We are delighted to welcome Paola Proctor to Divine Magazine. Paola (pronounced Pah-oh-lah) is a sophisticated artist whose music and talent span genres and cultures, just as her heritage and personal experiences have made her into the exciting, unique performer that she is today!
Paola manifests herself through art and performances, breathing life into the skills that have molded her journey. Paola brings “un sabor rico” from her rich Mexican American heritage and diverse international cultural experiences to her music.
Getting to know Paola
What first got you into music?
I’m told that I was singing well before I could form full sentences. I was drawn to music as child; I started singing in church choirs and then started taking classical singing lessons as well as cello lessons in 5th grade. Being in the classical environment made me appreciate so many different sounds.
Who inspired you to make music?
The first song I wrote that I remember being truly proud of was the song I wrote about my grandfather after he passed away. I was a sophomore in high school and it was the first time I had really endured emotional pain. I needed an outlet to process my grief and a friend had sent me a song he had written on the piano. I started writing over the piano as a form of therapy. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. After that I really fell in love with the songwriting process.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Unconventional. I’ve been influenced from a multitude of genres from various parts of the world growing up so I really enjoy genre blending and using instrumentation that you normally wouldn’t think to hear in a typical “pop” song.
What is your creative process like?
Melody is usually always first. I really like creating clever lyrics and those usually take me some time to come up with.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
There’s a long list but right now someone that I have my eye on to collaborate with in the future is Kassi Ashton. She’s an absolute badass! I love her music and I love that she’s so unapologetic in who she is and how she lives her life. She seems like someone I would get along with very well.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can burp really loudly. My family is very disappointed in me that I have zero shame about it 🙂
What would be the ideal food to have cooked for you on a date night?
I really like pizza so I think it would be a really cool date night idea to make homemade pizzas
What was the last TV series you watched on TV?
I definitely got on the Bridgerton train and thought it was wonderful. Before that I watched Schitts Creek and don’t usually use this word but thought it was absolutely delightful!
If you had to describe yourself as a flavour, what would it be?
Spicy! Which is ironic because I can’t handle any spicy food to save my life. My whole family enjoys spicy food except for me.
If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
Something I’m actively working on is not over-thinking; I’ve said for many years that I’m a compulsive over-thinker. Nine times out of 10 it just sets me up for disappointment so really getting control over my mind, thoughts, and especially emotions is something I’m actively working on.
How Can I is now available on all digital and download streaming platforms https://ffm.to/howcani
With the video for her latest single How Can I, Nashville singer-songwriter Paola Proctor has managed to turn the story of an emotionally fraught breakup into an opportunity to advocate for the importance of mental health awareness.
The video is a simple depiction of two lovers in the midst of a face-to-face confrontation. In one continuous take, Proctor and co-star Caleb Sprinkle take viewers on an emotional journey using nothing more than the power of their body language and facial expressions.
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