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The crowd is roaring. You look out and see all these young faces singing along to your music, warmth fills your heart as you realize something big is happening. You are no longer the concert goer: you are the concert. For renown singer, POPPY, this is the part of her job that she loves the most. As she said, “everything else music wise, to me, is not as important --meetings, going to the studio--but playing shows is my favorite.” Yes, the current state of our world might play in part in why these feelings are particularly strong but for the talented artist, performing for her audience is the cherry on top.

Performing has always been a part of Poppy. Growing up, she was always dancing and part of dance recitals. “I would look forward to them all year long and those were the biggest moments of my year but now with what I do, I have a lot of big moments,” she shared, looking back on a childhood moment that had a strong impact on her. From an audience filled with parents to an audience full of screaming fans, Poppy has grown into who she is meant to be. Talk about being born into your legacy. Of course, Poppy’s success came with strong dedication and hard work. Having been making music for the last nine years or so, the singer is currently working on her fourth album. “I survived a couple of record deals. Things are looking up, I think. I have integrated more musical stylings into my work and am not really exclusive to any,” she explained. Aiming to give her audience a more diversified playlist, many can expect a variety of musical stylings to come! It goes without saying that, like many, the artist has faced some obstacles along the way. “No matter who you are or where you are from, you will face some kind of obstacle,” stated Poppy. She continued on this topic in relevance to the entertainment industry and spoke from her heart as she shared, “I think that a lot of the entertainment industry and music business are about surviving it and overcoming them the best way that you possibly can and doing it all for the art, bottom line.” After all, it is easy to fall into the glam of it all when working in such an industry but for the artists who remember why they started doing this in the first place, their heart is in the music and that’s that. Having encountered a handful of obstacles in her life, Poppy doesn’t worry when a new one emerges, “i just always know that I will get through it or jump over it, so there are few things that intimidate me nowadays.” A gentle reminder that no matter what hassle comes up in your life, you will move past it! It’s important to find the things/ people that bring you comfort when in need of some light. For Poppy, music has always proven to be an important healing element. “When I was younger and first getting into music, it was an escape for me and nowadays, that still rings true,” she opened up. “I had a place I would just disappear to and listen to my

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favorite albums and forget everything else that was going on in my life and I hope that my music can do that for somebody else.” With every song/album release, the singer spreads a little more love and light in her own way. During her concerts, as she looks out into the crowd and sees her audience getting seriously into her music, Poppy is overwhelmed with love and joy, “it’s really cool to see what I do impact them. It gives me chills,” she shared. When releasing new music, the artist said with a shy laugh, “I hope people explore the art that I make at different depths whether it be surface level to some or completely in depth to others,  hopefully it makes them feel something.” It’s safe to say we can all use a good song to connect to no matter how we are feeling and Poppy delivers! Her music and style are inspired by many renown artists such as David Bowie, Madonna, Blondie, and more. “They have very unique voices and perspectives on life and they are great artists,” she explained. “They have just an interesting take on the world and that’s what keeps me going back to their music, what drew me to them.”  As she integrates their musical style into her own, Poppy has created her own unique voice and knows that they will always be there. Her personal take on life and art is also illustrated through her fashion. Since a young age, fashion has always been a part of who she is and how she feels. “Even before I was doing music, fashion was a part of me,” shared poppy. “When I was younger, I didn't have any money at all to afford anything so I would go thrifting and cut up the clothes, sow them myself and customize them because I wanted them all to be statement pieces.” Getting creative on the outer side to represent what was on the inside, the fashionista has always tapped into her creative side to relate to what was going on in her day to day life. When getting ready to leave the house, “sometimes it’s a little more casual but casual for me is still with the volume turned up than most other people,” she said laughingly.

