An Interview With Pop Newcomer, Singer-Songwriter, NADIA VAEH On Her Newest Single, ‘Monroe’ and Much More!
Get to know the pop artist, Nadia Vaeh! She recently released an empowering new single called “Monroe.” A true pop anthem that will resonate with women around the world, this track pays homage to female icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Meryl Streep, Celine Dion and more. The single is available for streaming and download on digital music platforms worldwide.
Produced by Dion Shaw and co-produced by Tyler Spratt, “Monroe” is an alluring pop song that focuses on women’s empowerment and the positive outcomes that can result when women support each other. “I wanted to write a song paying tribute to many of the women who have influenced me as an artist, entertainer, and woman. ‘Monroe’ to me is about being confident in yourself and working to uplift and inspire other women,” explained Vaeh. “We all have room to shine and when we allow that light to flow through, we can create space for others to do the same.” Humble and ambitious in her goals for the song, Vaeh hits the mark with “Monroe.” Marilyn Monroe is just one of the many iconic female role models that Vaeh name drops on the track but was ultimately given the song title. “Marilyn Monroe, I believe, was very much a pioneer in shifting how women have been portrayed since the beginnings of cinema. I feel like she existed in a very confusing time and was highly misunderstood. She spearheaded a different sort of self-expression for women in the public eye. She was bold and fearless.” Vaeh too is bold and fearless. Uplifting piano and drums create an epic and catchy ballad for Vaeh to sing her heart out to, and audiences can’t help but sing along.
The Atlanta native’s love of music started at just two years old. Her American mother and Lebanese father nurtured that love when they placed her in a traveling youth-choir. Her mother, a poet, has an especially important influence on Vaeh developing her lyricism and language. When she tragically lost her mother to suicide at just seventeen years old, the young artist’s course was forever shifted. She stopped making music, left her high-school band, and started down a path of self-destructive behaviors and self-sabotage. When she finally returned to music, she was desperately searching for anything that could help her deal with the heartbreak. With relentless resilience and perseverance, Nadia Vaeh has grown into the artist and performer she is today. Her journey is not only self-healing though, as she seeks to inspire those around the world with her pop music. As she put it, “I would rather focus on uplifting and advocating for a worthy cause than on just catchy lyrics and melodies. I am particularly drawn to pop as these ‘ear-worms’ do have such a powerful ability to create positive shifts in the world around us.”
Nadia Vaeh’s words aim to encourage women to embrace their own strengths and live in their truth to follow their dreams. It is apparent upon hearing the song that Vaeh is very passionate about empowering women. Proceeds of the song will be donated to GirlUp, a United Nations Foundation dedicated to advancing girls’ skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders and to inspire a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change. You can download or stream “Monroe” on digital music platforms worldwide. Keep up with Vaeh’s latest at: NadiaVaeh.com.
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Learn more about Nadia Vaeh in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today, Nadia. So how are you keeping busy and musical these days during this crazy Covid-19 pandemic? How are you staying connected to your fans?
Thank you for having me! It’s not always to keep a routine, but that is where is all starts for me. On the days that I start my day regimented, my creativity and connection to the world around me is stronger. I try to start off with some tea, stretching and journaling. On mornings that I don’t do this, I try not to beat myself up. In the words of Aaliyah, sometimes ya just have to ‘dust yourself off and try again, try again.’ I find creatively, collaboration has been even more vital as it is a great motivator and helps lift my vibration.
What kind of music do you think is going to come out of these crazy times? Are you working on anything new right now?
I believe that some of the best music will come out of this time. It will be some of the most honest writing from this generation of artists. I am writing each week and what comes out is always different. Sometimes it’s a sad song you could dance to or a ballad. I have also been writing more for other artists, which has nice to step out of my own struggles. I am interested to look back on this time and to see what evolves.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out? How has that changed over the years?
The moment I knew I wanted to be an artist, I was seven years old. I was singing in the bathroom and I walked out to my Aunt asking if that was really me singing. Then just a few years later I was writing poetry with my mother and soon that transformed into songwriting. Songwriting and singing have always been a way for me to better understand myself and those around me. It’s a form of expression that helps heal every wound and what keeps me going is knowing my songs can help others heal just as well. My motivations always fluctuate and change, but this one always remains constant.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?
My hometown has definitely had a major impact me as an artist. Being from the south I was immersed in such a wide variety of music; folk, soul, country, jazz, classic rock, gospel, R&B. Living in the city of Atlanta also really gave me the influence of urban trap rhythms and sounds. I think having this eclectic musical exposure has allowed me to be exploratory in the production and rhythmic syncopations I apply to my pop songs. This is one of the many reasons why I love pop so much! You can sprinkle in elements of so many different genres.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Were your family and friends supportive of this career choice? If you weren’t a musician today, could you see yourself doing anything else?
