Exclusive: Carly Patterson Visits JSYK
"One of my favorite things about gymnastics was competition because no one ever saw all the hard work you did behind it, the training seven hours a day," Carly told JSYK. "So it's cool [to perform now], because I kind of lost that feeling for a while after I stopped gymnastics and was not competing anymore. To be able to be on stage and still perform for people, I do get that same feeling. I kind of crave it."
Another thing that hasn't changed for Carly, who says she's been singing since she was little, is her love of music. "Growing up, it's funny, because I was actually only allowed to listen to Christian stations," Carly explained. "My dad was kind of one of those dads. I didn't really get to start listening to other kinds of music or branch out from that genre until I was just in the gym every day and we'd have Top 40 radio station playing."
Carly revealed that her Olympic go-to CD was Ashlee Simpson's first album, and she now loves Coldplay, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Paramore and Taylor Swift. With the release of her own album, she's eager " to open up for anyone and just be able to play my songs and get it out there for people."
Carly also told us that having single, 'Here I Am,' featured on the second season of Make It or Break It, was a HUGE thrill.
"This is probably one of my favorite songs that I've ever written, just because I wrote it about my gymnastics and Olympic journey," Carly said of the song. "It's kind of all my feelings and experiences rolled into one song." Check out Carly's 'Here I Am' below.
Listen to 'Here I Am'