Piera Van de Wiel Tells Us About Her Latest Project
Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with singer-songwriter Piera Van de Wiel. She told us about her efforts to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a peek inside our chat.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What inspired your single ‘Used’?
Piera Van de Wiel: Domestic violence cases have been increasing exponentially due to COVID-19 and what is known as the “shadow pandemic.” A silent salient issue that lived well before COVID hit the world. But due to isolation and quarantine, people have been stuck inside their homes. A home is not always a safe place to be. I wanted to connect my song “Used” with this cause and support the work of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
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CS: How did the pandemic affect your work as an artist?
PV: My last in-person concert was in St Lucia in February at the Regional Caribbean STEAM & Innovation Symposia with the Aspire Artemis Foundation, UN Women, and Microsoft and I was surrounded by incredible high schoolers! I loved every second!
The following month I was going to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas to perform my single “Come Back Home (Abaco Relief Song),” that has been raising awareness and funds for the last year for the people of Abaco who lived through Hurricane Dorian during September 2019. I was performing at an opening of the school which had been built from donations, but due to COVID that did not happen.
Like many artists and entrepreneurs, we moved over to virtual events, panels, and concerts. It took me some time to get used to, but it’s great how you can connect and network with so many people virtually. During this time, I have been grateful for being able to work on moving my social impact projects forward with my songwriting and music videos.
My work was selected for festivals such as the Arts x SDG festival, Los Angeles Film Awards, Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles Music International Music video festival, and the Awareness Festival.
Stay tuned for more from our chat with Piera Van de Wiel.
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