Posted On 20 Jul 2016
Sabrina is an emerging artist who at just 19 years old has power house vocals dripping with soul and emotion. If you’ve been waiting for an Adele and Avicii collaboration, Sabrina’s ﬁrst single, ‘I’m All In,’ is for you. Her lustrous voice backed by an energetic and addictive dance music inspired track is sure to be this summers theme song.
A classically trained mezzo-soprano inﬂuenced by early pop and the grittiness of classic rock, Sabrina has taken full control of her voice to create her unique sound. A show-woman at heart and a truly dynamic performer, you’re guaranteed a musical sucker punch to the gut if you’re able to catch this 5’3″ ﬁre cracker on stage.
When asked what drove Sabrina to drop everything and move to New York to pursue music, she talks about her love of performing that comes second only to her desire to be a positive role model. Aiming for charm over sex appeal, and honesty over an artist persona, Sabrina is the gorgeous, down to earth girl we all want to just hang out with. She paved her way onto the music scene starting with nothing but Internet research to guide her. Now, working with Joe Vulpis (Lady Gaga), Sabrina is on her way to becoming pop sensation.
With her ﬁrst EP just completed, Sabrina has more songs on the way showing off her ridiculous range and huge sound. Her ‘no holds barred’ attitude is taking her on the road whenever she’s not in the studio. Performing at small venues to get up and close and personal with fans, Sabrina is bringing a new level of intimacy to the pop music genre.
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Learn more about Sabrina in the following All Access interview with her:
Thanks for your time! How’s 2016 treating you so far? How’s your summer been going? What were some of the highlights of 2015 for you?
First off, I want to thank you for this opportunity and all the support that All Access has been giving me.
2016 is going pretty great so far, I would have never imagined being where I am with my music at this point in time so I am just overall very excited to see what else 2016 has in store for me. My summer has been great, it was kicked off with the release of my first single, “I’m All In.” I was able to do a show for my hometown just prior to the release and to see all the support from people that I have known for so long was such a humbling experience. I was very happy to be able to share my single with them before it was released.
Highlights of 2015:
- Deciding to move to New York
- Moving to New York
- Writing original music with Joe Vulpis
- Meeting and working with Adrian Melendez
- Seeing my brother graduate HS and go to a top 10 school for soccer.
- Being in NC for Thanksgiving, which my family hosts every year. We have around 50 people stay with us and travel to us from all over, and it’s always the most insane and best week of the year.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Do you remember your first musical memory?
I have always wanted to be a singer, to the point where I never even thought of a backup plan, it was the only thing I ever saw for my life. And I do have a first musical memory that I can remember:
My family was living in Bay Shore Long Island at this time, and I was around 6 years old. All the neighborhood kids were all chasing each other around in the middle of the yard, and they kept yelling for me to come play. When I was younger I was a definite tom-boy, so the fact that I wasn’t playing was odd. That day, for some reason I went over to the very corner of our yard and climbed all the way to the roof of the swing set, and I just turned away from everyone. We lived on the bay, so from up there, with the wind blowing you couldn’t hear anyone but yourself, and I just sat and sang until my mom made me come in to eat. I was so content, just me and singing.
I’m curious to know what it was like dropping everything and moving to New York to pursue your music career?
I get asked this question often, and I think it’s because people think that it must be such a scary thing. To my parents, I think that was true, but to me, I was nothing but excited. I think there is a rush that comes with forgetting everything you’ve ever been told and deciding that you can have everything you want, and you are going to go and get it. The “jumping” part isn’t hard, it’s the consistent action and hard work that follows.
I understand that you are a classically trained mezzo-soprano. How do you think you try to incorporate that into your own music today?
I was classically trained for many, many years and I think the biggest thing that comes with classical training, is proper technique and longevity. It’s like ballet for dancers, it’s the base of proper singing. I think incorporating my training brings unique control and a raw sound to my music, which will separate me from others.
What’s it been like working with Joe Vulpis on your music? Were you intimidated at all knowing that he worked with Lady Gaga in the early days?
Working with Joe has been amazing. I had collaborated with people before and because of those experiences didn’t know how it would work with Joe, but we just clicked. Honestly I was not intimidated that Joe had worked with Lady Gaga. I am not one to be intimidated easy, instead I get competitive. From the second I heard that he had worked with her, I had it set in my mind to meet him and blow him away. Lady Gaga is amazing in all her ways, but I never wanted to be compared to her (though of course it’s the highest compliment). I want Joe to think that I am amazing as well, but in my own different ways.
Let’s talk about your debut EP that was just completed. What does that feel like?
I think this was the part that I actually became a little freaked out. I can’t believe what we have accomplished and how the songs came out. I think because of how much I love how everything turned out that it is now the scary part. Will people like it? How will people react? Will they like Sabrina from Mooresville, NC?
What was the inspiration for your first single, “I’m All In”?
I went through a tough freshman year at college, to the point where I thought about giving music up because I was so unhappy. My mother fought me over it constantly because she knew it was always my dream. She didn’t let me give it up. Last summer her cousin asked me to record a cover song as a favor, I did it and the first day working on it, I realized I was crazy to ever think there was anything else for me.
So, it started with my journal writing about how “I almost threw it all away” and my parents always taught me to dream and “bet on me.”
Who are some of your favorite artists? Who would you guys love to work with in the future?
I would love so much to work with Jay-Z, Bruno Mars or Katy Perry. They are some of my favorite artists, and I think all three of them bring their own unique dimensions to not only their music but also their performances.
How do you hope to be a good role model to your young fans?
I hope to be a good role model by staying true to myself. I have a value system or a set of standards that I hold myself to. I don’t think there is anything worth sacrificing “who you are” for. I know it’s hard not to fall into “society norms” or what all the “cool kids” are doing, but if you stay strong and focus on what you want you’re only going to end up being more proud of yourself for staying true to you.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I want my music to take people to a different place. Make them want to sing in the shower and jam out in the car without caring who may see. I think there are songs that make people feel like they are on top of the world, songs that are able to make you forget about all the things you “have to do” and make you daydream about what you wish you could do. I hope my songs take people out of their own little world and dream about the world they want and could have.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself and your music?
I look forward to the opportunities to make a positive impact on younger generations; I hope I can inspire people to be better the way that my idols have inspired me. There are many things that I have to say and that I want to share, so I look forward to writing more and to the completion of my EP/album in the near future.