Spotlight Interview With Ava Della Pietra
A new release from Ava Della Pietra comes through as a beautiful and honest pop single that brings a colorful and addictive set of harmonies and the undertone of a stripped-down acoustic pop single.
"The Power of You" is smooth and alluring due to Pietra's outstandingly floaty and warming vocal style.
The single feels like a sunset in a way. It shines with cinematic tonality and showcases the young artists ability to write songs that hook you in within seconds flat.
There is an amazing familiar feeling to this song. Like a hug from a loved one, it puts you at ease for a moment.
This seems to be quite a personal song but doesn't get too deep really which keeps nice and poppy but it's the music and vocal approach that really keep you there.
It's got a way of letting you just sort of get washed away with the sound of it all. You can get quickly engulfed in the track, but it feels great to do just that.
It's clear Pietra is paving her way in the pop world and doing it her own way which is very refreshing indeed.
This song has a subtle sensibility and shows character as an artist without question.
With such a wonderfully woven new single, we wanted to touch base with Pietra to talk about the song and how it came to be.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start off with "Power of You". This track was beautifully performed and had a great pop sensibility! Where did this track come from?
Thank you so much! I wrote the song, and recorded it in Nashville with my producer Steven
Martinez. The song is about trying to find my own voice and break away from influences. The
whole question of the song is whether I will give up and lead my life influenced by others, or
whether I will be unique and live a life that’s just as cool/successful as those that I look up to.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this single. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Some of my favorite musicians have been Alec Benjamin, Conan Gray, Lauv, Dua Lipa, Ed
Sheeran, and Selena Gomez. These artists, and so many more, have inspired my music.
So, how did this all start for you? When I was very little, I frequently sang songs I made up in
my head. Then, when I was four, my mother brought me to a performing arts studio in our
community. When I was seven, I played Little Cosette in the national tour of Les Miserables.
After that, when I was 9, I performed as Susan Waverly in the national tour of White Christmas.
When I was ten, I performed in the original cast of Broadway’s School of Rock, and was there
for almost two years. I started playing instruments at around the age of 4, with the violin and
piano. Auditioning for School of Rock gave me an awesome opportunity to learn bass and later, guitar. Around the same time, I picked up the ukulele. After School of Rock, I transitioned to being a singer-songwriter, and I’ve been doing that ever since!
RAG: What inspires you to write songs?
Writing songs is a way for me to express my emotions. It’s pretty common for songs to just come to me when I am walking around, and then I will sit at the piano and play a few chords and start composing! I usually write the words and melody at the same time. Many of my songs are about my family, especially my older brother, Donald. I also write about my friends, crushes, or (on a more serious note) larger issues that I think need to be
RAG: Can we expect any videos coming from you this year?
I hope so! I had been planning a music video for release with the single, but I put it on hold
because of Omicron. But as soon as I can, I will!
RAG: What's next for you as an artist? Anything in the works even now?
As we have been discussing, power of you will be released on January 28th. Throughout the next couple of months, I will be releasing 3 more original songs, which will comprise a release slated for early May. The tracks will all be available on all streaming platforms. I am really excited for people to hear them. I am also planning to release an LP of 9 more songs in September. I can’t wait.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Lately, I have been listening to Jeremy Zucker, Tate
McRae, and Halsey, as well as the artists I mentioned earlier.
RAG: Will you be putting any focus on live performances?
I am definitely looking forward to performing in-person again as soon as I can. A small tour will probably be starting early this summer! I really miss face-to-face interactions with my audience, and I’ll definitely keep my fans updated on my socials with dates for my upcoming performances!!
RAG: What are you performing on this song exactly?
On this track, I am just singing vocals. When I perform power of you “live”, I will probably play it
on the ukulele or the guitar.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I am ALWAYS working on music but when I’m not doing that, I am a busy high school junior. I
participate in lots of clubs! My favorite one is the drama club– but I also love being in the
RAG: You're 15 years old right? What sort of advice would you have for other up and
coming artists out there?
#1: Work hard. Commit to what you’re doing. Don’t get discouraged or give up!
#2: Don’t spend years rewriting your songs and wait and wait to release your music. Don’t let
the perfect be the enemy of the good. In other words, Go for it!
#3: Be unique and create your own style because you’re the artist!
RAG: Okay so you wake up in the middle of the night starving! What's your go-to midnight snack?
It’s still Goldfish haha!
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I’m so delighted and flattered that people are enjoying my songs! Releasing my music has truly been a dream come true! I can’t wait to release what I’ve written during the pandemic so I can continue to share my stories and values with my fans. My website is www.avadellapietra.com, my Instagram is @avadellapietra, and my Facebook is avadellapietraofficial. A lot of my music, performances, and interviews are also on YouTube.