WHO: Gia Woods
While the feeling of falling in love or being heartbroken is universal, pop music has long centered cisgender, heterosexual relationships through catchy verses—until now. A new crop of musicians have been redefining what it means to be a pop star, and Persian singer and songwriter Gia Woods is at the forefront of that revolution. Her first album, Cut Season, can only be described as a perfect concoction of pop, soft rock, and electronic to create the type of music you’d hear in a rom-com (in a good way). Beyond her catchy beats, her centering of queer relationships through her music cements her as an artist you’ll want to keep on your radar.
Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to creating music?
My inspiration always comes from what’s going on in my personal life. Whether it’s a relationship or an observation of the world around me, I always have something on my mind that I want to write about. Sometimes, I also read through old journals to look back in time and see how much my perspective has changed, and I’ll draw inspiration from comparing how I used to feel and how I feel now.
What has been a monumental moment in your career thus far?
Being a part of Calvin Klein’s Pride campaign was a dream come true. Also, playing L.A. Pride has been amazing. I recently performed my second Los Angeles Pride performance for their TikTok show, and it was an insane experience.