We had the good fortune of connecting with Della Downey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Della, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided that I wanted to pursue an artistic career because art has been a part of my life from the beginning. If I wasn’t singing, I was trying to take someone’s photo or drawing. To be able to express me and my many emotions through art is a beautiful thing to have.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, sometimes you have blocks, sometimes you can’t stop creating and I’ve learned that there is no time limit to this. Nothing really worth it is easy but the challenges and pushing yourself is what makes it all worth it because you get the opportunity to learn. The music I create is the person I see myself as, my feelings, my truths. Ive always loved to write and to be vulnerable enough to display these things in a song was the hardest first step but it felt good! I know I have more to learn and I am excited to continue on this journey of finding my sound, strengthening my voice and putting in the work to be where I want to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, let’s say we weren’t in the middle of a global pandemic, I would definitely take them to Santa Monica Pier, Mama Shelters for mimosas and brunch, the Getty to see the stars, the grove for the shopping and farmers market.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my mother, Sherrie Downey and my cousin Chaenel Downey. My mother always encouraged me to go after any dream that I had no matter how outlandish it may seem. If my mind was set on something I could have it. I’ve always admired my cousin Chaenel. She has an attitude and drive that I strive for and she inspires me! I’ve seen the work she’s put in the be where she is now and it makes me want to work harder, ask more questions, let go of fear and just do it.
Camille Soriano and Alyssa Armstrong