We had the good fortune of connecting with Angie King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angie, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by many things. I’m pretty sentimental, so anything that sparks memories of my childhood—all kinds of 80’s music, pipe organs, opera, classical music, black and white photographs of my grandparents, renaissance art, the victorian era, foreign films, connecting with nature, the paranormal, ancient folklore, the Philippines, gothic cathedrals, Catholic saints, freethinking. Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder, Kate Bush and Andrea Bocelli are a few of my favorites. Love, pain, death, and the unknown.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a musician and I go by the artist name “Nura Luca.”
I describe my sound as dreamy and dark: catchy beats, a hint of opera, incorporated by beautiful sounds of choirs, synths, electronic and avant-garde vibes, a lot of which I have integrated into my upcoming songs. I’ve been described as exuding this mysteriousness in my performance, movements, and charisma on stage. There’s an intense calm but very art-driven force in my choreography. Like all artistry in its’ purest form, hopefully everything I create sets me apart with reactions to and interpretations of life’s inspirations and experiences that are unique to me. And I hope it not only sets me apart, but unites me together, both with those I inspire and become inspired by as well.
I’m extremely excited for my first solo album to be released later this year! I believe this album will embody my true sound and paint the picture to my story.
I discovered a true passion for music performance and dance as a child. My Father was a professional operatic singer. Growing up, he introduced me to a variety of music including his love for the pipe organ. Both my parents were in the parish church choir and they encouraged me to follow. At the age of 15, I started singing solos and often lead the congregation in an all female choir. Throughout the years, I’ve always stayed actively singing through various projects and special event performances. My beloved Father’s transition to his new life is what gave me purpose to eventually create my album.
It wasn’t easy and it still isn’t easy. It has taken years of time due to life—raising my son, being a single mother, working a full time corp job, etc. There are many facets to the artistic side as well as business part of being a solo artist and I’m wearing all the hats right now. The stresses of accomplishing something small or on a massive scale are always gonna be there, but to me it’s also about the process of creating something that I have the privilege of waking up to every day. Making art, that is the goal.
The only obstacle that can truly prevent someone from doing what they want is themselves. By staying true to yourself with an open heart, through focus, diligence and commitment, you can accomplish anything you want. Life passes in a blink of an eye and I don’t want to wake up one day that little old lady with regrets.
Music can put so much into perspective and has allowed me to become forever appreciative of what matters. From experiencing the deepest loss and a death that changed my world, to a rebirth of anew and into the unknown. Music is art with life’s illusions, which makes it the most beautiful mystery. Follow me along on my beautiful journey and I can foretell it will be fun!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to this delicious and chill vegan restaurant called Green Leaves in Los Feliz that I love to eat at. Perhaps check out the Norton Simon Art museum in Pasadena, go on a fun hike to check out the beautiful city views or a cool flea market. For a fun night out I would take them to the historic Magic Castle in Hollywood. This is one of my favorite places because it’s so unique inside. Not only are the shows great, but the building is extraordinary with cool things to explore. I would also check to see if there were any local art shows happening. The Hollywood Bowl is always great too! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a huge shoutout to my son, LJ, for always being my number one fan and unconditionally supporting me in everything I do, you are my world! I also want to shoutout Gene and James Bautista of the Beat Ventriloquists. Gene is one of my best friends since childhood who has never stopped encouraging me to get back into music. They have produced all my work over the past 2 yrs and always make me sound amazing. Without their wonderful talents and generous hard work I would’t be where I am today and I am forever grateful. So much love and blessings to you guys!