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Hayley Sales and Sharon Stone announce their Debut Single “Never Before”

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WORLDSOUND/ INGROOVES/ UMG is proud to announce the first single and collaboration between bold singer/songwriter Hayley Sales and multi-talented Hollywood icon Sharon Stone. – “Never Before” out now.

Entitled “Never Before”, the romantically cinematic ballad highlights Sales’ breathtakingly impassioned vocals combined with Sharon Stone’s timeless, sincere and captivating storytelling. 

The duo effortlessly wrote “Never Before” after bonding over their shared experiences of love, loss and vintage music. The result is a timeless song that oozes soul, jazz and classic pop influences with a contemporary reimagined twist. 

“I showed up at her house with a handful of nerves and excitement…I’d never done a co-write before and had no idea what to expect or how to even go about it. The second she walked into the room, all that went away. She was so warm and gracious, so absolutely unpretentious and open. Sharon asked me, if one song could explain you to the world, what would it be? At first, I didn’t know. Then I realized …Romance. Romance moves me. Not just in that typical fall in love type of romance, but romance as a way of life…A way of walking, heart all messy and exposed, into everything. With that, we began to write.” – Hayley Sales 

“What a pleasure it has been to work with HAYLEY, she is a true artist. She cares more about getting the truth of her art right than anything else. I cannot wait to be there to see her sing this on stage. Maybe even more than hearing on the radio. She is gorgeous, pure, true: the real deal.” – Sharon Stone

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Hearing her classic voice for the first time, you can tell she has paved her own way; through the velvety hints of Motown and the bold romance of early jazz, the music of Hayley Sales reimagines the vintage sounds of the 1950s and 60s. A true artist, she has had to take the long way; carefully crafting her songs to match the unabashed honesty of a born performer. It’s as if you’re peering into the most intimate corners of her heart, unguarded. There’s a romantic elegance to her that is hard to come by in 2021. 

Sales was born into an incredibly artistic family in the heart of Washington D.C. Her father, Richard Sales (The Ramones/ Grateful Dead/ Miles Davis) owned and operated GlassWing Studios in the basement of their run-down Victorian house. Sales would sit for hours on the mixer, letting the R&B beats and soul melodies rock her to sleep. At five, a childhood friend played her an old recording of Judy Garland and the flame burned even more fervently. It was love at first listen as an already alighted yearning to perform became her torch.  If Sales wasn’t rehearsing for a theatrical production, she was sitting at the upright piano practicing Gershwin, Queen or Prince. Before the age of sixteen, Sales had toured the UK as a backup vocalist for a Hindu Saint from India, interviewed the Dalai Lama, performed at the WWII Ace Pilots convention at the Pentagon and lied about her age to land the lead role in a university production of Romeo and Juliet for Oxford scholars. At sixteen, Sales graduated with honors from a private performing arts school (NWA) and reluctantly followed her parents to an organic blueberry farm on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 

Sales dove into the recording studio and by the age of seventeen produced her first demo album, ‘First Flight.’ Following its completion, Sales moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music and acting career, raising the money by shoveling sawdust onto 670 blueberry bushes. After a series of close encounters with success, an eating stole Sales’ voice, forcing her to move back to the blueberry farm.  One year later, with her vocal cords still on the mend, she returned to the studio and completed a fifteen-song debut album, ‘Drifter,’ a record that ultimately led to her first major label deal.  While on tour, Sales caught the attention of Universal Canada Music and signed with them, making two Top 40 LPs (‘Sunseed’, ‘When the Bird Became A Book’).

When it came to her third record, Sales wanted to re-introduce her boldly passionate, piano-based songs, but Island/Def Jam disagreed. She decided to go independent and produce her next record. After working on it for four years, Sales signed with Verve Music Group. Unfortunately, a week after she finished and delivered the masters, her label experienced an untimely turnover. The ironically named ‘Misadventures’ was never released, and years later remains entangled in label politics. 

After a rather luxurious bout of legal bills and a healthy helping of heartache, Sales got back to work, spending every hour of the day recording, producing and editing her latest studio album; a compilation of twenty new and original tunes called ‘Ricochet.’ ‘Ricochet’ is a fleet of songs that carried Sales through the storm; a body of work that resonates with resilience, vulnerability and romance. “When you throw a ricochet, it comes back and sometimes it come back with more power,” she says. “After decades of being told to find my voice, to change this or that about myself, I finally realized that I didn’t have to change anything,” she says. If you need the inspiration to never surrender, ‘Ricochet’ is the record to do it, one crafted out of the ashes of setbacks. It is a masterful record because of that adversity. “Music has kept me alive,” she says.

Sharon Stone’s “The Beauty of Living Twice” is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice and speak out. The book will be released by Knopf on March 30, 2021. 

