INFOBOXGenre(s): Hip Hop, Pop
From: Vienna, Austria
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From recording herself on her phone and stealing the show at karaoke to signing with Sony Music, yes, this is not your ordinary musical path but why conform to the ordinary when you can create magic with just a simple thought. Alright, let’s set the tone: “To conform” is something you will not find the upcoming singer known as W1ZE doing anytime soon or better said never.
The young Zimbabwean has arrived to show us that you don’t really have to conform to anyone’s standards but your own. Even though becoming a singer let alone an artist wasn’t on her moodboard yet, W1ZE always knew that she had a special bond to music that allowed her to feel a certain sense of freedom while singing. At the age of 16 she started recording herself on her phone. What started out as curiosity and fun quickly turned into a desire. “One day I’ll reminisce and probably be proud of young Graham for doing that” says the young performer. The dedication seemed to be paying off as she got signed by Sony Music in 2019.
Describing her music as chameleonic might sound mystifying at first but taking a closer look into the artists roots you will quickly realize that owning your identity while giving yourself enough space to be as diverse as possible is very important to W1ZE. With a mix of Zimbabwean, German, Indian and Malaysian her art reflects her identity. Besides her passion for music W1ZE aspires to play a big role regarding inclusivity in the music industry. “Accepting yourself is the hardest yet the most crucial step after that the rest will follow”, the singer proclaims. If she is not at a studio session, you can find her writing and working on her lyrics. Being able to experience pain and create something beautiful out of it is a blessing she is thankful for every day.
In a world full of challenges, W1ZE challenges her listeners to be nothing else but themselves.