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Isabelle on Authentic Music and Body Positivity

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Isabelle on Authentic Music and Body Positivity

A Celebration of Self-Love, Self-Confidence, and Women with Curves.

Isabelle is a powerhouse singer and body activist from Atlanta, Georgia who is unwavering in her quest to offer something different than the music industry in terms of appearance and message. She is set to release her debut single, “Unlabeled,” as a powerful introduction to her story and her determination to leave a unique mark on the world.

Isabelle attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and was a contestant on the popular singing competition show, American Idol. Both of these life experiences significantly shaped her musical journey and have molded her into the confident woman she is today. Additionally, her desire to serve as a body activist for women with curves represents an empowered response to major adversities that she has faced as a curvy woman, which has only made her stronger.

How did you discover your passion for music? Is there anyone important in your life who sparked this love?

I have been singing since I can remember, there was never anything that was more important than singing. My mom always loved music and had it in the house. We always listened to the big diva voices.

Are there any particular artists who have inspired you?

From a young age, I was a huge fan of the greatest voices (Whitney, Mariah). However, Celine Dion was always my number one. From a young age, I wanted to be just like her. I still do!

What’s your creative process like?

Writing is such therapy for me. I go into a session and first I have to talk out all my issues. I usually always go into a writing session with a topic or subject that’s been on my mind or bothering me. I tend to love writing sad or angry songs more than anything, and I promise I am not a sad or angry person!

What do you want to achieve with your music?

Ultimately, it’s all about healing, right? Music will always be the thing that picks us up or repairs our soul. I hope my music uplifts people, gives them chills, [and] makes them want to do something they didn’t think they could.

You attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. How did that shape your experience with music and your perception of the music industry?

It’s funny, I really didn’t want to go to college. I wanted to move to LA right out of high school and pursue music but my mom made me go to Berklee. And it was the best thing she ever made me do. I became a well-rounded musician [and] I made lifelong friends that I still work with and create music with today. Even though when you are a young artist you think you have it all figured out, nothing is better than getting life experience…that is your art.

You were on American Idol in 2013, making it to the Top 20 for female contestants. What was your favorite part of being on American Idol? Do you have any special memories from the experience?

American Idol was a crazy game. That was another thing I swore I would never do but always secretly wondered about. I ended up auditioning last minute [because] I got to skip the lines through a Berklee contest. I met so many amazing people, and I got to see a side of the industry that many don’t get to. It gave me a thick skin, and it taught me that no one is a better me than me.

Have you faced any struggles being a woman in the music industry who prioritizes body activism? If so, how did you overcome them?

All my life it has been, “What a pretty voice and such a nice face, but you have to lose 20lbs.” When I was in college, I must have been my healthiest weight, but even then, people still had something to say. Only a year ago when I started to understand myself as an artist did I learn to love my body and curves. I knew I would only be able to write music I could relate to, and being a curvy girl was all I have ever known.

What advice do you have for aspiring women who want to break into the music industry?

Figure out what you have to say and don’t be afraid to say it. So many artists are always thinking about what people want to hear or what will make them most successful. But the real question is, what do I have to say that is something that I can help others grow from or be better from? What is your purpose? Find it and don’t let anyone take that away. Run with it.

What’s coming in the near future? What can we look forward to hearing from you next?

I am so excited about my debut single, “Unlabeled.” I feel as if my whole life has been leading up to this song and this message. I couldn’t be more ready to express myself and hopefully help others love themselves! I hope women can one day look up to me the way I look up to so many women who have made the impossible possible. This isn’t about one woman over the other. We all have to do our best to lift each other up!

Keep a close eye on Isabelle’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to stay up-to-date on her riveting musical journey.

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Nastassia Velazquez is an intern from Boston, Massachusetts. Her favorite women in music are Carly Rae Jepsen, Hayley Williams of Paramore, and Lorde, and she's always looking forward to covering their new releases. When she's not blasting their music, she's listening to Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie kill it on BoJack Horseman or waiting to watch Arya Stark on the next new episode of Game of Thrones.

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