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Offline C4AJoh  
#1 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:18:12(UTC)
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Release Date: June 26, 2011
Format: CD Single, Digital Download
Recorded: February - March 2011
Genre: R&B, Soul, Blues
Length: 4:47
Label: Junction Records!
Written By: Alicia Lena
Producer: Ryan Ross Hernandez, Will.Rocca, Alicia Lena

"Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be" is a song by American R&B recording artist Alicia Lena. It was written by Alicia Lena in early 2011 and was produced by Alicia Lena, Ryan Ross Hernandez and Will.Rocca for her sophomore album ‘Waking Up’ (2011). The song marks the release of the third single from the number one album. And follows the hugely the succesfull first two singles, Clichés Come Easy and The Butterfly Effect which both became number one hits. This single will be Alicia’s eighth single following her debut just over one year ago. The single will be released on June 26, 2011.

Background
‘Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be’ was written in January 2011 by Alicia Lena at her New York apartment, she stated in an interview in March that the song came unexpectedly from just playing the piano one evening, “I was just messing around with a couple of sounds I had in my mind and I suddenly came up with the intro that you hear at the beginning of the song, And the song kinda formed itself in that way, it was a lot different from how I wrote the other songs for the album, but it’s definitely a song that I’m pleased with.”
It’s a song about trying to be the absolute best possible version of yourself and trying to figure out what kind of person you have become, “When you leave school or college and you’ve gotta head out into the big bad world you have no idea what to expect, you don’t know the person you’re gonna become or even the person you wanna be. And it’s tough to make these decisions you can never just know everything, it’s all about learning, you’ve gotta make mistakes to learn from them and I think it’s a scary world for 16-19 year olds trying to find their way in the world, I’d like to think that this song could maybe give them perspective because I felt just as scarred when I was that age and I never had anyone to tell me that everything would work out eventually.” She said about the song in March 2011.
The song is another soft, soulful R&B track, familiar in sound to her previous singles from her sophomore album, Waking Up. It’s soft piano introduction sets the song up perfectly for Alicia to question what she has become as she realises that her attempts to hide from her past cannot continue as she attempts to make a change and become the best person that she can be.

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Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be

I’m Sitting All Alone In An Empty Hotel Room
Singing Along To That Familiar Tune
Looking At Myself, Just Trying To Figure Who I’ve Become
Trying To Figure Which Part Of Me Has Won
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So I’ll Ask Myself, Am I The Best Possible Version Of Me
Do I Take The Time To Thank The People Who Made Me Who I Am Today
Do I Thank The People That Never Stood In My Way
Do I Thank Them All, One By One
Will I Pay My Respects Once They’ve Gone
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And So Instead, I’m Still Figuring Out
Which Part Of Me I Can Live Without
So I’ll Take Away The Bad And Work Hard On The Good
I’ll Take It All Away If I’m Misunderstood
And This Is …
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This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
So If The Person Looking Back At Me, Is The Person I Don’t Want To Be
I’ll Make A Change, Make Things Better, Not For You, But For Me
So This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
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I’m Cold And Lonely, Bruised And Shaken
This Is The Path I’m Walking Down
This Is The Move I’m Making
To Be … Me
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And I’ll Keep Everything Wrapped Up Inside
But The Person I’ve Become, Shouldn’t Need To Hide
My Past Is My Past And It’s Refined To History
It Will Remain Hidden, Kinda Like A Mystery
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This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
So If The Person Looking Back At Me, Is The Person I Don’t Want To
I’ll Make A Change, Make Things Better, Not For You, But For Me
So This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
---
I’m Cold And Lonely, Bruised And Shaken
This Is The Path I’m Walking Down
This Is The Move I’m Making
To Be … Me
---
This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
So If The Person Looking Back At Me, Is The Person I Don’t Want To
I’ll Make A Change, Make Things Better, Not For You, But For Me
So This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
---
This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be
So If The Person Looking Back At Me, Is The Person I Don’t Want To
I’ll Make A Change, Make Things Better, Not For You, But For Me
So This Is Who I Am, Who I’m Not, Who I Wanna Be


Personnel
Alicia Lena - Vocals, Producer, Piano, Lyrics, Composition
Will.Rocca - Producer, Drum Programming, Mixing
Ryan Ross Hernandez - Producer, Mixing
Scott Robbins - Engineering
Kayla Brown - Artwork


OOC: I know this could have been so much better but my interest has been wavering quite recently so this is all I could manage to tempt myself to write about it. Hope it will do for now.

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#3 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:22:57(UTC)
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Hannah Beth: Another hit best friend! :) I love it and i love the message. Definitely just be who you are.


Alicia: Thank you Hannah, I'm glad you liked it, that means a lot to me.
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#4 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:23:11(UTC)
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#5 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:23:44(UTC)
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OOC: Freaking love that was singing it in my head great work

Cherise: love this song you're always surpassing yourself at every release and I admire you totally xx
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#6 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:25:32(UTC)
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OOC: Great stuff! Nice lyrics as always.

