FRESH: ‘Mama’s Song’ – Vealy

Vealy starts 2020 with “Mama’s Song”

Vealy is a pop/soul singer-songwriter born and raised in the Philippines. She has been singing since before she could start reading lyrics! Growing up, she loved singing Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross…basically everyone her grandma loved listening to. She watched all the singing shows and later competed in local talent shows. She moved to the United States in 2013 at age 17. She then went to college for nursing in Chicago, but quickly realized she had a passion for performing, singing and writing songs. She had acting, music improv, voice lessons and rehearsals for musicals on top of her nursing classes!

She became a registered nurse at age 20, worked in the ER for an entire year; doing open mics, writing songs and singing on the side. She even joined a Chicago singing competition, and made it to the top 5. She finally mustered the courage to quit nursing and follow her heart. Here she is in Los Angeles, a full-time musician—writing original music, performing in local shows, even busking sometimes with her keyboard on Melrose Ave. Her latest single and her first release of 2020 is “Mama’s Song” and she recently took time out to tell us all about herself and the song.

“I moved to LA in January 2019, I had money saved up from my year and a half of nursing, and I’ll be honest I was LIVING life! I wake up in the morning and I had all the time in the world! I wrote songs, I learned stuff about music, I sang a lot, I performed/busked a lot! Months went by and my savings went down fast! LA is pretty expensive apparently. After 6 months of “living life”, I started to go back into nursing, no not full time as I was, but just when I needed money and shifts were available. I still had a lot of creative time. I kept on doing that for about four more months until I get exhausted. The money I was making was only enough for rent and food”.

After the month was over, I’d be at $0 to sometimes even negative. And I have to work my way up to rent and food money again. It seemed like I had no other choice but to go back to full time nursing I’d have to sacrifice and manage my creative time so I could earn some living $$. I wrote “Mama’s Song” right after I got hired as a full-time overnight ER nurse. I felt weak at first because it seemed like I was just going back to my regular life, lots of $$ to spend but I didn’t have time for music or for self-growth and reflection… but then after I wrote the song, I felt better. “This pain will turn to beauty” “Nothing worth it ever comes easy”. The song helped me change my perspective. I will only become stronger because of this obstacle. I hope this will help you too”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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