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Photo: Harmita Summugam

WHY DON’T YOU…

REBEL

You know that Shakespearean line “[the lady] doth protest too much”? A rebel is someone who protests too much… or maybe not enough; who questions convention, thinks outside the box, and doesn’t take the road most travelled.

REALLY LISTEN TO MUSIC AND LYRICS

I write songs that reveal my feelings but sometimes I don’t like to be so literal or so specific. I like to be more mysterious.

HAVE AN OPINION

We’re living in the age where popular figures or pop icons are not nurturing people to have opinions. It’s about being a brand, playing it safe, being familiar, and not offending anyone… I’ll never be comfortable with that.

STRIP IT ALL DOWN

When it came to writing The Rebel Heart, my original intention was to just sit with various songwriters and write. That was my goal, and I wanted the album to be something I could strum a guitar to and sing without other people involved.

LIBERATE YOURSELF

It gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that I was somehow involved with liberating people— making somebody feel proud of who they are or what they stand for.