Interview by Rebecca Mae
Hi Nyah! Welcome to All or Nothing Magazine. How are you doing?
I'm doing very well!
Can you tell us a little about yourself to start?
I'm 18 years old and I was born and raised in a small farm town in Oregon. I love iced coffee, painting and of course music. I've been singing since I was 6 years old and writing music since I was 12. About two years later I met my manager John, and a year after that I kickstarted my career in the UK. For the past year I've been writing and recording songs for my upcoming album with Michael Graves and Steve Chrisanthou.
Your new single, “I Just Wish You’d Call Me”, drops May 1. What was the writing process like for this song?
I wrote this song with Steve Chrisanthou. The day we started writing, I was feeling really lonely and a bit disconnected from my friends and family. I wanted to write a song about growing apart from someone, & feeling like you no longer need their full attention, but still wanting them to call you every once in a while. I presented the chorus idea to Steve and explained my vision for it - he was a bit hesitant at first but ultimately the two of us were able to create the interesting effect that I think makes the song.
You have a really beautiful vibe to your music. Is that intentional, or is it natural in the writing and recording process?
Thank you very much! I would say it is partially intentional. I do have a certain standard to all of my songs and whilst writing them, I have a very clear vision of how I want them to be post-production.
Who are your biggest music inspirations and why?
I've always loved Billie Holiday, Norah Jones and Lianne La Havas. Listening to their music growing up definitely influenced my musical style and how I write music.
Who/what would you consider to be the biggest non-music related influence?
This may be a very cheesy answer, but I would say my mom or my older sister. We’re all very close and I think I really look up to both of them and am influenced by them in a lot of ways.
What is your ultimate dream collaboration and why?
Hands down Mahalia. I love how she presents herself and I absolutely adore her music. She has an incredible message and such interesting stories about love and life to share. I would die to even be in the same room with her let alone collaborate on a song with her.
Anything else in the works that you can tell us about?
My debut album is coming out very very soon and I am over the moon excited. I'm also writing constantly in quarantine and hope to release even more new material throughout the year.