VALENCIA JAMES is a fiery pop artist originally from New York, but calls Sydney, Australia home.
Her voice is full of attitude, compassion, vulnerability and strength. She doesn’t just write pop songs. She creates pop anthems!
Many people think pop music is mostly fluff (content-wise). But her songs are inspired by real life events.
And not always happy ones.
In fact, this track is about her family’s home being burned to the ground during the infamous Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (There’s certainly no ‘fluff’ about that). It was a tragic event. Not only did the family lose their home, but they also lost all the pictures and videos from her childhood. They lost the “important” things…The sentimental things. The things that can’t be replaced.
Such a traumatic experience would break many people. It would change their entire outlook on life. Often times converting normally happy people, to a more dark, dismal and defeated outlook on life.
But not Valencia.
She used the experience to ignite a passion inside to inspire people and lift them up. It is sometimes said that from the (literal) ashes of this tragedy came this inspiration for “Flames”. (Kind of ironic).
She says the song:
“also represents how easily a relationship can be destroyed through words and actions…anyone that has ever had relationship difficulties or been hurt because of words or actions can probably relate to this song”.
It was written to be an anthem. It explores the idea of taking responsibility for your words and actions. It also reminds us that difficult times are temporary and they will pass.
That’s a lot to pack into one song. This track was just released in early May and is available for download now.