Harper Starling is a talented singer whose single, “Euphoria”, on which she collaborated with The Perry Twins, hit #1 on the Billboard Dance charts. At 8 years old, Harper was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. She realized that her tics would become non-existent the second she started singing, dancing, or generally performing. She hopes to inspire people with her condition to follow their dreams. She plans to release her debut album in 2022.
At what age did you get into music and the performing arts?
I started performing at the age of 3 and really got serious about singing at the age of 12.
You have an album set to be released in 2022, how much progress have you made with it so far?
Let’s just say I’ve put my quarantine time to good use! There are 10 completed tracks ready to go and there have been so many incredibly talented writers and producers I’ve gotten to collaborate with on this project.
Do you have a title decided for your upcoming album? Are you able to share it yet?
Absolutely! It’s titled ‘No More What If’, based on my upcoming new single.
How did it feel having your single “Euphoria” reach #1 on the Billboard Dance charts?
Crazy, beautiful, emotional, and everything in between. From the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful to all who supported the track and were involved in its success.
How much “me time” do you get with your busy schedule and your dedication to your craft?
(Laughs) what’s “me time”? Jokes aside, I do like to spend some time every day working on my physical and mental health such as exercise and journaling.
When you do get free time, what do you like to do?
I’m a pro at logic puzzles and sudoku! I’m also very good at finding my way around a bookstore.
When did you realize that your tics disappear when you’re singing, dancing, or performing?
My tics came on at the age of 8 and I discovered almost immediately that when I performed, they disappeared. Because of that, singing and dancing became second nature to me.
What words of advice would you offer to someone with Tourette’s Syndrome from what you’ve learned managing your own so far?
Embrace it because it makes you unique and uses it as strength to achieve your dreams and goals.
Are you currently working on any other projects apart from your album?
I’m in rehearsals with my dance troupe for an upcoming Fashion week performance in Los Angeles and a tour is lined up in the UK this fall. I am also working on a holiday single with my co-writing partner in crime Cindy Valentine.
What impact would you say the pandemic has had on your career, both positive and negative?
On the negative side, I did miss performing for others and being on the stage. On some positive notes, it allowed me time to creatively grow as an artist and sign with new management, which has now led to so many more opportunities!
What is your favorite part about the creative process of creating a song?
I love the beginning of the songwriting process where the narrative could truly go anywhere. Whatever I, or the writers I’m working with, are inspired by at that moment.
How excited are you for the release of your upcoming album?
The only thing that could make me any happier for this album is if I had a unicorn that I could sing my songs on top of.