Katie: I love your work...have you ever done a weak song? I've never heard it if you have :p
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#7 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:27:13(UTC)
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Abie: Love the R&B style with blues.. great track!


Alicia: Thank you Abie, I think I've found my niché with this second record, expect this kinda sound more in the future.
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#8 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:29:03(UTC)
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OOC: Freaking love that was singing it in my head great work

Cherise: love this song you're always surpassing yourself at every release and I admire you totally xx


OOC: Thanks, that means a lot, I kinda slaved over the lyrics and then decided to almost completely re-write and still wasn't so pleased with it, but thanks I'm glad you liked them. :)

Alicia: Awww thank you Cherise, it means a lot to me.
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#9 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:30:51(UTC)
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OOC: Great stuff! Nice lyrics as always.

Katie: I love your work...have you ever done a weak song? I've never heard it if you have :p


OOC: Thanks, like I said before I wasn't so pleased with them but I'm glad you liked them. :)

Alicia: Awww thanks Katie, although I do cringe when I listen to my debut album, I like to think I've moved on from that pop sound of the first record, I like to think I matured a lot of the past year. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to your blues album, good luck with it.
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Magie: I was wondering.. my name is Magie Lena, my sister name is Abie Lena.. are you my sister too? LOL

OOC: I just noticed now! so funny... it was not meant to be this way, but it does and it's kind of coincidence! LOL
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#11 Posted : 23 June 2011 00:55:56(UTC)
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Magie: I was wondering.. my name is Magie Lena, my sister name is Abie Lena.. are you my sister too? LOL

OOC: I just noticed now! so funny... it was not meant to be this way, but it does and it's kind of coincidence! LOL


Alicia: Who knows, I never met my real father or mother so it's a possibility I guess.

OOC: yeah me neither, weird coincidence.
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Magie: I was wondering.. my name is Magie Lena, my sister name is Abie Lena.. are you my sister too? LOL

OOC: I just noticed now! so funny... it was not meant to be this way, but it does and it's kind of coincidence! LOL


Alicia: Who knows, I never met my real father or mother so it's a possibility I guess.

OOC: yeah me neither, weird coincidence.


Magie: OK, I'm sister of Alicia Lena! a dream come true! seriously! you're so amazing...

Abie: Ow.. never though about it! I'm exicited right now!
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#13 Posted : 23 June 2011 01:01:42(UTC)
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Magie: I was wondering.. my name is Magie Lena, my sister name is Abie Lena.. are you my sister too? LOL

OOC: I just noticed now! so funny... it was not meant to be this way, but it does and it's kind of coincidence! LOL


Alicia: Who knows, I never met my real father or mother so it's a possibility I guess.

OOC: yeah me neither, weird coincidence.


Magie: OK, I'm sister of Alicia Lena! a dream come true! seriously! you're so amazing...

Abie: Ow.. never though about it! I'm exicited right now!


Alicia: haha thanks girls, your both very sweet.
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#14 Posted : 23 June 2011 03:37:04(UTC)
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Chanel: Girl Girl Girl! Let me tell you! You better workkk Alicia! I love the song girl. Dope!
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Chanel: Girl Girl Girl! Let me tell you! You better workkk Alicia! I love the song girl. Dope!


Ooc: I love the consistency of your characters
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Chanel: Girl Girl Girl! Let me tell you! You better workkk Alicia! I love the song girl. Dope!


Ooc: I love the consistency of your characters


OOC: Thank you! I'm so excited about Chanel. She is full of personality.
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#18 Posted : 23 June 2011 03:53:57(UTC)
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Chanel: Girl Girl Girl! Let me tell you! You better workkk Alicia! I love the song girl. Dope!


Ooc: I love the consistency of your characters


OOC: Thank you! I'm so excited about Chanel. She is full of personality.


Alicia: Ummmmmm, that's Chanel :)

OOC: lol I'm not saying a word Whistle
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Chanel: Girl Girl Girl! Let me tell you! You better workkk Alicia! I love the song girl. Dope!


Ooc: I love the consistency of your characters


OOC: Thank you! I'm so excited about Chanel. She is full of personality.


Alicia: Ummmmmm, that's Chanel :)

OOC: lol I'm not saying a word Whistle


OOC: What's that's suppose to mean..
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Chanel: Girl Girl Girl! Let me tell you! You better workkk Alicia! I love the song girl. Dope!


Ooc: I love the consistency of your characters


OOC: Thank you! I'm so excited about Chanel. She is full of personality.


Alicia: Ummmmmm, that's Chanel :)

OOC: lol I'm not saying a word Whistle


OOC: What's that's suppose to mean..


OOC: lol Nothing, they're just always ... Ummm, excitable :) it's a good thing Anxious

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