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Helen Reddy- the ‘I Am Woman’ singer recently died at 78

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On the 29th of September, Helen Reddy, the ‘I Am Woman’ singer and feminist icon, died at the age of 78. The Australian-American singer, songwriter, and activist was one of the best selling artists of the early 1970s. Her 1972 hit ‘I Am Woman’ peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1972, instantly making her a household name. It also earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Performance. Her acceptance speech was short and crisp.  “I would like to thank God, because she makes everything possible”, a statement reminiscent of who she was as an individual and an artist. In other words, she flipped the narrative and thanked a female power for her achievements.

The early 1970s, achieving pop stardom and a feminist approach

Helen Reddy was born in a family of vaudevillians and was destined for the stage. Success, however, was slow to come. Her early years in the States were spent performing to small crowds and living on tight resources. In 1968, she signed with Fontana Records and her single “One Way Ticket” made a chart appearance. Reddy’s success reached its peak in the early 70s due to a series of hits. Her songs ‘I Am Woman’ and ‘Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady’ earned her Grammy nominations as well. Reddy’s other hits include ‘Angie Baby’, ‘Delta Dawn’ and ‘Leave me alone’, two of which peaked at 1 on Billboard charts.  ‘Candle on the Water’, her song from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, also earned her an Academy Award nomination. 

While she has an array of chart-toppers in her repertoire, she is most known for ‘I am Woman’. She co-wrote the track and named the women’s movement and second-wave feminism as inspirations for the same. While the initial response to the release was lukewarm, it picked up momentum in a few months. It then re-entered the charts and gained the reputation of being the feminist anthem of the 70s. “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.”– the track reminds the listener, time and time again. At the time, the song was considered to be outlandish by many due to its straightforward and feminist lyrics. The women’s liberation movement adopted the track as an anthem and she became a feminist icon to the public.

Television, memoir, and recent biopic

Reddy was a frequent guest on many talk shows and occasionally hosted the late-night show “The Midnight Special”. She also hosted “The Helen Reddy Show” on NBC from 1975-76. She even received a Golden Globe nomination for her part in the movie “Airport 1975”. The ’80s saw her take up a career in theatre. Ultimately, she announced her retirement in 2002. A few years later, her memoir, “The Woman I Am” was published in 2006, in which she wrote about the ins and outs of a career in showbiz and her belief in psychic phenomena and rebirth. 

In 2019, a biopic named “I Am Woman” on Reddy’s life was released. It had its world premiere in September 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film followed Reddy’s life and rise to stardom in the early 70s and was specially screened for her and her family.

A year later, the world came to know that Helen Reddy, the renowned “I Am A Woman” singer had died at the age of 78. Her children announced that she had passed away via a Facebook message and stated that she was “a truly formidable woman” whose “voice will live on forever”.

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An Interview with Classically Trained Cellist Turned Pop Artist HILDUR

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Classically trained cellist turned pop artist, HILDUR, an Icelandic artist with a ton of talent recently released her single, “1993.” Realizing that she was finally was living out her dream from when she was just a kid, the song takes us through her journey so far and her personal life. HILDUR is a natural when it comes to songwriting and has spent years honing in on her craft, even teaching workshops to other songwriters along the way. With new music coming out in the near future and traveling coming up, we can expect a lot of great things from HILDUR.

 

Cliché: Your latest single, “1993,” was inspired by your realization that you were living out the dreams that you had when you were five years old. What else can you tell me about that song?

HILDUR: This song feels like a fast autobiography, from when I was 5 until today, about the journey from having a dream and my way towards that life. It was not an easy road, so the song talks about the fallbacks and self doubt on the way. I would say it’s one of my most personal songs and the lyrics actually have a bunch of hints about my life. You can find my birthday spelled out there, the sport I used to train is mentioned and then some of my biggest insecurities. But I feel like it’s a very hopeful song too.

 

You started out as a classical cellist, what got you into the singing and songwriting side of things?

I feel like expression and creating something new has always been a part of me.  Whether it was drawing, writing stories, crafts or melodies – it all started at a very early age. My dream to stand on stage and write my own songs, always felt just an inevitable part of it. I remember creating melodies since I was playing the cello but the first actual song I remember writing was from when I was 15 year old and I had taught myself how to play guitar. I have always had fascination for lyrics and stories and I guess I just had the urge to try it out from my point of view.

 

How does your songwriting process work, you’ve said that you are “fascinated” with what makes a melody catchy, is that usually where you start with your songs?

Most of the time it starts with a melodic idea or a concept or a word. But I’ve realized that often the best ideas come when you’re not trying. So when ideas hit when I’m outside walking or washing the dishes or being somewhere in a completely different place, I always record a voice memo and many songs have started from there.

 

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?

I love Nao, Emelie Nicolas, Seinabo Sey, Kehlani, Highasakite, Broods – and the list goes on!

 

You’ve talked about taking the time to really find the sound that you wanted your music to have and not rushing the process. What is it about the style of music that you chose that you feel allows you to express yourself more than any other style would?

This is a tough one, as I feel like you’re always evolving as a human being and thus as an artist too. I always try to write music in the mood I feel like at the time. The good thing though about being a songwriter that writes for others too is that you can use those moments, too.

