Moving back into Chicago, we find our next act, the young yet incredible new artist Bella Rios who returns with the release of her new single “Breathe Again,” an Americana-pop driven song showcasing the phenomenal vocal prowess of Bella Rios. When you’ve been hurt, holding onto a grudge is sometimes just as hard as letting go, even when you think you’re almost ready to forgive someone. All about that point when anger and pain are sucking the life out of you, and you just have to let it out and allow love and forgiveness in. Eventually letting go of the pain and the burdening weight of carrying that again that’s a constant part of the hurt, it gives way to saying what is needed to be said. Letting go and finally breathing again.
Bella Rios is a 15-year-old multi-instrumentalist Singer/Songwriter residing in Chicago, Illinois. Playing the guitar, piano, bass and saxophone, Bella is no stranger to raw musical talent. In addition to being a typical high-schooler with all its ups and downs of friends, homework and life, Bella recently has been spending time in New York, NY this past summer working on her upcoming EP, of which the single “Breathe Again” took shape from.
We also get to discuss more about the new single and what’s comng ahead.
Hi Bella, welcome to VENTS. How have you been?
Great, thanks! How are you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Breath Again”?
I’m really excited for “Breathe Again” to come out! It’s been a long time coming and patience isn’t exactly my strong suit when it comes to getting music out there.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I confess. I tend to be a grudge-holder. This song is my attempt at self improvement and learning to forgive. I did have a specific event that inspired me to write this song, but I think we’ve all been at a point in our lives where anger and pain can suck the life out of us, and we’ve just have to let it out. This is my way of saying what I needed to say, letting go, and finally breathing again.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Ideas for one are in the works and a lyric video should be coming soon.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a really intense and personal experience for me. The lyrics took a little while, as it was initially a difficult topic for me to open up about. I am so grateful to have the chance to channel my experiences through music. The good, the bad and the ugly. And share it with others who’ve experienced similar things.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
Chicago’s my home-town. So essentially everything I do came from being here. The musical influences and culture are never-ending.
How’s your new EP coming along?
I’m so happy with the songs we have right now. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We don’t have a specific release date yet, but early 2019 is going to be a really exciting time for me. I’m not 100% sure about a title, but I’m thinking “Ever After.”
What aspect of relationships and life in general will you get to explore on this new material?
Throughout this experience, I’ve grown more as a musician and person. In the process of producing these new songs I’ve, with the help of many others, been able to further explore things that are relevant in my life, and I think the life of many other people my age. Like friendship, forgiveness, breakdowns, and getting through it all.
Will you playing with other genres or will you keep on the Roots direction?
I’ll always come back to my roots, but we are working on creating a more contemporary kind of sound.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ll be in NYC this weekend. Does that count?
What else is happening next in Bella Rios’ world?
Busy with school and music as always! So much to do and so little time.