Bringin’ it Backwards: Interview with Winona Oak

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Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Winona Oak over Zoom video!

“Nobody Loves Me” follows the release of Winona Oak’s critically acclaimed EP SHE, featuring the recent single “Winter Rain.” “Winter Rain,” release earlier this year, was joined by a strikingly surreal music video featuring stunning clothing from Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Acne Studios.

SHE was met with widespread critical acclaim with PAPER premiering the official video for the EP’s title track and stating, “Winona Oak is a name you should know…After listening to the danceable, somber and contemplative SHE, you’ll understand why.” Winona celebrated SHE with a stirring live performance of the title track as part of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PLAYATHOME series.

Winona followed with the release of “She (Stripped),” a stunning new version of the title track, as well as a number of exclusive remixes, including reworked renditions by Belgian artist/producer Taska Black and Los Angeles trio MUNA

Born and raised in the Nordic forests of Sweden on a small crop of land called Sollerön – known as the Island of the Sun – Winona Oak is every bit as enchanting as her origin story. With a childhood spent encountering more animals than people, she grew up a trained horse acrobat and pursued creative expression however she could, writing poetry and songs from a young age. Born into a musical family, Winona sang throughout her youth and began playing violin at 5 years old and piano at 9 years. After moving to Stockholm to pursue her passion for music, a leap of faith to attend Neon Gold Records’ writing retreat in the Nicaraguan jungle in 2017 led her to Australian electronic maestro What So Not. She would go on to co-write his next two singles “Better” and “Stuck In Orbit”, eventually stepping into the spotlight as both the writer and featured artist on his 2018 single “Beautiful”. She first caught the public’s attention when she collaborated with The Chainsmokers on their RIAA-certified gold hit single, “Hope,” which has amassed over 350 million streams to date. Her debut single “He Don’t Love Me” has proven to be a been a runaway success, amassing 50 million streams. Winona Oak has since gone on to amass millions of streams and thousands of fans around the world and shows no signs of slowing down!

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