An Interview With Promising Teen Singer-Songwriter, LANA CHALFOUN On Her Latest Single, “Be Ok” and More!
Get to know the teen singer-songwriter Lana Chalfoun! Just a few days ago on October 23rd, she released a new single called “Be Ok.” The song depicts the unique anxiety experienced by young artists trying to prove themselves in today’s music industry. Lana will also be releasing two additional more playful singles, “Get Mad” and “Cut Off”, later this year. This new trio of songs highlights Lana’s sharp vocal control, while demonstrating her quick-witted ability to create a delicate complexity within her lyrics.
In 2019, she released her debut album, “Aware”, which includes a mix of powerful pop-ballads and haunting lyrics about young love. With this album, Lana’s amazing voice – sounding far more mature than her years – and obvious songwriting talent gave rise to comparisons of iconic women in music such as Taylor Swift and Halsey.
When asked about “Be Ok”, Chalfoun explains, “I have often felt growing up that everything I’ve done has never quite been enough. No one told me this, yet it was this anxious feeling embedded in me, that continuously reminded me that I should always be doing more, or I’ll never make it. Because music is like therapy for me, I sat down at the piano during my lowest and wrote this song.”
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Learn more about Lana Chalfoun in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! So how are you keeping busy and musical these days during the pandemic? How are you staying connected to your fans? Are you finding that social media is even more useful now?
The pandemic, although terrible, has allowed me to have a lot of time to reflect and write, as well as post on social media. I think that social media, now more than ever, is the best way of promoting your material and yourself! I’ve also been working on a couple new singles and a music video, and those have definitely kept me busy!
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What has been the best part so far for you?
I wanted to be a singer for as long as I can remember. The moment I knew specifically that I wanted to be a musician was the first time in the studio. I was ten, listening back to my first song and I just knew that’s what I had to do. The best part has been getting to turn something I’ve created into a finished work of art, and perform it for people.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?
I don’t think my hometown has influenced my music because I never felt very attached to where I live. I’ve always loved big, busy cities, and so Michigan just never really felt like home. Yet, I was born in New York, and I love every time I visit.
Let’s talk about your brand new song, “Be OK.” What was the inspiration for this track? How do you think it prepares listeners for more music from you? How does it show how you have grown since your 2019 debut album, “Aware”?
My inspiration for “Be Ok’ was based off of how I was feeling at the current time. I had filled my head with many condescending thoughts towards myself and career, and never thought I was doing enough to be successful. So, I wrote the song as a way to cope. I love the style of this song and really want to keep doing music like it so I think it’s a good preview of what’s to come. I think my writing is much more mature as well as my voice. Each year I improve but that’s what’s so exciting about starting young. I will get to look back and see how I grew.
Besides the other single releases for this year, do you have plans to release an EP or a full album?
Not as of right now- we are releasing two singles after “Be Ok,” but as of right now no album.
What was it like making the music video for “Be Ok”? How creatively involved with the overall process were you?
It was so fun making the music video! It was my first experience and I absolutely loved it. I was pretty involved but my producer, Jeremy Ryan, directed it and had the image for it. I think it matches the vibe of the song very well.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? Who has consistently been inspiring you and the music that you make?
I would love to perform with Adele at least once in my lifetime, but besides that working/writing with Billie Eilish would be amazing. I really love her music and voice, and think we would collaborate well.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope that people can feel something from it. I just want people to listen to the song, and be able to relate it back to their life in some way. I think it’s so cool that one song can apply to so many people’s stories.