Who You Need: Gia Woods

WHO: Gia Woods

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Pop

TOP SONGS: “Heart Won’t Forget” and “Only a Girl”

Gia Woods is making her own rules, as we hear on her track “Jump The Fence.” She sings with a raspy sweetness, “I’ma jump the fence, won’t second guess, cause the way ya got me feelin’s, got me feeling dangerous.” Her sultry attitude draws you in at the start of every song. Her latest single, “New Girlfriend” features a light/groovier beat, read more below to find out the inspiration behind it!

What do you want people to feel while listening to “Jump the Fence”?  

“I want people to trust their own intuition more. I think a lot of times people get in their own way by always needing outside reassurance or acceptance. This is about overcoming that and doing whatever it is that makes you the most happy!”

What can fans expect from your debut EP? 

“I’m really focused on releasing tons of new music. So lots of singles and eventually an album or EP. But definitely new music every month! So you’ll have to stay tuned to find out!”

What’s your opinion on LGBTQ representation in music? 

“I like the fact that it is becoming way more widely accepted than any other time, and that so many talented artists have been brave enough to be open and vulnerable through their art. But I also just hope that people don’t treat sexuality as a new fad.”

Who are some of your current musical influences? 

“I’m always listening to different genres. But especially been listening to a lot of 80s and 90s music!”

Explain new single, “New Girlfriend” and how that song came to be? 

“This was an outside song that I had heard through my A&R. I fell in love with the topline as soon as I heard it, and I knew exactly how to make it my own so I booked a day with the writers and we tweaked the lyrics. Then I spent some time referencing production ideas with the producer and it all came together super naturally. It was an honor to work with people I truly respect! This is one of my favorite records that I was lucky enough to make mine.”

Learn more about Gia Woods, here!


 

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On Repeat: “Just Thought You Should Know” – Betty Who

With the arrival of Betty Who‘s third album, titled Betty, comes 90’s infused pop ballads and dance tunes meant to bring smiles and memories to all who listen. “Just Thought You Should Know” feels retro and emotional; a true standout on one of her shiniest albums to date.

Betty shed light on the song saying, “‘Just Thought You Should Know’ is one of the songs I’m the most proud of in my career. I’m really emotional (duh) and in relationships sometimes it’s impossible to share that with someone who doesn’t feel the same way about you, even if they did at one time in your lives.”

She sweetly sings, “I can still feel you, you’re everywhere, I can taste your lips, hear your voice in my head.” Poignant Whitney Houston-esque beats and simple pop chords make this song heartbreakingly magical. Following the typical pop formula, Betty’s voice takes on softer notes and swiftly works her way up to a belted chorus.

Listen for yourself here:

Also watch this gorgeous stripped down version:

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Cautious Clay’s “Reasons”

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“Reasons” feels different from any other Cautious Clay song. It’s lined with exuberant hip-hop elements; starting with a deep guitar riff then swiftly back into a rhythmic beat. Keeping his harmonic background vocals and soaring alto notes as he croons about making mistakes, changes, and being honest.

“I did it all for the no, I did it all for the no good reasons, I said it all for the need, I always knew you would change like seasons” Clay preaches on the chorus. “Reasons” is edgy and urgent, unlike the slower yet philosophical themes of Clay’s previous work.

The Brooklyn-native is working on an EP to be released early next year.

Listen to “Reasons” here:

 


 

Who You Need: Wafia

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WHO: Wafia

WHERE: Netherlands

GENRE: Alt/pop

TOP SONGS: “Bodies”, “Better Not”

Since the August release of Wafia’s fizzy pop single “I’m Good”, fans have been blowing up the singers spotlight. “Good” serves as a fun breakup anthem (or maybe you just decided to stop eating Cheetos in bed…to each their own.) A bouncy beat makes this song cheeky like a 70’s sitcom intro, add in some layered harmonic vocals and you’ve got a hit.

Wafia proclaims her naivety and boy did she learn. She starts out the song like any good ole love story; “I was so young, I was so dumb when I gave you my heart.” The singer says, “‘I’m Good’ was an attempt at writing a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the time I could foresee heartbreak that I was going to have to work through and I wanted to write the song that I’d want to hear at the end of it all.” Genius? I think so.

If you’re interested in some of her other work that may not be pulsing through the radio waves, listen to my personal favorite, her joint EP titled (m)edian, with producer/singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Ta-Ku. “Meet In the Middle” and “Love Somebody” will write the love letter you never found the words for. Also, check out her solo work including “Bodies” and “Only Love”. Not to mention her explosive pop-dance hit, “Better Not” with rising EDM act, Louis the Child.


Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour

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The New Jersey-native released her Romeo & Juliet inspired album last June, titled, hopeless fountain kingdom. Brimming to the surface with themes of love, betrayal, friendship, and so much more. Each song spoke to a different piece of the puzzle we call love.

Halsey appeared from behind a large white sheet, ethereal in an all-white getup decked out with a lace veil. The crowd of twenty-somethings screamed in admiration as she belted the opening track, “Eyes Closed”. Her bright blue hair bobbed around as the dramatic visuals behind her set the mood.

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She sings, “I can put on a show” from “Heaven In Hiding” and boy, can she ever put on a show. Massive screens behind the singer showcase various artistic elements that enhance the themes we hear in each powerful song. Buzzing bugs, kaleidoscope colors, and religious symbols illuminate the stage. Halsey has remained the same throughout the years; a lyrical mastermind who knows how to execute beautifully. She twirls, stomps, and dances around to tracks you forgot you could even dance to (listen to “Don’t Play” with the bass up as high as it’ll go). hopeless fountain kingdom’s “Alone” had the crowd bouncing as if there were trampolines beneath our feet.

A sense of female empowerment could be felt miles away from the stage. With Halsey recently breaking the news of her relationship with rapper G-Eazy ending, she seemed to give fans a dose of her current reality. “I want you to know, it’s okay to be alone,” the singer confidently says into the mic, “I’m learning it again this week.” She went on to give a supercharged performance of “Don’t Play” featuring a choreographed stomp in shallow water, and a call & response exchange with the loud crowd; “WOMEN, DON’T PLAY NO GAMES!!” over and over. Hand me the torch, I’m ready to run around the world chanting that.

Halsey’s voice is already unique, but hearing her live is a different story. Frequent harmonic interludes and prolonged outro’s made the singer seem even more of a pop star by the second. Her drummer (tucked in by the corner of the stage) amplified each track to feel more organic and less like a guy in the back hitting a play button on a soundboard. Songs like, “Closer” (by The Chainsmokers), “Now Or Never”, “Bad At Love”, and “New Americana” had fans screaming from the rafters. It felt as though she couldn’t have done more if she tried – she did it all and has mastered this tour.

 

To see Halsey on tour, click here!