Young singer finds a spot in Billboard charts and popularity still growing.
Performs at Ft. Lauderdale’s Culture Room.
We know spoken word and literature inspired your career. What books or authors would you encourage your fans to pick up and read?
You know who is really, really good, Joe Hill, who we just discovered is Stephen King’s son. I was reading stuff by him. He is kind of a similar author, where he writes the thriller and horror style. I was reading a couple of things by him, one being Horns, which they turned into a movie with Daniel Radcliff; and Heart Shaped Box, and a couple amazing, amazing pieces. Then it came out that he was actually Stephen King’s son. He didn’t want anyone to know that because he didn’t want his fame to be based off of his Dad, or have to be compared to him. So I don’t know how exactly it came to light, but I would say go check him out for sure.
You have collaborated on some socially positive projects. What is the most personal and important message you have put out there?
Well, I have done things for diabetes, fundraisers and research. My Mom has diabetes, so that actually to me is the most personal one I would say. A lot of people aren’t aware that diabetes isn’t just caused from being obese, or overweight, or taking in sugar. She actually got it when she was pregnant with me, she got diabetes, gestational diabetes, and then it just didn’t go away. So it is possible that any kind of trauma that you endure can give you diabetes. So it is just not just what people think, a diet thing. So it can be any kind of trauma.
Starting from the bottom to showing up strong on the Billboard Charts, what do you believe sets you apart from the rest?
Man, that’s a good question because – I don’t know – I think I really just did a lot of things my way, and it’s been slower because of the fact that I didn’t give in to fact what anyone else wanted me to be. I was offered different label deals. I was offered different things. So I could have fast tracked my career. And who knows, maybe that wouldn’t have worked. So who knows, because you don’t have a crystal ball and you can’t tell. But there are a lot of options that I turned down that would have been more of a 15 minute fame kind of thing. Like, my climb upward has been a slower one, but I have always done it how I have wanted to do it. So, at least I think I have that going for me with Billboard. It’s the same thing, because with my other albums I’ve sold enough of my other albums for them to have charted. But nothing was being counted through any system because I was literally doing it so underground that I had it available on like my website, and stuff like that. But I was just so independent that nothing was being sent into like SoundScan, nothing was being sent into – you know the people who count these things for the charts. So, that’s kind of like, I’ve always been super homegrown. I know there are a lot of other artists who are starting to do it more like that as well. But I think, yeah, that’s one of the things that has kind of set me apart. I like to interact a lot with the fans too. Like, I am always responding to them. So, I think that’s a thing too, like I’ve kind of built inward. Everybody tries to build outward. I have kind of started inward, built on the fans I have had, and kept in contact with them to build up.
I read that about you, how you’re holding out to do it, exactly how you want it. I really admire that.
Thank you. It might work, it might not, but at least it won’t be like, oh, I really regret this. Because I don’t want to be some big artist that is just so depressed. Because you see it a lot. Like, I meet tons of artists, who are bigger than myself, that you would think, oh, this person like has it on. They’re just like really lonely and it’s so sad. And you’re like, oh, my God, yeah, I don’t want that. Just don’t things that they don’t have control.
Who would be the artist, living or passed on, that would fulfill your collaboration dreams?
Man, I am sure a lot of people will tell you Michael Jackson. So, Michael Jackson would definitely be a big one. I was – my Mom named me after Whitney Houston. So, Whitney Houston would be big one. The Whitney’s on a track. I don’t know if she has collaborated with many rappers. That would be cool too. About living, I would say Adele, because I don’t think Adele has collaborated with any rappers that I’ve seen. So, that would be a really cool collaboration. But, she’s still alive, so there’s a chance maybe because she is still alive.
Apart from rap and rock, are there any other genres you are interested in experimenting with?
I would say a lot of my new music is going more in the Pop realm. But I’d even collaborate with like a Country artist because that would be cool. I mean, I just like doing all sorts of genres. Because even if I did get popular with one sound no one would ever be able to tell me that I sold out, because it’s like she’s always done everything. You can’t ever tell her, you know, she sold out. But, I don’t know, is Taylor Swift still Country? She’s kind of Pop. I was going to say, maybe I can do something with Taylor Swift, like a Country artist. But, maybe Dolly Parton, maybe she’s way more Country. She’s like the queen.
Do you come from a musical family? What tunes were played in your house growing up?
My family, themselves, are not musical. They don’t play any instruments or anything like that. But they always listen to like the Beatles and the Beach Boys. So, I even like – I like the Beach Boys. I prefer them over the Beatles. So everyone is always talking about the Beatles, and I’m like always playing the Beach Boys because I just think their harmony is – and everything like that. And growing up in Philly really close to Ocean City, New Jersey, like I was always going to the beach, and I have like this little like – I have a hoop-dee car that was like falling apart, but it was a convertible – that was the coolest part of it. So, I had this convertible and I would play the Beach Boys and stuff. And my friends were like, what is this, like, old people music. It’s awesome.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about being a musical artist?
My favorite probably is being able to travel as much as we do, because – I mean, last year I did like 280 shows. So that’s – I mean, it’s insane because I was probably at my apartment like two weeks of the whole year. So it’s like a glorified storage unit at this point. So, I mean, that’s really cool, you get to travel. But the down side of that is we don’t always get to explore all like the monuments and the landmarks. It’s just kind of like sometimes we just see venues and hotels and stuff. So it’s kind of like the pro and con, like traveling but not seeing things. And then also, you – another pro and con is like you get to meet a lot of people, which is awesome, and then the con is like you don’t always know who to trust. So, it’s like – because in entertainment it does – I can see how people feel lonely, like surrounded by people, because it’s just like you don’t know – everyone’s kind of – like has, you know, an agenda, or everyone – like it’s cool, because you relate to them in a lot of ways with what you do, but then, yeah, everyone has kind of got something there that they’re trying to do. So, it’s tough. It is a game. It’s like you almost have to play the game, and it’s really – it’s crazy. So there’s pros and cons. There are genuine people you meet, for sure.
To piggyback on your last answer, what is it like being the only female on the tour?
Well, right now, on this tour, one of the drummers, drummer from another group is a girl. So, that’s good. But I am not traveling necessarily with her, they’re in their own bus. But being the girl, yeah, definitely it’s harder in the sense where they don’t understand like, guys, I need to, you know, like shower, dry my hair, and do my makeup. And they’re like, “Uh, what?” You know, like we’ve got to get to the venue early because I to be able to put on my makeup or blah, blah, blah. And they just don’t like understand that part. My hair’s going to get greasy if I don’t wash it in like three days. Guys can just roll out of bed and they can be rock stars. And guys, it’s not fair, because guys in the industry can look greasy and girls think it looks like that rock star look. But if girls just look like that, it’s just like not cute. It’s totally a double standard. We can’t look like we just rolled out of the tour bus, it’s just not a good look. That’s the hardest part. But the good part is, usually we have a lot of our own bathrooms, because when we go into places and there’s the women’s room, like then we have our bathroom. But that’s the pros, having the girls’ bathroom.
Whitney Peyton’s energy is as electric as her pink hair, on stage and off. The experience of interviewing and informally chatting with the talented artist was warm and effortless. When conversing with Whitney it was immediately clear that she is an intelligent and ambitious woman. Her recent Billboard showing is definitely a prelude of her career to come.