15-Year-Old Queeva "Stands Out" With New “How Do You Know” Single

Updated on September 23, 2019
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Shannon is a passionate country fan who enjoys getting to know the artists and their music. She also loves spreading joy through interviews.

“Stand Out” singer Queeva is a breath of fresh air, a talent reminiscent of a young LeAnn Rimes or Taylor Swift. At just 15 years old, she is already making a powerful statement through her music and has been doing so since she was a toddler. Her music is inspiring and uplifting, spreading messages that teens her age sorely need to hear.

Queeva was born in the United States, but has Irish ties and grew up traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Ireland, no doubt shaping her musical influences. When she was nine years old, she was discovered by country music singer-songwriter veteran Jamie O’Neal (known for hits such as “There Is No Arizona,” “Somebody’s Hero,” and “When I Think About Angels”). With Jamie as Queeva”s mentor, Queeva has written and recorded her debut album. She’s also learned how to find herself as the unique artist she is becoming.

Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Queeva’s new album How Do You Know as well as to explore some of her older work from a previously released EP. One thing is obvious: She has drive and determination to achieve things now that most people her age only dream about doing someday. Her answers to the questions below attest to that fact. See for yourself and listen to her music as you read.

Shannon Henry: Your name is so unique, I believe you are the only country artist I have ever come across whose name starts with a ‘Q’. What does it mean?

Queeva: My name actually means beauty, grace, and gentleness. The original spelling of it is CAOIMHE.

SH: If you could share the stage with anyone, who would be your dream duet partner?

Q: Probably Thomas Rhett because I really love his music and I feel like he brings so much energy to the stage. I would love to do a duet with him.

SH: What have you learned while working with Jamie O’Neal?

Q: I’ve learned so many things about writing songs, recording, performing on stage. Everything I know so far I’ve learned from her. She is just such a big inspiration and mentor for sure.

My name actually means beauty, grace, and gentleness. The original spelling of it is CAOIMHE.

SH: Why do you believe you have what it takes?

Q: Honestly, I think I have what it takes because I’ve been singing since I was 3-years-old and it’s such a huge dream of mine. I love singing so much. It’s just such a passion, and so I really think that’s all that matters. If you really believe in something, want something, and have a dream you should just go for it. I think that’s all that really counts.

SH: What is your best and worst work-related habit?

Q: My best work-related habit? I don't know I mean I kinda just go with the flow, but my best work-related habit would just be trying to get it done as soon as possible. I guess that’s what my goal is if I’m not that busy. My worst work-related habit is just being on my phone. If I’m trying to type on the computer and then I take a look at my phone 20 minutes can go by and I don’t even notice because when you’re on your phone time really flies.

SH: How does your songwriting muse operate, meaning what inspires you and what is the process that follows after you’ve been inspired?

Q: Things that inspire me for songwriting are just things I’m experiencing or things I see going on at school or just things that I feel like would be important to address. Then once I have that idea I start with the melody and move into the lyrics.

If you really believe in something, want something, and have a dream you should just go for it. I think that’s all that really counts.

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SH: If a movie were made to tell your life story, what actor/actress would portray you?

Q: I would love for Blake Lively to portray me because she’s such a great actress. I don’t think she’s a singer so maybe she could do lip-syncing, but it would just be super cool either way.

SH: What is something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Q: I don’t really like to FaceTime online that much. I prefer to talk to them face to face. But then again technology is so crazy and it’s so awesome we have that opportunity, but I really like meeting with people in person.

SH: What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?

I think seeing a stranger helping someone else in. [Also], one of the coolest things for me is when a kid is not judgemental to kids with disabilities, I think that's such a cool thing and really heartwarming.

SH: How would you describe your favorite color to someone who is blind?

Q: That’s such an interesting question. Okay, so my favorite color is pink or white so I would kind of describe it as bright and inspiring, I guess. Because pink is kind of inspiring; it’s not a dark color. Flawless, clean, I feel like white and pastel colors are clean colors and kind of almost like a perfect color, I guess.

To read more from this interview follow the link below to the Country Music Notes website. You can also find more music from Queeva on her website or on YouTube. This won't be the last you've heard from her.

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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Hi Theresa! I've missed your presence around HP. Thanks so much for stopping by to listen and to read about Queeva. I hope she does stay grounded. So many times you see young artists move away from the positive messages as they grow up.

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        Faith Reaper 

        4 weeks ago from southern USA

        Wow! She’s a natural. I love her voice. What an interesting name. For being so young, she certainly seems grounded. No doubt she’ll go far!

        Great job on the interview, Shan.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        7 weeks ago from Texas

        Hi Brenda, so glad you stopped by to hear her music and that you like it. She's got so much potential. Hopefully, we'll be hearing a lot more from her in the years to come.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        7 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        I had never heard of her before, but thanks to you I will now be listening.

        You did a wonderful job penning this article.

        I am truly glad I took the time to read it.

        Thank you..it was a great read.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 weeks ago from Texas

        Hi Angie. I think I shared her music with you back just before I did the actual interview....when I knew that it was scheduled. So you probably did comment about her directly to me. If you've commented on this article itself, who knows. Maybe the mysterious vanishing is happening again. But I just published it yesterday.

        I hope that she does stay grounded and continues to grow as an artist.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 weeks ago from Texas

        I think my favorite song by Keith Urban is "Cop Car," but the one you mention is a good one too. The first one I remember ever hearing from him, though, is the one about the neighbor's arguing and being blessed by the gift of his girl's love. Now I'm the one who can't think of the song title. LOL

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        Keith Urban, of course. Thank you. I guess he's been around for a while, but I didn't listen to him until I heard, ' Blue Ain't Your Color ' and it blew me away. Thanks again...

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        A B Williams 

        8 weeks ago from Central Florida

        I thought I had commented on young Queeva….maybe I am thinking of another artist.

        Either way, if she can stay grounded, she is going places, no doubt!

        Good job on this Shannon.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 weeks ago from Texas

        Yes, she does have an excellent outlook on life in general. There's something special about the youthful optimism that often coms from the child and teen artists. It's always a pleasure to speak with them.

        As for who you're thinking of, Ruby, it's Keith Urban. Although, I don't think of him as a new artist anymore since he's been around probably since the 90s or early 2000s I think, right? I don't know. He's just not "new" to me. LOL Queeva definitely has a sound all her own. She's a little country mixed with a little pop and you can also hear a little of the Irish influences in her music, I think..

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        She's amazing, not only her singing but her philosophy on life and her work ethics are top notch. I must admit that I have never heard of her. I love country music, but the older stars like George Jones and Elvis are what I listen to. One of the newer stars, and I can't think of his name, I really like. ( Blue Ain't Your Color ) Married to N. Kidman. I'm still racking my brain and it still eludes me... Shucks, I enjoyed your interview. Well done..

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 weeks ago from Texas

        Isn't it amazing, Bill? Every time I interview someone so young, I'm amazed at the level of discipline they have to be able to keep up with school and still maintain the work ethic necessary to pursue a career in that industry. So. . .yeah, I know. But I also wonder if it's much like child actors and, well, any other child in the entertainment business - a sacrifice of sorts, perhaps. I love it, though, when they go at it with such a positive and wholesome attitude.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 weeks ago from Texas

        Hi Pamela. What a gift she's got. She's so lucky she's able to and encouraged to cultivate it. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment.

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        Bill Holland 

        8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Far too talented for fifteen. It almost makes me jealous that one person would have that much talent that young, you know? Good for her!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I think it is so interesting how some children just seem to be born with a talent like this. This is a well-writen article about this very young country music star.

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