Since winning over none other than her now-agent Linda Perry four years ago, Willa Amai’s journey toward stardom has been an exciting one, full of stops on network TV daytime talk shows and praise from the likes of Dolly Parton. As she preps her debut album with Perry, Amai continues to roll out singles certain to win over anyone else they reach, the latest of which is a whirlwind of orchestral sounds and Amai’s unique voice, channeling her love for Regina Spektor into something a bit more of-the-moment.
Meanwhile, the lyrics nearly match the maturity of those found in Spektor’s music, as the 16-year-old has had experience writing songs about love and heartbreak since she was nine years old. “‘Not a Soldier’ is a song for anyone who has had to come to the acceptance that love is, for better or for worse, out of our control,” she shares of the new track debuting today, which features everything from piano, to harp, to handclaps. “But I think more than that it’s a reminder that this lack of control is what makes love so worth while.”
With details yet to be spilled on the songwriter’s debut, you can hear the latest from Amai below, and save the track here.