to remember where you came from,and nobody ever starts out at the top.Someday,with any
luck,I'll be able to go back to those bars and remember the nights when there were five people there watching me, including my mom.Always,always remember where you came from,and be grateful for the experience.
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SONGWRITING Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion:Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Savannah Harmon:I write all my songs,and I take inspiration from personal experiences,or from the experiences of other people.Main themes can vary from love,heartbreak,life lessons,moving on,a frusterating relationship,things I wish I would have said,and things that I didn't.I think as I grow older and become more seasoned in what life throws at me,I might write about more in-depth things-but I will never stop writing about experiences and things I've learned, no matter how much older or wiser I may become.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Savannah Harmon:Syracuse is generally like every other small-town city:it's not Nashville.The local bands here are local for a reason-on a scale of 1 to 10 in musical importance,Syracuse is about a 2.I get out and gig at local and non-local places,but nothing here will ever be as big as Nashville,or LA.Syracuse is not a musical city,nor will it ever be known as one.I'm happy where I'm at,because I know that it's where I need to be-but it's not where I'm headed.My city and town is critical to my songwriting because every song I've ever written has had something to do with somebody I've known or met in Syracuse.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Savannah Harmon:Pretty much whenever something happens to me, which is a lot.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Savannah Harmon:Well,all my songs are detailed-too detailed,some people would say-because I try to make a point of including little things that make it crystal clear to the person that inspired it that hey,this song was written for you.There's tons of moments in the songs where people are like,"this is definitely about _____."Like I said,I'm telling a story,and the best stories are full of those kinds of moments.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing,what are your criteria for quality?What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Savannah Harmon:A great quality song to me include killer lyrics,a unique yet easy to follow melody,and a solid storyline.If a song makes me think about a certain person throughout it,I think the artist is doing something right. My main challenge as a writer is to put myself in a situation that I've never been in before and be able to write an incredible song about it,because as one person,you're only going to go through so much.I remember watching Adele's music video for Hello when I was sitting in the gym parking lot waiting for my dad.I started crying,even though I
hadn't been in love a day in my life and couldn't relate to the situation at all,and that's when I decided that my ambition as a writer was to create a song with such emotion that it could make somebody else break down and cry,even if they couldn't relate to it at all.That's pure songwriting.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Savannah Harmon:When I'm writing,it's all extremely unplanned-I never,ever have a date set where I'm like,"okay, today I'll start writing new music."I've learned that when you try to force music,it always ends up sounding like someone else's melody with different lyrics.I always get inspiration from life experiences,and that's my main well of inspiration that I draw from.It just comes when it comes.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about,please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Savannah Harmon:Honestly,I never decide to write about anything-my writing process is so unprofessional and not at all planned or organized.I'll be at work answering phones at the pizza place when a melody and lyrics will pop into my head,and I'll grab kitchen check and scribble down my ideas and come back to it later.I write about whatever I'm going through,or whatever somebody else is going through-I never like,go to the library and research song ideas or fact check information.I'm usually just sitting on my bedroom floor thinking about how much I liked or didn't like that guy,or what it must feel like to fall out of love.It comes naturally,and I think that's why I love it so much. If it ever felt like I was in school,I'd probably hate it.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process?Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad,inform, promote artists,or,“illuminate,Educate and Entertain”fans?Do you feel that,as part of your work,Music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Savannah Harmon:The only role of a songwriter should be the storyteller.If you're a writer and you're sitting down writing a song,it shouldn't be to entertain fans or to haul in money-it should be to tell a story your way,with all the juicy details and little hints and truths involved.If you have a good story,you have a good song,and good stories entertain audiences on their own.I don't think you should have to explain music.Those who understand,understand.Those who don't get it won't-but you can't explain something to someone if they can't hear it.Music speaks to those who listen.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Savannah Harmon:I think if people were to read into musical history and the great songwriters of our time,they might have a greater respect for and maybe even a deeper need to discover real music,not just the poppy club songs that are played on the radio today.Not that there's anything wrong with those-I hardcore jam out to the Chainsmokers-but the origin of music and the truth behind it has somewhat been lost in today's hooks.I think if people went back to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra,their musical soul would be fed more, and they'd crave less.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to..other artists or the fans,and how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Savannah Harmon:My obligation to create music is only entirely to myself.That might sound self-centered,but I will never write a song because I feel like I have to-once you start doing something solely to make other people happy, that's a sign that you need to step back and reevaluate the situation, and yourself.Songwriting is a tough business, especially if you're in a big city like Nashville or LA,because everybody's trying to do the same thing-but there is always a revenue for music,because people will never,ever get tired of hearing the truth.Anything that makes someone feel something deep inside themselves that they might not even have known was there will always survive and keep on surviving,no matter the competition or the economical situation.Music is that kind of magic that will live on forever.
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Country Music Explosion:Song writing has changed considerably over the past century.What,do you feel,could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Savannah Harmon:I'm not going to tell anyone how to write a song-my songwriting process and style are very far from the norm,but I can tell you this:If you're writing a song with everybody in mind,no one will relate to it.If you're writing for just one person,everybody will.I think as long as you tell the truth,you don't need a format.Songs today have just become clever tunes to play on the radio to sing along to,and that's fine-but if you want to create real music,you should tell your story,and tell it with pride and detail.People latch onto relatable things,but especially music. It reminds them that we're all human.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Savannah Harmon:I wrote my first real song when I was 11 years old.It was for my best friend's cousin,Payton,who passed away from an autoimmune disease when she was 5.I had never met Payton or her family before I wrote the song, but we quickly met each other and became extremely close,and remain good friends to this day.I love that family.
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BAND Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo?

