The City of Angels welcomes all to pursue their dreams alongside the melting pot of creatives, and for Amy Dorman this welcoming idea struck when she left her home of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a little over five years ago.
Known professionally as Drea, the artist has been cultivating pop tracks as well as being a voice for women in the community. Acting as a director for two non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, in addition of opening a dance class for survivors of sexual assault, Drea’s messaging is streamlined throughout her art.
Upon her latest release, “La Paz” the artist uses her past trauma — rather than it using her any longer — for a powerful visual of reclamation. Opening lines speak on a quite personal level that is appreciated on behalf of Drea to share, noting that she is a survivor of sexual assault. Speaking the language of dance that stems from her background, the video’s expressive choreography takes the lead for a catharsis display.
“I know of several people, myself included, who spend their darkest moments on the shower floor. This space, like this song, has become a place of struggle, of surrender,
and ultimately of resolve for me. As I listened to the song, I kept coming back to this physical and emotional space of the shower as the foundation for this video. I also knew I wanted to use dance in the video, as dance has been an essential source of healing for me through my personal struggle with post-traumatic stress,” explains Drea.
Co-directed by Chris Koehl and Drea, as well as choreographed by Drea, the track itself brings PTSD to a talking point, addressing that “we all experience trauma in one way or another,” as Drea states. The video follows a series of pain and the stages that follow through abstract and intimate movements. Featuring dancer Richard Wang, the two unite through a hurtful unison of fluidity while doused in white as they seek to cleanse the past.
Immersing into the throes of Latin-pop, the track pulls from the rhythmic twangs of the genre while embracing a centered American-Pop core. Spanish is sprinkled in the chorus (dame la paz / A Dios le supliqué / nos duele el mundo no se porque) begging for peace from a God above, which somberly takes the ballad to a moving realm. Lyrically structured to the likes of an adult contemporary track, backed by dramatic keys, the stirring lines give the video a personable feel: “you have to choose / be loved or be you.”
Minimally dressed, but potent enough in its presentation, the video is a firm claim of where Drea is at now, in regards of sharing, and offers a platform for others to reclaim themselves and find their own peace.
Drea serves on the board of directors for The Ladybugs Movement, a non-profit campaign, which works to bring feminine hygiene products to homeless women in Los Angeles. In October 2018, Drea was elected as the youngest board member for LA-based non-profit Project MuszEd which works to provide opportunities and resources in music education for underprivileged youth.