WALLINGFORD — A Lyman Hall High School student is working to spread peace and positivity through her music and an upcoming independent study project.
PeaceSelah Lopez, known artistically as PEACExLOPEZ, began focusing on her music at the start of the pandemic and knew exactly what kind of music she wanted to produce.
“I come from a family who really pushes to be extremely giving, with not only physical things but also just being kind and gracious,” the 17-year-old said. “Having that background, I wanted to make sure the music I created was something that anyone could listen to. I didn’t want it to be for just a specific group of people.”
A press release describes the high school senior as an “old soul with a young heart” and her music having “vibes like Jorja Smith or Olivia Dean and quotes from Lauryn Hill.”
On Dec. 17, a day many parents and students were in fear of a TikTok challenge inciting violence at schools across the state, Lopez released “Train With Graffiti.”
“It was coincidental that my song was going to be released on that day,” she said. “I personally do not have TikTok but I do know the impact it has on people and especially the challenges.”
The “Train With Graffiti” music video shows Lopez and a few friends riding a CT Rail train and leaving sticky notes on seats and windows with positive messages for passengers to read and even take along with them. Some messages read “It’s OK to make mistakes,” “don’t give up,” and “you got this.”
Lopez released “Silhouette Stories,” an EP in spring 2021. This past fall she released “Tell Your Friends,” a song that encourages people to “tell your friends that you are proud of them, a message she knows teens need to hear as the hopelessness of the pandemic wears on them.”
In addition to her music, Lopez is also writing a curriculum on what it means to be a quality human being. The effort is an independent study project. She said anyone can take the course and will learn what it means to value other people and get help with interpersonal relationships.
One of Lopez’s biggest supporters, Lyman Hall English teacher Samantha Provenzano, has taught Lopez for two years. Provenzano assisted Lopez with the creation of the independent study and speaks highly of her music career.
“She speaks without implications and listens without judgment,” Provenzano said. “Her music is the epitome of who she is as a person. The music and tempo draws you in and the words project positive messages and outlooks.”
Provenzano said today’s youth struggles with rising above the negativity but Lopez helps people see they are capable of doing it on their own.
“I want my music to be for parents, kids and adults,” Lopez said. “And with the positive message — kindness — that goes for everybody.”
All of Lopez’s music can be found on the music platforms: Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and YouTube.