Tommy2: How’s it going, it’s Tommy2 and today we’re hanging out at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Rays and Orioles game with 1 Girl Nation. So, are you all ready for some baseball?
1 Girl Nation: Yes!
Tommy2: Now you just opened the game by singing the “National Anthem,” were you nervous at all?
Lindsey Ciresi: Not really, I thought I was going to be more nervous than what we actually were.
Kayli Robinson: I think that we’re getting a little more of confidence as a group cause we’re still a young band, but I think that confidence and this piece is starting to surround us every time we hit the stage for anything.
Carmen Justice: I think we just have fun with it now, I mean we love doing this and singing at games, it’s really fun.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: And I think we’re still on a high from last night from Night of Joy.
Tommy2: And last week, you were in Atlanta singing at the Braves game as well, what’s the thing you enjoy most about these unique opportunities to get your name out, aside from just like performing a show?
Lindsey Ciresi: I would say being in venues where there are maybe some non-believers that we can tell them about Jesus and you know, kinda just pump his name and get our message out there, I mean that’s our hearts. The main reason why we do this is just to bring God glory, so I would say that’s the biggest reason. And it’s fun to have like a mixed audience of kids and adults. We normally just kids and their moms, so to see the boys and the dads out there rockin’ out. That’s always fun.
Tommy2: And prior to this, did any of you have baseball experience… like maybe playing softball when you were younger?
Lauryn Taylor Bach: I did!
Carmen Justice: I did.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: Did you play too?
Carmen Justice: I played for one season, cause I was coming through a phase where I was trying out different sports and I was horrible. I played softball and I think I only did one good thing ever, like I was really bad… and then I realized dancing was my calling. I wasn’t good at actual sports.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: That’s funny, cause I did ballet up until second grade and I guess my Mom grew up playing softball so I wanted to try that and I was actually good at dance, but I wasn’t good at softball. But my first game, my Mom told me I came out and I was like ‘Mom, that was better than the Nutrcracker’ and so I played all the way through 8th grade.
Tommy2: And you just mentioned earlier, the opportunity to play at Disney Night of Joy, so what was that whole experience like?
Kayli Robinson: It was so exciting! I’m actually from Central Florida so I grew up going to Disney all the time, every year and I used to go the events, Night of Joy. So that was something I always dreamt of, I used to look at the artists on stage and I was like, ‘I’m going to do that one day.’ So last night was really emotional, especially for me, I’m super humbled and honored that we were even asked to do that. We’re such a young band, only been together for a couple of years so, we’re just so thankful and it was the experience of a lifetime.
Tommy2: And earlier in the week you got a chance to visit the parks, I want to know what your favorite attractions were?
Lindsey Ciresi: Space Mountain.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: Yes!
Carmen Justice: I liked, what was it… the Splash… Splash Mountain.
Kayli Robinson: I like the new Seven Dwarfs one, it’s really sweet!
Carmen Justice: It was really smooth.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: It was so smooth, it was so high-tech.
Lindsey Ciresi: And the show in front of the castle, it was really cool because, like we’ve seen it a hundred times but it was really cool watching Mickey do the show where he goes “Dreams come true” and he like gets the kids to say it, cause it’s like, the next day, our dream was coming true by getting to play there so we were all teary eyed, it was awesome!
Tommy2: And how about the food, did you get any good treats?
Lauryn Taylor Bach: I really wanted to get a turkey leg, but I never got to get one!
Kayli Robinson: I always get Disney World fudge and it was so yummy in my tummy.
Tommy2: And now you have a reason to come back… for the turkey leg?
Lauryn Taylor Bach: Exactly, I will be back.
Tommy2: How about, who are your all time favorite Disney characters?
Lindsey Ciresi: Minnie Mouse, for sure.
Carmen Justice: Jasmine.
Kayli Robinson: Jasmine.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: I like Pocahontas! I know there’s not a ride yet at Disney. They need a Pocahontas ride where you’re on a canoe or something
Tommy2: Now just a couple of weeks ago, it was the first year anniversary of the release of your debut album. What has this last year been like for you?
Lindsey Ciresi: It has been crazy it has flown by like… the past year we put out our first record, we had our first music video, we performed at The Dove’s, first tour… it’s been a whirlwind
Carmen Justice: I feel like to sum it up is really hard because I feel like there have been so many things that have happened… like so many highs and so many lows. I think we’re just really appreciative of the opportunities we’ve had up to this point and to do it together, we’re like sisters so, it’s been fun to experience this together.
Tommy2: And how much have you learned about the music business and is it much different than you thought?
Kayli Robinson: Oh, it’s very different than what you think. Some things are like, ‘oh yeah, that’s what I thought it would be.’ And like I’d say the other half is like ‘wow, didn’t see that one coming.’