 

I see that you’ve taught some songwriting workshops. What advice do you give to people learning how to write or honing in on their craft?

Most important thing is that creativity is a muscle that you need to train. Don’t expect your first song to be great. Even though you’ve been playing an instrument for a long time – songwriting is a different craft and needs repetition. Write the bad songs too, get them out of your system and you learn something about yourself or songwriting new every time you write a song. Write with others and absorb, quickest way of learning is from other great writers.

 

What are you looking forward to in the near future and what can listeners expect?

I’ve got a bunch of traveling coming up; London, Sierra Leone and Chicago, I love how music takes me places. Listeners can stay tuned for more songs coming very soon, and I would say you’re in for a treat!

 

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An Interview with Classically Trained Cellist Turned Pop Artist HILDUR: Featured Image Credit: Vaka Njáls

Multi-Platinum Songwriter Melanie Fontana Dives into BTS’ Single “Euphoria” and Advocates for LGBTQ+ Equality

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Her latest work, the BTS song “Euphoria” which she co-wrote, was the lead track on the group’s album Love Yourself: Answer, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Some other notable artists that Melanie has written for are Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, and Aaron Carter. Hear this, Melanie also has a new taste of music – R&B/Hip-Hop. We chatted with her about the creative process working on “Euphoria” and the significance behind her involvement with the LGBTQ+ community.

Cliché: How did you first get involved with songwriting? What drew you to wanting to do it as a career?

Melanie Fontana: I have been writing songs since I was 5 years old. I got involved with songwriting professionally when I came out to Los Angeles to work with a producer. He later signed me to a deal. He told me that I should focus on losing weight and looking hot and to not worry about songwriting. Obviously, that blew up in my face because that is a horrible way to be talked to. While I was working alongside the producer, it paved the way for me to get into songwriting sessions with bigger artists.

I have always known I wanted to do music and kind of got into music where I fit in. I saw a few of my friends doing well writing their own songs for other artists and I thought,‘“I could do totally do that and that’s how I ended up writing songs.’”

What was the creative process like when working on “Euphoria”? What was the most challenging part for you when working on the song?

“Euphoria” was a cool process. Originally the song we were writing we weren’t sure who it was for. We knew we were writing a great male pop song. So one day I went into the studio to finish off an idea for a track that had already been started by one of the others producers of the song. He called me and said, “I really think you can finish this and I have a few ideas but I am not sure if they are good.” I then went into the studio again and we worked on it. After we wrote the song, a few months went by and I didn’t know what happened to it. As it turns out, he had been pitching the song on his end and he called to tell me that he has a BTS’ single coming out in a week. I was like, “OMG, are you kidding me?” It was one of those songs that I had a good feeling about but I wasn’t exactly sure who it was meant for when we were writing it. The process was just trying to get the biggest and most epic chorus possible that can be sung worldwide.

Can you describe your relationship and interactions with BTS while you were working on the song?

A lot of times the artists don’t work on the songs in the beginning. You are very lucky if you get to work with the artists. I did not get to work directly with BTS.

What did you think when you heard the finished version of “Euphoria”?

Once I heard the finished version of “Euphoria” I was speechless because it sounded so incredible and it was such a new interpretation of the song for me. I feel like K-pop is the new Hip-hop. K-pop is coming and it’s going to take over the charts. I especially felt a sense of awe and pride when I saw BTS performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What’s the message of the song and what do you hope listeners take away when listening to the song?

My intention of the song was to be a melody that all people can sing along with whether or not you speak English or Korean. I wanted it to be a come together type of moment and I felt like I achieved that. My co-writer and I did a great job of getting it to be a sing-along.

What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?

One of the most memorable moments in my career was seeing the music video of “Euphoria” for the first time. Recently, I wrote this Christmas song called Ugly Christmas Sweater for an artist named Wengie and we ended up trending at No. 1 on YouTube for a couple of days.  As an artist, I never expect my work to blow up. I am always like, “Let’s see what happens now.” So when my Christmas song went No. 1 on YouTube, I was like, “Oh, shit.”

What advice would you give people who are looking to pursue songwriting?

I would tell people, “Do not say no.” For instance, people should perform at the open mic even if they don’t want to. If you say yes more times than no then you will get results.

Are there any genres you’d like to try and write for that you haven’t yet?

I would like to do some R&B/Hip-Hop. I would love to work with Ty Dolla $ign, Post Malone and Travis Scott. I know that they write their own rap but when it comes to the hooks of the song there tends to be a songwriter so I would like to take a stab at doing that.

You are actively involved in the LGBTQ+ community. Why was it important for you to get involved with this organization?

It is a human right to be able to love. I don’t think a Bible or old laws should determine your right to choose who you should love. It’s important to use your platform to preach about the things that you believe in and I used my platform to spread positivity and acceptance.

Are there any future projects that you are working on or will be working on?

