Tis the season to introduce the culture to new artists, and we have one who simply goes by the name –– Amelia.
The 23-year-old has just begun planting her musical footing, but don’t be fooled, Amelia’s mature vocals prove her to be nothing short of a star who’s ready to take the world by storm.
The Atlanta native’s sound is both a pensive and potent blend of soul, resembling iconic songstresses, Florence and the Machine and the late Amy Winehouse.
Her hypnotizing cadence and rhythmic production birth repeat-worthy melodies, much like her latest single, “The Type” –– a perfect add-on for your New Year playlists.
What are you most excited for in this journey you’re about to begin?
The most exciting for me is starting to see all the performances kind of line up on my schedule because when I perform, that’s when I get the most reward out of all the hard work that I’ve put in so it’s like that’s the moment when you really see all your hard work paying off. When you get off stage and a bunch of people come up to you and they tell you personally what song touched them, that makes me feel really excited and just, that’s a really special feeling.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
I like to joke that it’s like very sass meets soul. If Robert Plant and Beyoncé had a baby, then that would be an Amelia performance. Cause it still has this really old soul vibe thing going on when I perform and then I like to add in a little sass in there. I try to channel my inner Beyoncé, Rihanna, Gaga – you know all the greats. But I really do try to have this genuine presence about myself; I don’t ever pretend to be anything that I’m not so I just want to make everyone feel welcome, just be a warm and welcoming presence.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
Inspiration really comes from a lot of places so if I’m on the way home from work and I see something and it puts a phrase in my head or it gives me an idea, then I’ll go from that. If I’m reading a book, and I like an idea or what the author is talking about, then I’ll go from that. And I think we are what we take in and consume. It’s the movies, the shows I’ve been watching. It’s every single thing goes into this file in my brain and I write off of the feelings that these things make me feel. And of course, personal things I’ve gone through in the past or things that my friends are sharing with me that they’re going through right now – those develop into some of the more pure, raw songs – and those really touch my heart.
I like that – “we are what we take in.” What about musically? Any inspirations?
Of course! I’d say lyrically, I worship Frank Ocean like I hear some of the phrases that he says and he’s literally the only person who could think of that. And there’s always this thing that everything has already been said before but I don’t agree with that because he says something and I’m like, ”Dude, I wish I could have thought this first.” I really like old jazz – Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday – they have this really raw layer to them of singing of things that they are going through. They surfaced some real heartfelt things that are still relatable today and it’s just…I just respect them so much. Current artists have been Daniel Caesar, Jorja Smith, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse of course. It’s always people that make you feel something with their music.
The best artists are the ones that can make you cry, for sure. What’s your songwriting process like?
We don’t have it down to a straight science yet but the most efficient way and the way I like is coming into the studio with a phrase or like a hook that I’ve been singing in my head. Then I give that over to my producer, plant that, and grow from there. We make different parts to the song and it’ll just come together. Like for example, I came up with a hook in the shower, I sing it all night, send over a voice memo to the producer and if he likes it, which he did, then the next day I’ll go in and lay down some chords. I’ll have the story in my head already and it’s a lot easier to write from that rather than getting someone else’s sounds and making it into your own style and song. And though it’s a challenge and fun as an artist, there’s something about it coming straight from you that makes it flow and everything clicks.
“The Type” –– your most recent single, talks about how not to settle for less than what you deserve. What does this song mean to you?
We’re in a really interesting time where the idea of love can develop so quickly like on the internet, social media, and to not let that take away from what really matters. Don’t settle for less just because it’s easier today to do that. I think we tend to give ourselves to people that – I don’t want to say deserve it but – don’t reciprocate the energy that you’re giving to them. Yeah, it’s really just about not going under the bar you set for yourself.
That’s perfectly put. So when’s the next single? Can you tell us a little more about that?
This next song is already a super favorite of mine but my producer and I really clicked on it; this is actually the instance where I came up with the hook in the shower. Everything just came together so well and it’s really really special and I’m excited to get it out there. It should be out mid-February so be on the lookout for that!
Congratulations on all of it! What’s in store for you in 2019?
Thank you! 2019 is just about locking myself down. It’s about producing more and more and more songs. It’s like you gotta have something to fuel the fire, and when the fire blows up, you need content to back it up with. That’s one of my main goals to write as much as possible and create as much as possible to get that connection with my audience. I’m excited to see how this pans out, honestly, it’s going to be an amazing journey.
To purchase tickets for Amelia’s upcoming show in Atlanta on Jan. 23, click here.
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Jay-Z to Re-Open New York’s Webster Hall
Just when you thought Jay-Z couldn’t make any more business moves, he pulls out the big guns. The rap mogul is slated to perform the first concert at New York City’s newly renovated Webster Hall. The “B-Sides 2” show will take place on April 26.
The iconic venue owned by BSE Global and Bowery Presents underwent a lengthy 20-month renovation, reportedly adding an elevator among other modern advancements.
Tickets to Jay-Z’s “B-Sides 2” concert at Webster Hall “for Day 1 fans” go on sale on April 19 at 11 a.m. ET. A pre-sale for AMEX cardholders begins April 18 at 10 a.m. ET. Jay-Z held “B-Sides” concerts at New York City’s Terminal 5 in 2015.
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REVOLT and AT&T partner for the REVOLT Hip Hop Summit
Revolt and AT&T just announced the launch of the Revolt Hip Hop Summit, expanding the multi-city cultural event inspired by the former Revolt Music Conference to two new markets — Atlanta and Los Angeles — and re-imagining the event to include opportunities for young people to network and develop skills business owners desire.
AT&T will serve as co-creator and exclusive presenting sponsor of the event, expanding its reach and providing greater access for those seeking to become future leaders.
“Now more than ever we need to own our culture,” Revolt chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs said in a press release. “At the Revolt Hip Hop Summit we will empower young people with sessions on the issues they care about. From entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to social justice, we’ll have the provocative conversations not happening anywhere else. With the support of AT&T, we will provide perspective on music and media that could only come from industry veterans committed to our future.”
The event will take place from July 25-27 in Atlanta and Oct. 24-26 in Los Angeles. In addition to showcasing performances from major and emerging artists, the Summit will be an immersive experience in the world of Hip Hop and culture, offering young people real-life networking experience and helping them to develop and hone the crucial skills business owners need to grow their companies.
“One of the hardest parts of breaking into any field is building a network and making connections with people that can help inspire dreams into reality,” said AT&T SVP-advertising and creative services Valerie Vargas in a press release. “AT&T is a longstanding champion of mentorship across both business and entertainment and we hope the opportunities stemming from the Revolt Hip Hop Summit help young people find their place.”
Headliners and ticket sales for the Atlanta and LA events will be announced soon.
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