Dreams can start really early in an artist’s life, but it takes talent and hard work to make them a reality. She may only be 17-years-old, but Queeva possesses drive, vision and a dedication to her craft that far exceeds her years. Blessed with an evocative voice and a gift for penning insightful, heartfelt lyrics, Queeva’s distinctive gifts shine on her debut set.
Raised in a creative Irish clan with six children, Queeva was born in the United States, but her parents hail from Ireland. The young artist divides her time between the two countries, giving her a broader world view than many her age. She has a deep love of both cultures and an appreciation for the language and the music. Gaelic is often spoken in their home. “When I was younger that was the only language I knew,” she says with a smile. “All my family members in Ireland are big country music fans. I’ve been exposed to country my whole life, especially the Celtic sounds that inspired the original roots of Appalachian country.”
Even at an early age, she gravitated to country music’s greatest storytellers, artists able to illuminate the human experience in song. “When I was three-years-old, I was able to know complete lyrics to songs,” she says. “I knew many of Dolly Parton’s songs because that’s all I listened to. My favorite one was ‘Coat of Many Colors.’”
By the time she was seven, she was competing in talent competitions and stunning judges with her distinctive vocals. At a Los Angeles competition, she caught the attention of an executive who connected Queeva with Nashville-based singer/songwriter/producer Jamie O’Neal, known for such enduring country hits as “When I Think About Angels,” “There is No Arizona” and “Somebody’s Hero.” Under O’Neal’s tutelage Queeva found her voice as a songwriter and her new project is populated with songs that reflect the young singer’s positive spirit.
“I’m very excited to share this new music with my fans. It means a lot to me knowing people are listening to and enjoying my music all around the world, even in places I haven’t physically been. That’s the coolest feeling ever.
I wrote “Live Like A Song” about some of the great Country Music I listened to growing up and how it made me feel. Songs travel the world freely and touch people’s hearts and minds. My dream is to be able to tour and play music, meet people and make friends. What a great way to see the world!”
“I really want to try to inspire my audience, especially young people,” Queeva says. “That’s the main thing I want to do. Since I’m 16, I can relate to a lot of things they are going through. I feel pretty lucky to have the opportunity to reach out to people and I want my music to make a difference. I’ve always loved music. It’s a way of speaking with your heart.”