Welcome to Questions To Inspire, where we interview people to find out what has inspired them in their careers and lives. Today, I am really excited to speak with a friend of mine Robynn Shayne. Robynn is a country music singer and has been making quite a name for herself with her music.
Robynn, thank you so much for talking with us today. Can you please start out telling us a little bit about yourself?
Good morning! I am a flight attendant for a major airline and also a singer / songwriter. I am based out of Austin, TX. Later this summer I will be going to Nashville to start a new record, probably July/August.
Let’s talk about what drew you into a music career, I mean other than having a singing voice?
We didn’t have a lot of money, but my parents had saved and saved to take us to Six Flags over Texas, and be able to splurge and let my brother and I do all we could that day at the theme park. I always thought I could sing, but never told anyone. That day, I begged my parents to let me sing at the karaoke recording studio. That was the first time they had ever heard me sing and were quite pleasantly surprised. I felt like a superstar that day! Ha! My senior year in high school I decided to sing at a talent show. In a nutshell, I had never performed in public before and my nerves got the best of me. It sort of scarred me and kept me from pursuing music at that time. A few years later, my brother passed away. I inherited his guitar and as a challenge to myself and a tribute to him, I decided to learn how to play. Once I could play a few songs, I started going to open mic nights. With my mom’s help and encouragement, I started writing songs. I was hooked. I realized music could touch people…maybe even heal them somehow. Maybe one of my light-hearted songs cheered them up on a day they were feeling down? Maybe one of my sad songs let them know they weren’t the only ones going though hard times? Music has a way of doing that.
So people might not know, but you had a video on YouTube that went viral. It was you singing the song Royals by Lorde while you were on a flight. I remember the day that the video took off. I was in a meeting at my job and people were playing your video of the singing flight attendant. When they finally showed it up on the conference room screen, I was floored. I had to pull up a picture of us hanging out before anyone would believe that I knew you. So tell us what happened and how did it feel when the video went all over the world.
That video going viral was so crazy and exciting! Ha! A co-worker posted that video clip and a couple of days later I woke up to a text message from a friend saying he just saw me on the Today Show! I had no idea what he was talking about! Sure enough I turned on the TV and there I was. Lorde had shared the video saying “Robynn, I love you!” That’s how it got around so fast! I was beside myself. It brought some cool opportunities. For instance, American Airlines asked me to be a part of “Salute to the Troops”, a trip where they take wounded soldiers and their spouse on a trip as a thank you for their service and sacrifice. It was a very humbling experience. That year it was in Las Vegas. I got to open the show for Gary Senise and The Lieutenant Dan Band on Freemont Street in front of thousands of people! To say I’m thankful for that video and the opportunities it brought my way is an understatement!
That is amazing. I just checked the YouTube and the video has over 1 million views!!! What advice would you give someone who wants a career in the music industry?
Nothing is handed to you in the music business. (or any business!!!) If you want success, you have to work for it…and know your worth!!! Thick skin is a must have! Not everyone will like your music, but don’t let that keep you down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s ok.
Very good advice! What inspiration did you have growing up that has really motivated you through your life and career?
My parents always taught me that if you want something, you work for it! Nothing comes for free! People always tell me how lucky I am, but the truth is, I don’t really believe in luck…I believe in hard work! Sure, you can be in the right place at the right time, but if you aren’t prepared for it, nothing will come of it in the end.
What upcoming shows do you have coming up?
The best place to get the most up today shows are on my website, www.RobynnShayne.com.
And isn’t one of your shows in Ireland later this year?
I am playing the Texas Red Dirt Pub Crawl In Ireland in November and I’m super excited about that one! Ireland is just an absolute dream land! I went there on vacation last year and can’t wait to go back. To be going with lots of my musician friends will make it even that much more fun!
Out of all of the shows and events that you have done, what sticks out as the most amazing?
A few of years back, my husband bought us tickets to see Kacey Musgraves at ACL Moody Theater in Austin, TX. During the show, I told my husband “one day I’m gonna play that stage.” 2 years later, I won an IHeart Radio contest and got to do just that! I got to open for Easton Corbin, Jarrod Neiman, and Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots. It was such a huge milestone and a magical night! I have also had the opportunity of playing the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville!
Finally, we have our last silly question. We always ask our guest one random question. So here is yours: You have to switch places with another singer in an established band, but not country music. What band are you now the lead singer in?
Hands down, it would be Guns N Roses! I’d make a killer Axl Rose! Haha!
I would buy that album! Robynn thank you again for taking the time to talk to us about your inspiration. If you haven’t please go check out Robynn Shayne’s music I have one of her album in my phone right now (I love her album Rebel Child)!
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