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Ava Della Pietra Reflects on Independence in “Depend on Me”

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ava Della Pietra pinpoints how important it is to count on yourself in her new song, “Depend on Me”, which is accompanied by a lyric video that spells out the well-written lyrics using Scrabble tiles. 

The video is aesthetically pleasing and significantly matches the song. The Scrabble tiles rearrange the lyrics in different patterns, such as a heart, next to rotating charming headshots of the singer, which makes for an entertaining video. 

Della Pietra’s lyrics are relatable and her vocal range is greatly exemplified in this track; its bridge especially shines.

She discusses the importance of self-sufficiency, even though it can be difficult sometimes. “Depend On Me” is about independence and knowing that I can count on myself to overcome obstacles,” Della Pietra reflects. “I think it’s important to be self-reliant so I can learn and be confident in my own decisions.” 

Della Pietra began her music career by performing in the 25th Anniversary National touring production of Les Miserables at seven years old, then was in School of Rock on Broadway by the age of ten, performing at the Tony Awards and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

She plays piano, guitar, bass, violin, and ukulele, and recorded her first song at ten. “Songs tend to come to me when I am outside taking a walk or riding my bicycle,” she said. “I will sing a verse and a chorus into my phone, and then when I get back inside, I write it all down and put chords to it on either the ukulele, piano, or guitar.” 

Her creativity is ever-flowing, and the next chapter of her musical career will focus on a more acoustic path. “Music is such a powerful way to convey my thoughts and ideas; it’s like a journal, a true snapshot of my life,” Della Pietra said. “Looking at it retrospectively, it has helped me discover a lot about myself – I hope my songs do the same for others.” You will certainly hear more from her!

Find this and more exciting new music on our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist on YouTube and Spotify

Alchemical Records contributor Emma Page

Emma Page

Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.

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