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As she put it, every day is a new day so why not make a different statement all the time? Dressing based on her mood, for Poppy, “ I always think it’s important to wear how you feel on the inside, on the outside.” Never leaving the house without her lipstick, mascara, blush, and gel on her eyebrows and baby hairs, the beautiful artist is ready to take on anything. Makeup and skincare have an important place in her heart and are part of a bigger long term goal she has in mind. She went further and spoke on her lengthy skincare routine, “mornings and nights, I use a lot of products. It’s funny because when you go into my hotel room, or bathroom, you see how many products I have. My friends joke that it looks like a cosmetic store. I have it down.” Poppy brings her feelings to light through music and fashion as she rocks her way to the top. Having found her place in the entertainment industry, she works hard every day to continue on the uphill climb as she creates more music and works on her beauty/fashion goals. Included in her upcoming projects is a graphic novel she has created. Without giving it away completely, she explained, “it’s called POPPY’S INFERNO and it has a similar tone to the album “I Disagree.” It’s about burning things down and starting over and being unafraid to do so.” If this resonates with you, take a moment to channel your inner fire and gather the strength to overcome whatever is blocking your way…. Stay tuned for Poppy’s up and coming projects!

Photographer FIORELLA OCCHIPINTI @fiorella_occhipinti Creative Direction ALEKSANDAR TOMOVIC @alekandsteph Stylist GRACE BUTLER @gracebutler.styles Hair DRITAN VUSHAJ @drtn Makeup JAIME DIAZ @jaime.creates Manicurist PILAR LAFARGUE @pilarnoirenails Interview by ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites Production @BELLOmediagroup x @maisonpriveepr_la x @alexbonnetwrites

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Los Angeles has long been known as a city where dreams are made. In the middle of an industry shutdown however, many find themselves recalibrating and searching for meaning. Multi-talented Australian rising star Alex Cubis knows all too well how resilience is possible in the face of challenge and that, in spite of isolation, dreams never die. Photos by Rachel Palumbo. Stying by Sasha Kiyoka. You’ve just had a new show, Between Two Worlds, come out in Australia. Will we get to see it in the US? The distributor, eOne, has plans for it I think later this year. That’s the advantage of streaming – shows or movies made in one country can find an audience on the other side of the world. In addition to your work in Australia, you’ve also shot a few films and TV shows in the US. Do you have a preference between working in the US or Australia? Filming in Australia gives me a chance to be close to my family, so I’d say that’s the biggest draw for wanting to continue to work back home. Each and every project is different though, regardless of where in the world it’s filmed. How has the pandemic impacted you? A few things got put on pause, so although a challenge, it forced me to put some career goals into perspective which has been really refreshing. Like most, I’m trying to take it day by day while also staying focused on how to best prepare for the future. In addition to acting, you’re also a lawyer, and own a business. Why do you juggle so many things? Acting is my passion, but having a creative outlet while maintaining a more conventional business has actually helped me create a balance. In today’s world, I think it’s important not to limit yourself and choose a single path. The impact of COVID has certainly highlighted how it’s important to be able to pivot quickly. Do you have a dream role or project? Working on a show like 'Succession' would be an absolute dream.

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Ryan Hurd is a talented artist whose music transports its audience. Having jumped into the music industry after college, he was able to build his career alongside a group of writers and producers who understood the business. Hurd works hard every day to put out music for his audience and is loving every moment of it. Married to Maren Morris, a singer as well, the musical couple is breaking down barriers and taking the music industry by storm. Ryan Hurd is making moves and inspiring many around him as he redefines the purpose of being an artist: become the best you can be and don’t worry so much about where you will end up. 