In the near future, I have a song coming out with DJ Topic who is an incredible EDM artist. I have music coming out with artist Hyolyn who is an incredible singer. I also have a lot more songs coming out with Wengie.

    

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Multi-Platinum Songwriter Melanie Fontana Dives into BTS’ Single “Euphoria” and Advocates for LGBTQ+ Equality. Image Credits: Melanie Fontana

CAPPA Talks About Her New Music, Recent Move, and More

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With her music featured in multiple television shows and advertisements, songwriter, CAPPA, has been making her mark in the music industry. Writing upbeat pop songs that you can dance to as well as appreciate the lyrics, her music brings something fresh to the pop scene. CAPPA answered some questions for Cliché about her recent move, her songwriting process, new music, and more. She also has her new single, “Sux,” debuting today.

 

Cliché: You had a relatively recent move from Nashville to Los Angeles. How has that been so far? Would you say the music scenes are similar or very different in the two cities?

It’s been amazing, actually! I’m really happy about the move. I was very skeptical moving because I had heard the music scene in LA was a lot more cut throat, but I love it. Everyone’s been awesome and I feel much more inspired here than I have in a while.

Nashville has a cool pop scene coming about. It’s just a totally different vibe all around. It’s much smaller than LA’s scene which is much more fast paced.

 

I’ve read that your song, “Waste My time,” released back in 2017, was the first single you had released after over a year of not feeling very musically inspired. Can you talk about how you came back from that? What was it that got you feeling inspired again and wanting to release new music?

I wasn’t sure what style I wanted to do for a little bit. I was uninspired by a lot of pop music at the time and tried some other styles but they felt contrived. “Waste My Time” was the first song that I did that I felt like was cool and different than a lot of what I was hearing. I always want to release new music, so sometimes there is just a lot of pressure to get a good song right away- sometimes it takes a little while to get the right song.

 

Can you describe your songwriting process? How does it all come together for you?

I typically either start a basic idea on piano or start with a producer in a room, just depending on the song and what I am going for. Every time is a little bit different but it typically always starts with melody because that is my favorite part. Once I have melodies I like, the rest comes pretty naturally.

 

What is your favorite song to perform live at the moment? Why?

I like performing my most recent single “Tension” just because it is so fun and people seem to really respond to it when I am playing it, so that always makes it 10x better.

I’ve come across a few of your covers, and they all have your distinct style on them. I think it’s great the way you make the songs your own while respecting the original. What’s your favorite cover that you’ve done so far? What is it about the songs that you’ve covered that made you want to record them?

Thank you! I really like the “No Scrubs” cover just because it was and is one of my all time favorite songs. It’s just a good jam; I grew up singing it. I was just really surprised people liked it at the time. I thought it was a little bit cheesy but was just doing it because I loved the song so much.

 

Your songs have been synched in ads for huge companies such as Victoria’s Secret, Bumble, and Under Armor, and films/television shows like Netflix’s, “Set it Up,” and Freeform’s, “The Bold Type”. How would you say that type of exposure has helped in growing your fan base?

It’s been so awesome. One of my dreams has always been to hear my songs on tv and be caught off guard that it was me. I was napping on a friends couch the other week and heard my song in a commercial and I woke up out of a dead sleep and was like “THAT’S MY SONG.” It’s a great feeling.

 

You’re new single, “Sux,” coming out November 30th, is such a fun and catchy song with lyrics about something not exactly fun. It’s such a great contrast! What was your inspiration behind it?

Yeah, it’s definitely not the happiest topic. The song was about a recent relationship of mine where I got broken up with my over the phone about a month or two into moving to LA. It was really nice to write honest lyrics about the situation and gave me an outlet to put some of it behind me. Even though it’s about a break up, I wanted it to feel more badass and not sound like it was coming from a weak place but more of an empowering stance.

 

What else can listeners expect from you in the near future?

There will be a remix of “Sux,” then a few more singles and an EP in the near future 🙂

 

 

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CAPPA Talks About Her New Music, Recent Move, and More: Featured image credit: Lexie Alley 

Olivia O’Brien Opens Up About Her Hit Singles, Confidence, and More

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You may recall almost all Top 40 radio stations blasting “i hate u, i love u” earlier this year. Artist gnash may have been the one who pushed it out, but did you know that Olivia O’Brien co-wrote it along with singing the hook? Keep reading before you deep dive on a Google hunt. Seventeen-year-old O’Brien is widely known for singing one of the most catchy hooks of 2017, but she has more to offer you, including her own song, “RIP.” Blast this song everywhere when you need to say deuces to the friend that did you dirty because, well, that’s what “RIP” is all about. We got a chance to chat with the artist on the rise and it doesn’t take long to see how down to earth O’Brien really is.

 

Cliché: How did you decide that pursuing a career in music was the way to go?
Olivia O’Brien: After that song became a hit, I realized it was something I was meant to be doing. I didn’t think it would ever be more than a hobby until after “i hate u i love u” got big, though.

