Southern California native, Lisa Danaë, is a star on the rise. She recently released her single, “Starlet”, inspired by a music writer who wrote reviews for her past releases, “Type Erase” and “1445”. “Starlet” is a self-love, empowerment song about her personal experience in the music industry.
“It’s been difficult and I’ve been pulled in multiple directions,” says Lisa. “No one really seemed to understand my vision, but once I took control of my career, I started finding myself and my voice.”
The song is being marketed as “music focused on empowering through vulnerability, so we asked Lisa to elaborate on her vision for pushing the track.
“There is a common misconception that vulnerability is a weakness. My lyrics are very specific to events in my life, but I tend to switch the lyrics in different sections to make it feel more universal. Everyone goes through similar struggles at different times and people still feel like they are alone, even though that is not the case. We need to normalize emotions and mental health and learn how to be more empathetic with one another. It takes a lot of courage to open up to people, so I want my music to encourage the listener to realize that being vulnerable is a strength, especially in a time of need.”
Photos by Christ Rodarte
Lisa’s journey began when she joined choir in the fourth grade. She learned about harmonizing, blending, dynamics and performing and this is when she also discovered she could sing. She moved to West Hollywood in 2015, then Burbank, and she has now lived in Pasadena for the past three years.
Now she’s promoting “Starlet” and has also released the official music video for the song. The new video “replicates [the] iconic looks of Christina Aguilera, Brittney Spears and Mariah Carey.” Photographer and videographer, Josh Suguitan, helped Lisa to create a story line with this vision in mind, paying homage to artists she looks up to.
“I wanted something simple yet detailed with camera work and highlighting the looks, so we decided to focus on transitions. Because “Starlet” is about owning your identity, we chose to incorporate all four looks from the artwork into the video as those different styles represent my identity.”
Watch the Official Music Video here!
Lisa is working towards live-streaming regularly since the music industry is still on hold.
“I hope to be able to tour the world in the near future.”
Lisa hopes to get at least one of her songs synced in TV or film and dreams of making more music, videos, merchandise, tour the world, and more with other like-minded creatives and help them reach their career goals as well.
She is currently wrapping up the production for her next single and will move to another song production right after that.
“I really believe in my dreams, so I surround myself with others that understand and share my vision. They believe in me, I believe in them, so that helps me stay focused. We help each other stay positive even when things are not going great. I definitely have my negative moments and my support system helps me by reminding me who I am and everything I’ve accomplished thus far. We all come from different places, so we encourage each other’s mental health and to be well-rounded by having those uncomfortable conversations to better ourselves. Real friendship is hard to find nowadays and mine are definitely not afraid to tell me when I am wrong and hold me accountable.”
Her advice for aspiring artists, “Stay true to yourself and fight for what you believe in. You’re going to come across a lot of people that want to mold you into where they think you “fit” and they’ll try to guarantee opportunities, but know that nothing is guaranteed and you won’t have any control over your art if you choose to “fit in”. Everything will fall into place and it is very possible to find people that understand your vision, believe in your brand, support your image, your music, and more. If you really want this, you have to stand your ground, work hard, and stay strong.”
To her fans, Lisa would like to say, “Thank you. I truly appreciate every loving message that I receive whether you’ve been with me from the beginning or just now discovering me, it means a lot to me that you take the time to look at everything I create and I hope you find it inspiring. This industry is brutal and difficult to break, but as hard as it can be financially, emotionally, mentally, physically, knowing that I’m inspiring others to go after their true passions is satisfying.”
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