Declan’s had a fan club since she was a toddler.
Videos that her mom would share of the tot singing captivated family and friends, and revealed true vocal prowess. Now a teen, Declan’s making a name for herself on the Idaho music scene, and her fan club is expanding—even internationally.
She’s certainly put in work to get where she is today. Declan started singing lessons at age 4 and played bass and sang in a band at Boise Rock School as a pre-teen. There she performed in front of small audiences, which helped improve her skills on several fronts.
“It [Boise Rock School] was a great environment,” says Declan. “We practiced a ton, and I learned to perform live, work with other kids, and figure out songs in a short amount of time.” Declan then worked independently with a Boise Rock School instructor, Jeff Cochran, who helped Declan learn to write and record songs, and they uploaded her work to SoundCloud.
“For my first song, I actually wrote about not knowing what to write a song about,” laughs Declan. “I had no idea how to do it.” (Listen to that first song, Pools of Karma, here.)
Her sound attracted the attention of U.K. artist Rory Pilgrim, who was creating a film in Idaho with 10 local youth climate activists. Declan was invited to help develop and sing on the soundtrack. In the film, called The Undercurrent, the Idaho activists explore the effects of climate change on their families, religions, friendships, and notions of home.