Winner Announced in Our 15-18 Year Old Age Category For Best Original Song

We are so excited to announce our second winner in the 15-18 year old age category for best original song, Hadley Julca. Check out her interview below and then grab some tickets to see her live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

1. You're 15 years old, how long have you been writing music and how did you get started?   I started playing guitar about two and a half(ish) years ago and I started playing around with melodies on the guitar once I'd figured out chords. I didn't actually start writing lyrics until I showed my guitar teacher one of the tunes I had come up with and he asked me if I could come up with some lyrics. That was early 2017.

2. What is your original song about? What inspired you to write it?   I'm going to go with what I said in my bio because I did pretty good job of explaining it there. “No Matter What They Say” is a protest to what's happening in our country. It's a song about uniting to stand up for what's right, to never back down in the face of tryranny and believing that by standing together love will overcome hate and anger. I was inspired by the outcome of our last election..... I was feeling angry and upset about what had happened and I wanted my voice to be heard.

3. Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful?   I actually have a really long complicated answer for this but I'll give my short one. I think it's very important that girls know that they are powerful. We live in a society where we raise our girls to be quiet and obedient. A lot of the time we aren't really given a voice. I think that it's really important for our girls to know that they do have voice and that they shouldn't be afraid to use it.

4. If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like?   That's a good question.... I think it depends on what song I'm playing.  I like imagining the idea of the color of my aura and feelings swirling around me as I play, at least that's what I picture happening whenever I really get into whatever I'm playing. I actually have a pretty neat picture that I drew of it happening.......

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?   I've actually wanted to be an actress since I was six years old, so I still believe that's my main calling. However, music is definitely something I want to continue exploring and something I will always keep as a part of my life.

I'd like to thank my mama for all her love and support, for always being there when I need her, for driving me all over Southern California and for everything else she's done for me. My papa and my little sister, for their support and Mila and Zela for helping me put this video together. My friends from SB and from San Francisco for voting for me, a BIG shoutout to all my Shakespeare friends for their constant voting as well as a shoutout to my other consant voters, especially to Rebekah, Lindalee and the rest if their family. Thank you all sooo much for your support, I love you guys. I'd also like to thank everyone else who voted for me and lastly, I'd like to thank my guitar teacher Mic Singh, thank so much for teaching me to play the guitar and for all your encouragement. You've truly been one of the best teachers I've ever had. I couldn't have done any of this without you.