16 year old and High School of The Performing Arts junior Whitney Woerz is a powerhouse singer/songwriter, and her music comes equipped with an important message. She is locked in to release her second EP, Iridescent, later this summer and has just released its first single “Idea of Her,” along with an intense visual accompaniment.

“Idea of Her” is a heavy track that truly captures Worez’ wisdom beyond her years. The lyrics confront our relationship with self-image, and urges the listener to look beyond their own surfaces to find their true self-worth. Through her music, Worez tackles an issue that many individuals, young and old, struggle with every day. The powerful video brings this internal battle to life as Whitney struggles to break free from the confines of a glass cage to rescue herself from the perfect image she has been pressured to become.

“It’s incredibly difficult to be a teenager right now. With social media it’s easy to become lost in pressure to be and act a certain way” explains Whitney. “I want my fans to know that they are not alone and I hope my musical honesty encourages others to feel empowered to be their authentic selves.” 

Whitney does more than talk the talk. She is a teen ambassador for Glenn Close’s non-profit organization, BringChange2Mind, and has made a commitment to share a portion of her profits with the organization. BringChange2Mind works to eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness in teens including depression, anxiety and self-harm. Whitney is a fierce fighter in the efforts to end bullying in all its forms. Her true power comes from self awareness, and her awareness of the silent struggles of her peers.

Actor and director Miles Szanto recants his experience working with Whitney: “Today, music videos are once again, cinematic experiences and Whitney brought this life with an incredible narrative. What struck me about this young artist, she wasn’t just making music ‘just because.’ There is a message behind this song and I found her lyrics important and impactful for our times.”

Whitney’s forthcoming EP, Iridescent, touches on the topics of teen angst, unrequited love, friendship and the emotional challenges of today’s youth. Whitney is quickly becoming the voice of her generation.

Experience the powerful video for “Idea of Her” below:

Connect with Whitney Woerz: Facebook/Twitter/SoundCloud