Nessa Barrett does things her own way. At just 19, she has evolved from social media starlet to full-fledged musician—racking up hundreds of millions of streams and collaborating with some of the planet’s biggest artists, like Travis Barker. Nessa already had a huge following by the time she graduated high school, but she moved from New Jersey to LA to take her music career to the next level.
Having performed everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel to Ellen to Lollapalooza, Nessa just released her debut EP, Pretty Poison on September 10, 2021. And that’s a particularly important date to Nessa because it is World Suicide Prevention Day. In fact, the thing we love most about Nessa is that she’s not afraid to open up and talk about sensitive issues, whether it’s in her music or in an interview with DC. Nessa uses her platform to advocate mental health and she’s always candid about her own struggles. As she puts it, “being able to open and be vulnerable can help others.”
As part of our Push Your Own Story campaign, we were happy to sit down with Nessa to talk about her music, moving to LA and her focus on mental health advocacy.

 “There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Life is just so beautiful and worth living.”
- Nessa Barrett





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