Celine Dion

Let’s Talk About Love (Columbia/Epic)

(Columbia/Epic)

Alya Wants to Talk About Love: Russian-born pop singer and songwriter Alya told us about her love for Celine Dion.

Alya: I would have to say  my all time favorite album was Celine Dion’s Lets Talk About Love album.

It was the first album I was able to purchase in Russia right before the default occurred in the country. I was also sharpening my own skills in vocal instruction.

I admired her vocal style and incorporated it into my own sound.

Alya Wants to Talk About Love: Alya’s single “Pleasure is Mine” is out now.

Alya press bio:

“Inspired by her native Slavic mythology, allegories and metaphors – including numerous references to rushing water, waves and rushing rivers – the sensual and sultry, subtly exotic and richly symphonic song was written by Alya and produced by Grammy, Emmy and Dove Award winning engineer/producer Bill Schnee, who has worked with everyone from Steely Dan and Chicago to Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston throughout his five decade career.”

“Released September 17, “Pleasure is Mine” is the follow-up single to Alya’s breakthrough single “American Beauty” (also produced by Schnee), which generated nearly 500,000 Spotify streams and whose dance remix by Dave Aude (Grammy winner for his remix of “Uptown Funk”) reached #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronica Club Songs chart in only two weeks.”

“Though the imagery of ‘Pleasure is Mine’ is rooted in my Slavic culture, I am grateful that the song is connecting with people in so many unique ways,” Alya says. “During the pandemic when so many were isolated, people had the opportunity to be more introspective about who they are and what they want to do with their lives. At heart, it’s a song about understanding who you are and staying true to yourself. There are a lot of stereotypes about Russian women and I hope that the song serves to broaden people’s understanding a bit and explain femininity from our perspective, using lifegiving water imagery so many can relate to.

“The message of the song comes to life with music that also taps into my Russian heritage with the exotic and orchestral sounds,” she adds. “The title is all about female empowerment and the way the expression of femininity can lead to people feeling pleased with themselves and their innermost truths.”

 

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