Ama Dee – artistic name of Bernice Decker – was born in Italy. She’s just magic. Since the first day I met her, I realized there was something special about her. You just want to be near her and specially you want to listen while she sings.
How would you define yourself?
I have always been passionate about so many different things throughout my life and I have never been good at picking only one. Now I have come to a place where im trying to combine the most that I can and allow each of them to coexist. So if there is a way I could define myself it would be by saying that I’m a person with tons of passions that is less than ready to give any of them up.
Which are your influences?
My current influences and inspirations range from soul and r&b singers such as Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Amy Winehouse to more contemporary artists in the indie/folk/alternative neo-soul/r&b scene such as Alice Phoebe Lou, Mahalia and Lianne La Havas. What has always fascinated me about artists is their courage to open up for anyone to listen and that is a trait I’ve always been attracted to.
What’s your inspiration? When you want to create, what moves you?
I consider myself an introvert and a super reserved person, although some may think otherwise. When it comes to spoken language, I’ve always had a hard time being honest and open about what I feel and what I think. I know it may sound cliche when I say music serves as an outlet for all unspoken words but it couldn’t be more than true, at least, for me. Whenever I sing about intimate topics, they become way more easy to share in the future in ways that can differ from singing. Sometimes, I still have a hard time being completely honest in my song-writing too because in the end they are still my words whether I sing them or I simply tell them. But I can say that from the moment I sing about my emotions for the first time, I start to accept them more easily and I get less and less ashamed of sharing them. So in the end I can say that although it’s still rough sometimes, music is helping expressing myself get easier and easier, making me feel lighter and lighter.
When did you decide it was time to take a chance, to show what you do?
We all are in constant search of a meaning in life, even those who wouldn’t admit it. When I started singing I started feeling for the first time in my entire life self-fulfilled. I finally started looking forward to the future, yearning to see what life had in store for me! Feeling like I do have a purpose. This may not be my purpose in life, but feeling like you’ve finally found THE thing, is enough. It’s rare and I cherish it to the point where I realized I had to keep going, keep going. Making use of what you have been given, paying homage to it. Hoping you can move something in someone the same way others have moved something in you. Hoping we can all feel more related to one another, feel less different, feel less lonely, feel more as a whole in this world that exalts individualism. The more you feel related to someone, the more you feel connected to them, the easier you’ll want to support each other.
What can we find in your bedside table?
My laptop and occasionally a book or two. When one bores me I switch to the other. I’ve never been an avid reader!
Which object defines you?
Earphones. Definitely. You will hardly ever see me without a pair of earphones with me. When I desperately need to be alone (and it happens a lot) but I’m surrounded by people, they help me isolate.
Where was “Why Try” composed?
At Colibrì, a literature café in Milan. I had just returned to Italy for a short visit. I was supposed to meet a friend and while I was waiting, since it was cold I decided to find a warm and cozy place where I could go and have some peace and quiet and write. To my big surprise it even had a piano. I made myself at home the moment I got there and started to full around a little with it, playing some of the few chords I knew, quietly reciting a letter on its notes to find a melody that could fit the feeling of melancholy I had on that cloudy day. That’s where and how why try was born.
My inner world:
Here I was exactly in colibrì:
Lots of alone time to recharge (I love walks, and parks):
Written by: @mmcosco
We invite you to stay tuned: her first single video will be released real soon!
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