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New England native, ORÎ moved to Nashville, TN in 2019 to begin his solo journey exploring the world of electropop.
Young and resilient, ORÎ's high-flying vocals give nods to artists such as Sam Smith and Ryan Tedder. Using funky melodic hooks and electronic currents, one might consider his style reminiscent of SG Lewis, ZEDD, Virginia to Vegas, and Charlie Puth. Musical inpsiration spans from Mike Posner and Dua Lipa to Calum Scott and Coldplay.
Music was always ORÎ's passion, often forgoing social outings to hunker down in his bedroom recording demos. Still, music took a more therapeutic roll as he grew older and was confronted by the inconvenient fact that he was gay.
Growing up in a small town, being gay was difficult and wrought emotion havoc for years---sometimes to the point of despair. "My world didn't create space for me. It felt uncomfortable, almost as if I were pity-invited
to a birthday party," says ORÎ. Like many LGBTQ individuals, this led to feelings of depression, fear, and suicide. Unwilling to let it destroy him, the highly pressurized environment gave birth to creative energy, and
ORÎ decided to harness the chaos into charged anthems and infectious melodies. "Faith has always been important to me, but when I made the connection between who I am and who I was made to be, my convictions became even stronger. I didn't hear echos of shame anymore. Instead, the clouds began to clear and I felt a serenity beyond the chaos."
His debut single, "Fire in the Flood," is an appropriate beginning as it sings shear courage into the tire and war-weary soul. "Everyone has a flood in their life. Mine was being gay in an environment that didn't create affirmative space for that. At my core, I knew the only way to keep from drowning was to understand pain has a purpose. I came to realize the issue wasn't the people who surrounded me, but rather the ideologies taught to them. That freed me. If we know our value and identity, nothing can keep us down. I discovered the strength was inside me all along."
"We have a unique responsibility to personify the love we want." - ORÎ