'HOME SWET HOME' WITH AVERY ROBERSON
North Carolina native, Avery Roberson, realized his love of music and acquired his talent for entertainment from his father and grandfather. Music was all around Avery growing up, and Dad, Tony, played in a country music band called the Hutchins Brothers. They had a Top 100 hit in the late 80s. As a result, Avery picked up the guitar and started singing at an early age. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with Country Music.
Avery got his break when NBC's The Voice cast him in their 20th Season. He finished in the top 28, and the experience solidified his thirst for the stage. Since then, Avery has been writing, spending time in the studio, and playing at live events such as the Carolina Country Music Festival. He released his first single, "Ringtone." which debuted on iTunes Top 100 Country Chart, followed by a second release, "Lord Have Mercy." The song "Alive" is his most famous song yet, with over 1.5 million streams.
When he’s not writing new songs or in the studio recording, Avery enjoys fishing, hanging out at bonfires, playing cornhole, and taking in a few rounds of golf now and again.
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Thank you for taking this interview with YBLN!
Thank you. I appreciate your interest and for taking the time to interview me.
While your fans and new fans stream your music and read this interview, tell us the first thing that comes to mind that you're grateful for about your music career!
I'm so grateful that I can follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and father in carrying on the musical tradition in my family.
What kind of inspiration influences your music that fans would be surprised by?
People would probably be surprised to know that I started listening to old R&B and Pop when I was younger. When I was in band class in middle school, I watched a movie about The Temptations. I immediately went home to do research on them. I was mesmerized by them and it sparked me. That's when I fell in love with and wanted to mimic older R&B artists. Otis Redding is another R&B artist that inspired me, as well. It’s easy to transfer R&B style over to older country songs like that of Garth Brooks. Currently, I really look up to Chris Young. I love his style of singing and look to him to find my own voice. I can’t forget Eric Church and Morgan Wallen, too. I know everyone says that about them, but there’s a reason.
Who has influenced you in your career?
My dad got me into music, showing me tapes of him playing. He was about my age in those videos. He showed me a few chords on the guitar, but I taught myself to play the guitar through Youtube–looking up lessons on how to play chords and listening to different types of music that I could replicate.
Who is your biggest cheerleader in the industry? Why?
My biggest cheerleader is my mom. She comments on EVERYTHING that she reads about me on social media. My mom is consistently by my side to support me. What’s funny is that when my mom puts my name in the Google search, I immediately pop up. She thinks it’s because I’m famous, but I tell her it’s because the search remembers what she is looking for.
Who gives you the most critique? Why?
When you want an honest opinion, my buddy, Brock, will l give it to you. He is blunt and will tell me straight up what he’s thinking. Even though he’s not musically inclined, Brock gives an honest opinion and will tell you the truth, no matter what.
Do you often follow your heart or your brain when you have to make decisions in your career?
I have a tendency to overthink things, but at the end of the day I go along with what my heart says.
Making decisions on how to go about your next project, what do those conversations sound like?
I start by going over all of the song ideas that I have or I’ll revisit songs that I’ve already written. From there, I choose which ones relate to me the best and what I think would be well received at the time.
Give us a fun fact about your latest music!
One day as I sat in my room looking for inspiration, a pillow that my grandmother had made for me caught my eye as it had never done before. The words ``Home Sweet Home” were hand stitched on the front. Those three words gave me the inspiration and reason to share something personal about my life, so I wrote the song “Home Sweet Home.”
Best advice you've received on making new music?
I've gotten a lot of advice, but the best advice is from my dad telling me always to be true to myself when making music. He would say, “Do it for yourself, not to be famous. If it’s relatable, other people will also enjoy it.”
Give us some advice when it comes to pushing forward in your career?
Be patient, keep your head up and be consistent with what you’re doing. Keep working hard and don’t be discouraged if things don’t go as you expected. If you stay the course something good will happen.
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