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Lorine Chia

The Self-Taught Songstress on the Rise

It’s simple, really. Lorine Chia loves music, so she made it her career. The 25-year-old Cameroonian native first came on the radar when she was featured in SoundCloud’s first-ever creator campaign, First On SoundCloud, celebrating the artists who started on the platform and are now rising to fame. Since then, Chia has proven her undeniable talent, shaped by her upbringing and musical influences, garnering praise from the likes of Complex, Fader and Billboard, while Pitchfork describes her as “plucked straight from a different era, but...ultra-contemporary.” She’s now working on her hotly anticipated album Sweet Noise.

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When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“I realized that after my first semester in college. I was 18. I hated school and knew there had to be something else.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“Being able to have over 500,000 fans all across the world listening to my music. Also building my braiding business.”

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What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“I get to do it all from home.”

What are you most grateful for?

“I’m most grateful for the journey. It has made me everything I am today and will continue to mold me into all the great things I am supposed to be.”

In today’s Instagram world, how do you stay original?

“Just posting whatever I want. Everyone wants to make things look fancy, and I literally just don’t have the time. So I just post what I like.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Stop second-guessing yourself in this very moment and realize that you can accomplish anything you want to. Every failure is a lesson and another reason to succeed. Never stop.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“My mommy. She’s the strongest woman I know.”

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