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VENNA Reaches ‘Nirvana’

By Jaci Jedrych

Canadian singer-songwriter VENNA finds inspiration in both contemporary pop and classical poetry.

VENNA, also known as Shay Esposito, has been writing music since age 12. She released her first full-length album at just 16, “For Annie”, for which she became the youngest winner of the Rawlco Radio 10k/20 grant. She released her second full album at 19, “Sunday”. In the 5 years since then, her work has been met with rave reviews, winning the Electronic/Dance category of the UK Songwriting Competition and becoming a 3-time Edmonton Music Award Nominee, a St Albert’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award Nominee, and Top 5 finalist in Canada’s It’s Your Shot.

VENNA’s latest release “Nirvana” employs meaningful lyricism to display the message of using somebody to perpetuate self-abuse.

“Inspired by the concept of masochism as a defense mechanism, it’s about choosing to continue an unhealthy relationship because gratification provides a sense of control,” she says.

The sound draws from classic poets, fantasy literature, and countless powerful women bringing “anti-pop” to the forefront of music culture, VENNA hopes to inspire thought, emotion, and reflection in her music.

Fans of Billie Eilish or Skye Holland should check out her music. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Jaci Jedrych

Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.

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