The Project: Inspire and Straight Up Music crew continue to follow their passion despite the pandemic to create the new collaborative music project — “Maybe.”
The project promotes two of Guam’s up-and-coming female artists: Harmony Chea and KPV, also known as Kaylee P. Villasoto. The group invites the world to watch the free music video premiere for the hit single “Maybe” 6 p.m. on March 5 via Twitch.
“With March being Women’s History Month and Mes CHamoru, we specifically chose this timing to release this video that celebrates all that the month represents, and what this project represents. It’s a free event, but thanks to our sponsors we’re able to donate part of the proceeds to local charity Island Girl Power which is well known for their focus on female empowerment,” said hiPR Director Hannah Cho.
The new song written by local CHamoru singer Chea and featuring KPV takes listeners through a journey of lost love, self-healing and charging forward to a bright future.
“In the video I’m looking through a frame. We used that frame because this project was a healing moment for me. Looking at myself in that frame is looking back at myself. This whole EP represents the aftermath of a breakup and the closure to move forward,” Chea says.
Flipping through tarot cards singing: “Your recent distance gives me space. But in my head I’d wish you’d stay. Torn between you rising with my moon.” Chea is looking at her past self and seeing how much she’s grown out of heartbreak. This is her time and she doesn’t need to go back to a toxic person who won’t change. It’s almost a follow
up to Chea’s hit single “Don’t Ask” which plays regularly on Asia Pop 40.
For KPV working with the Inspire and SUM team for the first time, not only did she gain new friends but a renewed respect for herself.
“Being a young CHamoru woman, this experience served as a reminder that our futures are so bright. We are strong and powerful women. Sometimes, I forget that. So with recording and shooting ‘Maybe,’ I have gained so much confidence and love for music and myself,” KPV says.
“I am proud and blessed to be given the opportunities to do this as a CHamoru woman; and all CHamoru women have opportunities to be leaders.”
The livestream will begin with a live DJ set by Lil Meish and will include prizes and giveaways.
Enjoy the show that brought together local talent including producer Jed Antonio of SUM who mixed and mastered the single, guitarist Kiko Yamashita and music video Director Niel Darren Romero along with their teams.
HOW TO WATCH
● When: 6 p.m. Friday, March 5
● Where: Twitch.tv/projectinspire
● Cost: Free