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At nine-years old, Willa Amai began her journey writing songs about heartbreaks she had yet to experience, losses she had never felt, and social injustices she didn’t even know existed. With an eclectic mix of inspirations - from Regina Spektor records played during bath time to the poetry books her parents read to her - this Los Angeles native quickly amassed a body of work revealing lyrical complexity far beyond her years. She also created imaginative melodies, something she partly attributes to synesthesia (a neurological phenomenon in which one sense triggers the perception of another sense, such as seeing letters and words as color).
At the age of 12, she caught the eye of Linda Perry and reaping the rewards of industry insiders (Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile) and leaders (The Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show) alike thanks to the watchful eye and curation of the artist development of Linda Perry herself.
Now 17, Willa has begun sharing her music with the world, showing the extraordinary depth of her narrative voice and the subtle power of her songwriting. “When I’m writing it’s almost like I’m turning on a radio,” she says. “It might take a few songs to find a station that comes through, but once I do find it, it’s just right. It’s like the song already exists and my job is to pull it out of the air and into the world.”
I Can Go To Bed Whenever is Willa’s eagerly awaited first album releasing June 4, produced by Linda Perry and recorded in Los Angeles at Perry’s Greenleaf Studios.
The album’s focus track "Too Close" comes out the same day as the album.
We are so excited to bring you this episode as we chat to Willa about an incredible journey through her music and about her own struggles with Anxiety in the past.
Listen in as we hear Willa share how her song writing reflects her own struggles and reality of the places and moments she herself has been in.
For More Information on Willa Amai:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/WillaAmai
Instagram - www.instagram.com/willaamai
Twitter - www.twitter.com/willaamai
Youtube- 6 Million +, www.youtube.com/c/WillaAmai
Apple Streams- 2.1 Million +
Spotify- 3.8 Million +
Shazam- 58.5K, #1 Most Shazamed Song
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A big thank you to our voice over: Mike Christensen (thevoicemonkey.com)