When did you realize “i hate u, i love u” was a hit? What thoughts were running through your mind when you realized it was increasing in radio plays and in the charts?
It happened kind of slowly…meaning it didn’t peak in radio ‘til over a year after its release. I feel like every week some new milestone would be passed (whether it was hitting a million plays on SoundCloud or Kylie Jenner playing it on Snapchat) and it was always a surprise to me.

What is your process when it comes to writing songs? What was the very first song you ever wrote?
I don’t really have a process. I tend to just do or say whatever I feel at that time. I’ve been writing songs since I could speak, but the first song I ever released was “i hate u, i love u.”

Being a bit new to the music industry, what have you learned throughout your whole experience that ended up being a great lesson?
I learned that people will do literally anything for fame and that many people do not care about the art/artistry; they care more about making hit songs with no real meaning. That made me even more motivated to stay true to myself and always be authentic in what I create.

What type of music do you hope to create for the future? What do you want your fans to take away after they listen to your music?
I want to make music that I would listen to even if someone else made it, music that I like regardless of anything else or anyone else’s opinion. I want to stay true to myself for as long as I’m in this.

I am absolutely obsessed with your confidence. It’s something I know I and so many others strive for. How did you gain your confidence? How do you steer away from the haters who try to bring you down?
I am actually one of the most insecure people on the planet, but I’m definitely better than I was in high school…I’m very thankful to now have so many people hyping me up every day and reminding me that I am talented. I still have a lot of moments where I doubt myself or compare myself to others who are so different than me, but when that happens, I try to forget about it all for a second and remind myself of my accomplishments and what I am capable of.

I want to make music that I would listen to even if someone else made it, music that I like regardless of anything else or anyone else’s opinion.

I’m also all about your group of friends and how you lift one another up. It’s so hard to find that. How did you all meet and how do you all remain so levelheaded?
Maddi was one of the very first people I met in LA and she is still my best friend and roommate. She introduced me to my other roommate/best friend, Drew, and from there I guess I kinda just got introduced to everyone and ended up with some amazing friends. I got lucky because a lot of people here seem to hop from friend group to friend group, but it’s so necessary to have stable friends who you can always trust and depend on for anything. I feel very lucky to have found that.

I absolutely LOVE your song “RIP”! How did the song/lyrics come about for you? Was it something that was on your mind for a while or an incident happened where you knew you had to write a song asap?
I wrote it in January of this year but the situation that inspired it—and inspired many of my unreleased songs—happened way back in September 2016. Basically, I had a crush on this guy who became one of my closest friends for a year and then he started hanging out with this girl who didn’t like me and he started changing. He became a completely different person, all because he was hanging out with people who he used to talk shit about and say he would never be like. It’s crazy how people will flip 180 when someone with followers/fame wants to be their friend.

What was your thought process while conceptualizing the video? What was the symbolism of everything you touched/wore being white, if any?
I just wanted it to be a little bit shocking. I wore white because who wears white to a funeral, right? Wearing black to a funeral is a sign of respect…but I don’t respect this boy and I wanted that to be clear.

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Olivia O’Brien Opens Up About Her Hit Singles, Confidence, and More: Photographed by Nesrin Danan

Positive Vibes with Singer/Songwriter Sabryna

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There are a few moments in our lives where we take a step out of our comfort zone, smooth the wrinkles off a decent outfit, and pray our nervousness reads minimum, all for the sake of saying a simple hello to someone new. For artist Sabryna, she’s taking the full plunge and going straight ahead with her intentions, but in a different way: lending her voice through music. Her single “Try It” is the latest release by the New Zealand artist, who is ready to lay everything out on the table for her fans and listeners.

 

Since calling Los Angeles home, Sabryna is no stranger to different places, people, and experiences. She says having an open mind and an open ear is the key to why her music is bringing everyone together. “I think the beauty of travel is learning that even though we might live in different countries with different cultures, at the core, we are all the same,” she said.

Just Like You

How relatable an artist is, especially in today’s music scene, determines who stays on the playlist and is worthy of being a place of comfort or support. “We all want the same things and feel the same things,” Sabryna said. “To me, that’s super inspiring. I want to write songs that are internationally relatable.”

New Learning Environment

In today’s environment, if you’re using your college experience while seeking your true passions, it’s truly an accomplishment. Having attended Berklee College of Music, Sabryna welcomed all with open arms. “Berklee exposed me to so many different styles of music,” she explained. “I learned a lot at Berklee, but more so from my peers than in the actual classroom.”

What’s a more perfect music lesson than a jam session? Sabryna said, “I remember playing and jamming out with my friends after class and trying to absorb everyone’s different style and creativity.”

That was the moment that changed my life and I haven’t looked back.

Following the music is something Sabryna is used to, even if she needed a little push during her guitar lessons at age 8. “One day in class, I was singing along to my guitar and my teacher heard me and told my mom I needed to really pursue singing because I had a special gift,” she explained. “That was the moment that changed my life and I haven’t looked back.”

