In Nashville, Tennessee, pop singer-songwriter Angela Parchetta also works as a voice teacher. The difficulty she had in putting her ideas into words prompted her to turn to songwriting as a form of self-expression.
At the age of 15, she acquired her first guitar and learned to play it on her own. It was during open mics in her hometown that she started performing, and she kept up her songwriting all the way through college.
It was in 2018 that she started putting out her own songs. Listeners and business insiders alike have taken notice of her rich melodies and honest lyrics. At both the 2020 International Songwriting Competition and the 2020 Music City Song Star Competition, her song “Tell Me” was named a semi-finalist.
I had a one-on-one conversation with her about her music and her most recent album, “Never Again”
What is your real and official showbiz name?
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I started singing when I was 4 years old. I wanted to take piano lessons, but I didn’t have a piano so my mom put me in singing lessons. The rest is history!
I started writing songs and playing the guitar at 15. It was a combination of my love of poetry, being surrounded by friends who were writing songs and discovering the mastermind that is Taylor Swift. Writing songs really helped me process my emotions and get my thoughts in order.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first official artist project was my song Cursed by Me back in 2017/2018. I wrote the song at 1:30 AM one January night.
I recently discovered that I could plug my piano into my computer and use it as a midi controller for GarageBand, so I recorded some basic ideas and made a demo. I put it up on Soundcloud and Instagram and was just so proud of it.
Joe from the Online Recording Studio reached out to me on Instagram one day with an offer to mix and master it so I could release it for real. With his help, I was able to release my first single on all streaming platforms!
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I’m very motivated by the desire to connect with and help others. When I was young, I used to use other people’s music as a sort of soundtrack for my life. If I was feeling sad, I had a song for it. Happy…I had a song.
When I started writing music and working in the music industry, I wanted to create music that people could use as their soundtrack. Knowing that my music has the chance to reach someone who might really need it…that’s what keeps me going.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
My friends and parents are super proud of me and honestly not at all surprised. I’ve been singing since I was 4, was involved in music throughout school and then even studied it in college. I think my friends and family would be more surprised if I had made a career in anything else!
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
The biggest challenge in this industry is staying optimistic and focused in the face of uncertainty. As an independent artist, you are the team.
There isn’t big money or a label helping you further your career…it’s just you, your music and a BUNCH of things to do. Most days it just feels like you’re glued to your phone trying to promote your music through constant content creation so you stay on an algorithm’s good side.
It’s hard because you’re just doing all these tasks that you hope will pay off in the future. It’s a great deal of faith and determination.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
In so many ways it’s been a blessing. It has opened up whole new accessibility not only to listeners but to creators as well.
With a click of a button, a musician can be streaming worldwide in ways that would’ve never been possible without a huge record deal in the past. Collaborations are so much easier too!
On the flip side, it’s created a saturated market which in turn has meant musicians looking to be heard need to get creative. Having a great song is no longer the determining factor of “making it”…
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Write bad songs. Give yourself permission to just write the whole song in one sitting without overthinking. You have to get past that inner critic if you want to write great songs. So write the song, even if it’s bad.
What is your current project about?
Never Again is a self-love summer anthem written to remind the listener that no matter what they’ve been through in life, they have everything inside of them to achieve and be whatever they want!
What does this song mean to you?
This song means so much. It’s such an important message and it was one of those songs written in the mindset of “what do I wish someone told me when I was younger and not feeling so great about myself?” Plus I wrote this song with my good friend Nikki Forbes which makes it even more special!
What are your hobbies?
I really enjoy graphic designing, reading and bird watching!
What do you do aside from this profession?
I’m also a private vocal coach and a High School Choir director.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Oh my, just…thank you so much!! In the last few months, I’ve really felt the growth in my fanbase and to have so many people supporting me… it’s just mind-blowing! I hope that my music both past, present and future gives you as much joy and happiness as you’ve given me.