Influencer, mannequin, actress, and musician. Ava Breeze is a vibrant lady from northern New Jersey who hops from New York and Los Angeles in pursuit of one thing completely different. Pretty new to the music scene, Ava launched her first single “Ladies of Summer time” in July of this 12 months. On Thanksgiving Day, she adopted along with her second single, “Ground is Lava.” Concurrently, she wrapped up filming an internet collection the place she performs one of many title characters, Judith, in “Irreverend.” And just lately added the ending touches to her subsequent single, “Younger Love,” and “Who Are You,” the primary of which ought to be launched quickly.
At 14 years outdated, Ava has skilled greater than most individuals have by the point they’re 35. Moreover writing music and appearing, she runs a charity known as Ava’s Advocacy Military; the objective of which is to boost consciousness for youngsters with particular wants. She is the definition of what it means to “hustle.”
Ava Breeze may be the busiest highschool sophomore I’ve ever met, however you wouldn’t realize it. She is splendidly humble, her smile is type and infectious. She have to be on her option to the following factor, as she Zoom’s with me from the passenger seat of a automobile. Her mom, Heather, is driving. “I’m sorry for the lighting!” she laughs, happening to apologize for being within the automobile. It’s not an issue, it’s the future in spite of everything. Heather can be her official momager and the guiding gentle in Ava’s life.
“I actually name my mother my greatest buddy,” Ava laughs, “We’re tight knit!” Collectively they host ‘carchella,’ an unique type of car-karaoke fest that seems like a good time. Ava Breeze has explored quite a lot of paths, and was the face of the Feeding America Marketing campaign, a corporation famend for preventing starvation and one in all her most treasured tasks. Nevertheless it was after exiting the stage of her first efficiency that Ava knew music was her calling.
“I used to be so nervous earlier than my first dwell efficiency,” she admits, “[after] I used to be like, ‘I might actually do that!’ It’s undoubtedly a type of issues that you need to expertise to understand how you’re feeling about it.” Exhilarated, Ava felt like a brand new human being and realized how a lot she cherished music and performing. For her, there’s nothing like creating music and watching it come to life on stage. It doesn’t damage that music has at all times been a big a part of Ava’s life. Whereas she cites artists like Aurora and Billie Eilish as inspiration, she additionally credit her mom’s absolutely stocked musical library for feeding her artistry (#relatable). Via her mom, Ava discovered solace in artists like Enya and Tori Amos whose work she has tried to emulate with trendy finesse.
Even one thing Ava hears enjoying over the radio contributes to her inventive wavelengths. She dissects sounds, then makes an attempt to create them in her personal work. “It’s a continuing studying course of, simply enjoying with completely different sounds that I hear and seeing how I can implement them.”
When writing a track, Ava focuses on the lyrical side first. Typically the inspiration strikes at odd occasions, like at two within the morning or whereas washing her hair. Normally, she is a fan of the outcomes and works on including rhythm earlier than creating backing tracks along with her producer, Thomas Dodd. It’s her mom who’s the primary to listen to Ava’s phrases. After making a track in its most elementary format, Ava runs into her mom’s bed room—beaming with pleasure and asking, “Do you want this!? Keep in mind that track we listened to!?”
Having that type of help is integral to any type of success. “We bond over music,” Ava provides. It’s her mom’s background in music that helps Ava navigate what generally is a robust, intimidating trade. “Even when my mom isn’t educating me the structural half [of music], she’s educating me ideas that solely a seasoned skilled would know.”
Ava is type, heat, and welcoming—as they are saying, it’s within the eyes. However there’s something else there, a tear that’s typically etched into “outdated souls” and invisible to those that are blind to such experiences that make their mark. Her single, “Ladies of Summer time,” is a melodramatic, alluring tune that harkens again to the early days of Lana Del Rey. The observe was combined and produced by Dodd, who additionally supplied the harp, with Brooks Smith on keyboards.
“Ground is Lava” dropped on Thanksgiving Day of this 12 months. This time, Ava labored with Josh Marsh, one other younger, rising expertise that has labored with Ava previously. Marsh and Ava work fantastically collectively, creating music throughout 1000’s of miles by way of file sharing. The one has, as urged by its title, a infantile innocence combined with eeriness, the type that makes you’re feeling as if you happen to’re on the surface wanting in.
“The track is a poignant observe about bullying,” Ava feedback, “Nevertheless it presents itself as extra of a relationship.” The primary relationship, Ava says, is the connection she has with herself. “It’s concerning the self-growth that you just come throughout as you’re going through these obstacles, like [with] bullying and how one can overcome it.”
‘Don’t step on the cracks,’ and ‘crimson gentle, inexperienced gentle, forwards and backwards,’ are among the childhood video games referenced in Ava’s second single. For Ava, the experiences referenced in “Ground is Lava,” started in early childhood and are tethered to her personal trials with bullying. Whereas these video games have been being performed, Ava was the one being ignored on the playground—or moderately exterior of it. With “Ground is Lava,” Ava makes an attempt to include these experiences and feelings in a symbolic method.
As she speaks, I can see a small shadow play over her face. A shadow that I’ve seen earlier than, that’s grown from ache. I’ve been, seen, and felt what Ava is feeling now. I inform her this and a small smile returns in comradery after I add that sooner or later, she will likely be greater than okay…even when these shadows return every now and then. “It stays with you for positive,” Ava whispers, referencing the traumas of bullying.
My private favourite line from “Ground is Lava” is ‘I’m left empty/left with out a symphony,’ and Ava nearly bounces in her seat. It means the world to her when individuals love and resonate along with her music. That specific line, she says, refers to what life can be like with out music. Not only for her, however for everybody. “Music is the sunshine of most individuals’s lives; it’s helped them get by means of a lot. With out that symphony, with out that melody, they’re left empty. [I think] that interprets by means of the track.”
Ava Breeze is aware of what she feels is true, and the music she writes is compelling and sincere. That is one thing she strives for in all the things that she does. I ask if there’s the rest, and Ava turns in direction of the window, staring out into the world that passes in a blur of foliage and gray-blue sky. She is misplaced in contemplation, biting her lip as she scans her ideas.
“I suppose…I’m simply glad that folks can benefit from the music I make. It doesn’t really take impact [on] how good it’s till different individuals are affected, moved by it.” She smiles, and when she does you recognize it’s actual. Similar to the phrases she sings. I’m desperate to see the place her path takes her. Wherever Ava finally ends up, you recognize it’s going to be someplace worthwhile.
Meet up with Ava Breeze on Instagram, Youtube, TikTok. Stream “Ground is Lava” on all streaming platforms and be sure you catch Ava Breeze on display screen in “Irreverend.”
Discover Thomas Dodd at thomasdodd.com.
Cowl photograph by Ryan Clemens, black and white photographs by Nathan Blaney, courtesy of Lasting Legacy PR.