Can you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Caroline Kingsbury. I’m 19 years old and I currently live in the beautiful city of Nashville, TN, but grew up in a beach town in South Florida. My interests include Tom Hanks, food, people, and soulfulness. And, yes, I do in fact have red hair.
How did you come to be called, The Red Headed Indian? What inspired the name?
When I was 16, I realized that I didn’t have a direction or a vision with my songs. I had been playing for a few years before that, but was writing songs I never was happy with. So, I decided to change that. I decided I would create a project that could be the framework and catalyst for a type of creativity I had only seen in the artists I so admired. I wish I had an elaborate story or explanation for why I’m called The Red Headed Indian but really the name just came to me. As soon as I said it out loud, I knew that I wanted it to represent me for this project.
How did you get your start in music?
I started singing a little bit in Middle School and took some voice lessons. I became comfortable as a singer, and decided I wanted to start learning the piano. My Dad bought me an old Yamaha keyboard and the day he brought it home I wrote my first song on a sticky note. After that first song, I never stopped. Freshman year of High School I learned the guitar and began performing a little around my hometown in Florida. That was the beginning of my realization that my passion is for writing and performing.
Who influences you musically and how can that play a part in the songs you create?
The Civil Wars, The Head and The Heart, Ray LaMontagne and so many others. The honesty they bring to their songs, vocally and lyrically, inspire me to be the most honest I can be. My writing varies a lot on the artists I’m listening to at the time. I would say the main influences I have are my friends in Nashville. They are the most talented and inspired people I’ve ever met. One of my best friends, Julianna Zachariou, is a Jazz/Folk artist. Interacting with her style and ideas helps me to form my stylistic vision for a song better.
What experiences inspired the tracks on your latest release, Honey?
After listening to Honey as full and finished project, I realized that there are three main themes: home, heartbreak, and hope. Not to sound cheesy with the alliteration, but really I’ve experienced all of these things very intensely in the past few years. I feel things very deeply anyway, but especially when it comes to relationships, whether they are romantic or platonic.
What does this new album symbolize for you?
Honey is symbol of arrival for me. I feel like the last 7 years I’ve been on a plane, desperately waiting to get off and run after my passion. Now, I’m here. I’m beginning to have the means to do that. It’s terrifying, but exciting.
Are there plans to play gigs outside of Nashville in the near future?
One of my biggest dreams is tour. I desire to tour anywhere and everywhere I can. As of right now, I’m planning to go for three days with some friends already on tour to Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville. After that, I’m hoping for an opportunity to come my way to go on a full-length tour.
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Interview conducted by Alexis Solomon