Written by: Jill Sheets
16-year-old Singer/Song writer, Sammi Rae’s career, is taking off. I can see this talented, Long Island, New York native, ending up with a long and amazing career. Continue reading on about her and her music, her influences and what advice she would give teens. Don’t for to keep an eye on her as her career grows.
R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into the music business?
S: Hi my name is Sammi Rae Murciano, I am a 16-year-old singer / songwriter from Long Island, NY. I always loved to sing. I was in chorus and had a solo. Being in front of an audience and performing, was an amazing feeling. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
R: Tell us about your song “Reflection.”
S: Reflection is a very meaningful song that I wrote that looks back at my own personal life experiences. This song is about how I was bullied and all of the hardships I faced, but as a result, I overcame it and became stronger.
R: What current music are you working on music wise? What about cover videos?
S: My single Reflection is out now on iTunes and Spotify. Also, I have two new original songs that are also a part of my EP that I will be releasing in the fall. I will also be releasing music videos for my new original songs. I recently released a cover and music video for Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa’s song Scared To Be Lonely which is on YouTube.
R: How do you come up with the ideas for the videos?
S: The way I come up with the ideas for my videos are by really connecting it with the song’s lyrics so that it can portray the message in the song.
R: I read that you also write your music. What is the writing process? Do you start with the words and how do you come up with the ideas for the songs?
S: When writing an original song, I think about the concept and meaning of the song. Sometimes it’s just in the moment and I write thoughts in my journal which I then turn into a song. A lot of my songs are based on my personal life experiences. They mean so much to me because I am able to express my feelings in a song and help others through difficult times with the message that these songs are portraying.
R: Do you have any up and coming plans on recording an album or EP?
S: I have my single “Reflection” out now on iTunes and Spotify. Along with that, I have an EP coming out this fall. This EP will show people a very difficult time in my life that I overcame. I want this EP to inspire others and help them through difficult times in their life.
R: Where can people hear or get your music?
S: People can hear my music on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. People can also hear me perform live at many different venues.
R: Who has been your biggest influence?
S: Someone who is a major influence to me is my mom. She is the most amazing and caring person. I am so thankful for her endless support. She is always there for me and I’m so lucky to have her in my life and know that I always have someone by my side. She has taught me so much but most importantly to never give up on my dreams. My musical influences are Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, James Arthur, Justin Bieber, Adele and many more.
R: What are five things you cannot live without?
S: Five things I can’t live without are my incredible family, my amazing dog Ziggy, music, singing, and my computer.
R: What are your future goals?
S: My future goals are to release more original music, go on tour and perform all over the world. Another goal of mine is to be able to inspire others around the world that if you are passionate about something, you should always follow your dreams.
R: What are five things people may not know about you?
S: Five things people may not know about me would be that my name is Samantha Rachel but I go by Sammi Rae, I play basketball, I have two brothers, I performed at Foxwoods and it was an amazing experience, and I have a scar on my left arm.
R: It is not easy being a teenager today. What advice would you give them in general?
S: Some advice I would give teenagers is to live your life to the fullest. Never let anyone bring you down or tell you that you can’t do something. Always follow your heart and never give up on your dreams. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything!
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their address? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?
S: I am on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I also have a YouTube channel and an official website.
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
S: I would like to say to my fans that I am so thankful for them and all of their support. I would love for them to continue this journey with me!
R: Sammi, thank you for the interview. It was an honor. Have a great day.
S: Thank you so much Relate Magazine!