Lauryn Taylor Bach: It’s not as glamorous as you would think.
Lindsey Ciresi: It’s funny, you’re on the road and things are getting paid for because it’s expense, and then you get off the road and you’re like ‘dang it, I don’t have enough money in my bank account to get groceries.’ So, it’s really humbling.
Kayli Robinson: My thing is, don’t believe anything until you see it and you have to be in this 110 percent, even 100 percent isn’t enough. You have to be all in.
Tommy2: So, what’s around the corner for 1 Girl Nation, when can we expect new music?
Lauryn Taylor Bach: Well, we have a Christmas album coming out in October… October 7th right?
Kayli Robinson: October 7th.
Lauryn Taylor Bach: And we’re so excited about that. Yes, our single is “Joy” and I don’t know when that comes out. I think around Thanksgiving is when they’ll start playing it on the radio.
Lindsey Ciresi: Also, our first headlining tour this fall! It’s called the “While We’re Young Tour,” we’re really excited. It’s with OBB and a new Christian Artist named Tori Harris, and we’re so excited and thankful that at this beginning of our career we get the chance to go to our hometowns and play some music.
Kayli Robinson: We’re really excited, we are attending The Dove Awards for the first time as a nominee, so we are on cloud 9 about that, that’s been a dream of ours.
Lindsey Ciresi: And we’re performing.
Kayli Robinson: And we’re performing there, so excited.
Tommy2: And I’m guessing the Christmas music that you’ll be releasing will be in the same pop flavor of all your music.
1 Girl Nation: Yes!
Carmen Justice: It’s very upbeat, it’s probably… I’ll speak on behalf of us, I don’t know… but it’s… I think we’re really proud of it more so than any music that we’ve released cause it’s like super fun and pop and like… I don’t know, we just love Christmas time and we’re excited because we’re also doing a Christmas Tour on the west coast. So we’re really, really excited for that, and just the music we’re putting out. So we hope everyone likes it too!
Kayli Robinson: So many things!
Tommy2: Growing up who were some of your pop favorites?
Lindsey Ciresi: Oh, Jump5… duh! I loved Jump5 so much my Mom had to literally like hold my hand so I wouldn’t like crawl on to stage as a kid. I just wanted to get up there.
Kayli Robinson: I listened to Stacie Orrico in the Christian Industry and I loved Mariah and Whitney. so…
Carmen Justice: I would say, oh goodness… I mean, I loved all Pop groups like she said, Jump5 and Stacie Orrico. I listened to like Rachel Lampa and Point of Grace even. It’s funny cause I’m in a girl group now because I listened to that growing up. What about you?
Lauryn Taylor Bach: I would agree, but I also love like Backstreet Boys and N’sync and all those classic groups too.
Tommy2: And speaking of Pop music, Carmen, I happened to catch some of your tweets yesterday and something you took the time to talk about was about the death of Simone Battle from G.R.L. could you expand on that for those that haven’t heard?
Carmen Justice: Yeah, so yesterday morning actually we were informed, we saw that one of the members of G.R.L. had died due to suicide, and honestly when I heard that… just being part of a girl group, my heart was like literally was broken. Like, I could almost get emotional talking about it right now just because I was so heart broken that that would be the answer for whatever she was dealing with and I know on Twitter, I just felt so passionate to tell people. Like, if you’re dealing with that, don’t deal with that alone, talk to somebody, like go find help and know that Jesus loves you. Like, you’re never too far to start over and God loves you wherever you are in life, and I just felt so passionate about that, it just like really got my spirits up. It just really breaks my heart, I know it breaks all of our hearts cause if something happened to one of us like that I think that… I can’t imagine what those girls are going through, and I’m praying for them and I just hope that they know that God loves them as well.
Tommy2: And on that note, how important is Twitter to all of you to you know… connect with all your fans and get the word out, of you know… things in your life, stuff like that?
Kayli Robinson: Totally, our fans are really supportive. They follow our every move… they really do.
Lindsey Ciresi: They make the best edits too!
Kayli Robinson: Yeah, they do… we love Instragram and so we have fun with pictures. But – Twitter, Facebook, like our fans are very true and they defend us. Like, my brother messes with me on Instagram all the time and he pokes fun of me and like, the fans will stand up for me and I’m like, ‘no it’s okay, it’s my brother. He’s allowed to do that.’ But yeah, it’s a really cool platform, what we have to be able to share our hearts and what God’s doing in our lives and share our weaknesses. We’re not perfect, just because we have this platform doesn’t make us perfect. So, it’s cool.
Tommy2: Alright, I think we should get back to the game – but thanks so much for the hospitality today and I’ll look forward to the future.
1 Girl Nation: Thank you!