HF® Exclusive Interview, Melanie Amaro Talks Music, Interests & Motivation

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X Factor winner and recording artist extraordinaireMelanie Amaro checked in with HF® for an exclusive interview! The conversation brushed over several cool topics that you won’t want to miss! Check it out below!

Hey Melanie, It’s a pleasure sitting down and speaking with you! First and foremost, how are you today?

Oh wow, thank you! I’m feeling great today. (Smiling)

To start off, I just gotta say.. You're talent is amazing.. I took some time out to check out some of your songs.. They are awesome! Even watched some of your video clips on X Factor… You killing em’ girl!

Thank you! Thank you! (Smiling)

 Melanie Ann Amaro is an American raised in British Virgin Islands recording artist who won the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011, securing a $5 million recording contract with Syco Music and Epic Records.

Melanie Ann Amaro is an American raised in British Virgin Islands recording artist who won the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011, securing a $5 million recording contract with Syco Music and Epic Records.

It must be nerve-racking doing what you do.. You've performed for some of the biggest names in the music industry & larger- than- life crowds at shows… Did that ever make you nervous before it’s go time? Or do you tough it out, because work has to be done?

Of course! Me, Being nervous is just a part of the artist that I am.. They always say, as an artist, if you're not? That’s a problem! (Chuckles) And I agree! If you lose that, you lose your humbleness and that feeling inside that pushes you to give the “people all you got”. So yeah, I still get a little shook up.. However, I just do my best to get over that shakiness before I get on stage.

That’s really good to know. Some people have that ego that makes them say, “Me? Im never nervous, ever! ”(lol) But we all know as human beings, these feeling do surface for them as well.

Oh yeah, for sure.

We know that you probably spend countless hours in the studio, working on new songs. Writing new material & practicing... Tell us a little bit about what inspires you daily?

Honestly, I draw my inspiration from real life experiences. Like, whether it’s a heart break, or when your having a great time and enjoying life…Or using certain wisdom when growing up… I pull a lot of that inspiration from wherever I am at the moment; to the people I meet in life. All this truly helps me.

 Melanie realized she fell in love with singing and acting at around age eleven, and credits her mother for pushing her to follow her singing dreams.

Melanie realized she fell in love with singing and acting at around age eleven, and credits her mother for pushing her to follow her singing dreams.

Now with that being said, I want to know your daily motto? Is there a quote that you live by throughout life?

Oh gosh. Wow, that’s a hard one. Mainly because I have so many mottos and principles that I live by daily… But if I had to narrow it down, it would be to “not to live life in regret. Don’t commit or do something that later down the line in life, would be considered a “what if” moment. Whatever it is that you want to do, I say go for it. Because you don’t want to look back later down the road and say, “what woulda happened if I had done this?” I would have to say this is the main one for me.

Wow, now that’s very interesting.

Yeah. (Smiling)

I have to ask, If you could pick any artist/band to open up for, right now – your choice… Who would you pick and why?

It would definitely be between two people, either Mariah Carey or Beyonce.

Mmmm… wow. But if it was a coin flip -- where you had to pick only ONE between these two greats, would your choice be then?

Ummmmmm…. Man, that’s hard one too! (Thinking intently)… Would definitely have to say Mariah. I LOVE Mariah! (Chuckling)

Whaaa? Nice choice… Mariah? Most people today woulda picked B.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Beyonce too, -- trust me, I do. However, Mariah is what I grew up listening to.

Now, outside of the music, you have your own life when you’re not in the studio working and sharpening your craft… What are some of your hobbies? What are some of the things do you like to on your free time?

I like to do hair, do nails & toes.. I like to hang with my family, (cousins especially).. I like to swim on my free time…I just like to be around good people.. Those are just some of the many. And I know you say, “when I’m not in the studio…” However -- my life IS MUSIC. So when I’m not in the studio, my headphones are always in my ears. I’m constantly looking for inspiration to do something great.

Oh, cool. I forgot that you’re living life THROUGH music by default (lol)… How could I forget? That’s a constant in the life of Melanie Amaro!

Oh yes, most definitely! (Chuckling)

 Amaro was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and raised on Tortola, British Virgin Islands since age three.

Amaro was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and raised on Tortola, British Virgin Islands since age three.

My last question… What can’t you leave your house without daily?

It’s sad to say but… I would have to say, my phone and my headphones! (lol) I Just CAN’T leave the house without them, you know? If I look into my purse right now, these things have to be there! Otherwise, I would feel totally incomplete for the day. (chuckling)

Agreed! If you leave out the house with your phone… but no HEADPHONES? (joking) It’s like, I’m going back home to get them! Headphones and phones – perfect combination!

Riiiiiiight! (laughing)

It was such a pleasure chatting with you today! We truly appreciate your time, sincerely.

Yes, likewise! It was definitely a pleasure speaking with you too! I really appreciate you guys!