The first comment on "Whole Life"'s Soundcloud thread says two words: smooth and sexy.
"Whole Life" is absolutely that: it is very smooth and very sexy. It is also layered and rich, wrought with feeling and double meaning, driven by a honey voice over a gorgeous instrumentation. The old school production makes the song feel like an artifact.
Ana November, the mind behind the hit, is a NYC based R&B singer and writer who's spent her whole life making music. She sings like someone with a mastery of the art; her voice is powerful and delicate and she sings with control and overwhelming honesty. "Whole Life" is destined to be a classic; a deceptively complex and timeless song about strength and independence.
"Whole Life", is in short, a #verifiedbop. We suggest pairing this song with the pep talk you give yourself in the mirror when life's got you down.
Keep a look out for Ana November. This brilliant story teller is just getting started.
1. What can you tell us about the song?
“Whole Life” is an R&B track that plays as a warning to a hypothetical man of interest. It’s basically me telling him, “You seem excited to deal with me and your interest seems to be pretty surface-level, but I just want to let you know that once you take in just a bit of my energy, you’re definitely going to want to explore beyond the surface.” 2. What was the process of creating the song? I actually had a deadline for a project that was released on December 28th. It’s called “Just Vybes” and it’s hosted by R&B singer, Tank. I had been following him for years and when I found out about the opportunity, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The deadline was about two months away but at the time, I was promoting my EP and also in the process of working on a Christmas song. I could either submit a song that was previously released, or create something new that I felt could really represent for R&B. I decided on the latter. At the time, I was communicating with someone that I grew to like pretty quickly. There seemed to be a big (and what seemed like a mutual) connection, but then everything ended. I was in my feelings a little and I decided to write about just one possibility of what could’ve caused things to change. One idea was that maybe he knew that what he was walking into was different and deeper than what he originally intended. I’ll never know the true reason but I took this idea and ran with it. 3. What was the most surprising thing about the process? When the producer, K3lvin Kaos first sent me the track, I had little ideas here and there. I was itching to write about this one situation, but I just didn’t know how to approach it. A lot of songs I write are about what happened, what could happen or what I would want to happen in a situation, and this was just different. I wanted to play on both my emotions and the feeling of a man that wasn’t 100% ready for love, in a way that made sense being spoken from my point of view. I sometimes obsess over my work but when this particular song was finished I felt okay, and I also felt a little relieved. I realized that I didn’t need to write about every true moment in that specific situation to feel better. 4. If you had to dedicate the song to someone, who would it be and why? I would dedicate this song to people who settle for friends-with-benefits and such situations even though deep down inside, they have a burning curiosity to know what being in love is like. People are afraid of being hurt but imagine being open to the right person and receiving the same love, and reciprocity? It has to be the best feeling. Sometimes we just have to go with our gut and take that leap. 5. Where does the new release fit into the timeline of your musical journey so far? While this song was released as a single for the purpose of being featured on a compilation album, I am currently working on my very first full-length album, which I plan to release around Spring/Summer 2021. I definitely want this to be on that project along with other songs that consist of a similar sound. 6.. What can fans expect next, musically or otherwise? There are some very important causes that I feel don’t receive as much attention as they should. I am currently working on a collaboration with another artist in honor of women’s health, and there will be a number of visual projects surrounding the effort, which I think is going to be really cool. I also wrote a song titled, “Drowning,” which is the title track for a short film by Chanel Samuels. The two musical releases are set for February and March. I also produced a musical titled Love in a Different Key in 2019. I’m currently working on expanding the show into different mediums (i.e. film). 7. What do you do when you're not making music? Creatively, I’m really into writing and editing. I’ve been producing films and other content with a team since 2015. It’s something I do in between time and it keeps me going. I’m also really into mini golf and a lot of other competitive events, I love to travel, and in my downtime I try to read (fiction, poetry, career-related books) to escape from the idea of having to work non-stop