Flash forward to 2017 and Sabryna is working with artists such as Candice Pillay, Dem Jointz, and Hannibal Hector and uses their experiences to guide her and develop the artist she wants and believes herself to be.

“Candice is a super talented songwriter,” she told us. “She taught me a lot during my first year in L.A., and I definitely look up to her.”

When asked about the others, she continued, “Dem Jointz is dope. He is a one-man band and helped orchestrate my session with Usher, which will go down as one of the most memorable sessions in my life. I will always be thankful for that. HNNBL is my brother. We recorded my entire upcoming EP together and I loved every minute of it. I’m grateful to him for helping me develop my sound.”

Try This, Hear Her

With “Try It” featuring Josh Pearl, Sabryna releases this song as a way to reveal herself to her fans. “It’s like our first date,” she explained. “We’re both getting to know each other, testing the waters, and it’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”

Artists wouldn’t be anything without their fans, and Sabryna continues to emphasize the importance of her connection to them. She hopes that with each release, it’s something both fans and herself can be proud of. “I hope my fans can get to know me better as I continue to put out more music this year,” she said. “We can grow together, but most importantly, have FUN together!”

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Positive Vibes with Singer/Songwriter Sabryna: Photographed by Shawn Artero

Artists You Should Know

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Artists come in many different forms: singers, dancers, painters, writers, etc., but as wide as this category expands, everyone gets caught up with the Beyoncés, Drakes, Rihannas, and Justin Biebers of the world. It’s time to listen up and shed some light on the creative and talented minds who are cast in the shadows of mainstream artists.

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Lil Dicky
If you don’t know him now, I bet you’ll never forget his name. Rapper and comedian David Burb, better known by his stage name Lil Dicky, got into rapping in hopes to boost his comedic career, but inadvertently fell in love with the art. With one mixtape under his belt,
So Hard, and the debut of his first album released in 2015, Professional Rapper, Lil Dicky came to fame in 2013 when his music video “Ex-Boyfriend” went viral on social media. Growing up in the middle class of the suburbs, Lil Dicky is not your typical rapper as he explains in his song “Professional Rapper” ft. Snoop Dogg, “I wanna do this whole thing different…Traditionally people have been doing the job the same kind of way for a long time…You don’t know if it could be working even better and I think you should look at me as an opportunity to find that out.” From his unpredictable rhythmic flow, storytelling/freestyle skills, and witty punchlines, “…ain’t nobody fucking with Lil Dicky.”
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Sonna Rele
Discovered and signed to Motown Records by Ne-Yo, Sonna Rele is a London-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist creating a name for herself in the U.S. market. Taking social media by storm with her “Music Mondays” on YouTube and sharing them to Facebook and Instagram, the bombshell does her own rendition of songs that her fans request, and viewers are blown away every single time. Whether a capella, with background music, or playing the song on piano or guitar herself, her soulful voice exudes power and undeniable range. She is truly a musical artist.

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Magali Beauvue (MakeupMag)
Magali Beauvue may not be a singer or a rapper, but she’s definitely an artist—a makeup artist, that is. Under the name MakeupMag, she takes contouring and highlighting to a whole new level as she transforms herself (and sometimes her daughters) into various singers, rappers, actors, and familiar notables—like President Obama. Sharing the full step-by-step transformations on YouTube, MakeupMag also shares her final product on social media for her fans to guess who she transformed herself into that day, and 9 times out of 10, it’s pretty easy to figure out. She’s giving a whole new meaning to dopplegänger.

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Devvon Terrell: The Living Weirdo
Have you ever listened to a song and thought you can make your own version of it? Well, that’s exactly what Devvon Terrell does. The singer and social media sensation, who also goes by The Living Weirdo, will take your favorite song (no matter the genre), switch up the lyrics, change up the beat, and create
something out of this world with his R&B vocals. I bet you’ll love his song more than the original.
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r.h.Sin
They say actions speak louder than words, but that just means you haven’t read the words of r.h. Sin (Reuben Holmes). The NYC author is producing content that relates to any life situation you could be going through. Need to read something uplifting? Need motivation? Need to get over a breakup? r.h. Sin has you covered. Tapping into emotions you didn’t know you had and making you feel things you didn’t want, but need, to feel, r.h. Sin has this way of bringing out the vulnerable side in his readers that keep them coming back for more. As a writer myself, having someone feel touched by your words is the biggest compliment and an accomplishment in itself. I guess that’s why he has two best sellers:
Whiskey Words & A Shovel – Volumes I & II.
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Colette Carr on Songwriting and Her New Album

