Love, Sweat, and Fears

by Maria Tuadi

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Featuring her single, "Still", which was recently named a Session I 2016 Grand Prize Winner and Lennon Award Winner in the R&B Category of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, this EP is an exploration of contemporary RnB and Soul singing, written, performed, and produced by an Indonesian-American girl raised in SoCal.

Maria Tuadi got her start in music as the lead singer and a songwriter of an Alt-Hip Hop band, The Bricks, put together by the Los Angeles Human Relation Commission and Oneness Initiative: Project One. As a part of the band, Tuadi wrote and performed socially-conscious music for at-risk youth in detention facilities, high schools, and benefits at The Roxy, UCLA’s own Mighty Mic: Battle of the Bands, and The House of Blues on Sunset alongside artists such as John Forte of The Fugees, Broken Ornaments, Bambaata Marley, Freddie Gibbs, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, and Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus; received mentorship from producers and performers in the industry such as Grammy Award-winning producer KC Porter (Santana, Ozomatli), JB Eckl (Santana, En Vogue), DJ Khalil (Eminem, Dr. Dre), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), DJ C- Minus (Korn), Big Duke (Psycho Realm), Scarab (Living Legends), Erik “Blu2th” Griggs (Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks), Kacee Clanton, and Immortal Technique; and released an EP of original work called “This Land” which addressed issues such as Xenophobia, Homophobia, and Sexism. After graduating from UCLA Film, Tuadi released a solo EP labeled, “Love Sweat, and Fears” with songs written, played, and produced by her and featuring artwork designed by Tuadi herself. She has since successfully raised a Kickstarter campaign for a music video, produced two new music videos, and performed as a featured artist for Tuesday Night Cafe’s Summer Chill Show, The John Anson Ford Awards, and KPFK’s “Flip the Script”.

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released March 10, 2016

Written, performed, and produced by Maria Tuadi. Mix and Master by ADG Mastering.

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Maria Tuadi Los Angeles, California

Indonesian-American Singer-Songwriter based in LA. Her current single, "Still" is a Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has just received the Lennon Award for R&B.

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Track Name: Sticks and Stones
You’re thinkin’ that hate makes you bigger
Cuz you know how to make me feel small
Well, I don’t intend to stay here
As a name scribbled on bathroom stalls

Oh
These sticks and stones
May break my bones
These sticks and stones
They just build up my score
Tell me you’re scared to the core
Your words don’t hurt anymore
No, they don’t hurt anymore

See, I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder
Reminds me I’ve got bigger plans
Tells me each day I get older
Is a day to celebrate what I have

Oh
These sticks and stones
May break my bones
These sticks and stones
They just build up my score
Tell me you’re scared to the core
Your words don’t hurt anymore
No, they don’t hurt anymore


Ohhh
Uhuh
I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder
Reminds me I’ve got bigger plans
Track Name: Echoes of the Girl He Knew Before
I heard a little story once before
Stop me if you think you’re getting bored
It’s PG-13, so no, not scary anymore
It’s got brief nudity
Though not the kind you could ever see
It’s about a girl and how she wa-as

Scared of goin’ out there
Scared of what she’d find
And he was holding onto freedom
With her chained by his side
It’s a hard act to follow
All alone
It’s a hard life to lead
When it’s not your own

Still he left her behind
Years ago
Went searchin’ for the wrong things
Holdin’ out for more
Don’t think he’d ever come back
Runnin’ through that door
But she loved that boy
She knew once before

She was wondrin where he went to
Hopin’ that he’s fine
So sick of contemplatin’
‘Bout his voice on the other line
Just throwin’ out emotions
He could never ever show
Though she loved that boy
She didn’t know him anymore

Not since he left her behind
Years ago
Went searchin’ for the wrong things
Holdin’ out for more
He keeps sayin that he’ll come back
Runnin’ through that door
But she’s not that girl
He knew once before

Oh, she’s not scared of goin’ out there
She’s not scared of what she’ d find
He’s still holdin onto freedom
But she’s not there by his side
And it’s a hard act to follow
All alone
It’s a hard life to lead
But now it’s her own
(own)
Her own
(own)
Her own
(own)
Track Name: Still Got Me
I ain't got money, but I've still got class
I ain't perfection, but I know my past
And if everything I had was lost
I know I'd still know who I was and who I love
I've got all I need right now

I ain't got polish mmm but I can shine
I ain't got patience, ooh but I've still got time
And if everything I had was lost
I know I'd still know who I was and who I love
Baby, I-I've got all I need
Tell me I've got all I need
You may le-eave
If you want to, If you want to yeah
Baby I've
Still got me-e
Track Name: Still
Hold me in your arms, in your thoughts, in the present, love
Soak up all these tears, all the fears from a blinding fog
Fading trains of thoughts...of loss, problems never solved
Swinging back and forth in my mind, thoughts I never want-ed

Am I standing still? (How am I)
Standing still?
Push me back into motion
Pull me back into motion, please

Tell me I’m alright, that it’s fine, that I’m good enough
Just give me a sign, the divine, or the criminal
Love me just enough, with disgust of my major flaws
Swinging back and forth in my mind, thoughts I never wanted

Am I standing still? (How am I)
Standing still?
Push me back into motion
Pull me back into motion, please

How am I-I-I?
Am I standing still?
Just put me ba-a-ack
Pull me ba-a-ack
Put me ba-a-ack
Into motion

Hold me in your arms, in your thoughts, in the present, love
Soak up all these tears, all the fears from a blinding fog
Fading trains of thoughts...of loss, problems never solved
Swinging back and forth in my mind, thoughts I never want-ed
Track Name: Someone Out There
Someone out there believes in
Someone out there’s been dreamin’
Someone out there’s been wishi--in
For something they can believe in

They say it’s a cruel cruel world
With even crueler people
Please stay inside your homes
Your churches with their steeples
Know there’s hunger and murder
Chaos, disorder
Baby, close your eyes
It’ll soon be over
But Superman can’t save us
The Superman’s a dance
You know we got to wake up
And fight for what we can
Your dreams, your ambitions
Your plans, not your pride
Know it’s hard to remember greatness is inside

When money talks
And it gets around
Buys you all the love
Til you’re in the ground
Have you found it out
What it’s all about
When you’re all tied up
To the bottom line
But
Someone out there believes in
Someone out there’s been dreamin’
Someone out there’s been wishi--in
For something they can believe in

You’ve got your high rise on one street
The slums on the next
Everybody fighting for what they think is best
So Understand the lines
And which ones to cross
Cuz everybody sees their own loss
But no matter what
Hate grows like cancer
Killing ain’t holy, and it sure ain’t the answer, so
Let em know we're loved
Let em know we’re safe
Let em know that
We are not afraid

When Money talks
And it gets around
Buys you all the love
Til you’re in the ground
Have you found it out
What it’s all about
When you’re all tied up
To the bottom line
But
Someone out there believes in
Someone out there’s been dreamin’
Someone out there’s been wishi--in
For something they can believe in
Could be...you
Could be you
Could be you
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