Isabelle may not have made it on "American Idol" but she's not going to let that stop her from making it in the music business. Four years after she appeared on "Idol" season 13 and was eliminated in the Vegas semifinal rounds, the New York-born and Atlanta-raised singer just dropped her new single "Jealous" earlier this month. AXS conducted an email interview to learn more about her future plans, while you can watch the music video for "Jealous" by using the media player included with this article and download the single on iTunes.
AXS: What motivated you to continue pursuing music as a career?
Isabelle: Music was always the only path, there was nothing else, ever - which can be frustrating at times when you feel like the career path that has chosen you might not be the easiest one on the list. Regardless, I wouldn't have it any other way. Music has always been the driving force in my life, and the utmost fufillment.
AXS: You released "Jealous," a cover of the Labrinth song, earlier this month but you also have another single coming up entitled "Unlabeled." What can you tell us about that song?
Isabelle: "Unlabeled" is my anthem to everyone to remember to love themselves, above all the everyday noise. I have never been more ready to blast myself out into the music world. I am proud to be taking a stand for something that matters. I hope people want to blast this song and sing it at the top of their lungs because it makes them feel like the most beautiful person or a rockstar. Or maybe they will sob through it the first time they hear it because they realize they let others bring them down and are too hard on themselves. All I really want from this single is for people to think before they judge themselves or others.
AXS: Will we see an EP, album or tour plans after these single releases?
Isabelle: There is a bunch of music on its way! I'm really excited about "Unlabeled" but I hope everyone knows there is way more to come. Live performing is my favorite part of being an artist so there are so many venues I want to play! I was just saying last week that playing the Hollywood Bowl is something for the bucket list for sure. Along with many others, but that's a big one for me!
AXS: How would you describe yourself as an artist? Is there a certain way you make music?
Isabelle: The creative process for me, especially in co-writes, always starts with a therapy session of sorts. Telling a story about something that happened or something that I need to get off my chest. From there we come up with a melody, a chord progression or maybe even just a word that sums up what I need to get out (how unlabeled came out). Songwriting is so draining yet fulfilling.
AXS: Who are your influences? What other artists would you say have shaped your sound?
Isabelle: I'm sure if you listen to my voice you can hear that I have been affected by all the great divas from back in the day - Celine [Dion], Mariah [Carey], Aretha [Franklin], Shania [Twain]. However, lately I am really loving Emeli Sande and Labrinth. Their music cuts so deep. You can feel every lyric and melody. Not to mention, their voices have this raw quality that gets me every time. If I want to have some fun and listen to something less serious I love Maren Morris and Ed Sheeran.
For more on Isabelle, visit her official website.