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Video Premiere: “Not A Solder (Live)” By Willa Amai

Willa Amai
6 May 2021

Willa Amai – Photo Credit: Amanda Femme

Today sixteen-year-old music phenom Willa Amai releases the music video for the live version of her single “Not A Soldier” off her debut album I Can Go To Bed Whenever, which is set for release on June 4th.

Big Takeover is pleased to host the premiere of this new stripped-back live take of the single that gives listeners an opportunity to connect directly with the importance of the message of Amai’s lyrics.

Amai sings with heartfelt conviction, touched with gentle vulnerability on this up-close and personal rendition of her song. The video clip features Amai at the piano and at the mic; nothing fancy, but pure soulfulness and a refreshing directness for an artist beyond her years.

Her yearning words ring true in a time of unease and tumult. She find the human spirit in her musings where deep feeling are put on display without artifice.

Amai continues to blaze a trail with her messages of hope and love in a world of change and uncertainty, especially on her hauntingly soul-filled piano-pop number “Not A Solider.”

“This song is for anyone who has had to come to the acceptance that love is, for better or for worse, out of our control. But I think more than that it’s a reminder that this lack of control is what makes love so worthwhile,” says Amai. At the age of 16 Willa speaks very clearly about her mental health both in her music and in life which has led to her recently being chosen as an ambassador for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

With accolades from Rolling Stone, Buzzbands.LA, and MTV’s Spankin’ New, and recent premieres with PEOPLE and other platforms, and the rising artist continues to rack up industry buzz. Amai has also recently appeared in the score for Hulu’s Kid 90 documentary, scored by mentor Linda Perry, with her cover of “The Show.”

Amai’s next single, “Too Close,” is on deck for the songstress, with the release of her debut album on June 4th.

As Amai continues to rise, the industry will undoubtedly notice, and the fans will soak in her honesty. If truth is what Linda Perry was looking for when she found Amai, she hit the motherload.