Singer/songwriter Anjelia Pelay debuts today, April 1st, the new single off her upcoming EP, The Heart Decides. It is called Superman and, unlike Kiss My Ass, it shows a softer side of Anjelia. She wrote the song with her producer Brian Blake, who worked on her upcoming album!! I'm loving the song, which is quite personal to Anjelia. When speaking about the song she said:
The song was written about one of my best friends growing up, the person that was always there for me through the good and the bad..through everything. It tells what happened to our relationship from the beginning 'back in the high school days', up until when I left our hometown to move to California for my career. It's pretty storytelling in the lyrics so I'll let y'all listen to find out what it's about. ; ).
I had the pleasure to ask Anjelia some questions so we could get to know her a bit better. So check it out below!
1. How old were you when you realized you wanted to pursue a music career?
I've always wanted to for as long as I can remember.
2. What are your musical inspirations/influences?
Most definitely the music I was raised on has influenced me the most: Johnny Cash, Freddy Mercury, Buddy Miller, Eric Clapton, The Dixie Chicks, The Beatles..to name a few. As I was growing up, Today I’m digging Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry like no other, but the classics I grew up with will always hold the number one spot for me.
3. Let’s talk about your beautiful single ‘Kiss My Ass’. How was the working process behind it?
Thank you! I love that you called it beautiful :). I consider it one of my angriest songs. I’ve always been pretty private about my personal life, especially when it comes to love. I don't hold back in my songs though. I feel like I can share enough about my life through music to let people know what I’m going through, and that’s exactly what I did in this song and on the album. “Kiss My Ass” is about becoming strong enough to walk away from an abusive relationship with a manipulative partner. I want anyone who has been through this awful situation to be able to listen to this song and feel empowered, and to know they are stronger and better off on their own.
4. This song is so catchy and it would fit perfectly as a song for Hayden Panettiere's character Juliette Barnes on Nashville! Do you watch the show?
I am a HUGE Nashville fan and thank YOU again because Juliette is my favorite character on the show. She is very misunderstood at first but when you realize how hard her life was, you see she is only protecting herself. I would absolutely love to see her perform my song "Kiss My Ass" on the show! It is very fitting to the character's sound, attitude, and strength, which I can also relate to her strength of having been through extremely hard times.
5. Do you think that it makes Country music more approachable to the masses?
Oh, totally. T-Bone Burnett is my dream producer and he produced the music for the whole first season of the show. He's a musical genius and knows how to keep the music truthfully country while still being able to crossover and to have the music considered as other genres too.
Buddy Miller is also one of my musical idols and he now produces the music on the show, it would basically be a dream come true to work with them. I feel that not only is the show helping country music become more mainstream, but also bringing to the forefront music that speaks from the soul and sings to the heart. It helps to steer away from the cliche of beer and truck anthems, and gives the genre more of a tangible face and real presence in the arena of real music from the deepest part of the human spirit.
6. Out of the songs you’ve already released/written which means the most to you and why?
The full album hasn't been released yet but “Heart Of Gold” is on the upcoming EP and I wrote it about my father who passed away from cancer. He was my best friend and my greatest influence both as a person and musician. He was also an amazing blues guitar player. The best thing for me was putting my memories of him to music. That song is definitely my favorite on the new album for many reasons but mainly because it is so close to my heart. When he passed away, I lost the most important person in my life but I also became fearless with pursuing my music; whether it be writing, performing, or my career in general. And I have him to thank for that.
7. Your EP, The Heart Decides, is about to come out. What’s the message you want to share with it (and your music in general)?
These songs have been writing themselves for the past few years. When I moved to California, I was able to capture them, and let them tell me how to write them down on paper.
These songs are based on my life, and my life has never stopped being written, no matter where I lived. Some of them are about events that happened when I lived in NJ, some are about events in CA, others are reflections on things that have happened in both places. For instance, the newest single [being released today] "Superman" was written about a relationship that took place while I grew up in Jersey and then also resolved when I moved to California.
In my life I've never quite fit the mold, and this album is about being true to my inner voice, which is following the title of the new album "The Heart Decides". The theme is about following your heart while never forgetting the importance of being a doer rather than just a dreamer.
8. Are you planning any collaboration? Is there an artist/act that you would absolutely love to work with and why?
As I mentioned earlier, my dream producer to work with would be T-Bone Burnett for sure :) . So now I guess I'm putting it out there into the universe. ; )
I really loved working with my producer Brian Blake on this upcoming new album. My first album "Believe" I wrote alone and it was really great to have a writing partner this time and my producer to push me to be as honest and real in each and every one of the songs. So that was my latest collaboration you are all about to hear when the full album is released!
9. What has been the defining moment of your musical career so far?
Playing The Oscars After Party two years in a row was a really cool experience, but I'm truly looking forward to opening for John Carter Cash [Johnny Cash and June Carter's son] on April 16th! The show is going to be at Molly Malones in Hollywood and if any of y'all are in town, you should definitely come out that night!
10. If you were given the chance to pick one artist/band to tour with which one would it be and why?
It would be a dream come true to open for Dolly Parton or The Dixie Chicks on tour. I admire them and was inspired by Dolly and The Chicks so much.
11. Apart from making beautiful music what other secret/special talents do you have?
If I'm not working on my music or performing then I'm either on set acting, auditioning, dancing, or teaching a dance class or piano lesson.
12. Name five things you can’t live without.
My piano, taylor guitar, my record player, eyeliner, and Abbey Road on vinyl.
13. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be Superwoman and I would fly everywhere and save the world. : )
14. If you could change into an animal which one would it be and why?
A slow loris because it's my favorite animal and they have the cutest eyes in the world.
15. What’s your favorite song of 2015 so far?
"Little Red Wagon" Miranda Lambert
And that's a wrap! I have to thank Anjelia for this opportunity! She's soo sweet and cool. Oh and today she's having a surprise unplugged performance at @houseofblueshollywood!! Doors are open at 7pm. So if you're near don't miss out this opportunity to check her perform!