DEVIN PEARCE Musician

My name is Devin Pearce and I’m an aspiring singer/songwriter from Bellingham, WA. I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, and listening to and creating music. One of my biggest goals for 2015 is to submit a song that I’ve written/recorded to a music library. through a company that I have been a part of for the past year.

1. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? How do you plan to get there? In the next 10 years, I would like to start a family. Buy a house. Travel the world. Watch investments grow. Have numerous songs published. Start collecting royalties from said songs. I would love to focus on music 100% and give up my day job.

2. What did you want to be ‘when you grow up’? How has this affected the person that you are today? When I was in Elementary School, I wanted to be a Veterinarian. This is the first and last time (until recently) that I remember knowing for sure what I wanted to “be”. Some people are lucky and know for certain what they want to do with their lives. My mom knew she was going to be a Graphic Artist since she was eight years old. I was not as lucky. I had many ideas of what I wanted to do with my life. Become an Engineer, Teacher, Financial Advisor, Musician, etc. I think I was always afraid to pick one because I was worried that I would pick the wrong one. A few years ago, I realized how much I loved creating and playing music. Along with sports, it has always been the one true constant in my life. I decided to try to become a Songwriter. I knew how difficult it would be in order to make it in the music industry, but it was the only thing that I truly loved to do.

“Songwriting for me is an outlet in which I can let out my emotions.”

3. Tell us about your YouTube Channel & the music that you write. My YouTube Channel, www.YouTube.com/User/DevinPearceMusic, is something that started for family and friends to listen to some of my first covers and originals. I stopped putting up new material because most of it wasn’t copy written and I didn’t want to worry about losing my original material. I have been writing and recording a lot of music recently and am very excited about it. My music would definitely fall under the Singer/Songwriter genre. I write mostly about life experiences. Songwriting for me is an outlet in which I can let out my emotions. My music would be best described as Jack Johnson style, with more emotion.

4. What’s been the biggest challenge in your life so far? How did you conquer it? Growing up, I had a very easy life. I had the best family anyone could ask for. I had everything that I needed. School was always easy for me, but I started to use that as an excuse to not work as hard. I had my first real challenge when I went off to college with bad habits that I had instilled in myself from high school. I wouldn’t do homework, I would just show up and get good grades on tests. I thought this was acceptable, but class participation and class work was worth almost as much as the tests. Because of this, I lost my full-ride scholarship to PLU. I came back and lived with my parents. I had a lot of debt and no jobs. I took the initiative and started working hard. I moved out on my own after 6 months. Today I am completely debt free, and have a great job with amazing benefits.

Devin Pearce Maddie BW

5. Tell us about your biggest accomplishment in life so far. How has this changed you? In 2013, I joined a music company called “Taxi.” They provide musicians, and writers, access to music libraries and publishers who need music. I attended a music conference in LA (that same year) that Taxi puts on every year. I brought a demo of my music that I had quickly thrown together right before I left. While I was there, I met Matt Malley, who was the bassist for the Counting Crows. He listened to my demo and said that he really enjoyed it and to keep going with what I was doing. This gave me the feeling that I was am the right path. I will be attending the convention again this November.

“…Wrong decisions… You just have to decide if you will learn and grow from them or not.”

6. What’s something you had to learn the hard way? I think that throughout my life, I have learned everything the so called “hard way”. Every time you make a decision, whether it’s a small one or a gigantic one, you will feel the benefits or repercussions from that decision. I have definitely made my share of wrong decisions. You just have to decide if you will learn and grow from them or not.

7. Do you have a bucket list? Tell us about a few of your goals in life, big or small. I think the biggest things that are on my bucket list all have to do with traveling the world. I have been lucky enough to have been able to travel quite a bit growing up, but haven’t gotten much travel opportunities as an adult. I am lucky that I work at a job right now that gives me plenty of vacation time and an opportunity to take time off during the winter months to travel. In the near future, I would love to travel to Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.

8. You will be traveling to Costa Rica soon. Why Costa Rica? Costa Rica has always been a place that I have wanted to go. It is a beautiful country with jungles, waterfalls, beaches, and volcanoes! Recently, a few friends and myself decided that we are going to go this February for two weeks. I’m very excited!

“Maddie taught me to keep going, no matter how hard things get.”


9. You recently lost someone very close to you. Please tell us about the many ways in which Maddie impacted your life.
 I recently lost my little sister, Maddie, due to life-long complications from Lupus. Maddie was the closest friend that I have ever had, and will ever have. Maddie taught me to keep going, no matter how hard things get. She graduated from college, while living on her own and dealing with her illness. She played tennis and placed 4th at state in high school while dealing with a lupus flair. She had to work 10 times harder than anyone, and accomplished more than most. Growing up, I always wished that I was the one who had the illness, because she could do no wrong. I have come to realize that I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish as much as she did while dealing with what she had to. She was the strongest person I have ever met. She always called me her “Rock”. Any time she was feeling down or in pain, she would come to me and I would make her laugh. This has been the worst year of my life, but I take solace in the fact that I was there for her through everything, and in knowing how much I meant to her. I try to live life one day  at a time and be strong like she would have been. She was always a huge part of my life and will continue to be. Maddie was also an amazing artist. I have started getting her artworks tattooed on my body.

“Tell the people you love that you love them.”

10. What advice would you give to the readers of 2147Miles.com? Live life to the fullest. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Follow your dreams. Tell the people you love that you love them. My high school Principal, Mr. Clarke, told us a story every year that has always stuck with me. His brother was going away on a trip when he was younger. As his brother was about to board his plane, Mr. Clarke called his brother over and said, “I love you.” HIs brother tried to play it off. Mr. Clarke looked his brother in the eyes and said, “No. I love you.” This time, his brother said, “I love you too.” The plane ended up crashing, and that was the last time they saw each other. This is something that I try to incorporate into my life. Whether it’s family, friends or significant others, if you have people you care about, let them know.

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