There comes a time when we must close one door in order to open another. After months of careful thought and consideration, I've decided to end the Sokko project...well, for now at least. I don't know what the future holds, maybe it'll be back. But maybe it won't. Music is a crazy, unpredictable journey. When new, greater opportunities arise, you must pursue them with all of your time, heart, and passion. That is why I'm setting aside Sokko.
I launched Papa Ya wi...th Nate Merchant in April of last year. The response we got was overwhelming. I never expected our college passion project to take over so quickly. Within such a short amount of time we found ourselves in the tops of the Spotify Viral Charts, became represented by Circle Talent Agency, hit 1,000,000 plays on our last single, and just signed our first record deal. It soon became clear that I needed to manage my time differently.
Around the same time Papa Ya was gaining traction, I was presented with an unbelievable opportunity. A chance to take another step closer to living my dream. After months of meetings, I found out that we were going to move forward with the project. That's when I realized 3 projects is too much and I knew what I had to do. Sokko was a huge stepping stone for me in this journey and that's why it took me so long to come to this decision. But I'm excited to tell you that something new is coming. I have an incredible team and partners I'm working with on this new project and I'm very excited to share it with you soon.
This year has already been the most exciting year of my life and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds. New Papa Ya is coming and so is a new side of me and my music. Thank you to all of those who have supported me throughout this ride. This is just the beginning.
Cheers to the future!
A few months ago I got the chance to go visit my Alma Mater (University of Oregon) and work with students developing songwriting and production skills. Here's a video of one of my favorites from the trip. Beautiful job Alivia and keep up the great work!
Popular music major Alivia Nelson performs her original song "Make Some Room" in a recording session at the University of Oregon School of Music & Dance. Alivia... wrote and produced this track for the songwriting workshop course, in collaboration with associate professor Toby Koenigsberg, graduate teaching fellow Josh Hettwer and LA-based producer Alex Sacco.
Skip to 4 minutes to hear the remix