Music has always been my lifeline. I was the emo kid that would sit for hours in my room dissecting new CDs and studying their lyrics for deeper meanings. When I first began my career as an artist, there was definitely some resistance from my family. I, of course, had no idea what I was doing in the beginning and was flailing around in the wind. Haha…I think my poor dad had a hard time watching me find my way to where I am now. Now that I am here though, I feel my family and I have grown to really get and respect each other. That is the magic of music and why I could never see myself in any other career unless it was somehow related to music. It’s life’s medicine.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part?
I would say the biggest surprise has been how long it takes to make a song ready for the world to hear. When I first started this journey, I had no idea the intensity of the process…I also didn’t realize what a damn perfectionist I can be!! Haha. It can take months, even years just to get one song ready for release. I also had no clear picture of all the details that go into each release. I have definitely welcomed learning sooo many new skills as an independent artist. To do well as an indie kid, you have to wear many hats; publicist, creative director, social media manager, music video producer, set designer, stylist, makeup artist, performer, recording artist, songwriter, manager, booking agent, accountant, travel agent, event coordinator, inventory manger, web designer, graphic designer, psychologist, and more. While thankfully, now I have expanded my team a bit and have a lot more help from some amazing folks, at any given moment, I have to be able to wear these hats, and wear them well. The best part of all of this has been growing, learning and finding my tribe. I really adore the team of friends I am able to create with and so proud of all we have accomplished together as well as excited for where we are headed.
Let’s talk about your new single, “Monroe.” What was the inspiration for this track? How does it pay homage to female icons of the world? How would you say that it compares to anything else that you have released?
So “Monroe” is not only inspired by the women mentioned in the song, but by all women that have impacted my growth. I would not be the artist or person I am today without these inspirations or friendships. I hope this song feels like an anthem to all women and is a reminder to be themselves and that they are enough. I think this song shows the most growth from me as an artist and writer. This song has further helped me connect to my purpose and my skin, more than any other.
I would love to know more about how you first got involved with GirlUp and how proceeds of “Monroe” will be donated to this United Nations Foundation inspiring a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change?
I first learned of GirlUp from Cara Delevingne’s instagram feed. Then fast forward to me finishing up writing “Monroe” when my friend Lia and I got to discussing partnership possibilities for the song and their name came up again. I just love the work they do as their aim is to build leadership development skills starting from the ground up; when women are young girls! I just know if I had this sort of education from a young age available to me, I wouldn’t be in my 20s coming into my skin, power and purpose. Empowerment starts with education and continues with advocacy, this is why with GirlUp! I want to utilize the message and impact of this song to help them continue the work they do by bringing more awareness to who they are and what they do, as well as send some of the funds I make from streaming their way each year.
Can you tease what you hope the music video for “Monroe” will be like? How creatively involved with the process are you?
So the development of this music video has been a process and with COVID-19 it may be a while before I get it out into the world. I do like to be very involved in the creative process in everything that I do and am working hard to make this video perfect! I usually self-direct my projects and write all the concepts. In the meantime, I have another visual idea planned that I have to keep hush hush, but will be coming very soon 😉
Do you hope to release more music in the coming months and an EP or album?
Yes! I have a lot more music planned for 2020 such as a few more singles, an EP and more happenings with Monroe (The Monroe Project).
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
I have grown so much!! I am not the same songwriter I was when I began this journey. I am more authentic, connected to my message, a better vocalist, as well as growing into my sound and voice more and more each day.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career so far? What is it like keeping up with all of your different accounts? What is your favorite way to connect with fans?
Social media has been a blessing in many ways. So many of the collaborators I work with, I’ve met from Instagram. A lot of my songs would not exist without social media. I definitely utilize Instagram more than any other platform and keep up with it better than my other accounts. I am realizing live-streaming is the best way to connect with fans, which has taken some getting used to! Its like having a conversation with no sonic response! I am enjoying it now more-so being in quarantine. Social media can also be creatively draining and quite toxic so I also try to limit my time on it.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? Who has been inspiring you and the music that you make?
I would be honored to write with Taylor Swift. Number one dream collaboration.
Where would you still love to hear a song of yours played?
In a Marvel film. I will go hug my own fantastic 4 (my music team!) and celebrate with them the day that happens.
What would a dream music video look like for you?
I would definitely draw inspiration from Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry”. That music video makes your head split.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope that my music makes you feel better and less alone as well reminds you of your own resilience and that, despite all life’s challenges, the world really is a beautiful place.