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Since wrapping 2019 as BMI’s pop songwriter of the year honoree (an award she shared with Watt), Tamposi, 31, has used the pandemic to home in on a more select group of projects, including Creative Waves Foundation, a program she founded with her mother, Candy, that provides financial support to underprivileged young artists. She’s also developing a curriculum for a free online music-education program. “I don’t know when I would have [otherwise] had the opportunity to really isolate my focus,” she says, “and at a time when people need creative outlets.”
Growing up in Florida, Tamposi was also surrounded by music at home. "My mom always had Fleetwood Mac records playing. Sting was always on. It was just a very musical household, even though I was really the only one that played or could hold a tune in my family," she says. "It was really where I felt most comfortable, anytime I was doing something creative." That's one reason why she recently launched the Creative Waves Foundation alongside her mom, a non-profit that supports children in the arts. "I was a horrible student, so I am very grateful that this worked out because I can't imagine what else I'd be doing really. I wasn't any good at anything else."
Tamposi has found refuge not only in the confines of the studio, but also in meditation and surfing – anything that takes her outside of herself. Moreover, in 2019 Tamposi founded the Creative Waves Foundation with her mother to “eliminate financial challenges young artists face so they will reach their full potential”. Elsewhere, she’s also planning to roll out a free online music education platform called Song Start. Tamposi is aware of what songwriters and artists go through, the temptations they face, and the disappointments they will endure. It’s why she speaks so candidly about her own tribulations. “I’ve tried to bring awareness to the things that I’ve gone through and have tried to be of service to other songwriters and artists that are struggling,” she says. “There’s nothing worse than seeing young, extraordinarily talented artists die from the disease [substance abuse]. It’s just a constant thing that’s overlooked in a way, especially with millennials. I hear about it in lyrics and songs where it’s loosely thrown out there and you can really hear the pain of some of these artists struggling and they can’t find their way out. And it’s really hard for someone to pull you out of it, you have to have that initial drive to get better and so, as much as I want to, like, come in and save everyone that’s struggling, it’s a tricky thing. The thing is you have to have that willingness to want to grow and change.” For those working with Tamposi, her strength has been a constant source of inspiration.