Canadian singer-songwriter Nuela Charles is back with her newest single “Awakening”. Nuela Charles is known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence. Born in Kenya, raised in Switzerland, Canada, and the Bahamas before settling in Canada, Nuela’s music is infused with her multicultural upbringing, giving a fresh and diverse flair to her sound.
ai love music has featured Charles before, last year, with one of our favorite EPs released. We wrote that Blissful Madness by Nuela Charles is a must-listen for its sass, grit, soul, and beauty. In the three tracks, there is so much in store for the listeners. Each track features delicious melodies, Charles’ signature sultry vocals, engrossing instrumentations, and delicious, harmonious layers of melodies and vocals.
The artist recently spoke with ai love music via email about the single. Find out by continuing reading what this single means for the artist. Also, check it out down below and let me know what you think in the comments!
Hey Nuela! It has been a while since you have been featured on ai love music. How are you doing? What is new with you?
Hello!!! I’m doing well thank you!! Lots of new things on my end that I’m really excited about.
Besides your new release, what have you been up to musically?
Musically I have been working on my own production skills. Over lockdown I was able to get a bunch of gear and really get into that side of music. I’ve usually left production to experienced producers, but I am really trying to develop those skills in myself.
Congratulations on winning a grand prize award at the Her Music Awards. How does it feel to win the award?
Thank you. Winning anything really feels great – but this one was definitely special. Being recognized by other super talented and successful female musicians within our Canadian industry means a lot.
What does this award mean to you?
Honestly – winning this award was more of an affirmation of myself as an artist. It was a little nudge of encouragement during a time when I felt the walls were caving in, and this might just not be the career for me. So the timing was perfect.
Let’s talk about your single “Awakening”. What is it about?
“Awakening” is that feeling of “I’m here. This is me. Take it or leave it.” It’s about re-awakening that fiery spirit within, that we can diminish for the sake of others sometimes.
What inspired you to write this track?
As a female artist in a male-dominated industry – I’ve learned this the hard way. Having been ridiculed in my own sessions, as if I didn’t know how to write my own songs. It was a very eye-opening and at the time, scarring, experience. So this is my anthem so to speak to remind myself that I am powerful in my own right.
Which sounds, lyrics, and/or musical textures did you want to use in “Awakening”?
This song definitely went through its own journey starting out as more of a downtempo afrobeat vibe and evolving into a more soaring Phantogram-esque track.
Which elements make this track such a fiery one?
I think the drums definitely give off their own energy and make it very fiery. They’re almost industrial at points, but not too far removed from what Nuela Charles is musical.
What do you want listeners to listen for in “Awakening”?
I want listeners to hone in on the lyrics. I think there is a message in there for everyone, not just for women. It’s about owning your space and believing in yourself.
What is next for Nuela Charles?
There is a lot of new music coming up for Nuela Charles – and I’m truly excited. This is my 10th year releasing Nuela Charles records, and I’m it’s only getting better.
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