#AmericanMade Stories: Kota Wade

October 10, 2018

#AmericanMade Stories: Kota Wade

WRITTEN BY NICOLE BEST
From the age of 13 or 14, I have memories of things that I now know were depression. When you're an artist, you have a very unstructured lifestyle that can lead to a lot of issues and I've taken the opportunity to use the platform I have to spread awareness about mental health. 
Meet Kota Wade, a singer, songwriter and mental health advocate. She uses her platform for good, to spread awareness on mental health issues and how we are all so much better together. She also happened to be on Season 9 of the Voice. Read her amazing and uplifting story below, and be sure to catch her latest album, which released in May of this year. 

  

Kota Wade Singer Songwriter Artist

Kota at Cheat Day Land with our U Graphic Crop Tee.

 

Okay, so what's your story?
Kota: I lived in LA for a while, I now live in the mountains, but I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I started writing music when I was nine years old and I have a very strong memory of myself sitting in the backseat of my parents car with a note pad in my hand and wrote a song down. A couple days later, I sang it for my parents and after a little while, I was able to get in the studio and record my first song. After that, I caught the bug. I really didn't set out to be a singer, I just knew that I loved writing. 

 

What is your fondest memory of getting to where you are now?
Kota: I remember sitting in my class in school with my notebook of schoolwork and my notebook of songs - and would simultaneously write down homework and music lyrics. I would literally write songs about everything and now I look back at my journals from eighth grade and see how far I've come! 

 

What's your biggest project from this year that gets you most excited? 
Kota: In May of this year, I released an album that I wrote that really focuses on my experience with mental health. From the age of 13 or 14, I have memories of things that I now know were depression. When you're an artist, you have a very unstructured lifestyle that can lead to a lot of issues and I've taken the opportunity to use the platform I have to spread awareness about mental health. 
 

  

What's the most important part of what you're doing currently? 
Kota: One of the worst issues of mental health is the stigma around it because it's misunderstood and looked at as, "other." It's hard to treat something that isn't tangible, or something you feel like you can't talk about. 

 

What is your biggest advice for any one struggling with mental health issues?
Kota: Whether you're dealing with mental health issues or just trying to achieve your goals, community is so important. I wouldn't be who I am without the people who understand me and lift me up every day. Whether it's a comment from a someone who supports me or talking to my husband, anybody who you feel is lifting you up... hold on to that. 

 

What is your favorite part about Uprising brand?

Kota: I love that Uprising is essentially a large community of people from all different backgrounds that you can connect with and rely on.


What is one of your main goals right now and how does it make you #AmericanMade? 
Rubi:  I just want to be a voice for people who don't feel like they have a voice. And to continue to create things that connect and make people feel like they aren't alone in this crazy world.

 

Kota Wade Singer Songwriter Artist

Kota in our Akari Tie Around Crop

  

Rapid fire questions: 
1. What is one thing people don't know about you"
I grew up ice skating! i quit when i was 15 but i was really good!
 
2. Dream vacation?
Ireland! i need to go to Ireland every year! I love it there.
 
3. What is your best and worst purchases you've ever made?

Best: the house that I live in! It's my dream house in the mountains.

The worst: A hocus pocus t-shirt I bought when I was half asleep.

 
4. Something you can't live without.
My guitar. I focus with my guitar and get out all my thoughts out with it.
 
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