Fiore Music Where it all Began
Written by Lauren Maugeri
“Fiore is translated as Blossom in Italian”
Fiore’s story begins as a young girl with a tape recorder and attached microphone.
Now, Fiore’s single “Love Free” has gained a lot of attention, a strong following and her musical artistry is now being heard over the radio waves and soon through every ipod. “Love Free” is the kind of track you want to repeat over and over. You find yourself humming the unique tune hours after hearing it. Her music, like a wave, pulls you in and takes you on a rhythmic ride, filled with soul, angelic vocals and lyrics pulled from the heart. When you meet her, Fiore strikes you as strong, confidently tall and slim, with pin straight posture and long, wavy hair. She may even intimidate you a little. But then the wind blows, and her dark, shiny hair sends a message of beauty and intelligence. She reveals her eyes under Chanel sunglasses, and you get a peak into the real Fiore, her depth, compassion and search for understanding in the interpretation of life. When she laughs, hearty and sincere, that is when you know; she’s just like everyone else. However, she’s just an artist, and artists are always feeling, always thinking and always creating.
Fiore has always felt deeply, she started writing poetry as soon as she could hold a pencil to paper. Her step dad was a musician who helped her record her first songs on the tape recorder, turning her writing into lyrics, then into songs. More recently, Fiore began a ritual of collecting her bits of writing, on hotel, notebook, or any sort of paper she had around the house. She would fold the paper four times and put it with the others. Her creative process is never-ending. She can be at work, in the shower, driving her car and begin singing a melody newly emerged from her mind. Past and present, wherever she is, whatever she is doing, everything leads her back to music.
Throughout her life, Fiore immersed herself into music. She connected to the emotions of the singer and “embraced” the place she was in. Sarah McLaughlin helped her find solace, Dylan explained life’s mysteries and Sinead O’Connor, Sade and Ben Harper brought her through the darker times. Fiore wants her music to help others the same way, “to touch people” and “heal the world starting with your heart.” She recognizes that a song can “become a part of our history” and is “tied to our experiences.” A song can surface a memory, a moment in time. Just like you will remember where you were when you first heard Fiore’s voice.
Fiore’s upbringing was “arduous” and “laced with confusion in so many ways. Until recently, Fiore would describe herself as “hiding behind the ‘I’m perfect’ wall.” She was always hard on herself and the mistakes and downfalls left scars, physically and emotionally. People took advantage of Fiore’s desire to succeed and used her for their own agenda. And though she can’t say exactly when the change happened, Fiore realized she was tired of holding up the imaginary barrier. Fiore started accepting herself, rejected the negativity from outside sources, and went through a reformation. Through it all and through writing, she searched for the right path or more importantly, her path. Soon after, she unfolded her collection of songs, and began to finish them.
Her songs visit a range of emotions from heartbreak to happiness, but throughout all, love. But not just romantic love, Fiore adds, “love gained, love lost and the ability to hold on to yourself through it all,” something Fiore has experienced many times over. Her words are both vulnerable “Please God help me push on through.. melt the ice that makes them cruel” and brave “I must fight to stop the rain”
Fiore’s speech turns softer when she describes her British grandmother and her best friend and her Italian Grandfather who were very influential in her life. Both of whom she has now lost. A contagious smile appears in relation to pasta with homemade gravy. This is the place she goes she explains, when things get too hard to bear, this is where I come for safety to explore my music. And then a peacefulness and worldly tone approaches when Fiore begins to share her ideas and perspective on life, love and the meaning of her music. Her passions for consoling abused women quickly turns her eyes to the most serious tone I’ve seen thus far. “Pain is real with life, love, and something we hope to overcome with music” she explains. “With love sometimes we become vulnerable and when that happens some women find themselves in helpless situations.” Fiore has been a long time advocate of standing up for Women’s rights- especially with regards to abuse. She has been throwing fundraisers, aiding women one on one through counseling, guest speeches’ and so forth for over ten years now. “This is a real problem in the world, not just in the U.S., and it stems from fear and control.” Fear from women who feel they deserve this punishment, and are scared to get out, and control, the reason Men create this fear that leads to abuse.” Fiore has created a website she hopes will inspire others to take action. It informs readers mostly of where to go to find answers. The scariest part about abuse is feeling “trapped” she explains. There are so many amazing places that are working hard every day to build awareness and places for these women to go, they just have to be educated.”
Fiore believes “learning to love ourselves and take responsibility for our own path first will allow us to embrace others.” She has practiced living in the moment because that is “the only thing that truly exists.” Fiore again becomes both an untouchable icon and long-lasting friend, when these profound ideas and morals are spoken so poignantly. Her philosophy serves a great purpose in the current times, where futures are uncertain. But in relation to one life, Fiore’s life, that is how she wants to lead it, loving God, gratitude for her Italian and British heritage, and through the power of giving.
So add all together the struggles of Fiore’s past, her experiences, her words and her skill and a new star is born. Fiore’s music takes you along, and like life, there are surprises and sadness, highs and lows, but you are not alone on the journey. She holds your hand, lets go, walks with you, smiles with you, and feels with you. Believe her deep brown eyes when they convey to you, “I’m here, I understand and you can get through anything life throws at you.” Listen to her music, you won’t doubt, Fiore is on this planet for that very reason. “Make peace with your flame” quotes her song, but one listen to her music, one view of her performance, and it’s clear what is in store for Fioré.
You can purchase her single Love Free and other music from Fiore by visiting Itunes and searching Fiore Love Free