Writing inspirational songs that encourage you while leaving you feeling empowered at the same time, singer-songwriter Somaya writes music that inspires others. Somaya, who released her debut album “Stand Up” last June is on the rise in music. Full of emotion and powerful lyrics, the young singer makes her mark in music by not only helping herself but others through her lyrics. We caught up with Somaya recently to talk about “Stand Up” and what is next for her in music.

Check out what she has to say below!

The meaning behind “Stand Up” is powerful, what exactly inspired you to create that song?

Sexual assault is an issue that has, unfortunately, affected a lot of people in my life, and I was frustrated with how little support survivors receive. Knowing how powerful music can be, I decided to write “Stand Up” to try and raise awareness on the issue, and to encourage others to use their voice as well.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

I look up to Halsey and Tove Lo for their production style and for the rawness in their music. I also look up to the lyricism of more stripped back artists like Hozier and Mumford and Sons.

What advice would you give people that want to get into music?

Don’t let comparison get in the way of you achieving your goals.

Your album is named after your song “Stand Up”, what was the whole creative process like for the album?

It was really cool! “Stand Up” is my debut album, so a large part of the process was new territory for me. I’ve been writing songs since I was 11, so to be able to record my songs with a producer as amazing as Matt Bronleewe was truly incredible.

Your song “Stand Up” is garnering a lot of attention, what it is like seeing that people love your song?

It’s unreal. Like I said, I’ve been writing songs since I was 11, and for years most of those songs didn’t go beyond the ears of my family and close friends, so to receive such a positive response from so many people, especially on a song I wrote about sexual assault, feels so rewarding.

Is there anything music wise that we can expect from you in the near future?

I’m always writing new music, so look out on my social media (@somayamusic) for updates!

What is your favorite thing about making music?

Being able to express myself and be completely honest in my lyrics feels really freeing. And having people tell me that they relate to those lyrics makes it even better.

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Jai'Tyria Hatton

Jai'Tyria Hatton

Writer at Imperfect Fifth
Jai’Tyria Hatton is a senior at Delaware State University. Jai’Tyria is currently majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.
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