Have you ever felt the need to be less than yourself to impress others?
Giovanna Crescenzo, an up-and-coming songwriter and producer from New Jersey, thinks that nobody should ever have to water themselves down in life: One of her latest releases, “Watered Down” dares her listeners to become their most authentic selves.
Drawing inspiration from 90’s music and hit artists like Ariana Grande, Khalid, and Lana Del Rey, Giovanna mixes trap and R&B with her signature ambient vocals and harmonies to create sweet, spacey pop music. Giovanna’s original songs feature the melding of multi-genre instrumentals and poetic diction, constructing a style that is unapologetically unique. Simultaneously sugary and dark, Giovanna’s music is an authentic reflection of her artistry that is sure to mesmerize listeners with its delicate power.
Before embarking on her solo endeavors, Giovanna worked with cover bands in the New York/New Jersey area as she came into her talents. In the past, she has worked with C.A.S. Music Productions for recording and mixing, as well as Alan Douches for mastering on her tracks “You” and “Watered Down.”
Set to be released on June 5, 2020, “Watered Down” carries messaging that everyone needs to hear: Be your best self! The track tells the story of a character feeling as if they cannot be themselves because of someone else’s lack of confidence. Beautiful metaphors and water references are scattered through the lyrics along with powerful questions and diction: “Why do I gotta be watered down? / What gives with this permanent frown? / Why do I gotta be watered down? /Too much is gettin’ in now, I just might drown / Do I gotta be less of me so you can be more of you / Can’t we both win instead?”
Addressing an important, yet often overlooked topic, “Watered Down” will remind listeners of the importance of self-confidence, loving others, and being the person you truly are without letting others bring you down.
Giovanna’s other recent release, “You” is just as powerful. According to Giovanna, the song is a “one-sided conversation with the moon.” Inspired by a moment where she was looking for guidance at 2am, the track “calls out to a void that will never respond back,” but also illustrates Giovanna’s journey in finding comfort in the fact that, like the rest of us, she will never have all of the answers.
Sweetly melodic and divine in its composition, “You” features mysterious, twinkling instrumentals and syrupy vocals. Giovanna’s clear, saccharine voice glides over the echoes of piano, twisting as it rises and falls throughout the track, highlighting the lyrics.
Giovanna’s poetic talents come into play from the very first verse, her expert lyricism flowing through the track’s smooth diction: “All these things to do and I look up and stare at you / Mesmerized by your light, what am I supposed to do? / The ocean’s right on track, reflects your good looks right on back / You’re so damn beautiful you need to be seen twice / Do you get lonely up there? What’s it like livin’ with no air? / Could say the same thing from down here / It’s not fair….”
Conversing with a silent entity, Giovanna Crescenzo weaves a masterful piece of music that is guaranteed to pop into your head next time you find yourself looking up at the moon.
In the near future, Giovanna aims to continue studying production in order to facilitate her personal growth as well as help fellow artists. She is currently also working on new original music, which is set to debut in the coming year.
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