NXTSTYLE’s 2020 Songs of the Summer: Angela Parchetta “Tell Me”
INTRODUCING NXTSTYLE’S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER,' HIGHLIGHTING OUR FAVORITE TRACKS WE'VE DISCOVERED THIS SUMMER. OVER 70 SONGS FROM NEW AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FORM OUR SUMMER 2020 SOUNDTRACK. TODAY WE SPOTLIGHT SINGER/SONGWRITER ANGELA PARCHETTA. THE NORTH CAROLINA NATIVE RELEASED HER SINGLE “TELL ME” EARLIER THIS SUMMER. LEARN MORE ABOUT HER MUSIC, YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND LOVE FOR TAYLOR SWIFT IN OUR FEATURED INTERVIEW.
Your latest single “Tell Me” is a vulnerable song that takes on life’s inner challenges. Take us through the creation of the single and how important it was for you to release a track of this nature. What do you hope fans can take from this single?
So this song idea had been sitting in my voice memos for months, but it wasn’t until Connor Holcombe from 7 City Recording in Raleigh, NC reached out that my vision for it came to fruition! We worked hard to really create a track that mirrors the constant inner turmoil that exists inside a singer-songwriter trying to make it in the industry. The amount of self-confidence and motivation you have to have is something that people tend to underestimate. It’s hard when you think you’ve written an amazing song and then it doesn’t get the response you expected. It’s even harder to dust yourself off and try again when everyone around you seems to have it all figured out. Success in this industry is a marathon, not a sprint and I did my best to capture that in this track.
What would be the ultimate sync placement for “Tell Me”?
Oh man, the DREAM is to have “Tell Me” in a commercial for Apple, Google or Target. I also think it’d fit in well on a Starbucks coffee shop playlist.
Loved watching your review of Taylor Swift’s new album ‘folklore’. In the review you speak about Taylor getting back to her roots and how you think it will win people back. Speaking to your own artistry, talk about the core of who you are as an artist and what kind of purpose you hope it takes on.
I’ve always written songs in order to process events and feelings in my life. If a person listens to my music and feels like someone finally understands them, it will have served its purpose.
Piggybacking on that last question, what about the root of Taylor the artist and even the person makes her so admirable by so many? Does she and any other artists play an influence on your career as a singer/songwriter?
Taylor does a really good job of making her fans feel like friends and genuinely caring about them. Not only that, but she writes music that is raw and real and not just cookie cutter “I love you/I hate you” songs. Listening to Taylor Swift is like getting advice from an older sister. She’s had a profound impact on my career by teaching me how to fearlessly and unapologetically tell stories through music.
``TELL ME`` NXTSTYLE'S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER'
As we deal with one of the most challenging years as a society, do you find the major events of this year have changed your perspective on life and relationships? Has it played an influence on your songwriting?
It definitely forced me to slow down and take stock of what’s worth focusing on. Life moves so fast that sometimes we get caught up in distractions. This time has put a lot into perspective for me and it’s definitely reflected in my music.
Whether it’s an album, being around certain people, or an activity, what is one thing that has helped you move forward during the pandemic? Anything you can suggest for others?
I made an effort to keep a daily routine and to check in with family/friends. Having a routine keeps you from feeling helpless or useless in times of turmoil, so I highly recommend finding a routine that works for you!
You have a really impressive YouTube channel where you mix cover songs with assorted pop culture content. One of the videos that caught my attention was your analysis of Selena Gomez’s AMA performance that gained a lot of attention. You dissect it from the point of view of a vocal coach and explain how she isn’t a bad singer; her shaky performance was due to a case of nerves. Using your vocal coach instincts, how often do you see this happening to popular artists on stage and what’s a good tip to help any artists dealing with nerves?
Honestly, I don’t see it too much in popular artists. Many times popular artists are stretched so thin that their voices are just too tired. Selena Gomez’s performance at the AMA’s was the first time I’d ever thought “the poor girl is nervous.” A fool proof trick for nerves is to pick a spot on the back wall, slightly above the audience’s heads and sing to that!
Of the talented artists, songwriters, and producers out there is there someone you would really love to collaborate with?
My DREAM is to collaborate with Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff. I’d also love to work with Megan & Liz, Halsey or Ed Sheeran.
This year we saw the release of your album ‘Hindsight’ and most recently your single “Tell Me”. What can fans expect next as we head into the final months of the year?
Well I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say you’re going to want to be subscribed to my youtube channel and email list!
Is there a charity or organization that means a lot to you that you urge others to look into? Any particular connection you have to it?
The Lupus Foundation of America and the ALS Foundation both have special places in my heart. Both of these autoimmune diseases have impacted my immediate family so I strive to raise awareness in their honor.
ANGELA PARCHETTA's Top 5 songs this summer:
- Carly Rae Jepsen “Cut to the Feeling”
- Katy Perry “Never Really Over”
- Taylor Swift “August”
- Andy Grammer “Keep Your Head Up”
- WALK THE MOON “One Foot”
Listen to all of our featured artist’s favorite songs of the summer on our special Spotify playlist.
Angela Parchetta’s ‘Firsts and Favorites’
First concert: The Jonas Brothers Burnin Up Tour.
Favorite album: 1989 by Taylor Swift
First song you fell in love with: “You and Me” by Lifehouse
Favorite concert: The 1989 World Tour
First performance: My first performance was actually when I was 4! My voice studio was doing a show and I was the first one to go on. I sang Zippity doo-da *laughs*
Favorite thing to do outside of music: Outside of music, you can find me drinking coffee, editing videos and spoiling my dog, Mia.
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