Briana Marela, The 25-year-old Washington native draws inspiration from the people around her – the emotions they evoke, the tactile feelings those emotions bring us: the warmth of affection; the weightlessness of joy; the grounded, anchored feeling of love. There is a sense of place in her music, too – a sense of nature, of the northwest, and of the unique space that exists between cities and wilderness. That gift for illuminating the abstract is counterbalanced by a remarkable clarity and forcefulness in Marela’s lyrics.

Marela began writing music on an acoustic guitar in early high school, never imagining she’d make music using computers someday. It wasn’t until Briana left Seattle that she turned her efforts toward music technology, audio production and composition. Learning about the manipulation of melody, vocals and sound is what ultimately drove her and influenced her pop compositions.