Tiny Desk Concert

Officially submitted my new single “Cycles” to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. The criteria to enter is to record an original song sung at a desk – simple! The winner gets to perform their very own Tiny Desk Concert on NPR. Wish me luck!

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Singing In The New Year

New year, new music. 2015 was an amazing year for my personal music career. I released four new tracks and pushed myself to sing at more gigs in the city. Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings for my work and passion.

Music feeds my soul, which is why I love finding new hidden gems by truly talented artists. Here’s a countdown of the top 10 songs of 2015 that shaped me as an artist. Which was your most memorable track 2015?

Women In Music

The Billboard Women In Music Awards was this past weekend and it was just full of amazing talent. A night to truly embrace and celebrate the progress for women in the music industry.

From Missy Elliot to Selena Gomez to Lana Del Rey, it was night of superstar women all in one place.

Lady Gaga accepted the great honor of Women of the Year at the ceremony.

With her music, strong business acumen, sense of purpose, and avant-garde style, she broke through the music industry to be immensely successful on her own terms. Despite having gained so much fame and success, her approach to people and fans is down to earth and genuine. She’s heavily involved in giving back to the community and wants to make a difference. She’s truly an inspiring artist and role model.

Festival of Lights

2f733e3f3ad7e7b7d417b2ee40eaff62Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, is upon us. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India and spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil.

As a kid, I remember lighting lamps and firecrackers, and always being around family and feeling grateful for the good you have in your life.

The lights remind me of a time of warmth, love and good food, shared with close family and friends.

If you’re interested in learning more about this beautiful celebration, check out this infographic.

New Song: My Imaginary Friend

With Halloween and Day of the Dead fast approaching, I thought I’d release a song with some creepy chords and undertones to get in the spirit.

“My Imaginary Friend” is a conversation between myself and my imaginary friend. The inspiration for the song came from a long distance relationship I was in that left me feeling desperate and lonely. Love is a complicated emotion and I often would pretend to have conversations throughout the day that, in reality, only existed in my head. The relationship was difficult and toxic and these imaginary conversations made me feel alive, living in a fantasy world I created and controlled. The lyrics were written during long trips and train rides and was an outlet to understand my feelings.

I’m sure many people can relate to this experience and I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy Halloween!

Hope. Ambition. Dreams.

67a509b46048c80779e01cab25fdcc3cWith the continued coverage of the Syrian refugee and migration crisis I’ve been reading a lot over the past few days. It’s appalling to me that countries turn these people away without having a shred of compassion.

We forget that these are people and could become invaluable members of the community in their new home. Albert Einstein was an immigrant in the US. Nabokov emigrated to the US from Russia, Marie Curie moved to France from Poland.

Music has always been an outlet for me to understand and deal with these types of issues and emotions. A few years ago, dealing with my own struggles with the US immigration system, I wrote a song about my experience. It’s about a 13 year old girl who dreams of moving to America to start an amazing life and hopes of becoming a star. I think it’s about time to start producing it. *Stay tuned*

Strange Day (If I’m being completely honest, not that strange)

I went to a really fun birthday party last night, met some very cool people there. I finished nearly all my errands yesterday and had a pretty productive day as well, so the evening was completely pressure free. I was worried the introversion dragon (an undeniable part of my soul) was going to surface and demand its needs be met, but it was quiet.

I felt fresh and sprightly this morning. I worked out, then went to my voice lesson which I enjoyed. I dressed up for a birthday barbecue in the afternoon and as I was working up the energy to leave my place for the party it hit. 15 minutes before the party was going to start, I called my brother confessing that I desperately needed some alone time and was thinking of  flaking out on a good friend. Feeling extremely guilty, I kept trying to beat myself up. I’m not a flake, I try hard to show up when I commit so not showing up was rough. But my brain wasn’t having any of it. My brother’s one of my closest friends, and can usually separate need from laziness on my end. “Say something came up and you can’t make it.” But I haven’t seen my friend in a long time, and he’s just gotten better from being really sick. “Send him a gift.”

As I realized what I was going to do (send my friend a deeply apologetic note asking to meet for dinner some other time, and stay home), I said with a note of glee, “I bought a bottle of white wine for the party, and I’m going to crack it open over lunch and Netflix.” I spent the afternoon watching the Jem and The Holograms cartoon series from the late 80’s, and experimenting with different food and snack options to complement the Sauvignon blanc I had just opened. Some takeaways from this: my lunch of tomato and cheese sandwich paired with an arugula, strawberries and walnut salad worked extremely well with the wine. Luna bars don’t. Swiss cheese with Dijon mustard, lemon juice and really tangy and hot pepper sauce also works.

A part of me wants to judge myself as being lame and childish, but my afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable.