Published on February 7th, 2020 | by Landon Buford


Josephine Relli Releases Duology Album “Slow Down / Falling”

18-year-old Josephine Relli is an artist in every right – a recording artist, model, and actor. She released her first album in 2016 and has continued to churn out an eclectic array of music ever since. She attended the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) and has participated in high-end events with such mega-brands as Macy’s. And she made her on-screen debut in Chloë Sevigny’s short film, “Carmen.” I spoke with the “old soul” to discuss her old-school influences, her recently released album, and what else we can expect in the year to come.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, you lived in Portland, Oregon. Does any of your music reflect the time spent in Portland?

That’s a very interesting question, and to be honest, I’ve never really thought about it, but I’d say a bit of it does. Because Portland is where all my writing and recording first began, I have bits that will always carry over. Although, that being said, my sound has heavily changed in these past few months from the move – being in a new city, and just with all the new people, places, and opportunities I’ve been experiencing.

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How did attending the International Modeling and Talent Association help prepare you for a career in both modeling and acting?
IMTA helped me get past any of the fears I had within modeling and acting. The way it’s set up kind of throws you into the worlds of those two things, but in a good way. After the 2nd or 3rd day there, my anxiety had almost completely gone away. I’m very appreciative of IMTA for that.

Growing up listening to Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sam Cooke, and Jackie Wilson. How have those music legends helped shape your own sound?

I think just by listening to that classic sound I try to, and sometimes unintentionally, add in a bit of that into my own work.

You’ve just released a duology album entitled “Slow Down / Falling.” Can you share with us your inspiration behind the project?
Without intending to fall into the cliché, its inspiration came from a newfound love, like many songs before mine. But these tell my story with this new addition into my life. This inspiration will most likely be present in more songs to come. 

Given your wide range of interest and exploration into musical styles, can you give us an idea of genres and feels for the tracks?

They both have sound inspiration pulled from ballad love songs. A bit slower in the tempo, but still something one can sway to. “Slow Down” is more of a sensual song, while “Falling” is an annoyed, falling-in-love song. (

Do you plan on touring anytime soon?

Nothing is officially in the books yet, but a tour is certainly on the table. If one happens in 2020, I’d estimate later this year – but don’t quote me too much on that.

Are there any specific artists you would like to work with in the future?

Where do I start? There are so many amazing artists out there that I’d love to collaborate with, and to be honest, it’d be an honor to collaborate with anyone of them. But to name a few: Sam Smith, Michael Bublé, Hayley Kiyoko, Doja Cat, Dove Cameron, Khalid, and many more.

You worked with Chloë Sevigny in her short film “Carmen.” Are there any current acting projects that you are working on? 

Not at the very moment, but the goal is definitely to get some in the very near future. 

What can we expect from you in 2020?

Many things. Following the release of “Slow Down/Falling,” I’ll be releasing 7 more songs throughout the course of the year, as well as a few videos, remixes, and many more. (

You can follow Josephine on Instagram @josephinerelli (

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