By Maggie Shui
Imagine the aura or the energy that you’re giving off right now. If that aura had a colour, what would it be?
Auckland singer-songwriter Paige has released a lovingly illustrated (by Studio Local) music video for her new single ‘Yellow’. As a kid, Paige was fascinated by the notion of aura colours which she describes as “the ways colours represent your wairua or energy.”
“It’s said that if your energy is yellow it represents happiness and freedom. So if I’m ever in a dark place, I always try to channel the colour yellow by wearing it.”
The 22-year-old has been writing music since she was nine, and first gained a following through her YouTube channel PaigesSpace, sharing covers of a slew of artists, from Destiny’s Child to Hannah Montana (watch this and just TRY resist getting on a nostalgic bender of Hannah Montana songs).
Her lyrical chops in her original music are clear, however, from the opening line of ‘Yellow’ where her soft and assured voice ventures out with the words, “Did my soul arrive safely?” In 2018, the quiet sensitivity of her writing and voice earned her a shoutout from Billie Eilish on Instagram.
Paige says writing ‘Yellow’ came about during a “dark and scary time” in her life two years ago. “I felt relieved that I could finally step away from a sad situation in my life and speak freely about it for the first time. It was quite liberating for me.”
Perhaps not all of us are radiating the colour yellow at the moment, but Paige’s song suggests that, for now, we can at least try wearing it.
‘Yellow’ by Paige is now streaming on all platforms.
Follow Paige on Instagram @paigesspace
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