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An undeniable force of energy surges through anyone who listens to  Colette Carr’s music. Signed to Interscope for 5 years before making the executive decision to do it on her own, Carr took the immense amount of freedom blown her way to delve into a brighter and more vibrant sound that she showcases in her second studio album, Believe in Us. Starting out with the dream of playing tennis competitively, Carr’s journey teaches us all that nothing in life is guaranteed. However, Carr shows us that rather than lying in blankets of defeat, if we choose to look around us, we may just find greater opportunities that we didn’t quite see before. 
Cliché: You were first discovered by Nick Cannon after your self-produced video for “Back it Up” went to #1 at mtvU. What inspired you to create that video?
Colette Carr: I made that video as a hobby project and I sort of just threw myself into it. It was a time in my life where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I knew I had recorded some songs with The Cataracs and I thought that it would be a great idea to make a tribute video to my uncle, who had just passed away. He was schizophrenic and the psych ward was a reflection of the stories he would tell me from his imagination. It was really inspired by my Uncle Robin, so I made that video as a personal project.
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Though you were heading towards playing tennis competitively, you were in a car accident that left you with a back injury, making you unable to play. After working so hard on that dream, it’s inspiring that you got back up and created such a successful new one. What was the transition process like?
It was like closing one door and opening another one with it. I think it is pretty inspiring for people that are feeling down when the doors around them are closing. You know, you can just rewire your energy and something amazing can happen.  When my doctor said I couldn’t play tennis anymore because I could become paralyzed if I wore down the cartilage in between vertebrae, I started taking improv classes, freestyling at parties, and socializing more—things I never had time for before in my pursuit to become a professional tennis player. That led me to the Game concert where I jumped on stage and freestyled, and from there, I met The Cataracs and recorded songs with them. Then I finished up my video and Nick [Cannon] really liked it, and so did Jimmy Iovine. Before I knew it, I was signed to Interscope.
You spent 5 years signed to Interscope Records until deciding that you wanted to continue on your own. How do you manage the massive workload that needs to get done?
I surround myself with a lot of really amazing people that help me a lot—people that I trust and are very good at what they do—so I definitely can’t take credit for being able to handle all of this because I have a lot of people helping me. But, I use my iPhone to the best of its ability, and honestly, I don’t know if I could be doing any of this without a smartphone!  
How has doing it on your own affected the type of music you create? Do you find that you have a lot more freedom now to experiment with your style?
It’s funny, I was watching Project Runway the other day, and for the first time all season, they had a challenge where they didn’t have any restrictions. They didn’t have to make the dress out of junkyard material or straws, and one of the girls on the show said that she was actually more overwhelmed than ever because there were no boundaries. She was more confused than ever, and that’s exactly how I felt. I was like, “I don’t have other restrictions or other people’s opinions. I can do anything I want. Where do I start?” It was intense. I was so confused, so Frankmusik and I really experimented and played around with different sounds until we found one that felt right. Then we just kept building from there and I kind of turned off that voice inside of me that would prejudge the work before it even happened. That’s when the songs just started rolling out of me.  
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You recently shot a video for your latest single “Play House” with music video director Shane Drake, who has worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Timbaland, and Paramore, among many others. How has this video differed from what you have done before?
Shane’s energy is so exact. It’s like red-hot, burning passion. It’s so much fun to work with him. He has you at the edge of your seat and everything happens according to plan. He’s so organized and his team is so seasoned and so incredible. It was such an amazing experience for me. We got things done on time, it was harmonious, and I think the biggest difference between this video and videos I’ve done in the past is the connection Shane and I had while I was in front of the camera. It was almost like I could read his mind and what he wanted me to do and the looks he wanted and the movement he wanted. We clicked instantly and it stayed that way the entire video. It was really cool to see him so emotional about this project because he’s worked with such incredible artists and worked on a lot of really amazing songs, but he really felt passionate about my song and my project, and that meant a lot to me.
Like your previous albums, Believe in Us is being split into EPs, with the full album being released as a whole last. What does this process allow you to do that releasing the full album, without the EPs, doesn’t?
EPs are like moments. So it’s like you keep getting episodes, and when you release an album, it’s like your whole movie. That’s how I look at it. So Static.Start to me was a moment; it was a thought. It has an energy about it completely different from “Play House” in the sense that it’s more negative. I mean, I was going through a breakup when I wrote that one, and then I found love when I wrote “Play House.” So it’s different in that sense, but it’s consistent in sound and in my new voice, and then when you hear all of them on the album together, I think you’ll be able to see what I was going through in the time that I recorded the entire album.
So would you say that the songs in each EP carry a similar theme?
I think that I was writing them all around the same time, so I had similar thoughts and similar problems that excited me going into each and every song. I don’t think that people should record a song, wait a year, and then record another song because it’s never going to sound like one cohesive work of art.
How long does it take for you to get the whole album done in comparison to each EP?
We locked ourselves in the studio for six months and got it done. I went on one tour for iHeartRadio in-between the process and I performed the brand new songs live, and that really helped me understand what was working and what wasn’t. When I got back in the studio, that’s when we really kicked it into high gear.
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Do you ever have the problem of wanting a song on an EP that doesn’t exactly fit it sonically?
There’s a lot that goes into picking the songs for EPs. It’s a very strange process and wouldn’t make sense if I tried to explain it. It’s like the songs have to be friends. They have to get along with each other and fit each other in a certain way; I can’t put conflicting songs on an EP. I don’t know, but it’s a weird, weird, weird process, and ultimately I decide it because no one else can make sense of what I’m thinking. I just have to really figure out what I’m going to put on this next EP, and it’s probably going to be a very strange process of me listening to them all, over and over again, and deciding which ones are sisters and which ones are best friends and which ones are enemies.  
Do you have a specific goal or dream that you would like to achieve next?
I want to blow “Play House” up.
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Adele 25 Album Review

