The most prominent thing you notice about recording artist Vaeda Black is her powerful stirring voice reminiscent of early soul, which is most unexpected coming from a sixteen year old. But where the real magic happens is in the masterful execution of her songwriting. With her mother, a gifted and well respected photographer and father, a musician and visual artist who has worked with some of the most iconic artists of this generation, it’s in fact not all that surprising that Vaeda Black would be an original talent even at this formative age. Attracted very early on to musical theatre, she found her confidence and harnessed her vocal power playing stand-out roles and experimenting with poetic writing. It wasn’t long until she discovered songwriting was merely adding structure to poetry. To this day, she credits her younger years in musical theatre for shaping her stage presence and performance.
Vaeda Black is able to tap into a profound and sometimes even dark place when she writes and it’s certainly reflective in her music both lyrically and at times sonically. In a world that tends to speak about art in terms of genre, this can be somewhat problematic for artists that don’t exist in a box. But Black is quite tenacious in her focus to remain artistically genuine. “I feel like honesty in the words makes my music relatable so I would never write any lyrics that I didn’t feel strongly about,” she explains. But when pressed for genre specificity she relents, “Based on the artists that inspire me, some of them fall into the Alternative genre.” She counts British musician Bishop Briggs, Lewis Del Mar, Jon Bellion and even Janis Ian as inspirations. And growing up, her parents exposed her to a patchwork collection of musical icons, everything from Led Zeppelin to Ray Charles and James Brown. In the social media age where self-esteem is often built on a false representation of a highlight reel of one’s life, Vaeda Black simply wants something fundamental – She wants to make a real human connection through her art.