The Honduran-American Artist Opens Up About Loss, Overcoming Obstacles, and Being a Woman of Color in Music
Apr 8, 2022 12:00 EDT
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2022 (Newswire.com)
Today, Allie Alvarado is releasing her next EP “Strong”. The four-track EP dives into the concepts of love, loss, and navigating the world when your idea of a happy ending doesn’t work out. Written by the Honduran-American singer and electronic music producer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Strong” serves as a companion for everyone going through difficult times.
Titled after the EP’s single, “Strong” began while Alvarado was touring Europe as a keyboardist and backup singer for artist Beth Ditto. Inspired by the sounds of the Berlin underground, her ideas progressed when Alvarado was confined to her apartment during the Coronavirus lockdown. The EP soon became a space for Alvarado to process the trauma she was experiencing as a result of the pandemic and devastating losses in her personal life, leading her to face the reality of an unhappy ending.
“Originally, I was going to call this EP ‘Feel the Earthquake’ which is one of the tracks, because that’s what I felt like I was doing while writing these songs,” said Alvarado. “But like every journey, you hope to find meaning and you hope to survive and sometimes you have to keep going even if there’s no happy ending in sight. So many of us have lost so many things in the last few years, and it’s going to take time to heal.”
The flowing melodies and emotional vocals present in “Strong” showcase Alvarado’s abilities as a singer and songwriter, in addition to highlighting her struggles in the music industry. Being a female-identifying and first-generation immigrant producer who is also a person of color can make it challenging to become known in an industry that isn’t always inclusive, and this is something Alvarado has dealt with throughout her career. The EP serves as a beacon of hope for those like Alvarado, who are struggling in the midst of opposition. The detailed elements and dynamics in “Strong” demonstrate Alvarado’s skills, asserting herself in a predominantly male sector of music.
“Participating in the music industry as a producer who is a first-generation immigrant and a woman of color, it feels like my very existence is an act of resistance,” said Alvarado. “Just participating is radical because there is a lack of representation out there. It’s easy to feel like an imposter sometimes, but I’ve learned not to compare myself to the status quo and just do what I do because I love doing it.”
The gripping melodies and meditative tempos demonstrate Alvarado’s talent as a singer, writer, and producer making her presence in the music space known. “Stronger” is available for streaming here. To keep up with Alvarado, follow her on Instagram and YouTube.
“STRONG” EP TRACKLISTING:
- Syllables of Love
- Feel the Earthquake
- Moments of You
Source: Allie Alvarado