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MEET OUR TEAM

Kaitlyn Nicole

Founder/Owner

Kaitlyn is an experienced music blogger, singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. She is a student at Berklee College of Music pursuing a Bachelor's of Fine Arts with a focus on Vocal Performance and Songwriting. She's been a singer since she could talk, participating in several advanced and professional choirs throughout her life. She's a huge Swiftie and has been since she was six years old. She also enjoys musical theatre and teaching private lessons.

 Instagram: @kaitlynnicole.music

Karlee Skipper

Review Writer

Karlee is a graduate from Arizona State University. She likes spending her time reading, listening to music and attending concerts. She is very active online with her favorite artists and enjoys finding new music to fall in love with. Her music taste ranges from Taylor Swift to any and all sad indie songs. However, she appreciates all good music with an impressive hook and meaningful lyrics.

Instagram: @karleesmith13

Giavanna Gradaille

Review Writer

Gia is currently studying English at Columbia Basin College with plans to transfer to a University in the future. She's a Jersey package that was accidently delivered to Washington state, but the happy accident has gotten her accustomed to backyard concerts and the underground music scene.

Instagram: @gia.gradaille

Tessa Brainard

Social Media Manager / Interviewer

Tessa is a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies. She grew up in Sedona, Arizona listening to every genre of music, though she started going to punk and hardcore shoes at age 11. Now she primarily listens to indie pop. She once wrote a 20 page paper on fangirl culture and can usually be found at a concert or travelling to one!

Instagram: @thxrosewoods

Zewdi Cass

Review Writer

Zewdi is a graduate of the University of Oregon and is from Portland, OR. She loves to listen to music and discover new artists, while also staying up to date with the biggest names in music, such as Taylor Swift. She loves attending all types of concerts and is excited to discover even more music through Pop Passion Blog.

Instagram: @zewdi

Emma Kimberli

Review Writer

Emma is an aspiring freelance writer with a niche for music! She is taking a gap year before starting college and gaining writing experience while she does so. Some of her favorite artists include Conan Gray, Doja Cat, Mitski, Megan Thee Stallion, and The Neighborhood. She was in choir for six years where her love for music and singing flourished and continues to grow.

Instagram: @emmakimberli

Amanda Palacios

Review Writer

Amanda is a singer/songwriter, vocalist and writer. As a recent graduate from California Baptist University with a degree in Business Administration, she hopes to pursue the music industry. She has been writing songs since she could read and write, taking most of her inspiration from an eclectic genre of artists including Taylor Swift, Frank Sinatra and Fleetwood Mac. With her classically trained piano background, she loves to spend her free time at the piano; whether that is playing old songs, learning new ones, or writing her own. 

Instagram: @amandalpal

Alison Holst

Review Writer

Alison is currently a freshman at Macaulay Honors College at CCNY in New York City! She is studying political science. She loves both music and writing! Her favorite things to do are to make Spotify playlists, read, go to concerts, and bake. She particularly loves the lyrical element of songs, and her favorite lyricists are Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift!

Instagram: @alisonholst_

Sophia Henry

Interviewer

Sophia is a graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Sophia has always loved writing and when she became the Arts and Entertainment Editor's Assistant for her school newspaper, The Campus Lantern, she soon quickly fell in love with journalism. She loves writing short stories, poetry, and reviews on movies and music. Her favorite thing about journalism and interviewing people is being able to connect and help share that person's story. You can find Sophia listening to various artists from Billy Joel to Queen, to whatever song is trending on TikTok. 

Instagram: @soph_henryy

Cheyenne Johnson

Review Writer

Cheyenne is currently pursuing a Master's in Music Industry Administration at California State University-Northridge. She already holds a Bachelor's in Saxophone Performance from Winthrop University and a Master's in Ethnomusicology from the University of Florida. She's always loved writing and talking about music, geeking out on all the artists and genres she loves. Her favorite genre is classic rick, something that started at a young age when she discovered KISS through What's New Scooby Doo. She also loved indie rock and modern alternative. Some of her favorite artists include Nothing But Thieves, David Bowie, KISS, Yungblud and Twenty One Pilots. 

Instagram: @cheyenne_sierra98

Sarah Curry

Interviewer

Sarah is a senior at the University of Central Florida studying Advertising and Public Relations. Music has always been her main passion in life and she dreams of one day being involved in the industry herself. She is known for following her favorite artists, like Harry Styles and Greta Van Fleet, across the country on tour. To this day, she is just as obsessed with One Direction as she was back in 2011 and is stilling holding out hope for that reunion!

Instagram: @itbesarahc

Megan Cao

Review Writer

Megan is currently studying Communications at the University of Michigan with the hope to minor in Performing Arts Management. She's always loved music and is always excited to expose herself to new genres and artists. She's also a huge film buff.​

Instagram: @meg_caoooo

Andy Mockbee

Review Writer

Andy is currently a Senior undergraduate student at the College of Wooster studying English and Education. He loves writing about music, attending concerts and playing the piano. He also is a host for his college radio show, Woo91.

Instagram: N/A

Jenna Barton

Review Writer

Jenna is a graduate from Eastern Illinois University, where she studied psychology as an undergraduate. Music has always been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. In her free time, Jenna makes playlists on Spotify and enjoys discovering and listening to new music. She loves any opportunity to share her passion for music with the world.

Instagram: @jenna_bartonnn

Stephanie Berning

Review Writer

Stephanie is an English major at California State University of Los Angeles, with hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. She grew up in Los Angeles playing the piano and reading. She loves going to concerts and buying vinyl records. Her favorite types of music are alternative indie pop, Beabadoobee and Beach Bunny. Ultimately, she loves music and is proud to be a writer at Pop Passion Blog.

Grace Chapman

Review Writer

Grace is an Arizona State graduate. She spends her free time writing, drawing, and taking long drives with the windows down and music blasting. Her first foray into music was James Taylor and The Eagles, and she craves that old soul music while also obsessing over newer dynamic artists who are constantly evolving the music scene, like Billie Eilish and Lizzy McAlpine. No matter what is playing in the background, she looks for powerful messages and moving melodies to inspire her daily life.

Instagram: @gracechapz

Julia Hooper

Review Writer

Julia is a senior at the University of North Texas, majoring in Photojournalism and minoring in History. She is passionate about various kinds of multi-media storytelling, including music, photography, painting and writing. While Julia has a love for all sounds, her most played genres are Indie Pop and Classic Rock. Some of her favorite artists include Lana Del Ray, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Arctic Monkeys. 

Instagram: @juliahoopz

Kaiana Lee

Review Writer

Kaiana is studying Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has hopes of becoming a music journalist and interviewing her favorite musicians. She has always loved music and enjoys finding new artists and attending concerts!

Instagram: @bolognaqween

Sneet Efrem

Review Writer

Sneet is a graduate from the University of Washington, where she studied English. She grew up in Seattle playing the trumpet and soccer. She spend her free time reading, painting, and finding new artists to add to her playlists. Her favorite genres are R&B, pop and rap, with some of her favorites artists being SZA, Rihanna and Drake. She has always loved writing and is excited to be part of the team at Pop Passion.

Instagram: @snxet

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