From the heart of aspiring teen pop star, Naomi Pulver, comes her latest single, "Sweet Mama" – an earnest and melodic tribute to her Filipina matriarch that captures the complex and emotional relationship between mothers and daughters.
Already filled with existential dread and disillusioned by the world of online dating, Naomi turned to the things that grounded her. She sought solace in the familiar comforts of her youth: beloved songs and novels from her high school years, the great outdoors, and her close female friendships that had weathered the trials of adolescence. Above all, Naomi sought solace in her relationship with her mother that was rooted in the familiar, yet ever-evolving.
Growing up, Naomi's mother's stoic demeanor hinted at a difficult past. Raised in the Philippines during a time when Cagayan De Oro was still reeling from the aftermath of World War II, her mother lived with a talented, but complicated father, and a kind, entrepreneurial mother who did everything she could to keep her family afloat. Years later when Naomi’s mom moved to Colorado with her caucasian husband, she faced a new set of challenges. Despite her eagerness to adopt the easy-going attitude of a small ski-town, she was met with blatant racism. And when she began a family, these same onlookers were further exasperated by the sight of eight multi-ethnic children. Naomi, the youngest of the eight, came into a world that was still grappling with its relationship with race.
However, being a product of the early 2000s in America, Naomi's interests clashed with her mother's cultural upbringing. Naomi was obsessed with boybands and pop stars who wore revealing clothes and sang about sex. She had friends who hung out with and dated boys. All these things were frivolous and dangerous in mother's eyes; she wanted Naomi to adopt her values. Though their opinions differed, Naomi understood her mother's protective nature and admired her for it – she was inspired by her strength and stubbornness. And her admiration would continue to grow as she learned more about her mother's history. Later on, in her childhood home and guitar in hand while grieving yet another failed Tinder connection, Naomi would reflect on her relationship with her mother and write a song about it. From her admiration, a little help from Ali Shayesteh (Classless Act, Taylor Sackson), and production/engineering magic from Thomas Ross Johansen (Coolio, Snoop Dog, Bruno Mars), the final version of the song - "Sweet Mama," came to be.