When you were writing your EP, “Every Other Memory,” what inspired you the most ? I think that now that I’ve done this for a while, I’ve learned to find a lot of inspiration from my cowriters. The last two EP’s that I’ve done feel like they are a really broad representation of what I do as a songwriter and as an artist. ‘Platonic EP’ was taking my sound that we started developing with ‘To A T’ and really solidifying it, and ‘EOM EP’ was re-cutting some songs that I wrote for other artists but using my own voice. I also recorded Taylor Swift’s ‘False God’ for that project, and it was fun to have such a cool cover be a part of it. Share with us the meaning behind it and what you hope your audience feels when they listen to it. ‘EOM’ is such a visual song. I wanted each line to be a picture and for each memory to stand along as its own story. I feel like in some ways it’s the most accessible song we’ve released to radio, and I’m really excited about the reaction. I love where we’ve gotten to go sonically, and I hope that this song triggers a lot of nostalgia and rock and roll vibes when people hear it. You have also been working on the music video for it. What are some obstacles you have encountered and how did you overcome them? I think it helps to communicate your vision early. I’ve done videos in the past where I let the creative people sort of take the reins in all of the planning and then the end product might not be something that I ever envisioned or maybe didn’t fit the song like I had hoped. This one I spoke my piece into existence and then let my team go build it. I don’t think I ever even looked at a mood board, I just knew that they heard me, and I trusted that they would execute it and my director Nicki Fletcher knocked it out of the park. Can you tell us more about the creative process of it all? I think you’d have to talk to her, but I just really believe in surrounding yourself with the right people and letting them do what they do best. I’m not great at the visuals, but I’m really good at writing songs, so the more I’m writing and trusting others with the things that aren’t my strength, the happier I am with my project. I love this video though, it’s my favorite things we’ve done and I’m just super excited that it came out the way that it did, which is even better than I had imagined it Describe to us the moment you realized you wanted to pursue a career as a singer. Well, I wanted to go to grad school, but the more I looked into it the more it sounded like a major bummer. We were all getting out of college and I had a little group of guys that were all either working to be writers or producers or whatever and I just jumped in with them and we all decided we were in it together. I think that’s a lot of people’s story, by the way. It’s easier to get noticed when there’s a crew of young writers and artists than it is to be by yourself. I tell people all the time that want to do this for a living that they need to find their tribe, because those are the people that you’ll come up with and also write your best songs with forever. What has your journey up until now been like? I feel like I’m one of the rare people who has gotten to experience everything in music, to one degree or another. I’ve been on such a ride with Maren, being her partner while all of her success has happened. I’ve gotten to write for some of the biggest names in country music history. I’ve had a gold record on my own project. All of those things just mean that I get to continue doing what I love. I truly love being in country music in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s the greatest music town in the world, and I’m am so proud to work here. How does your own style match your music?  I feel like in our format there’s potential for artists to end up looking the same, so I’ve always tried to be different even if it’s for its own sake. I have really leaned on my stylist Krista Roser to help me push boundaries, and whether we’re doing an award show or a music video or a stage look, I always want to be a little bit past what I feel like most of the other guys are doing. I’m not ever going to be Lil Uzi, but I feel like I pull more stuff off just because I’m willing to go to that place that’s a little uncomfortable. I think that pays off in the long run with music as well. I like putting out songs that don’t quite sound like the rest of the genre, it might be a longer road but it’s one that hopefully pays off with longevity.

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If you had to describe your music as an outfit and/or piece of clothing, what would you choose and why? That’s something I’ve never been asked before. I feel like we use the word ‘elevated’ too much and I’d never describe my songs that way, but I love being a little left of center for this genre. I wore these visvim sneaker Mocs, on my headline tour this year, and I feel like those perfectly capture what I want my music to sound like. A little on the crunchy side but still dope as fuck. It’s like wearing a Cartier with a t shirt. Not sure you are supposed to do that but some people do it anyway and that’s how you pull it off. Who has been one of your biggest inspirations in life? Obviously, Maren is a massive inspiration to me musically and in everything I do. Not only is she my muse but I am so blessed to have her walking beside me in this journey. I also feel like all of the writers in Nashville who have become creative partners are such inspiring people. I’m so proud of this town and proud of my place in it. Where do you see yourself going as an artist? I don’t know. Don’t we all end up in some has-been graveyard anyway? This doesn’t last forever; I just want to put out albums that I care about and continue to build my fanbase. Let’s see how long we can make this last. Life is funny and this job is really fun if you let it be, I’d love to be able to say that about it in 10 years. How has music helped you in your own life? Well, everything I have in my life is because of songs. My wife, my friends, my living. I feel like the times that music has meant the most to me is as a time stamp. But also, there is no greater feeling that hearing a piece of music that blows you away on the first listen. I'm just blessed that I get to be a creator, also blessed that I get to sing songs to my kid every morning to try to make him laugh. If you could give advice to rising artists, what would it be? Focus on getting better, not on getting somewhere. Also, Natalie Hemby’s famous advice: don’t be an ass on the way up, and don’t be an ass on the way down.

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