Auna Sims’ second song, “Dance The Extra Mile” picks up where her first left off, giving us a first row seat to her musical journey. She is off and running, or dancing, as the case may be. In “Right Place,” there was an earnest exploration of performance, creation and identity. “I wrote this song when I was struggling with the ‘Why try again’ questions,” said Sims of the first material she had released. Now that musical identity seems to have found itself a bit more. “This song is about unapologetic joy in perseverance.”

She had to suffer through adversity from an unknown source to make her work. She grew up in a home infused with music, the oldest of ten musically gifted children. She herself wasa prodigiously talented child and studied classical music and piano throughout her youth. As she embarked on her formal secondary education in music an idiopathic hand and arm injury made playing piano impossible for her, just days before she was to audition for the head of the Atlanta Symphony. Auna was devastated.