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Written By: Rose Fong

SHE SINGS FOR US

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Her vocal talents discovered by chance at eleven years old, Avonlea’s sound is pretty unique in today’s pop world -- her jazzy and soulful voice stands out from the crowd. 

Avonlea is not the first artist who knows that being a teenaged girl in the music business is exponentially confusing and tough. “In front of all these people’s eyes, you’re going through different phases… Especially as a teenager, privacy is very important, so I feel like growing up as a songwriter, it’s been a journey having to [open up] and share everything [as I experience it]. It’s made me a very honest person in my music and also in my day to day life.”

Avonlea feels especially vulnerable in these songwriting sessions: she must spend four hours with a stranger, usually an older man, and they must write a three-minute pop song. “Being my age and gender... [they assume] maybe her dad paid for her to be in this session, and maybe she can’t write a word at all, maybe she’s not a good singer. And so, it takes a lot to constantly prove yourself to people.”

“I’ve got an amazingly stable foundation of family members and friends and really, really supportive people who I’ve met in the music business. Even if I wanted to go off the deep end, they all probably wouldn’t let me.”

Avonlea’s father accompanies her to writing and recording sessions, and he is her protector and makes her feel safe. Avonlea recalls a session when her co-songwriter left the studio, went to a liquor store, and returned drunk. “Being as young as I am, [I] have to have a good relationship with my parents so that when any of these situations happen, they can pull [me] out of there… there are definitely a lot of weirdos in the music business.”

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Her struggle is still very active as she grows up in the music industry. Things are changing constantly around her and within her. “The only reason I sing is because I song-write. The thing that stays true to me in all the crazy is my songwriting.”

On staying positive, Avonlea says her struggle is more in her mind and in her perception of herself than on her appearance or body. She sensibly reminds herself, “No one really cares how I look or what I do, because nearly everyone is just as self-centered as I am. I’m just here to live my life, not telling myself constantly to be something I’m not for other people. Why don’t we all just be kind and be ourselves?”

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“I’ve found -- especially with the media and the industry of fashion and make-up and all of these unattainable beauty standards -- it’s so debilitating sometimes. It’s such a struggle because the whole world wants you to be something that you’re not. But if you change, you’re doing the world an injustice because you’re the only one. That’s an extremely special and valuable thing. Don’t let anyone take that from you. Don’t let you take that from you.”

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To see more of Avonlea and her journey please follow her @Avonleamusic

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