Being Unapologetic Feeds the Soul With R&B Singer Audrey
Singer/songwriter Audrey is a fresh new voice shaking up the R&B/Soul genre. The New Jersey native began singing the national anthem to thousands at sporting events around the country; now, she is carving her path with a sound that is edgy and melancholy with a hint of electro. The unwavering spirit of an artist is alive in Audrey, as she knows failure is crucial to success. She is unapologetically herself and it permeates her music, which offers listeners an immersive experience.
Audrey asks listeners to test the waters of self-realization and question society. Her single “Party” is climbing up the charts of streaming platforms and noted as a top track to listen to in the R&B world. Melodic and smooth beats pair perfectly with her vocals, which range from haunting and light to powerful and intoxicating.
Name: Audrey Chu
Artist name: Audrey
Currently based in: New Jersey
Originally from: New Jersey
Superpower: Cleanest burrito eater.
Biggest pet peeve: Flies coming for my food.
Favorite 90s jam?
“Paranoid Android” by Radiohead
What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of music?
I love food, movies, history, and driving aimlessly.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you love to splurge on (something totally impractical & just for you)?
Ridiculously expensive sushi.
What is a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
“Free” by Deniece Williams (you’re welcome, world.)
If you could live anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be?
Tokyo or Los Angeles.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Yes. I remember my dad showing me a video of Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV. I fell deeply in love with music at that moment.
How would you describe your sound?
Curvaceous robots throwing up honey.
What are the main themes or topics in your songs?
Self-realization, corruption of the human form, societal plague, inner strength, and internal strife.
As a whole, what is the message your hope to put forth with your music?
My message is: the world needs you to be free and to be you.
Who are some of your favorite artists/which artists are your greatest musical inspiration?
I love Lorde, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Tei Shi, Grimes, Thundercat, Flying Lotus.
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with in the future?
Ronnie Fieg or John Yuyi.
How do you feel your music evolved since you first started as a solo artist?
My music is becoming more and more vulnerable. I’m talking about more things that scare me.
Who writes your songs?
I write my songs with my producer, Anwar.
What do you do or where do you go when you need to find inspiration for your music?
I take the subway into the city and just creep on people. Kidding, but seriously.
Where do you see yourself 30 years from now?
In a house with a home studio, a stone pot rice cooker, and a family.
What is a project you’re currently working on that you are most excited about?
I’m so psyched about a music video I am working on. My heart rate rises when I think about it.
What has been one of your favorite performances of all time?
My first time performing my own songs at the Bowery Electric has to be my favorite. It was intimate, small, and all my closest friends were there.
What stands out as one of your worst/most horrifying performances of all time?
Luckily I haven’t had that experience yet. I can’t wait for the day I fall off the stage or throw up or something.
What is one thing that you have accomplished as a musician that you’re most proud of?
I’m proud of putting out “80deg”. It was a weird track and I didn’t care if anyone liked it. I loved it and that’s all that mattered to me. So I guess just the ability to not give a shit what anyone else thinks of my work. As long as the work feeds my soul in some way, I have faith there’s someone out there my songs can heal and empower.
Share a story of a time you screwed up in your musical career and how you recovered:
To me, screw-ups are crucial. There are a lot to name but I love every success and failure. I’m just grateful to be doing this as a career.
What do you see as one of the greatest challenges facing your industry today?
Making work that feeds a positive message to the youth, instead of glamorizing societal plagues. It’s something I struggle with. I love a lot of music with awful messages. It’s the artist’s responsibility to try to do better, and as Nina Simone would say, “reflect the times.” There’s a lot of important social issues that popular music today turns a blind eye to.
Are there any resources you have discovered that have been an asset to you as a musician that you’d like to share?
My first year at The Clive Davis Institute at NYU was a great resource. I learned so much about being a musician in today’s climate.
Were there any other band/performer names that you almost chose instead? And if so, please share!
I really loved Homauj (pronounced Homauj) and Aweful. In the end, I went with my name because it means “strength.”
If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you’d be doing (job/career)?
I was a stellar student in school. I probably would have become a brain surgeon or the President or something.
Anything else we haven’t asked about that you’d like to add?
Steereo is a genius idea. I’m so mad I didn’t think of it.