Danville teenager Sophie Pecora, who made her 2019 debut on "America's Got Talent," caused a sensation in another talent competition.
Pecora, 17, learned this week that she had won the grand prize in the annual competition Unsigned music competition only. Entering a contest that drew 10 entries from 000 countries, the rapper-poet won for a song called “Anxiety. "
The victory comes with a prize worth $ 50, including $ 000 in cash.
“When I got the call it was' Oh my God! " I could not believe it. It was so exciting, ”Pecora said in a phone conversation. “I went into this with no expectations because I don't want to be disappointed. I just like to try a lot of different things.
"Anxiety" is a song from Pecora's independently produced new EP called " Wild flowers ", which presents deeply touching original works that address, among other things, mental health issues. The song opens with these lyrics:
Man I still have that lump in my throat
Evil butterflies in my belly and I can't stop them from coming
I'm trapped deep in this hole
And I don't know what it's like to breathe normally without it
The fire burns me slowly from within
Take the pain away, I just wanna feel alright
I just wanna walk around and not think I'm gonna die
Oh why oh why
Pecora said she wrote “Anxiety” after hearing a fan on TikTok discussing the disorder.
“I wrote it trying to put myself in someone else's shoes,” she said. “It's something that I have felt sometimes, but not at this level. So I tried to imagine what it must be like to feel things at that level all the time. … I have heard a lot of people say that they can relate to this.
Created in 2012, Unsigned Only has grown into a major music competition honoring international artists who are not signed with a major record label. The winners were selected by a jury of industry experts and recording artists, as well as music journalists from Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, JazzTimes, Yahoo Music and others.
According to the competition's organizers, since 2012, five of its big winners have been signed by record labels, including country artist Ingrid Andress (nominated for three Grammys this year) and emerging pop artist Faouzia, who released the last year “Minefields”, a duet with John Legend.
Of Pecora, contest founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, “The word 'authentic' is used too often, but in the case of this year's grand prize winner, there's no denying that she really is. an authentic artist. She's not afraid to be vulnerable, to express her emotions, and to dig deep - and she's only 17. She has such a bright future ahead of her.
These are exciting times for Pecora, who, in addition to the Unsigned Only triumph and the release of her second EP, is currently working on new tracks in the studio with will.i.am, who discovered her on TikTok. Pecora and her family plan to move to Los Angeles at the end of the year so that she can focus more intensely on her burgeoning music career.
“It's an opportunity to participate in more writing sessions and to work more in the studio with my producer,” she says. “Also, to do more live performances. "
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