Emerging in 2019 as a true artist to watch in the dark/sad music space, 12-year old singer/songwriter, Cloe, is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, she crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche. Championing the concept of accepting one’s mental health issues, pushing for equality, and embracing imperfection, she is light years beyond the typical young musician.
Cloe will be releasing original music, and covers, over the span of the upcoming year that are guaranteed to comfort listeners through their varied emotions, to allow them to feel the intensity of their deepest thoughts, and to display that Cloe does not have the edge of a sword, but instead, like a rose with thorns.
Released on 1/29, she premiered a music video for her beautiful and riveting rendition of Halsey’s “Without Me”. Sultry and powerful, Cloe is emerging in 2019 as a true artist to watch in the dark/sad music space. We reached out to Cloe to see where her inspiration comes from and what she has planned for the remainder of 2019.
1. Who have been some of you main influences as an artist?
When I first listened to Lana Del Rey, I actually felt her music. It crawled into my head, and it hasn’t left me every since “Video Games”. She’s definitely one of my most major musical inspirations. I don’t know what it is about her music, but it just took me to a different place. The way she executes sadness, pain, and romance at the same time amazes me. I love Billie Eilish too, her music haunts me, and every song makes me feel like I’m a different person. Halsey tells stories with her albums, and creates these human beings through art. I just fell in love with the way she presents her music. In each album, there’s something about them that makes them beautifully broken. You can hear the pain, and you can understand the sadness, but the way it’s presented is almost magic. Sasha Sloan would also have to be a major inspiration for me. Her EP, “sad girl”, felt like it was made for me. It was one of those things that came at the perfect time in my life, where my whole mindset was pretty “sad girl”- like.
2. What drew you to covering “Without Me” by Halsey?
Halsey’s music has always been a part of my music career, even before it was actually a career. I’ve been drawn to her ability to take topics like depression and demons, and turn them into such a new form of art – that’s how I want to shape my own music, but I’d just never heard anything like her. To develop an emotional connection with what I’m singing, there already has to be some sort of lyrical connection for me. If I can’t relate to, or feel the lyrics, the outcome isn’t the same. “Without Me” is a song that I related to. It talks about sacrificing and losing yourself – all over someone who leaves you. It wasn’t necessarily a connection to the actual concept of the song, but just the type of person being created. I felt like I was that person. Giving so much, ending up where you put yourself over someone else’s life, and then watching them end up where you put them – yet, you still lose them.
3. What do you hope your music can evoke in people?
I want my music to get people familiar with the emotions they’ve hidden from themselves – the emotions that they fear. We all have that darkness, and it’s mentally exhausting to contain it in our heads. I want my music to be a place where that can come alive. My music isn’t a person, it isn’t a conversation, it’s art. I’m ready to bring that darkness that I believe everyone needs. It can be expressed in the form of a person, a relationship, an escape, and so many other things. My mind creates stories off of emotions, and emotions off of stories. People are sad, and people have that part of themselves that they are confused by. My music has a relatable sense to it, where people can lose themselves.
4. Where do you pull the most inspiration for your original music?
I’m young, but I’ve never felt that away. I feel as though I’ve lived several lives, and that my heart has been broken several times. I have these experiences in my mind, but I have no idea where they came from, but my music is where I put them. Heartbreak and betrayal are somehow things that I feel familiar with, so I write about them. My music comes from my mind, my emotions – no matter how dark they are or how fearing I am of them. I can turn a feeling into music.
5. What are you most looking forward to accomplishing in 2019?
2019 is the year that I actually get to live a life surrounded by art, even though I already feel that way. I get to write, record, and release. More covers will be uploaded, and original music will be coming out soon. I think that this is the year I can really start creatively figuring things out. I have an amazing team, and we have a lot planned for this year – it’s going to be pretty insane, but I can’t wait.