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From the Broadway stage to the top of the charts, Ava Della Pietra is the next pop star you need to know
Her latest single “long way home” is a breath of fresh air. Watch the lyric video HERE
The song will be featured on Ava Della Pietra’s debut EP, ‘truth or truth,’ out next month
Singer/songwriter Ava Della Pietra has been on a wild ride the last few years. After starring in the original cast of Broadway’s School of Rock, she has built a loyal following as a pop artist, releasing a string of hits inspired by her own life. On her latest single “long way home,” out today, Ava describes her perfect afternoon – a long drive with the windows down, surrounded by friends, great music, and blue skies. “I wrote ‘long way home’ during the pandemic when I was yearning to leave my house, travel, and see other people,” Ava explains. “The song is a fantasy about getting together with my friends, doing our favorite things, and driving ‘down all the roads we’ve never seen before.’” The song will be featured on Ava’s debut EP ‘truth or truth,’ due out next month.
The release of “long way home” follows a busy year for Ava, who according to Music Connection Magazine’s recent Songwriter Profile, “is on her way to carving her spot on the pop music scene.” On the heels of performances on Voice of America’s “Border Crossings” and “Today In Nashville,” who called Ava a “triple threat,” Ava released her single “my boyfriend,” a dreamy song about new love, which led Sheen Magazine to call her “a brilliant songwriter and a soon-to-be household name.” Her recent single “power of you” reached #21 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, alongside artists like Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift, and her song “Optimist” was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting” award by The Great American Song Contest.
For as long as she can remember, Ava has been drawn to music – but it wasn’t just listening to it; it was creating it. A multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, bass, guitar, violin, and ukulele, Ava began performing at age four and writing songs at age five. By the time she was 12, she was starring in the original Broadway cast of School Of Rock, having already toured the country in the national tours of White Christmas and Les Misérables.
For Ava, songwriting and performing is something that has always come easily. She’s been featured on shows like Good Morning America and Sesame Street, performed at the Sundance Film Festival and the Great South Bay Music Festival, and even played Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 Knicks fans. Recently, the New York State School Music Association Calls for Creators Competition ‘Songwriters Showcase’ named Ava the 2021 winner for her songs “Optimist” and “Moon,” while the New York Young Performer’s Prize competition awarded her 2nd prize for her performance of the song “Popular” from the musical Wicked.
Now, as she prepares for the release of her debut EP, Ava is focusing on a more acoustic path. Working with producer Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Jamie Lawson, Beyoncé) as well as producers Steven Martinez, Adrian Gurvitz (Andra Day, Ziggy Marley) and Jimmy Greco, Ava has written more than 130 songs, many of which whilst quarantining with her family on Long Island. “My creativity was really flowing, I would just sit right down and write a song. My newer songs are based on emotions that I am feeling in my every day life.”
Confident, talented, smart and focused, the world is, as they say, Ava’s oyster, something she isn’t taking for granted. “I am going to take things as they go and continue to share my experiences with people,” Ava said. “No matter what I do when I get older, I will always keep releasing music.” While the topics of her songs range from friendships to love to boys to world issues, Ava spends a lot of time with her lyrics when she’s writing, knowing that they will always be a place in time that she has captured. “Music is such a powerful way to convey my thoughts and ideas, it’s like a journal, a true snapshot of my life. Looking at it retrospectively, it has helped me discover a lot about myself; I hope my songs do the same for others.”