Our exclusive chat with Haven
Haven has been a country music sweetheart touring with Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith and Hunter Hayes. Now the 20-year-old is branching out into pop music and we got the chance to speak with her on it all.
You’ve toured with some of country music’s biggest stars! What has that taught you?
I am so thankful to have had those experiences. I learned a lot about performing and I got to meet so many new people. Doing those shows was a dream come true and looking back I realize how lucky and blessed I was for the opportunities.
Do you have a venue or city you are dying to play?
My dream venue is Madison Square Garden. I’ve never played in New York City so gotta shoot high!
How did you make the transition from country to pop?
Growing up in Moville, Iowa the majority of the music I listened to was country music. I wasn’t exposed to pop until I moved to Nashville actually. Once I started listening to more pop it opened up a whole new world of music and melodies for me. Over time I started writing more pop sounding songs. I knew I wanted to do pop but everyone around me was in the country music business so I felt kind of lost. Last April my publishing company sent me on a writing trip to LA and I did a week full of pop sessions. The pop melodies flowed out of me naturally and I knew that’s the music I was supposed to be making, but I was kind of in a weird in-between sonically. My publisher introduced me to my now manager Brian Teefey on that LA trip. Long story short, he started helping me make the pop transition and developing me as an artist. So now about a year and a half later we’re getting ready to finally release the music and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m so thankful for the team I have around me.
How are each music styles different for you?
I really try not to think about “genres” when I make music. I just want to make music I love and am excited about, wherever that lands is what it is. I love all types of music styles. Good music is good music no matter what genre.
What is your song “Swimming In Your Feelings” about?
I’m so excited for “Swimming In Your Feelings” to be out November 1st! I’ve been writing for this project almost every day for the past year and a half so to get to finally start sharing all of my work is incredibly exciting for me. I wrote “Swimming In Your Feelings” about a year ago, when I first started making trips to LA. Long story short… I dated an LA boy, we broke up, and I wrote a song about it. I feel like most of us have felt like we’re swimming in somebody’s feelings at some point. Even though it’s technically a breakup song, I wanted it to still feel like a jam and not just another sad song. So I hope y’all turn it up & enjoy it!
Can we expect more pop singles or an EP on the horizon?
Yes!! Lots of music on the way! We’ll be releasing a new single every 6 weeks starting in 2020 so I’m super excited!!
Who are some dream pop artists you’d like to tour with?
My dream pop artists I’d love to tour with are Julia Michaels, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Camilla Cabello, Bazzi so many haha.
Why is childhood cancer research so important to you?
I started becoming involved with The Rally Foundation for kids with cancer in Nashville. When I was singing at events to help raise money, I learned that only 4% of federal government cancer research is going to studying pediatric cancer which I believe is unacceptable. It’s something I didn’t realize until I became involved with Rally. I’ve met so many incredible, smart, beautiful kids and it breaks my heart to see a child going through any type of illness. Kids should be outside playing with their friends, not stuck in a hospital bed. I was hospitalized a lot when I was younger so my heart truly goes out to any child and their families that have to go through that.