Julia Hatfield is just 20 years old and she already has a song on the Texas country music regional charts. Her hit “Hopeless Romantic” rose to No. 20 after its release last year and she’s been touring the state to support her full-length album of the same name.
Hatfield has made several popular stops here in Brenham at Home Sweet Farm and we caught up with her to discuss the challenges of breaking into the Texas country music scene (see the related feature) and to learn more about her ambitions and influences.
If you had a fully loaded tour bus, what would it feature?
A huge bathtub, a display for all my jackets and lots of windows. I don’t like all the dark tour buses.
What is your dream scenario with music?
I’d love to pack out stadiums, travel around the world and just reach as many people as I can.
When are you most nervous on stage?
I get nervous when I jump up with a band that I haven’t played with before, just not knowing if it’s going to mesh or if it’s not going to go well.
What is the best show you’ve ever seen?
Going to see Hunter Hayes is always pretty neat because that’s what really inspired me to start pursuing music as a career. I’m so impressed with all the different instruments he can play and how he never runs out of energy and how he’s always connected to his fans.
What is the favorite show you’ve played?
I like different ones for different reasons, but I remember I was playing in a tiny little bistro and there were not but 10 people in the room. It was very intimate and one-on-one with the people in the room. So, any time I can connect with the audience.
Who are your musical influences?
Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and Jason Eady.
… artists you’d like to record with?
… venues you’d like to play?
American Airlines Center (Dallas)
Military bases overseas
… songs you wish you wrote?
“When a heart breaks, it don’t break even” — The Script
“Desperado” — The Eagles
“I will always love you” — Whitney Houston