Nadia Vaeh - Holidazed & Confused
Review by Aaron Cloutier & Staff
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Nadia Vaeh's song "Holidazed & Confused" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Song in the Holiday music category.
“Holidazed and Confused” is a song you should be listening to this Holiday Season. Featuring a state of the art, huge backing track and expertly crafted vocal production, this is a song that belongs on top 40 radio. The hook is dangerously catchy and the trap beats lulls you into a head nod that keeps going throughout the song.
Lyrically, “Holidazed and Confused” contains a theme with which all can empathize. Losing someone you live is hard, but somehow harder during the Holidays. Vaeh writes of loneliness and longing which one feels after a loss: “You’d tell me tell me everything’s all right, Wish you could be here with me tonight, We’d be drinking eggnog till the Sunrise.” The Holidays can be stressful, and all the more so when you’re missing someone you love: “Now the holidaze are more and more confused, I can’t help but missing you.”
The beat to this track is great. The hi hat patterns are intricately designed, the bass is alternatively huge and contained, and the haunting synth line brings and emotional feeling to the chorus on the track. But the undeniable star of the show is the vocals. Vaeh demonstrates command over several vocal styles during this song. She is floaty and contemplative during the verses, rhythmic and cutting during a pre chorus, and full out massive during the choruses. The layered vocal production puts this song on par with the upper echelon of today’s pop music.
Make sure to include this track on your Holiday playlists.
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About Nadia Vaeh
Atlanta native and IMA “Vox Pop” winner, Nadia Vaeh found her way into artistry through modeling and joining a local Atlanta circus. She started singing in circus productions, but this was not the beginning of her artistic roots. Nadia’s love of music and singing began at the age of two and was later nurtured by her parents by placing her into a traveling youth choir. Her mother was a poet who passed on her love of words, which later fueled Nadia’s talent as a lyricist. Nadia’s life took an unexpected turn at the age of 17 when she lost her mother to suicide. She dismantled her high-school band and strayed from songwriting and singing for years, other than the occasional karaoke. After this tragic loss, she states that she went down a path of self-sabotage and destruction and used relationships and partying to ignore her pain. When she finally decided to begin again with artistry, which would ultimately save her life, she was a shell of a person and looking to anyone and anything for answers to deal with her heartbreak. “I made a lot of missteps in the beginnings of my career and had to learn a lot of things the hard way.” Vaeh loves to pull inspiration for her music through many genres and sounds from all over the world with much of her musicality rooted in her family's time in Curaçao and her father's homeland of Lebanon. For Vaeh, songwriting is not only personally healing but is also a platform to help others heal and make waves with social matters.