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.
Drake’s rolling out new music in celebration of Raptors NBA Championship win
Drake is so hype about the Raptors win you would think he was playing in the NBA Finals himself.
Being the megafan that he is, the hip-hop star is celebrating the team’s sweet victory with some new music –– it’s about time!
Drizzy announced via Instagram live last night that he will be releasing two new tracks scheduled to drop sometime today (June 14). Entitled “Omertá” and the Rick Ross-featured “Money in the Grave,” surprising his followers with an over-the-top caption, “THE CHIP TO THE 6!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The Toronto Raptors ambassador also revealed he’ll be the one designing the rings for the Raptors amid poking fun at Klay Thompson, referring to the time the Warriors SG called him a “bum a**” and saying that he’ll let that incident go.
“Yo Klay, when you’re wakeboarding this summer in your Quiksilver shorts, you know what time it is. When you see me, you better wave — friendly, too,” he teased.
Drake believes, “That dynasty’s over.” “We did what we had to do. Praying for KD, praying for Big Papi, but tonight belongs to Toronto.”
Nora Rothman and Cape Francis release “Fifteen / Feet” just in time for Summer
Earlier this month, singer-songwriter and activist Nora Rothman debuted the first single off her forthcoming EP titled “Nothing New.” The lead single, “strange,” set the tone for the ethereal project that takes influence from folk and soul for a sound Popdust describes as “dream-pop gauziness and 70’s folk motifs.”
Today, ahead of the EP’s July 12th release, Rothman is debuting another cut from the project, this time a collaboration with Cape Francis on “fifteen / feet.”
Produced by Kate Ellwanger (aka DOT) and co-written with Cape Francis, “fifteen / feet” is a song described as “as foreboding as it is wondrous” by Atwood Magazine. The three-minute composition is a lush soundscape of organic instrumentation, driven by guitar and drums, that acts as an ideal foundation to showcase Rothman’s soft vocals and poetic songwriting.
“This EP includes songs from the past five years, like random pages ripped out of a diary,” describes Rothman. “The EP explores newness, nostalgia, and the negative space between them. In the end, it’s really nothing new — we’ve all been here before.”
Lion Babe takes on Center Stage in Atlanta next month
American soul duo consisting of Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman is ramping up for a pint-sized North American tour with a must-attend stop in Atlanta.
Hervey and Goodman are set to play at Center Stage on June 11 ––anticipated to be a sold-out show. The tour announcement comes behind the pair’s newly released second LP, Cosmic Wind, which features appearances from Bilal, Leikeli47, and Raekwon.
You can definitely expect a futuristic set with performances from danceable singles like “The Wave” and “Western World.”
The summer trek kicks of next month, June 5th in Brooklyn, New York and closes out June 25th in Chicago, Illinois.
To purchase tickets for the ATL, click here.
Lion Babe Tour Dates
June 5 – Brooklyn, NY
June 6 – Philadelphia, PA
June 7 – Boston, MA
June 9 – Washington, D.C.
June 11 – Atlanta, GA
June 13 – Houston, TX
June 14 – Austin, TX
June 16 – Dallas, TX
June 18 – Phoenix, AZ
June 19 – Los Angeles, CA
June 21 – San Francisco, CA
June 23 – Seattle, WA
June 25 – Chicago, IL
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