October 3, 2022
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Identify: Wallice

Age: 23

Hometown: Los Angeles

Presently Lives: In a three-bedroom bungalow home within the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles together with her longtime boyfriend, Callaghan Kevany, and a pal.

Declare to Fame: Wallice (whose full identify is Wallice Hana Watanabe) is a singer-songwriter greatest identified for “Punching Bag,” a tune about self-deception in poisonous relationships; her follow-up hit, “23,” in regards to the perils of dwelling together with her mom in the course of the pandemic, has had three million streams on Spotify. Pattern lyric: “I’m afraid of the longer term/ Scared that I’ll nonetheless be a loser.”

“I credit score the pandemic to have the ability to discover an viewers, as a result of I believe lots of people had time to take heed to music and discover new artists,” Wallice mentioned.

Massive Break: In 2020, shortly after Wallice launched “Punching Bag,” Spotify determined to characteristic the tune on its Lorem playlist — an influential listing that showcases new artists and now has greater than 900,000 followers.

“Quite a lot of my mates are indie artists which are developing within the scene,” she mentioned. “They stored reposting the tune, and that’s how I acquired Spotify’s consideration.” The tune took off from there and has been streamed greater than 4 million instances.

Newest Mission: In October, Wallice signed with Soiled Hit, an unbiased document label in London that’s additionally house to the 1975, an English boy band. In November she launched the one “Wisdom Tooth,” a bubbly pop tune that was written the evening earlier than she went to the dentist. “I used to be so nervous,” she mentioned. “I had a recording session that day and was like, ‘There’s no method I can write about anything.’”

Subsequent Factor: Within the new yr, she’ll be a part of the band Nonetheless Woozy on tour. “I’m actually enthusiastic about happening tour, particularly since my bandmates are my greatest mates,” she mentioned. “My boyfriend is our guitar participant, and my bass participant I’ve identified endlessly.”

What’s in a Identify?: Wallice went with no identify at beginning as a result of her mother and father thought they have been having a boy. Just a few days later, her father named her after Wallis Simpson, the American socialite who later turned the spouse of Prince Edward, after he abdicated the British throne to marry her. “I actually like my identify, and I really like how it’s distinctive,” Wallice mentioned.

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