Savannah Harmon:A Band
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Country Music Explosion:What is the name of your band?

Savannah Harmon:It's just Savannah Harmon, which is my full name.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your rehearsals generally like?

Savannah Harmon:Full band rehearsals are usually at Dom's house(so he doesn't have to pack up his drum kit every time)and they actually go really smoothly for the limited time we all have.They generally last about 5 hours,and since they're all pros,we only have to run through songs about once or twice.It also involes lots of bathroom breaks, but that's pretty much just on my end.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Savannah Harmon:Right now since we're so new,things are a bit spontaneous,but eventually(sooner rather than later) we'll have a set time each week to learn new songs.Rehearsal time is critical,because all the revenue and sales come from the Live Show,and it's always important that the venue owners want you back.
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Country Music Explosion:What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Savannah Harmon:Our biggest challenge as a band was being together for two days and having a big show after only one rehersal together.It was scary,I won't lie-we didn't know half of the songs were playing,because we didn't have the time to rehearse them.To make matters worse,Dom was on a full drum kit-meaning that if he screwed up,you could tell. But we pulled ourselves together,came up with a solid set list,communicated with each other the entire time and pulled off a 4 hour set with just one practice.That's when I knew they were keepers!
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Country Music Explosion:What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Savannah Harmon:You have to have the right vibe.If you don't click with the people you're playing with,or you're not on the same page,life will become very difficult for you and it will make performing together misreable.Find people who share your vision and who are just as passionate as you are about making it happen-if you find people who are just as dedicated as you that you click with,you're on the right path.
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Country Music Explosion:How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

Savannah Harmon:Believe it or not,at one point in time we all played together in someone else's band-his name was JD Rollinsouth,and when he moved to Florida the band split,and ever since we've all been playing in seperate groups until we met each other.I met Dom and Sean at a gig where I was playing with JD,and George I met through my booking agent who recommended him.
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Country Music Explosion:When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

Savannah Harmon:We actually have been been a band for less than a week.We were kind of thrown together extremely quickly because of big gig opportunities we had,but we all click really well-they're all incredible and extremely professional,and they're amazing at what they do.I think our mutual love of music and the realization that we all work really well together inspires us to keep working and making music. Like I said, they're incredible.
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