Emanuela Belleza is an Italian singer, songwriter and musician. Her EP titled Ella Se Va is now available. (Ramon Aviles/Living Out Loud LA)
She’s shared the stage with Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes while both collaborated in performing “Fotografía.” She’s got a favorable personality, the physical attributes to cause a stir, and the God-given talent in singing and songwriting.
She’s Emanuela Bellezza, an Italian beauty who’s released her EP with the title Ella Se Va. The production, which includes the tracks “Lo Que Se Da Regresa,” “Quedate,” and “Darte Amor.” It also contains a song by the same name of the EP, “Ella Se Va,” which was composed by Draco Rosa and Claudia Brant.
Gustavo Borner produced the EP, which you can listen here.
Originally from San Remo, Italy, Bellezza made her way to Los Angeles about five years ago. It became only logical to also shoot her video of “Ella Se Va” in LA.
Bellezza is the owner of an extraordinary voice and an innate talent. She’s a fresh look at pop and soul music. She’s young and humble, and aiming to penetrate the hearts of the Latin audience.
We managed to conduct a Q&A session with the rising star. Bellezza spoke about her experience working with Juanes, social media, passion for music, decision in coming to LA, and her EP, among other things.
Living Out Loud: How did you decide to participate in the MTV Tr3s contest in order to win a chance to sing “Fotografía” with Juanes?
Emanuela Bellezza: ‘Fotografía’ is a tune that I feel a lot within me because of the instruments used and the words it says. I first heard the song when I had moved to Los Angeles. A friend told me of the contest where Juanes was looking for a singer to perform one of his tracks in the album MTV Unplugged. So, I made my video and submitted it. Juanes chose me, and that’s how everything began.
LOL: How has social media aid you in growing as an artist since then?
EB: Surely after winning the contest, people became very interested in me through social media. Singing alongside Juanes is a very good experience. A lot of people became interested in me due to that, and that’s how they got to know my music and me as an artist.
LOL: When and how did you attain a likeness to music?
EB: I started when I was young. I was 3 years old when my parents enrolled me into music courses for kids. Nevertheless, my true passion for music began when I was 7. At that time, my parents went on to enroll me into piano lessons. At that stage in my life, I didn’t know that even was or meant. I began to like the classes a lot during my first weeks and when I’d get home, the first thing I would do was play the piano. Around the age of 16 or 17, I began to play the guitar, write songs and, also, develop my vocals. That’s how my love for music continued to grow more.
LOL: What triggered your move to Los Angeles?
EB: Since I was 18, I had an intuition to come to Los Angeles. I really don’t know why, but I loved California since then. Something within me kept telling me to come here. Some years later, I traveled here and I started studying at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. I came here alone, and that was rather hard in the beginning because my family was in the other side of the world. Thereafter, I began to sing, make friends and everything settled down for me.
LOL: Let’s talk about your recent EP titled Ella Se Va. In it, what are you presenting?
EB: The EP takes the same name as the first single, ‘Ella Se Va.’ I practically write my songs because I’m a singer-songwriter but for the very first time, I’m singing a song that someone else has written. The first time I heard it, I loved it. Draco Rosa, Claudia Brant and George Noriega wrote ‘Ella Se Va.’ It talks about how a man feels when a woman leaves him, the emptiness thereafter, the melancholy and the sadness of it all. Like all those feelings, it becomes a metaphor. The songs in the EP are rather poetic. ‘Ella Se Va’ brings a new bolero flavor, somewhat dark, but profound as a song. I needed something like this because the majority of my songs carry positive themes, so I needed this to complete me a little.
LOL: Talk to us about the video for ‘Ella Se Fue.’
EB: Part of it was filmed within a building in Los Angeles. The other segments of the video were filmed in a house, and I really liked the idea of using antique elements – that made the video much more romantic. Jean Luis Contreras directed the video, and I believe he did an incredible job.
LOL: How do you define your musical style?
EB: I can define it as something new – a different proposal – because I’m fusing Latin pop and soul music. I like this genre because I have influences of soul music like Corinne Bailey Rae. They are new ideas I took from when I was young, so I can define it as new style for the Latin audience.