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Student musician strives to create local platform

Geena Fontanella, an ORU vocal perfomance senior, streamed her album on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon last summer. Here’s what the artist had to say about her musical journey.

Francesca Vasquez: I know being in the music industry presents so many challenges and obstacles. Would you mind sharing what those obstacles look like for you personally and how you overcome them?

GF: Probably the hardest thing for me is just getting people to support you. Even though we are so connected with social media, we’re not connected at the same time. You’re like, “Okay, I just released a song, I want everyone to get excited about it.” And five people like it. It just hurts sometimes. The most difficult thing is getting people to support you and getting yourself out there. Right now I am in Tulsa, so I try to do as many places in Tulsa. But I try to do shows in Arkansas, or shows when I go back home in California, or shows in Nashville, just constantly trying to meet new people and get them excited about what I am excited about.

FV: At what moment did you realize, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life?

GF: You know, every time I sit down to write a song, there’s just something about…I can’t even explain it. There are certain things that come naturally to you, and you feel very peaceful about it even though you may be in a stressful environment. And this is totally who I am, and it’s the same thing when I get on stage. Everything aligns, and [I] know that [I] know that this is where I’m supposed to be.

FV: What is the most important message for you to communicate to your listeners?

GF: I really try to the best of my ability to be as vulnerable as possible. When I go to write a song, it’s me on that page. I have struggled with things in my life and I’ve gone through things in my life. My mom and I got kicked out of our house and we lived in five different homes until this family took us in. Writing about that struggle, writing about seeing my mom going through that struggle, that’s what “Fight Again” is about. “Monster” deals with the idea of feeling like I’m doing everything wrong in every relationship, whether it be spiritually, whether it be with my friends. I feel like I’m always doing them wrong, and I feel like a monster. I try to put myself and what I’m dealing with on that page.

Fontanella will play at Woody’s on 2nd Street Thursday, April 9 at 10 p.m.

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