It is my pleasure to share with you an interview I did with a former student of mine. Sophia Treadway just released a new song and accompanying music video: “Can’t Stop Thinking About You.” Currently Sophia is hoping Disney will consider airing her song, but she first needs to reach 1 million views on YouTube. Would you give it a watch and share so we can celebrate her?

You can view her music video here.

Or here:

Here’s the conversation we had after she shared the song and music video with me:

Interviewer:

Sophia, congratulations on your new hit song, Can’t Stop Thinking About You!

Sophia:

Thank you very much. I am very excited about it!

Interviewer:

You dropped it on YouTube a couple of days ago, and this morning, 6/7/18 at 6:00 a.m., it had 2000 hits! How does that make you feel?

Sophia:

When the video hit 2000 views, I was thrilled, and on my Instagram, I hit 8.5 thousand views, and was even happier because it had only been two days.

Interviewer:

YOUR VOICE IS AWESOME, and I enjoyed the story arc, characters, and setting. Where did you film the video?

Sophia:

I filmed the video in Los Angeles on an Escape Room set.

Interviewer:

Who were the other actors and how did you meet?

Sophia:

The other actors were Matt McKinley, Sarah Silva, and Layla Magee. I met Matt through a casting agency. Sarah and I had the same manager. Layla is my best friend, so I invited her.

Interviewer:

Did you write the song?

Sophia:

Yes, I came up with the chorus, then, co-wrote the rest with an Autumn Rowe writer and singing coach from America’s Got Talent.

Interviewer:

I think you were a Fusion student when you wrote it. Was it hard to find time for songwriting while attending classes?

Sophia:

I had written the song before I came to Fusion, but it was a long process to get the song to the final version that you hear now. I did shoot the music video while enrolled at Fusion.

Interviewer:

Please tell us how you approach songwriting?

Sophia:

I listen to a track my producers send me, then usually, something pops up in my head, and the song just flows through me.

Interviewer:

Sophia, Fusion staff and students are so proud of you!

Sophia:

Thank you! I love Fusion and everything all of you have done for me!

Interviewer:

So, where do you go from here? What do you want to see happen with Can’t Stop Thinking About You?

Sophia:

I will always enjoy music. I will continue writing, acting, singing, and keep on working hard to make my dreams come true. I want to see plenty more views of my new song, and a ton of new followers as my fan base.

Interviewer:

I hope you achieve all your dreams. Congratulations, again, Sophia!

Sophia:

Thank you very much! I hope I achieve them as well, and thank you again for the interview!

 

To hear more of Sophias work, or follow along on her journey, visit any of her social media links below;

Visit her website; Here

Visit her Twitter; Here

Visit her Instagram; Here

Debra is the English Language Arts Department Head at Fusion Academy Dallas.

At the University of Tulsa, Debra Porter starred as Dido in the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell while earning her Bachelor of Music degree. At the University of Oklahoma in Norman, she earned a Master of Education degree.

As an educator, Debra led primary grade students to win numerous awards at science fairs and special assemblies in a Dallas school before being promoted there to a Literacy Coach position, and instructing teachers in the use of best practices to scaffold students’ reading success. Additionally, she served as a pre-K through twelfth-grade literacy consultant at the same school.

During a tenure with the Dallas Public Library, Debra served as a community and school liaison: she partnered with principals, teachers and PTAs to produce educational programs. At library branches, she taught English as a Second Language to Spanish-speaking children and families, and coordinated popular teen creative writing and video battle competitions. A highlight of her library days was a TV appearance with Clarice Tinsley of Fox 4 News to promote the countless benefits of literacy and education.

Eager to learn about academia in collegiate settings, Debra redirected her educational passion and took on the challenge of coordinating administrative operations for a premier university neuroscience research lab. Her department’s scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and electroencephologram (EEG) studies to understand the encoding and retrieval processes of memory.

Debra started her career at Fusion as an English teacher. Now, she offers additional courses: Vocal Music, Basic Piano Instruction, and Screenwriting.

In pursuit of personal music-related dreams, Debra is learning to produce and direct multimedia videos. “I am a zealous novice,” she stated, “but I am determined to become a veteran with an impressive body of work.”

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