THE COME UP

HEWAN

Inspired by Icons like Lauryn Hill, India Arie, and song writing legend Ryan Tedder, Hewan is an Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter, whose hypnotic, soulful voice is refreshing and authentic. Pulling from genres of soul, electronic, and pop, the Bay Area Native experiments with her sound and style, however, keeps her song-writing raw and uncut.

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Inspired by Icons like Lauryn Hill, India Arie, and song writing legend Ryan Tedder, Hewan is an Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter, whose hypnotic, soulful voice is refreshing and authentic. Pulling from genres of soul, electronic, and pop, the Bay Area Native experiments with her sound and style, however, keeps her song-writing raw and uncut. She describes “The most memorable responses [to my music] have been about my songs and how they are relatable. When someone comes up to me after a show and says how much my song moved them…that is the best feeling in the world.”

Hewan began her musical journey when she bought a guitar in college and began songwriting; “I had always written but it was more like poetry. When I got my first guitar is when I started to develop my craft as a writer and artist.” Since then, she’s released an EP and opened for artists like The Internet, Keke Wyatt, Luke James, and most notably, was showcased at the ASCAP Artist Expo. However, being an indie, female artist with no label, she has experienced many challenges in her road to success. “I think it’s a little more challenging for women in the industry because we tend to be over sexualized. Most times what you look like is more important than what you sound like. I mean I just want to make great, dope music that people relate to. If you like the way I look too, awesome.”

For her latest project, Hewan is utilizing a unique approach by starting a Kick Starter Campaign. Creating and distributing music independently is a challenge for anyone, so Hewan decided that she would take financial matters into her own hands and utilize technology and the internet to support her dream. “You got to love crowd funding. In the current landscape of the music industry, artists now have so much access that they didn’t have before. As an indie artist, there is just a tad more on my plate when it comes to the business end. Thinking strategically and not just creatively, I think that’s what makes the most successful artists; those who have a vision and find the right team of people to help execute it.”

Hewan’s appeal lies in her fresh and raw songwriting, guitar playing, and unapologetic approach to be the artist she wants to be. Currently, wrapping up her sophomore studio project, Hewan plans on touring as much as possible, releasing her music in the next few months and creating new ways for her audience to experience her sound. “I am proud of how much I have grown as an artist throughout this process. That’s the beauty of creating. Your records are snapshots in time that portray who you are and how you feel in a given moment. You can learn a lot about my experiences through my music.”

Donate to Hewan’s music project  https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/hewanmusic/about

www.hewanmusic.com

 

 

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