Let’s face it, even the most highly successful music artist had to start somewhere! Every performer, singer, songwriter, or musician likely began pursuing their dream after being moved by a real-life experience.
Plenty of artists got their start after attending their first concert, while others found their passion following the purchase of their first full-length album. Some artists even had to climb the ranks, oddly enough, by digging ditches for extra cash to find their way to playing on stage in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, others have stood in giant crowds to see bands play on stage before ever hitting the road on their own.
After paying his dues and learning the ins and outs of the business, though, American Idol finalist Grace Kinstler has been able to make a career out of what she loves to do! And, she can now reflect on her journey and see how far she has come so far.
Luckily, for readers Music Mayhem has decided to go back to where it all began for Kinstler, and find out some of the biggest moments that have helped shape him into who he is today!
Check out these cool first-time experiences that have made an impact on Kinstler throughout her life.
First album purchased: Hannah Montana. It was The Best of Both Worlds.
First concert attended as a fan: Oh, I think it was the Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato. It was right after the first Camp Rock came out. I think that was my first concert.
First musical inspiration: Ooh, Miley Cyrus, just because of that whole Hannah Montana vibe, it really got me going.
First musical memory: So I would say my first musical memory was probably, the further back I can remember was singing, Under My Thumb on, oh no, it was singing, Jingle Bells on the karaoke machine in my family room and making my entire family come watch me.
First show I’ve ever played: So my first performance, I would say, where I was singing, was when I was 10 and it was a local musical theater thing. But before that I did dance from age, I want to say 4 to 12 years old.
First celebrity/musician crush: Hunter Hayes
First job: Oh, my first job was performing in the City of Chicago with a musical theater company that I love very dearly.
First song you’ve ever written or released: It was called, “The World Doesn’t Wait,” and it was trash, but I was 14.
First time you felt you made it: Honestly, I think coming off of Idol and seeing that so many people just still like me, even though I was off the show, they still cared about my music and were so excited to see what’s next for my career. And, just being able to come to LA and literally get into the studio the same week was super cool. Oh & my homecoming concert on Idol.
How was it coming home to a homecoming concert party parade?
Yeah, that was crazy. We had a police escort and I just, the whole time I was with the producers and my mom and I was like, this is so extra. I was like, this is so cool and I appreciate it so much, but I’m just, I’m a very, I’m a pretty low key person.
There were police cars and we’re in a giant limo. I felt so awkward. I felt very out of place, but it was super cool. It was really crazy. And just to see all the people that showed up and there were over 2000 people standing in the pouring rain for my concert. It was completely sold out and people stayed out there for, I want to say 2 hours in the rain before I even came, because we ran late, because TV always runs late for filming. And they stood out there for 2 hours and stayed the entire concert in the pouring rain. And I was just dumbfounded. I was like, this is crazy. I would say, honestly, that’s also when I felt like I made it. I was like, I can’t leave. People are going to stand out here in the pouring rain to see me. That’s crazy.