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Meet Terra Naomi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terra Naomi.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved to LA 15 years ago, from NYC, after meeting a record producer on my first tour across the US. I continued to tour after I moved out here, playing small clubs and coffeehouses, opening for bigger artists sometimes, but it was 2005-2006, and gas prices were at an all-time high. So I decided to record videos on my Sony Handycam and post them on a new website called YouTube. After a few months of posting videos, my song “Say It’s Possible” ended up on the front page, and pretty much overnight I became the most subscribed music channel on the site. I won the first YouTube Award for Best Music Video, signed with Universal Music Publishing Group and Universal Island Records, out of the London office.

Things didn’t go exactly as planned, as is often the case with major record labels (and life in general), and I left London after a couple of years and moved back to LA. I had some really interesting experiences, like playing on top of the Gulmarq Glacier in Kashmir, opening Michael Bolton’s North American comeback tour, performing solo in a former bunker in Moscow at a party I’m not allowed to talk about…I joke with my husband that my music is known enough to where I’m presented with interesting/bizarre opportunities, but not known enough to where there are people looking after me, like agents, managers, etc., shielding me from questionable situations—and I’m happy about that! There are so many amazing things I never would have done if my life had been more stable.

Most recently, I recorded new music at Wilco’s studio in Chicago, and I’m really excited to share it. I also started to tour again, and just got back from 20 dates in Italy with the Italian pop star, Elisa. I’m writing for other artists, and I love that, too. So you’re catching me at a good time — I’m feeling optimistic and generally happy about life right now.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a singer and a songwriter. I play guitar and piano. I mostly write songs about my own life experience, but I’m also influenced by the environment around me, the political climate, and what’s going on in the world. Songs are my primary form of communication. I’m not especially social, I’m an introvert, and while I’m a perfectly capable conversationalist, I feel like my songs always say exactly what I want to say, how I feel, in the most pure form, whether I’m writing about a relationship or the state of our country. I’m a natural storyteller, I like to go out into the world and experience life, and come back and report about it, share my experiences with other people. I was told that by an astrologer who read my chart recently, and I think it’s pretty accurate.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
To be honest, I don’t love going out and meeting people…if I’m not playing a show, I’m happiest at home in my pajamas…but I know how valuable it is to connect with other artists, for the reason you mention, and meeting other artists often leads to some amazing collaborations! I think lots of artists meet and connect at shows. In fact, this is reminding me that I need to spend a lot more time in my own community, going to more shows, hearing more music. I’ve connected with other artists online, too, sometimes through Instagram DMs. I’m probably not the best person to ask about this. In fact, I’m sitting here in my pajamas right now.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Support is wonderful! Thank you for asking 🙂 My website, terranaomi.com, has links to everything. I’m on all the social media platforms, @terranaomi on Instagram, terranaomimusic on Facebook, I’ve posted more than a hundred videos on YouTube, and of course I’m on all the streaming sites, like Spotify and Apple Music. I recently joined Patreon, and I share all my new music with my patrons before I release it to the rest of the world, along with other stuff I only share on there. It’s cool, and I hope people will check it out if they like my songs. My Patreon community affords me the opportunity to spend a lot more time making new music, and I’m very grateful to all of my patrons!

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Jarno Iotti, Nick Holmes, Roberto Fontana, Aivlis Photography, Lorenzo Morandi

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