For singer-songwriter Willow Raye, 2020 has been a yr of private progress. Her track “Numb” that includes Bobby Raps broke into the highest 50 spots on the iTunes High Songs chart, and Willow has adopted that success by releasing her new singles “ADHD” and “By no means Name You Once more.” Lately, Showbiz Cheat Sheet caught up with Willow to debate her new songs and upcoming music plans.
Willow Raye is a author at coronary heart
“I’ve at all times been a author,” Willow informed Showbiz Cheat Sheet over the telephone.
After moving into music and songwriting three years in the past, Willow launched her track “Deja Vu” in 2019.
“I’m new to this factor. However I’m in love with it,” she mentioned.
Whereas Willow has shifted her focus from writing poetry to writing songs, she thinks the 2 are intently linked.
“I’m primarily centered on songwriting proper now, however I feel they each go hand in hand,” she mentioned. “I imply, I’ll write poems, after which I’ll take strains out of the poem and put it into music and type of base it round what I’m writing for music.”
Her success with ‘Numb’
Willow launched the unique model of her track “Numb” in 2019. She reached out to Bobby Raps on the top of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to see if he can be prepared to be featured on the observe. He agreed, and the collaboration reached No. 49 on the iTunes High Songs chart.
As a lot as Willow loved watching her track climb the iTunes chart, she didn’t begin making music with charting as her purpose.
“I launch my music as a result of it makes me glad and it’s like one thing that’s like actually therapeutic for me,” she informed Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I don’t put all my success round numbers. I attempt to outline my success by being proud with the track earlier than it’s even launched as a result of I’m like ‘I can’t imagine I wrote this. I’m so happy with myself.’”
Willow Raye on her new sound
When Willow first began her music profession, her music had an EDM sound. This yr, the singer-songwriter has shifted gears away from EDM and dance tracks. As a substitute, she is targeted on releasing songs with another affect.
“There’s nonetheless Willow Raye, like a Willow Raye core sound I feel,” mentioned Willow.
She credit this consistency to her voice, saying, “I feel it’s type of a cool play on the tracks I’m doing now as a result of they’re very grungy… However then I are available in with my Britney Spears-esque child voice. And I feel it’s like type of a cool distinction.”
Together with her music and writing, Willow brings sturdy femme power. Via her vulnerability and reflection on previous romantic relationships, she goals to provide the message that people are multidimensional creatures.
“I feel that’s the important thing to nice music is simply being susceptible and never hiding your feelings,” she mentioned.
‘ADHD’ and ‘By no means Name You Once more’ showcase Willow Raye’s new sound
“ADHD” marks Willow’s first track along with her new various sound. The choice-pop observe is a first-rate instance of her skill to make an issue enjoyable and lighthearted by means of her songwriting.
When requested concerning the inspiration for the observe, Willow laughed and replied, “Nicely, I’ve ADHD… I feel it’s similar to a extremely enjoyable track and it actually simply exhibits my persona.”
Following the discharge of “ADHD,” Willow launched one other track referred to as “By no means Name You Once more.”
“I simply actually cherished the beat on that one, and I used to be like, ‘I gotta write one thing to this,’” she mentioned of the track.
Followers can anticipate Willow Raye to proceed releasing music. Her track “Darkish Waters” shall be out later this month, and Willow teased that it’s the “most emotional, susceptible track” she has ever written. In December, she plans to launch a track titled “Manic.” Wanting forward, her purpose for 2021 is to launch an EP or a full-length album.
For any up-and-coming singer-songwriters fearful about breaking into the trade, Willow thinks an important factor is to be happy with the work one places out.
“… somebody at all times has one thing to say, it’s simply inevitable…,” mentioned Willow. “Both method, you’re doing one thing you like. That’s all that issues.”