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Singer/Songwriter, musician, and performer Sabrina Song is from Long Island, New York.  She currently is a full-time student in Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  Being a sophomore in college, it can be hard to find time to do anything other than school, but Sabrina finds time to record and release her own music.  Recently she just released her new music video for her hit single "Heartbroken" which you can view on YouTube. Some other singles of hers include "Heart to Heart" and "Crowded Rooms."  You can listen to all her songs on Apple Music and Spotify music streaming services. We chose Sabrina for our spotlight this issue because of her dedication to her work, her endless creativity and of course...because her songs are pretty incredible.  Keep reading for an interview with Sabrina Song.

What made you decide to pursue music as a career?

Growing up, performing music was more of an objective task that I could practice and improve at. Playing the violin and singing to receive numerical scores was enjoyable, but stressful and rigid. I spent a large portion of my childhood, and time in high school, trying to perform concertos and covers perfectly, or hit the highest notes possible. I am a textbook perfectionist and my own high expectations were beginning to make me fall out of love with music. It wasn’t until my sophomore year, when I completed and released my first single, that I realized music didn’t have any rules. I could do whatever I wanted with my music, and there was infinite room to grow. I think that’s why I decided to pursue music as a career. Making music is a skill that I will never conquer with complete and total perfection, no matter how old I get. It’s messy and emotional for me, and fosters a lot of doubt. But I love the challenge. There is nothing more gratifying than making something I am proud of, after heaps of trial and error and second-guessing and re-recording and re-writing. I’ve been lovingly referring to my music as pop therapy. It gives me the platform to express and share very personal, sometimes dark, thoughts and insecurities, in a digestible way.

What is your favorite part about studying music at NYU?

Definitely the people I’ve met within the Clive Davis Institute. I’m constantly inspired by the work my friends are creating, and we all have different strengths that we bring to the table. You would think the atmosphere of the program would be competitive, but everyone is supportive, collaborative and humble. My classes and professors are also an incredible resource, of course. The way I listen to music has completely changed, and I have adapted many methods of production and engineering into the creation of my music. 

Who are some singers/songwriters you idolize?

There is a wide range of singers and songwriters who have influenced me over the course of my life. If I had to narrow it down, I would name Sia, Mitski, St. Vincent, Florence + the Machine, and Lorde as major influences.

What is your favorite song you’ve written?

At the moment, I would have to say it’s between my latest single “Heartbroken” and my first single “Heart to Heart”. “Heartbroken” was a turning point for me as a songwriter and a producer. After months of writer’s block and scrapping every single word I wrote, “Heartbroken” just poured out of my brain within a few hours. I submitted the song for release by the end of the day, and I felt a refreshing motivation to make music I was really passionate about.

“Heart to Heart” gave me a similar feeling. It was the first song I had ever written and released. The amount of love I received in response to that song was life-changing at the time. I am still proud of the song itself, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

That being said, my favorite song is always changing. The goal is to make every song I write my new favorite song.

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