Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon, US.
Why is she featured here? Outen is a YouTube sensation
When and why did you start performing?
I've been singing ever since I could talk. It was just something I always did. I grew up loving music and always wanting to perform for people. I started playing the guitar when I was 13.
My mom used to play violin, but other than that my family is not musical. My dad always jokes around that I got my singing from him, but I can assure you I didn't [laughing].
How does it feel to know that millions of people have watched you sing on YouTube?
It's a crazy feeling. I can't imagine that millions of people have watched my videos. It's pretty surreal!
Ever had any embarrassing moments when performing in public?
Yes many! It's not that hard for me to have an embarrassing moment, but one time I was singing and I hit the microphone really hard on my lip and it started bleeding. The audience was looking at me like, "Hmmm are you going to keep singing?" It was pretty funny.
What do you think sets you apart from other YouTube musicians?
That's a good question. I was one of the first to start on YouTube so I've seen a ton of different musicians start out. I think everyone on YouTube has something different about themselves that stands out. For me, I think I've always kept a really close connection with my fans. I respond to every single YouTube message and I don't think there are a lot of people that do that. Also, I've tried my hardest to create other music opportunities outside of YouTube like playing different gigs, having my music played on Radio Disney, performing on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, filming an indie movie last year, etc. I think that's important.
What's the hardest aspect of being a musician?
This industry is such a roller coaster and can be really discouraging at times. But I think the hardest aspect of being a musician is the persistency. It's hard to keep going when you've been turned down so many times, or have gone through a bad management situation, or been promised so many things that never end up happening. That's the hardest part. But in the end, it makes you stronger and I'm the strongest I've ever been.
Are we going to see a debut album from you soon?
You will see a debut album from me in the future! Absolutely. That's my biggest dream. I want to make timeless music.
Describe your music career in one word.
Everything. It's everything I've always dreamed of and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.