A rising powerhouse vocalist shines brilliant within the pop music scene and he or she is none apart from Moroccan-Canadian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Faouzia (pronounced Foh-Ze-Uh). This collision of cultures, eras, and kinds asserts the trilingual 19-year-old as a recent pressure for standard music and tradition affirmed by tens of millions of views and streams, and acclaim from Billboard, Idolator, Ladygunn, Ones To Watch, and extra inside solely two years. On her 2019 debut, she transmits a message as sturdy, actual and relatable as her voice.
Born in Morocco, Faouzia moved to Montreal, Canada as a one-year-old earlier than her household ultimately settled in Carman, Manitoba. By age six, she began enjoying piano and underwent classical coaching for the subsequent 11 years. Past learning Chopin, Bach and Mozart, she additionally adopted Arabic artists reminiscent of Umm Kulthum and Fairuz alongside her dad and mom, along with obsessing over Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sia, Adele, Think about Dragons, Fall Out Boy, and Ariana Grande. Alongside the best way, she discovered Arabic, French and English as she picked up guitar and violin in tandem.
As Faouzia started writing songs, she developed her profile in Canada. Her first impartial single amassed tens of millions of streams and noticed main radio play. After successful a number of native and nationwide competitions, she went on to win prime prize honors for each the Nashville-based Unsigned Solely and Worldwide Songwriting Competitors.
Alongside the best way, David Guetta invited her to sing on “Battle” from his internationally chart-topping 2018 album, “7.” On the identical time, she enrolled within the College of Manitoba, majoring in pc engineering, deftly balancing her profession and course of research.
“I labored with David Guetta nearly two years in the past now. It was earlier than I used to be even signed. Principally, my supervisor referred to as me and advised me that David was engaged on a brand new album they usually needed me to check out for the tune Battle. I used to be nonetheless in highschool at the moment, so, I bear in mind getting the decision earlier than Math class,” Faouzia recalled to Music Geek over an unique telephone interview.
“I freaked out! I went exterior and I used to be like ‘oh my Gosh, this is sort of a dream come true! That is so superb!’ And I went dwelling and I recorded the demo that evening and he actually favored it so I recorded it professionally. That’s how I used to be capable of be a part of this venture.”
In the meantime, Faouzia simply launched her latest irresistible pop tune, “Secrets and techniques,” obtainable now on all DSPs and streaming providers. Produced by Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, One Course) and Troy Samuela (Aaron Carpenter, Fitz and the Tantrums), Faouzia’s gorgeous vocals soar over an upbeat tempo alongside highly effective lyrics of honesty and assist.
Secrets and techniques follows the discharge of a string of spectacular, critically acclaimed singles: “Wake Me When It’s Over,” “The Street” and “Tears of Gold.”
Get to know extra about this acclaimed Moroccan-Canadian singer by means of this unique interview, due to the efforts of Vicky Malong of Warner Music Philippines.
What’s your new single “Secrets and techniques” all about?
Secrets and techniques is about telling those that I like that you would be able to at all times come to me and you may at all times divulge heart’s contents to me with no hesitation and no judgment.
What about your earlier single “Wake Me When It’s Over”? What’s all of it about?
I wrote that tune just a few weeks earlier than the lockdown occurred. It appears actually becoming with what has occurring at the moment. So I made a decision that it was the proper time to launch the tune as a result of it’s all about being in your individual head and occupied with the folks that you simply miss, that you simply love and never with the ability to see them.
How was it collaborating with Kelly Clarkson for “I Dare You”?
The Kelly Clarkson venture was so particular and I really feel so honored to be part of it. It was recorded in six completely different languages and it actually means rather a lot to me understanding that she needed me to sing in my native language and singing together with me. It was loopy. I nonetheless can’t consider it to at the present time as a result of I grew up listening to Kelly Clarkson and I’d hear her lovely, massive, highly effective voice. These are the songs I’ve listened to and tried to mimic. After I met her, she was very candy and humble which was simply the cherry on prime.
Do you primarily write songs based mostly in your private experiences?
I used to write down songs rather a lot based mostly off the those that I’m near. They might inform me what they’re going by means of. I get impressed by that. However lately, I’ve been writing much more based mostly from private expertise which could be very new to me as a result of I’ve at all times been listening to different folks’s tales and struggles to no matter it could be. However I actually needed my coronary heart in my story, in my music lately so I’ve been doing that rather a lot.
What’s music to you?
I feel music is the best way for folks to attach. I really feel like you possibly can say or do something with music and I feel that it’s so particular. Music is therapeutic whether or not it’s a unhappy or blissful tune — a lovely expertise that’s shared inside everyone.
What’s your message to your Filipino followers?
I like you guys a lot. I at all times really feel the assist you guys have been giving me and it’s really so heart-warming. I can’t wait to go to the Philippines and meet all of you to hug you.
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