Avery Wilson Talks Of The Voice, Collaborations and New Music
We had the chance to have a conversation with RCA signed singer/songwriter Avery Wilson following the release of his latest track, Change My Mind. The single features the ATL rap group Migos, and when the two are mixed, sparks fly. Prepare to play this at your next function and turn the atmosphere into a seriously feel-good dance floor. The vibe is certainly different than what you'd anticipate, bringing fresh new sounds from both Avery and Migos. After catching wind of this stellar new release, we wanted to know a little deeper into the history of this young emerging talent in regards to the past, present and future..
In 2012, you made it to the battle rounds on The Voice, but recently returned to perform your new single, If I Have To. What was going through your mind as you performed in front the people who used to be your judges?
AW: Returning to The Voice to perform my single If I Have To was seriously eye opening! Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine sitting directly front of house watching me perform along with the rest of the world made me feel like my journey since my last appearance on the show was more than worth it! To make it through If I Have To and to see all four coaches/judges give me a standing ovation proved my point to the world. The "loser" of these reality shows - that the world tends to love, and the journey doesn't end there! You can win just as much, it's not over!
You also performed at the BET Awards soon after signing to RCA Records. How did it feel to showcase your talents as a signed artist amidst pioneers like Kanye West?
AW: Nothing short of the word amazing is how I felt inside and out! Kanye West is a musical and visual inspiration to me and has been since his first single Through The Wire was released - So for creative legends like himself and Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Chris Brown to witness my gift and talent was one of those memories that last in the front of your brain for a lifetime!
You’ve been working with Clive Davis and Sean Garrett - some of the industry’s finest. How has that impacted your creative process?
AW: Having the honor to work with thee Clive Davis and thee Sean Garrett has been indescribable! They're not just two individuals I work with, they have become my family - So creatively we go deeper than the surface. The process is very detailed, we rip songs apart like savages so we can have the best material for me! I appreciate how Clive and Sean roll their sleeves up and dig into the process for me - Breaking records, breaking the biggest artist in the world, changing the history of the music industry.. They both don't have to, BUT THEY DO! For me! I'm grateful.
How has your immense popularity on Vine shaped your relationship with your fans?
AW: My traffic and visibility via Vine, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook has brought my (Averyators) and I closer than Beyoncé and Jay-Z. With social media being such a huge part of today's society, they can feel how real I am and how much I care about them because they can practically feel me through the different shades, filters, videos, post and quotes.
How has your background influenced the artist you are today?
AW: I grew up right outside of New York in New Haven/Hamden Connecticut. A very real, straight-forward place where everyone wants to make it and shoot the next man down - I learned how to fight for what I believed in with my talent but most of all with my intent. I'm a hardworking, multi-talented, kind-hearted, somewhat jaded artist - Thanks to the struggle I had to learn how to separate myself which led me to learning how to play instruments (guitar, piano) tumble, act and dance.
You collaborated with Migos on the track Change My Mind, which is an upbeat hip-hop song, as opposed to more soulful tone on If I Have To. Will we continue to see this variety on your upcoming album?
AW: My album well introduce the many shades of "Avery Wilson" to the world! As artists of the world, we feel as if we can only occupy a certain space which what people are used to from us. Personally, I believe opposite. We should be able to release all creative vibrations to the world if that's what you feel in your heart!