Hananel Mavity is in no hurry. The 25-year-old singer/songwriter is content that her “Maiden Voyage” has launched and her life is on a musical and theatrical course.
“When I’m 35, I hope to be doing kind of what I’m doing now — only with more latitude,” she said during an interview at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. “I always want to be working in theatre.”
Mavity is the Center for the Arts’ youth education manager and theatre arts director. She is also the artistic director for Red Hills Players, a regional theatre company based in Thomasville that draws talented performers from across the Southeast.
“In 10 years, I’d love to see Red Hills Players take on its own personality and have a positive impact on our region,” Mavity said. “I really want to see it grow into its own entity and inspire and bless people.
“I’d also like to continue to work with the children at the Center for the Arts. Working with young people and with performing arts in the community — that’s what I do here, and what I want to do here.”
Mavity, a Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe alumna, has performed on various stages throughout the South as an actress and singer. Her next performance is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Monticello Opera House in Monticello, Fla., as part of the Southern Music Rising Festival.
“I love the Monticello Opera House,” Mavity said.
Mavity will perform songs from her first album, “Maiden Voyage,” a Gatorbone Records production that was released in December 2013. Gatorbone Records is in St. Augustine, Fla.
“Gatorbone has signed some of my favorite regional artists, so it was a big honor for me to be part of that group,” Mavity said.
“Maiden Voyage” consists of a dozen tunes penned by Mavity. She said her folk sound has been compared to the Wailin Jennys, a Canadian band.
“Bob Dylan has also influenced me a lot,” she added. “I also listen to a lot of Irish music, which has influenced me some.”
“Maiden Voyage” was a decade in the making. Mavity wrote the songs between the ages of 15 and 24.
“Some people can write a song everyday, but that’s not me,” she said. “For me, a song comes along when it comes along. It’s inspirational based, so I don’t know when I’ll write the next one.
“It might be six months before I write a song, or it might be a year.”
Mavity has three songs “in the hopper” for her second album. She has no idea when the unnamed project will be finished.
“I might be a dinosaur about albums,” she joked. “It might be awhile before the next one.”
Mavity is certain of one thing, however.
“In 10 years, if I get called away, I still want to be connected to Thomasville,” she said. “I love this town.”
The Southern Music Rising Festival, which will feature numerous groups at various sites throughout Monticello, will start Friday with Connor Christian and Southern Gothic, whose new release “New Hometown” debuted at atop the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart.
The event will also boast local 92-year-old banjo player C.E. Pullen, who will perform with Sam and Sallie Worley.
Visit www.southernmusicrising.com to buy tickets. More information is available at www.monticellooperahouse.com.