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Life & Work with AVE

Today we’d like to introduce you to AVE.

Hi AVE, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
My passion for performing and the arts began as little as I can remember. From age four, I have been taking dance classes and impatiently anticipating the annual recitals… Even from that age, I knew that performing was in my bones. By age seven, I was singing and songwriting in my room while referring to Taylor Swift’s first autobiography for creative process tips. At eleven, I began guitar and vocal lessons as well as competitive dance. I was eating, sleeping and breathing the arts even then and well, nothing’s changed.

In middle school, I used the spring musicals as an excuse to get on a stage and in high school, I was performing in “Illusion” – an annual pop concert that showcased ten student singers and 20 student band members. Illusion was my confirmation that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was then that I began gigging solo – just me, my guitar and I – around town and then I was supported by a band. After gigging through my four years of high school, I went to college, where I am now in my senior year at Belmont University in Nashville. I study Music Business and Songwriting while I play at writer’s rounds, gig on my own and well, live the dream! About a month ago, I released my debut album, Burn Book, which names each person that inspired the song.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest obstacle so far has been my MeToo story. Freshman year of college, I was sexually assaulted and it sent me into a pretty deep depression. This experience stripped me of creativity, motivation, confidence and honestly – the will to live. I was convinced I didn’t deserve to wake up in the morning, never mind have a successful career in music. It took me about a year and a half to stand on my own again and reclaim my passion.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Thanks to my revived sense of happiness, confidence and creativity, I have new purpose in life and in my music. I write songs about social issues to raise awareness for them. Of course, this new purpose was sparked by my MeToo experience, but it quickly opened my eyes to how many issues society faces, such as mental health, drug addiction, suicide, eating disorders, body image, sexuality, etc. 2020 has been a revolutionary year for many different movements and I am excited to continue bringing light to shadowed issues.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
My goal is to help listeners feel less alone in their struggles and feel inspired to be vulnerable about them. My latest album, Burn Book, is my way of leading by example in the challenge of vulnerability. I named each song after the person that inspired it in order to prove that we need to directly confront our emotions and that it’s powerful, rather than weak, to be public about them. The intro track on the project states, “I know I’m not alone in my experiences or in my stories and not being alone in those is the only way to heal from them.”

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Fubei Lubin Tabitha Marshall Jonathan Sommer Garrett McGuinness

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