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After the release of “Hello,” which was fully expected to become the hit single that it is, the 27-year-old artist, Adele, released her third album, 25, on November 20. Referring to her previous album, 21, as a “break-up album,” Adele identifies this one as a “make-up album.” The widely known track “Hello” embraces acts of reminiscence, pains of regret, and the longing to get back what is lost. Though these are the overarching themes of the entire album, there are many notes that indicate conflicting thoughts that we are all able to relate to.
Whilst her album holds space for many heart-wrenching ballads and soulful melodies, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” carries a more upbeat tempo that flares of sass. Not exactly as vibrant as an Olly Murs tune or as vengeful as a few of Taylor Swift’s tracks can be, but this lies somewhere in the middle. Co-written by Max Martin, this song takes the mask of acceptance, but the vocals suggest otherwise. Lines including “I’ve forgiven it all” shadow others that are perhaps a little more bittersweet, such as “I was too strong, you were trembling / You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising” – which is almost a poetic way of saying “You can’t handle a real woman,” to which we all cheer: “You go girlfriend!”
“When We Were Young” is a track in which Adele captures stillness with lyrics including “Let me photograph you in this light / In case it is the last time / That we might be exactly like we were.” It is reminiscent and fearful on the early stages of love. Perhaps it can even be seen as a cautionary tale to those who live for the beginnings. The power of this song is in its maturity when all it longs for is child’s play.
“Remedy” and “Water Under the Bridge” rest in convincing acts of validation – things that Adele may have thought to herself or said to others in hopes of persuading the worth of this love. “River Lea,” my personal favorite on the album, talks more about the consumption of pain as a toxin in the water that every part of her has become swallowed in. The River Lea refers to a river that is an hour drive from Adele’s hometown, one that she has constructed as magical and mood-altering – a figure of love.

25 is an album which embarks various notes that contrast from one another and yet remains sonically cohesive as a whole. Though the messages of each track may vary in accordance to the emotional place in which Adele was in the moment it was written, the overarching themes are constant and flow well across one another. There is no disappointment when it comes to Adele’s music and this album is simply physical proof of that very fact.
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Alessia Cara Know-It-All Album Review

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Breaking herself, as well as others, free of conventional expectations, Alessia Cara created a world in which the coolest thing you can do is be uncool. After the release of her EP, Four Pink Walls, “Here” was the track that gave Cara a rise in fame. Funnily enough, her EP that was built upon her stance as an outsider made her the ultimate insider. Now, building off of Four Pink Walls, Cara released her debut album, Know-It-All, on November 13, signifying in a recent interview that the goal was to “make an album that was cohesive, whether that was sonically or conceptually.” Overall, Cara wanted her album to tell a story of youth, and that is exactly what Know-It-All does.
Know-It-All was named to diminish the notion of acting like we carry all the knowledge life holds, and with that Cara sprinkles her tracks with stories rather than messages. “Wild Things” takes a rebellious rhythm, and, similar to “Here,” it outlines her carefree attitude with lines including, “But you and I, we’re pioneers / we make our own rules / Our own room, no bias here.” Though Cara flourishes with her cool, “uncool” attitude, her other songs dabble in her resistance to conventionality, where she allows herself to have small doses of it.
“I’m Yours” rests in vulnerability, suggesting that perhaps Cara’s “freeing” attitude created barriers for her life, as well as a comfortable path she refused to step out of. Lines including, “Oh, how rude of you to ruin my miserable,” showcase Cara’s unease with a shift in mindset that she felt accustomed to. “I’m Yours” is approached with more of a pop-like tempo, telling the story of potential love emerging at the wrong time. With this, Cara altered her vision of freedom. “But I tore down my walls /And opened my doors,” shines light to the idea that perhaps pure resistance isn’t exactly the ideal version of freedom. Perhaps freedom is allowing vulnerability to seep through the cracks of your path with open arms.
“Stars,” one of my favorite tracks on the album, is, as Cara describes it, “a stripped down piano ballad.” The beauty of this song is in the simplicity. With “I’m Yours,” Cara was stepping into the idea of love and, with this song, Cara has broken down those walls, allowing you to feel the openness, vulnerability, emotion, and risk through her vocals.

Though Cara is only 19 years old, her songs take on a mature approach that carry a message of hope for the generation of youths. Her honest vocals speak for a story that we are all able to relate to and though Cara may not know it all (I mean, who really does?), she definitely knows a whole lot more than she may think.
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