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Sara Arziel in Studio w/ Home BRU’d!

Sara Azriel debuted her brand new song with us in the studio on Monday night!

Sara Azriel lent her voice to the airwaves on WBRU last week with her on-air performance of her new song “We’re Alive.” Her voice has the power to reach you even through the echoes of bathroom walls. Stuck on the first floor of 88 Benevolent and stressing over missing the first event I was supposed to cover and the fact that my phone had just died, I sat dejected in the WBRU lobby, scribbling notes from the pieces of the Sara’s interview I could overhear through the ceiling. Then, I heard her voice. As Sara’s voice seeped through the building, I forgot about all the trivial problems in my life and just listened. Wanting to hear better, I followed the gradual crescendo of her voice to the location where her song was the loudest: the bathroom. For the first time in a long time, I allowed myself to experience music.

When you visit her website saraazriel.com, you are greeted by a quote from Providence Monthly’s Eric Smith: “Romantically heavy and elusive as moonlight, Sara Azriel’s music defies boundaries, brightens the heart, and casts light on a young woman painfully in love with the world around her.” Sara Azriel’s music is angelic. It captures your soul. She has a strong voice that has the ability to draw memories and emotions from your soul. Her music reminds you that there exists a world outside of yourself filled with beauty and life.

In her interview with WBRU, Sara named Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston as two of her musical inspirations. She explained that her music is influenced by the music her parents listened to when she was young.

After the interview, I sat down with her. She told me that she started singing and playing music when she was little: her dad was a musician. “Music has been my identity my entire life,” she said.

Sara describes her most recent album as a “mix tape of (her) songwriting.” She has been writing these songs for over 10 years and compiled her best written songs for the album. She explained that there was no real theme to the songs she chose. She feels grateful to the Providence music community and media who have been more supportive than she could have imagined.

Check out some photos from the special occasion, courtesy of Lauren Galvan, WBRU photography intern.

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