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Published on January 24th, 2020 | by Guest Editor

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Alt-Pop Artist Nadia Vaeh Bares Heart in Poignant New Single

Los Angeles-based alt-pop artist Nadia Vaeh has released her brand new single “Boomerang,” a song that explores the strains of abusive and co-dependent relationships. Co-produced by Tyler Spratt (Dave Matthews Band, Moby), “Boomerang” showcases Nadia’s distinct sound without distilling the track’s important lyrical topics.

“When trapped in this relationship, I was broken” explains Nadia. “This song is about being stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviors.” The title is a metaphor for how the abused partner in a relationship can feel compelled to keep coming back despite their better judgment. The second verse, however, suggests a turning point: “Can’t keep the circle alive; time to live with no fear.” Nadia, who was able to move away from the relationship and change her life for the better, wants to inspire others to do the same: “Our past can shape us, but need not control us. We are more than our pasts.” As part of this message, she will be donating the proceeds of the song to Peace Over Violence, an organization dedicated to building healthy relationships and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. The weighty subject matter of the song is complemented by polished, emotive production: Nadia’s somber vocal melodies move in harmony with captivating piano and strings, backed by drum loops, ascending synths and buzzing basslines.

Nadia Vaeh is a believer in the power of pop music, even if it means giving it a darker spin for the sake of honesty. Born in one of today’s biggest music hubs – Atlanta, Georgia – she displayed a love of singing early on that led her mother to enroll her in the Atlanta Youth Choir when she was only 7. From there, her passion for music turned into a drive for songwriting and various stints in local bands during her teenage years. Throughout her musical journey, she’s found herself in traveling choirs, multi-genre projects and even the local Atlanta circus.

This journey got abruptly sidetracked at 17, however, with the loss of her mother – a poet and crucial influence in her life, which led to a period of deep pain and instability. However, Vaeh eventually returned to music. Pushing through the hardships of the industry and the moments of – as she puts it – “learning things the hard way”, she put out 5 singles in 2019 alone. Vaeh’s music embraces her traumas as part of her artistic voice, as she feels that her authenticity is not only healing for herself but can also help her listeners through their own struggles. Her deeply personal stories of love, lust, growth and inner strength sit atop stylish and morose electronic production reminiscent of Dua Lipa and even Billie Eilish. Coupled with catchy melodies and trendy drum programming, Vaeh’s voice is consistently pristine and emotive.

In addition to her single releases and international radio airplay, 2019 saw Vaeh come out with a mesmerizing cover of the somber Nirvana classic “Heart-Shaped Box”. With a story and message all of her own, and plenty more music on the way in 2020, Nadia Vaeh is surely a fresh new voice bound to make waves in the world of alt-pop.

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