As her moment nears, it seems like Avonlea was built for the spotlight and center stage. And while most budding talents her age are fed ready-made tracks and songs, Avonlea's voice—at times feather-like and airy, others as thick as the strokes of a soaked paint brush—only sings words that she's penned. It's a skill she takes much pride in, along with being able to produce records.
Avonlea started using go-to production software Logic at 12. That, the self-described feminist says, "gave me all of the free rein to create what was in my head. I kind of freak people out when I come to the studio. It's assumed that when you're a woman, you don't know anything about computers. You have to come in a say, 'I can play instruments and I'm a lyricist and I will take over the computer if I don't think the sound is where it needs to be.' It takes a lot of assertiveness."
Avonlea's inspirations come from legends who oozed strength as they bared their souls. "Billy Joel," she starts, naming icons who rocked decades before she was born, "Carole King, [Queen's] Freddie Mercury. I'd be listening to Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin."