1EC53CBE-FA61-4D70-9A5B-1780A2A60B7BTeen singer-songwriter, Cloe Wilder.  Photo by: Chalisa Singh

“Cloe is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Tampa, Florida. Stated by The Hype Magazine as being “what looks to be one of the breakout artists from a new movement”, old soul’s newest sad-pop star is just getting started.””

[Scroll to the end of this post to learn more about the artist.]

Cloe’s first song, “Overthinking”, is out!
“This song means so much to me,” says Cloe, “and I’m so thrilled to be able to share it with the world.”

1. What’s your first memory of music? How old were you? What was it about music that hooked you?

If I’m being completely honest, I don’t really have an earliest memory music. I have always been a musician, and there was really no question.

I’d always surrounded myself with music, and I’ve never gone through anything that music didn’t help get me through. It’s been my life for my entire life. Music has taken me from the moment I was born, to where I am now.

2. Tell me a bit about your history with music and creating music. What was your first favorite song or album? Why? What was the impetus to start writing music? Why do you continue to write and play music?

The first album I ever connected to was Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” – specifically her song, “Video Games”. I was six years old when I first heard it, and that record has been a part of me for seven years now. That was the first song I ever really felt, and I could never forget it.

I’d always been singing, it was just something that happened to me. When I was eleven, I knew that I wanted to make more of it, so I recorded a few covers. They got sent to a producer, and that’s how I met my amazing team … I wrote songs with them, and I’ve been writing ever since. I love it!

I just know that music is what I’m supposed to be doing. I question my art a lot, but at the end of the day, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s who I am. It’s the only place where I can be emotionally free, and I could never lose that. I’d go insane without music in my life.

3. How does your craft of music creation relate to your sense of wellbeing, particularly your mind wellness? What does making music give you?

Almost all of my emotional stability comes from music. I need a place to put all of my emotions, because they’re going to overcome me if I don’t. I’m an emotional person, and my thoughts are strong. If I don’t let them out, they consume me. That’s why I write them down.

Music gives me an escape, which is something I haven’t found in anything else. Music has allowed me to find myself, and has allowed me to become someone that I want to be. There are so many benefits from it, because music affects me in different ways on different days, but it’s always what I need.

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4. What are your thoughts about schools that cut music programs? Do you think schools should have music classes available? Why?

I think that all human beings need music in their life. I believe that music should be everywhere. Nobody knows what these kids are going through at home and in their lives, so school might be their only escape. Maybe their house is silent and lifeless, and school is the only life they experience. People need music because it’s a world that they can escape to when they don’t want to live in their own world.

5. Tell me about your experience as a teenager. How do you feel society views teenagers? What do adults misunderstand most?

I feel like I’ve lived several lives, so identifying with an age is difficult for me. This has made my teenage experience even harder.

I feel like society views teenagers as nothing sometimes. People blame everything on me being a “teenager”.

You shouldn’t have to be automatically labeled, because you’re a human with human emotions. People discount real mental issues, and refer to it as “teenage angst”, and in my opinion, the idea of that being a negative term died a long time ago.

Adults blame our problems on hormones when sometimes we’re just depressed. We’re anxious. We’re scared. A lot of people seem to forget that teenagers can have real emotions.

6. What do you think are the main issues teens experience? (examples include bullying via social media, lack of support at home) What do you think are the causes of these issues? Any thoughts or ideas on how to address these issues?

I believe that having your emotions not be taken seriously is one of the most hurtful things that can happen to a person. When you’re already in pain and somebody tells you that it’s not real, and you’re just being typical for your age, it can make a person crazy.

When this happens, teenagers spiral down this black hole, because nobody cares enough to help pull them out. I hate that. I think it’s just caused by people being uneducated, or refusing to believe what’s actually happening.

You just have to keep trying. Keep telling people that the way you feel is real, and keep knowing that it is. Don’t let anyone discount that … ever.

7. Do you experience any mind wellness issues (e.g. depression, anxiety) – first- or second-hand? If so, how do you deal with them or how do you support someone who deals with them? Does music fit in, and if so, how?

I have depression and anxiety … and it’s been my life for a while. I’m 13, and I would say a lot of those 13 years have been filled with panic attacks and days where I just couldn’t seem to get out of bed – no matter how awake I was.

Music and writing help me deal with all of it. I can turn something so terrifyingly twisted into art. I wouldn’t want to cope with my anxiety and depression in any other way.

9. TMRW aims to dispel the ageist –and very incorrect!– perspective of teens as being “lazy,” “dramatic,” “overly-sensitive”, etc. Do you have any words to counter this pervasive perspective? What do you think teens have to offer the community?

Every teenager is different. Teenagers shouldn’t have to keep struggling through their feelings, constantly being ignored. It’s awful. Teenagers are finding themselves, just like everyone else is. We need emotional support, just like everyone else does.

The teenage generation is starting to become more open with their emotions because they’re beginning to realize that what they’re feeling isn’t wrong – and that is amazing.

Listen to “Overthinking” on Spotify or iTunes.

Follow Cloe on social media!

Instagram: @cloewilder

Twitter: @CloeWilder

Facebook: Cloe Wilder


Check out Cloe’s music video for her cover of “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish.

About Cloe (courtesy of jv.agency)

“Emerging in 2019 as a true artist to watch in the dark/sad music space, Cloe is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, Cloe crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche. Championing the concept of accepting one’s mental health issues, pushing for equality, and embracing imperfection, she is light years beyond the typical young musician. Cloe will be releasing original music, and covers, over the span of the upcoming year that is guaranteed to comfort listeners through their varied emotions, to allow them to feel the intensity of their deepest thoughts, and to display that Cloe does not have the edge of a sword, but instead, like a rose with thorns.”

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