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INTERVIEW - Canadian Teenaged Contemporary Soul/Pop Phenomenon Avery Raquel

Breaking on to Billboard’s Dance Club Song Chart with “Pieces”

Celebrity Interview by Jeremy Hassalow (From GayCalgary® Magazine, December 2020, page 0)
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The teenaged contemporary Soul/Pop phenomenon Avery Raquel continues to climb the dance charts with the StoneBridge remix of "Pieces," the second single release from her My Heart Away album. "I didn’t think I was ready to hear my music presented so differently," admits the young singer from her Toronto home, "but I am very happy with how it turned out and how well it’s doing with DJ’s and club enthusiasts." It was the idea of her producer, industry veteran Greg Kavanagh, to give the pop track its remix treatment. He brought it to StoneBridge, a popular DJ/producer who has had multiple Billboard hits with artists including P!nk and Ariana Grande. StoneBridge was captivated with Avery Raquel’s gritty, raw vocals and the optimistic, catchy hook of "Pieces". "Every now and then you come across that special voice that carries a song, and Avery Raquel is one of those," he says. Avery Raquel’s "Pieces (The Remixes)" is available for purchase on Apple iTunes, Amazon, and all other major music retailers, as well as for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

The song’s main message is how sometimes pieces aren't meant to fit; that two people, who may be in love, may not be right for each other, and the realization of it being okay. "A lot of people question my level of experience when it comes to heartbreak and loss," reflects 18-year-old Avery, "but I’ve had relationships that have ended badly where I felt I was being taken advantage of, my feelings taken for granted, and yet I still had feelings for the boy."

In fact, much of Avery’s songwriting explores the growth of relationships, both romantic and platonic, where she dives into the turmoil of loss and the want for understanding. "I write my music based off of personal experience, but in a manner that the song becomes relatable to everyone."

Her maturity may be a reflection of a lengthy career in show biz. Avery got her start at the age of 7, on television, appearing in Dreamwork’s and Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies and in animation, voicing a little elephant named Tiki for the Disney series, Ella The Elephant. She then went into musical theatre at 11-years-old, starring as Jane Banks in the first Canadian production of Mary Poppins.

At 13, Avery became a Mini Pop Kid, recording kid-friendly versions of "Maps" by Maroon 5 and "Let it Go" from Frozen. "It was my real first experience being followed by fans online, filming tv spots to promote the CD and participating in autograph sessions after live concerts. It was kind of crazy and definitely something I'll never forget!"

She released her debut album, Life Lessons, in 2016. Featuring Avery’s unique interpretations of pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, it enjoyed regular airplay on major radio stations across Canada. Her second solo album, Without A Little Rain, released the next year. It featured original songs written by the young artist and debuted on the iTunes Canada Top 200 RnB/Soul album chart at #31.

Avery Raquel’s third album, My Heart Away, out now, is comprised of all original music and is her first foray into mainstream music, which is exactly where she wants to be. "I would describe my sound today as contemporary soul. It is a vintage sound, along the lines of Stax or Motown with an old school 70’s vibe, but with a modern twist. Contemporary Soul/R&B/Pop."

She names some of her influencers as Amy Winehouse, H.E.R, Joss Stone and Norah Jones.

When not writing or recording new music, Avery Raquel can usually be found practicing her piano and ukulele (she attends college in Toronto, working towards a music degree). Otherwise, she is vegging in front of the TV (she is currently obsessed with watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix) or listening to music with friends at a volume level ending in 5 or a 0.

"It can’t be 32 or 34," she insists. "It must be 30 or 35. I guess I'm a little quirky that way."


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