A fresh new face in the music industry, LAURA PIERI has quickly become the “one to watch”. With the release of her debut single and video “I Will Follow You”, Pieri has attracted a significant following on social media and has gained a fan base well over 500k. Teaming up with Grammy Award Winning Producer Cory Rooney, who has groomed and guided the career of Jennifer Lopez, Pieri is set to be this generations next icon.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pieri knew she wanted to be an artist since she was a little girl. As a child, Pieri began singing at events, trying to get in contact with those who could turn her lifelong dreams into a reality. Pieri moved to New York in 2014 for school. She currently attends Gallatin College at New York University. Rooney has produced and written for many multi-platinum artists like Michael Jackson, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Marc Anthony, and many more. Now Rooney is molding Pieri to be this generations next icon, and with his undeniable track record and Pieri’s drive, this duo is bound for success.
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You have done an incredible job exhibiting that it is never too late to make a change for the better. What other areas in your life or career does this apply to?
Not to be cheesy, but it definitely applies to all areas of my life. I go to NYU, which is not a simple and easy school and I used to be really bad at school. I’m that girl who used to sit in the back of the class and not really do my work. I did realize though how important it was for me to get a higher education, especially given I am the first one in my family to go to college in the U.S.
I took a gap year before I came to the U.S. for school and during that time, you feel like you’re never going to go back to school. But I realized it wasn’t too late for me to go back and go to college. It is never too late to go after anything you want, no matter what it is.
While you’re taking the music industry by storm, you are also a full-time student at NYU. How do you balance both?
For me, I enjoy studying. I have recently discovered it is a passion of mine, but it isn’t easy – there really isn’t much sleep involved. There are a lot of all nighters and emails asking for extensions but it is just time management. If you believe it is something you want to do, you just have to sit down and get it done. There are times where I would much rather sit in the studio or be working. But I have to work on a paper. The hardest part for me is not the time management. It’s switching back and forth between school and music because they are both so drastically different. But going to college has made me a better artist and gives me a much better understanding about the world around me.
I Will Follow You is your debut single. I believe the need to end gun violence is at its heart. Was there a news report or moment that made you write the song and get the message down?!
The song itself was not originally connected to the gun violence cause. When we shot the first version of the music video, there was a bank robbery scene. After the events in Florida, that same scene took on a different meaning and symbolism for me.
I really did not want to be romanticizing gun violence at all and I felt like I was doing exactly that. It was important to me to take a step back and re-evaluate.
Do you think gun violence in the U.S. has reached a level where it is hard to control things?
I think gun violence is definitely at an alarmingly high level, yet the issue itself is one that is hard to control. It involves so many different variables, from politics to mental-health. I believe that talking about it is a good place to start, though.
I Will Follow You is your debut single. We’re sure you have been asked this million times but how did you get in the industry?
I don’t actually remember a specific moment that I was “in” the industry! I just loved making music and creating art so much so that it’s always been a part of my life. If I had to pinpoint a specific moment though, I’d have to say getting in the studio with Cory Rooney was my reality check
What is your musical background?
My mom used to sing to me. It’s something she’d do when I couldn’t sleep. So I started singing at a very young age. I used to scribble little poems that I’d imagine into songs all over my notebook.
Do you play any instruments?
I play a little bit of piano and a little bit of guitar. No formal training though.