Paola Proctor: How Can I


Paola delivers an impressive, heartbreaking performance.
Powerful vocals with incredible production!

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Hi Paola, welcome to VQS, Tell us a little bit about you and your music.
I would describe my music to be percussive driven. I think percussion is a huge component to a fun song so I usually focus a lot of attention on that. I’m not the biggest fan of putting myself in a genre box but if I did I would say POP and leaning into Latin influence.

I listened to all kinds of music growing up, everything from Tina Turner, to Christina Aguilera, The Who and everything in between. I’ve always found females with powerful voices to be very inspirational.

“I hope everyone who listens to this song can empathize with their experience with heartbreak.” – Paola

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Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration for this new single?

Released 12/11/20. I recorded my latest single in Nashville, TN. I was in a writing session with Golden West and Ryan Sorestad and we wrote a heartbreak song that we were planning on pitching to another artist. The more we all listened to the demo, however, the more we all came to the conclusion that it was something that I needed to release personally.

I had written heartbreak songs before but didn’t feel like any of them were the right song to release until this one.

How Can I? It’s all about the major conflicting feelings of a heartbreak. I chose it because it’s my first heartbreak song I’ve ever released and since I’m practicing being vulnerable, I felt like this song was a very appropriate way to do it.

“I want it to be completely normal for people to talk about going to therapy or group session.” – Paola

What was your vision for this song?

Among other things, I’m very passionate about making mental health practices a normal part of society. I want it to be completely normal for people to talk about going to therapy or group sessions, or whatever helps them cope with the inevitable curve balls that life will throw. I’d want to leave things better than I found them.

“How Can I” is about the soul crushing, gut wrenching aspects of heartbreak.

I’m no stranger to pain but heartbreak is a very unique and especially twisted kind of pain. It put me in a state of mind I never thought possible and I now understand why love is such a scary thing to feel. It means you now have something to lose.

I hope that this song will encourage people to seek therapy and remove the stigma of getting help for mental illness, and emotional struggles.

What is your favorite part of this song?

I think how emotional it is. I tear up every time I listen to it. It’s really scary but I know the only way to strengthen the vulnerability muscle is to put myself out there and practice being vulnerable.

Anything else we should know about it? Future releases? Upcoming events?

More music coming in the next few months!

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