Today we’d like to introduce you to Delfina Ure.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Delfina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Whitney Houston and Laura Pausini ignited my passion for singing at 8-years old. You could find me standing on the dining room table, singing loudly into a spoon any day of the week, imagining I was performing for thousands of cheering fans. Twelve years later, my wildest dream came true in 2010 as Ryan Seacrest welcomed me onstage in Times Squares for New York’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Guitar in hand, I sang my original song “Window” for the 1.2M people gathered to ring in the new year, who cheered for me like they did in my childhood fantasy.
I had caught the train to fame and success and life was unfolding in fast-forward speed. I signed a publishing deal with Primary Wave Music for $110K and walked to my mailbox in Topanga, CA a few times a month to receive giant royalty checks from Nivea’s national skincare ads featuring my music. I had it all. I was on top of the world at 22-yrs. old, not knowing my next stop would be memory lane and hospital row.
The money I earned bought me enough security to allow me to glimpse an agonizing kaleidoscope of childhood experiences fueling the “deeper side” of my songwriting. For a while, the painful memories served to inspire my more heartfelt compositions, music, of course, being the only means of expression capable of holding space for such a massive catharsis. But the trauma of youth slowly drowned out my singing and I went from feeling proud, loud and heard to seeking silence, privacy and escape from the world.
When music wasn’t enough to express my sorrow, my body took hold of the pain and in 2012, my face ballooned and a nasty lymphatic hygroma appeared under my jawline. I was told, I’d have to live with the benign growth for the rest of my life, going in for surgeries every few months to drain my face. I got used to taking selfies from only my left side and styling my hair to cover up the swelling, but after 7 years of MRI’s, hospital visits and hiding my full face from social media, I had an idea.
While Western medicine offered me ongoing treatment, Eastern doctors, astrologers, herbalists, reiki healers and new age spiritualists offered me a single question, “Tumor on your 5th chakra, what are you NOT saying?”
The question rattled around in my swollen head for a few years before I was able to face the truth I left unspoken, the truth about my story that drove me away from my early musical success and forced me into hiding. In 2017 I decided to take back my life and speak “the truth” to my friends, fans, and family about what happened to me as a girl. I produced a film called “The Coverup Girl”, a selfie vlogumentary in which I spoke honestly to the camera about my #MeToo story. A whole year before hurricane Harvey would even hit the news. I breathed a sigh of relief as I watched the film upload to Vimeo and with a whirling exhilaration, I shared the link to my Facebook page. One week later, the tumor disappeared completely.
The film lived on Vimeo for a year until January 2018 when I decided I had received the blessings I needed from telling my story and it was more important to move on from my painful past. I dismantled “The Coverup Girl”, grabbed my guitar and sat down to pen the next leg of my journey, thanking God for providing me with the cure I needed to move on with my life and get back to my artistry.
Now, I can take selfies from any angle, I don’t cover-up my face or my story anymore and while my painful past still exists within me, layers of perseverance, healing and miracles have grown over my scars. I’m inspired most by the beauty of our human struggle to recover the purpose of our soul. My next album will speak to these themes and it’s my hope that my voice, with all its textured history, will serve to help others heal like I have been able to heal.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Delfina Music – what should we know?
I’m known for playing in yoga classed in Los Angeles, providing healing music for healing spaces.
I am most proud of my journey as an artist, starting off the very top and having to journey back from the bottom. It’s been a humbling road to go from meeting every top executive at Sony, Interscope, Universal, etc, letting it all go and coming back into my artistry years later after having found myself.
What sets me apart from others is my passion to make a difference in the world through my lyrics and through the way I choose to live my life. I strive to be a role model for the younger generations, not an idol in pop-culture.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My faith in God is the most important quality I possess. Out of all the records I’ve listened to, all the songs I’ve written and the many healing practices I’ve found along the way and helped me grow, there is no brighter light in my life than the light I feel when I pray, trusting in God that there is purpose behind my pain and that my story will serve to help inspire faith and hope in others.
- Website: www.delfinamusic.com
- Email: email@example.com
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