We had the good fortune of connecting with Oriel Poole and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Oriel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My entire path in music started with, what I thought was, a huge risk. I traded my seemingly “safe” design career in the events industry to pursue a deeper calling in music. What I’ve discovered along the way is that there’s no such thing as a truly “safe” path. This is especially apparent now, as all of us work to recover from the pandemic.

The events industry in particular took a massive hit across the board. So many of the people I know in the industry, who had stable jobs, found themselves suddenly furloughed. Had I stayed on that career path, I would be in the same situation—fighting to reinvent myself inside a changing events landscape. And in my case, it would have been a battle for a career not fully aligned with my inner purpose.

You can choose the “safe” option that doesn’t feed the soul, and you will likely still have to fight for it. So, why not fight for the option that truly feeds your heart and soul?

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
**What do you want people to know about your music?**

My newest song, “Bliss”, is a culmination of my synth-pop roots and otherworldly sounds. The message of “Bliss” is about the duality of normal life (the verses) and living life at higher frequencies (the chorus). No matter what happens to us in life, it is our human right to experience bliss – because when we connect to our bliss we connect to the divine, we feel more human, more whole. My hope is when you listen to the song you feel more connected to the magic within you.

Listen to “Bliss” here: https://oriel.fanlink.to/bliss

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.
LA has so much to offer, from incredible, healthy food, to hidden sanctuaries, to playful daytime adventures. Here are a few of my favorites:

– To fuel up for whatever the day brings, I love both Cafe Gratitude and Moon Juice.
– For fun, you can’t go wrong with roller skating on Venice Beach.
– Rama Yoga offers kundalini yoga, both in-person and online, for breathwork and full body attunement.
– If you want an escape from the city bustle, Lake Shrine is a stunning natural haven in the middle of LA.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
**Dedication: Who deserves credit and recognition in your story?**

My friend Margarita—who spoke 5 languages and was hired as a professor at Columbia University by the time she was 25.

Sadly, Margarita passed away at the age of 26 from cancer.

When I started doing music on the side, Margarita was one of my biggest supporters. She noticed the struggles I was facing trying to stay financially afloat in the events industry, and told me, “You can do this Oriel. You have the talent and can actually make a life doing music, if you choose.” I felt like she really saw me, not just for who I was then, but for all my potential.

Even after she got sick, Margarita was such a positive force. Every time I spoke to her, she talked about how well she was doing. I truly believed she was going to recover.

One day, she messaged me and asked me for my address. She had been traveling around the country to see specialists, and I thought she might be planning to visit me along the way.

Two weeks later, her Mom called to tell me Margarita didn’t make it, but that she had left a necklace for me.

It was a locket that opened discretely from the back. Within the locket I discovered a handwritten note from Margarita that said, “sing with your spirit”.
It’s hard to put into words the feeling that came over me when I found that message from her, after her passing – it felt like her spirit was speaking directly to mine.

Music has always been like that for me, a message from spirit (source consciousness) moving through me, expressed in the form of song. Margarita deeply understood and celebrated that.

Website: https://orielpoole.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orielpoole/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/orielpoole

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orielpoolemusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OrielPoole

Other: Stream Bliss single: https://oriel.fanlink.to/bliss

Image Credits
Photo by Sequoia Emmanuelle, @sequoiaemmanuelle Style by AmbiKa “B” Sanjana, @styledbyambika Makeup by Roshar, @rosharofficial Hair by Pavy, @pavyartist

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