Isabelle Fries has one of those voices you can’t forget – sweet, crooning, and in-depth with emotional maturity. She reminds you of a young upcoming Stevie Nicks mixed with Lana Del Rey with her tracks such as ‘ Fight For Me, ‘Just a Dreamer’, and a new one called ‘ Scrapbook’ she’s just proving that she is ready to rock! 

But this budding young singer has different facets to her, Isabelle is one of those rare souls that have a lot more to offer to the world with her passion for global philanthropic causes and it is without any hidden agendas, just a pure heart. 

After opening up her own foundation in Uganda with the Global Livingston Institute, Isabelle is striving to make music her global platform that truly goes out to heal the world step by step. 

Mr Warburton Magazine sits down with the talented Isabelle Fries as she chats to us about her musical stylings, passion for style, and creativity. 

Credits
Photography by Rowan Daly @whereisrowandaly / https://www.rowandaly.com/
Creative directing by Derek Warburton @derekwarburton / http://derekwarburton.com/
Produced by Jorge Perez @jorgeperezjr
/ https://www.jorgeperezreps.com/
Hair & Makeup by Joel Sebastian @joelstylst
Art directing by Alexander Silkin @alexander.silkin
Article Written by Cyan Leigh Dacasin @xmissperegrinex | Managing Editor Mr Warburton Media

Mr Warburton Magazine: The first question I would love to ask you is – How does music make you feel? When did you start in the music industry?

Isabelle Fries: It’s sometimes impossible to put into words what music makes me feel because it is so extensive. Music makes me feel exactly what I need to feel even if I didn’t know it. It has the ability to make me feel alive, feel broken, feel less alone, feel joy and excitement, hope, and most of all it makes me feel human. I started in the professional music industry when I was in college but I have been singing ever since I could talk.

Mr Warburton Magazine: What’s your creative process like as an artist?

Isabelle Fries: My creative process is a bit different than most I think. For me, music is my love and passion so I let that really control my process. When I record, which sometimes takes place in my bedroom, I let the music come to me and I just let myself live in it. I find that I perform and record better when I go into it without overthinking or without rehearsing a ton prior. When I am on stage, my best performances have come when I just go for it. Sometimes winging it brings the most genuine results.

Mr Warburton Magazine: Now, when it comes to style. What are your thoughts on the renaissance of the 90s and Y2k trends amongst the youth of today? What are some of the things you would consider wearing?

Isabelle Fries: I absolutely love the fact that the 90s and Y2K style is coming back. Although I was young during those days I think it is so authentic and fun. It’s rebellious and I love that. I love wearing flare – oversized jeans, funky colors and patterns, longer jean shorts, bucket hats. All things vintage are right up my alley.

Mr Warburton Magazine: How does your style show your personality and does it translate to your music?

Isabelle Fries: My style is very eclectic I would say. It’s all over the place sometimes but for the most part, it’s relaxed and beachy. I have an obsession with the 70s so sometimes my style reflects that. I would say this translates pretty well to my music because I also think it is eclectic and changes from time to time to meet me where I’m at personally.

Mr Warburton Magazine: From what I gathered, you are also using your music as a platform to help the Global Livingston Institute out in Uganda. Could you tell us more about this? What made you want to form the Bulamu Raise Your Voice Community Foundation?

Isabelle Fries: I have been working with the Global Livingston Institute since I was 15. It is truly where I found my path and my career. I am so honoured that I get to be a part of it on such a deep level. I got the privilege of performing at their annual GLI concert in Uganda alongside artists from around the community, Africa, and the world. This concert is to bring awareness to AIDS and HIV. It provides all types of medical support and testing at the actual concert.

It was at this concert that I announced the creation of the Bulamu Community Foundation. This foundation is completely for the community of Kable and Lake Bunyonyi. It is a platform in which they can drive community-run projects that they are in charge of.

If we want change to occur, it must come from within that community and from those that know it best. This foundation is here to support that type of change and sustainability.

Mr Warburton Magazine: Do you have any new projects we should be on the lookout for?

Isabelle Fries: One of the most exciting projects I’m going to be part of is a collaboration with Abby Berman who is the founder of Adopt the Arts, which is an organization that brings music to public schools that have received budget cuts in their music programs.    

We are talking about creating initiatives with them like creating a “Lilith Fair type Tour/festival” under the umbrella of Adopt the Arts and some other amazing causes.

Also, I will continue to partner up with the incredible people I have had the chance to work with in order to create something that incorporates activism and music. I’m still working on new music so keep an eye out for that too!

Mr Warburton Magazine: Lastly, – How do you stay true to yourself in this industry? Especially now, given that things have significantly changed in the last two years.

Isabelle Fries: As I’ve said before, I am not in this industry for fame, recognition or money. I am in it because music is my love and that is what keeps me sane throughout the crazy ups and downs of the music industry.

My goal is always to stay authentic and true to who I am, that can be super hard but I am always striving to stay true to my own goals and dreams. That may not be the most typical way to be in this industry but it’s the way that works for me.

Wardrobe credits
RtA Brand https://rtabrand.com/
Topshop https://www.asos.com/topshop/
Iro https://www.iroparis.com/
Stuart Weitzman https://www.stuartweitzman.com/
Alo https://www.aloyoga.com/