Saturday, June 5, 2021

Willa Amai - Too Close (Official Video)

Seventeen-year-old music phenom, Willa Amai can lay her head down sweetly this month as she comes in strong with the release of her much-anticipated debut album, I Can Go To Bed Whenever.  Hitting the top of the charts on many platforms.

The title of Amai’s debut album, I CAN GO TO BED WHENEVER runs deep in context, however, it reflects and speaks to the Los Angeles teen’s mental health journey, and how a childhood diagnosis of anxiety disorder manifested itself, even as then-13-year-old Amai was going viral on YouTube for her ethereal cover of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” in 2017. The song was also used for a commercial, and won the coveted CANNES LION, and Variety’s Sync of the year awards.
“I had a fear of not sleeping, from fourth to eighth grade, I made my mom promise me that I could go to bed whenever — that whatever time I ended up falling asleep, that it would be okay. It’s been a couple years now since I’ve had to do that, and it was just such a momentous experience of letting go of that reassurance that I needed so badly when I was younger, and it signified my growth.” Still managing her anxiety, Amai is an ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Making impressive inroads in the music industry, and connections to some of its most respected female artists, Amai has dueted with legends like Dolly Parton, and performed live with hero Brandy Carlile.
Multi-platinum award-winning, Grammy-nominated producer, Linda Perry produced Amai’s debut album and remarks “I believe this kid, every word. Her emotional intelligence and the commitment to preserve the art of songwriting makes me happy. When I listen to music, all I want to do is close my eyes and wait for the chord, melody or lyric that makes my heart ache. Willa Amai’s music breaks my heart in all the best ways possible.”
With the release of this debut album, the last single “Too Close” continues to show the vulnerable side to Amai. “I hope people take away what they need to take away from “Too Close.”  It’s about claustrophobia, and everybody feel that in different ways, so I can only hope they see their own stories in the song and can take away something positive for themselves.” 
As Amai continues to rise, the industry will undoubtedly notice, and the fans will soak in her honesty. If truth is what Perry was looking for, well, she hit the motherload.

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