Julia Pratt is done with society labeling women who speak about sexual assault as “crazy” or “liars.” Her wake-up call is the emotionally raw power ballad, “All The Girls Are Crazy”, which topped 100,000 plays on Spotify only a month after launching in August. The song has been consistently trending thousands of monthly listeners from New York to London to Norway. Her genre-bending style, multi-cultural background and self-empowerment message come together at a moment when women are using their collective voices to tell the world “Time’s Up!
But for Pratt, an advocate for protecting women against abuse, it seems fitting that audiences have connected immediately to “All the Girls are Crazy.” The song is a deeply personal story of survival. “Don’t let someone else’s demons become your own,” is her message to anyone struggles with abuse. “Survive, fight for your rights, and keep moving in a positive direction. The world needs your unique gifts and your compassion” . If it’s not her atypical and beautified vocals, or the emotional delivery it produces then it's the deep lyricism that creates a message powerful and hard-hitting it’s sure to thought provoke significant amount of people.
Julia Pratt is becoming the face of advocating against the victim blaming in assault just by releasing a single that can lend as a helping hand to the raw and augmented single. The melodic piano plays an important role as a support system to Julia’s sultry and raspy voice. Her heart-rending delivery will be appreciated by many who not only hear this song but those who can relate and connect to the single by adding their own personal story to the atmosphere of the song. Julia presents us the ability to be a voice of reason and an ally to those who suffer in the everlasting brainwashed society we live in.
Listen to "All the Girls are Crazy" here and check out our interview with Julia Pratt below!
Since your uncle Marcus Johnson is a musician himself, do you think you were born into a musically inclined family and/or household?
I grew up playing instruments, from piano to cello to saxophone, and studied music theory and orchestral performance before I ever began to sing. I lived rather far away from my uncle, so his performances never really influenced my musical progression, but I guess a love of performance runs in the family.
We heard that you received some training with choirs and orchestras in China and Vietnam! How was your experience living there? Is there any difference between the both?
I played saxophone in the orchestra at my school in China, and then in the jazz band in Vietnam. I really began to love playing music on a more personal level as I began to play jazz in Saigon. I wanted to sing the jazz hits that I was playing behind in the band, and that encouraged me to start singing. My orchestra in China was very technical and intense, and it was really draining for me emotionally because I always wanted to play to the best of my ability, and I was one of the few fifth graders in the middle school/high school orchestra. Moving to Vietnam and having more freedom for creativity and improvisation with my instrument in the form of jazz was all the inspiration I needed to start singing.
What prompted you to write “All The Girls Are Crazy” can you tell us a little about its background?
I wrote “All The Girls Are Crazy” in about 15 minutes on my bedroom floor. My mom inspired me to write it during a time when I was really upset about a bad situation in my life. She told me to write about it honestly to get it out of my system, even if it never went anywhere. She said the words “you should write a song about how people talk about girls who come forward about assault and domestic abuse, and how they say all the girls are crazy.” I took that line and ran with it, and with some real emotion and honesty behind the lyrics, the song came out.
How would you like your fans and our readers to perceive this song when they hear it?
I want people to really listen to what I’m saying. I know its really easy to get caught up in the melody of a song, and I hope that the people who listen to my music can also feel the truth and urgency in my lyrics. I want it to serve as a reminder that there is still so much work to do in our society, but also that beauty can come out of pain and that there is always hope. This song was the diamond that came out of one of the worst periods in my life, and I hope that it can help bring solace to other people who may be struggling.
Have you ever thought of becoming an activist against other movements that you think our society is lacking in paying respect to?
All the time. I hope that through music I can help to uncover issues that our world is ignoring. Music is one of the greatest forms of activism in and of itself when used properly and intentionally. Even outside of music, I want to continue to support the movements that are occurring that protect (or CREATE) rights for people who currently don’t have any.
Do you have any exciting plans in 2019?
I have quite a few performances coming up in 2019! I hope to be playing at Philly Love Fest in July as well as Brooklyn’s Best Music Festival in June! I am beyond excited to maybe even get to record an EP. Stay tuned!!
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