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Chit Chat with Singer Sammi Rae Murciano

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.

iTunes:  http://apple.co/2vD3rlC

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2uDvMuR

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ZUFn9ZMCkKb5Ge6LPTKg


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.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammi_murciano/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammi_murciano?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammi.murciano/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ZUFn9ZMCkKb5Ge6LPTKg

Website: https://www.sammiraemurciano.com


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!


Driving Alone For The First Time? Don’t Panic!

carHave you passed your driving test but still don’t feel confident driving by yourself? You are not alone. Many new drivers understandably feel the same way once they pass their test. When you learn how to drive a car, you always have someone there to guide and support you. So when you no longer have your parents or your instructor with you, it’s natural to feel nervous about driving alone. Your first drive by yourself will always be the more nerve-wracking and overwhelming. But it you are able to calm your nerves beforehand, you can have a safer and less stressful experience. So to help you stop panicking, read through these helpful hints.

Plan a short route

For your first drive by yourself, it can be beneficial to choose a destination and plan a route. This can give you a focus while also helping you familiarise yourself with driving alone. Perhaps you can drive to a nearby shopping malls or to a friends house. Consider destinations that aren’t too far away or difficult to get to. It can also be beneficial to plan a backup route too, just in case there are road closures or traffic jams. To give you additional support, why not ask your parents to follow you in their car. Knowing that they are nearby during your first drive can give you reassurance as well as boosting your confidence.

Keep your phone out of reach

The sound of a ringing phone can be a dangerous distraction when you’re driving your car. It can divert your attention and increases the risk of a collision. So keep your phone on silent and out of your reach to avoid temptation. This can also apply to playing loud music in your car too. You need to concentrate on the road during every drive. This can be difficult to do when you can’t hear anything but your music. So keep it turned down or don’t listen to it at all. That way you can remain calm and assess the road more effectively.

Know what to do in an accident

Despite their training, many young drivers aren’t always confident with what to do in a car accident. This can make them even more anxious and put them off from wanting to drive unattended. To ease your anxiety, you need to learn what to do before you set off on your first drive. Ask your driving instructor to go through the process with you or do some research online. Write a list of actions and keep this in your car along with your insurance details and driving license. Having this knowledge beforehand can help you to feel more confident when you drive. It can also ensure you abide by the law and help you get successful car insurance and personal injury claims if needs be.

While it can feel strange to be driving by yourself, to begin with, it is something you will get used to. It may take a few days or even weeks after passing your test before you feel comfortable. So learn how to calm your nerves and embrace the new found freedom and independence driving provides.