The Refrain Interview:Savanna Rose

Cleveland Singer-Songwriter Savanna Rose has been writing music her whole life. With the release of her new single, “Okay Again”, Savanna Rose sets out to inspire the dreams of listeners while continuing her path as a recording artist and performer. The single begins with the sound of waves before the dreamy, breezy pop music begins. “What’s the point of dreams? What’s the point of life?” Savanna Rose ponders before deciding “I can’t hold back. I want the best for me. I’ll be ok again.” Take a listen to the track below and enjoy our interview with Savanna!

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called? What’s it about?

Savanna: My new single is called Okay Again. It’s all about following your dreams and never giving up. I find myself asking dumb questions, like “Am i worthy?” “Am i good enough?” “Should I even try?” Over and over again. I wrote this song to remind myself, and everyone else, that yes, we are worthy. We are capable. And we should never ever give up on what we love and what makes us happy. 

RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded?

Savanna: Okay Again was recorded at Area 67 Recording Studio by my good friend, Mike Villegas. The beat was made by another good friend, and musician at the studio, Aaron Hymes. The whole process was really uplifting for me. I took the beat home and listened to it over and over again to see if I could come up with something. On my way home from Oregon, a place I long to live one day, it hit me. The lyrics came flowing and I couldn’t wait to get back and show Mike and Aaron. I remember when I recorded the first bit of vocals, Mike told me he never heard me sing like that before and that he just knew it was going to be a hit. He has done so much for me already, and continues to do more and more, but that moment really struck me. It flipped this switch inside me, the part of my brain that was always shutting myself down was finally silenced. I will forever be grateful to Mike and Aaron for helping me create such a special song. 

RMB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start pursuing music?

Savanna: I’ve been involved in music since I was very little. It’s always been the biggest passion in my life. From my karaoke machine and piano at home, to musical theater, to choir and band, to eventually studying it in college, and to writing and recording two of my own albums all on my own. And so much more in between. It was always there and it was always most important. The first song I remember writing, though I’m certain there were some before, was in tribute to my Uncle Dennis. He passed away tragically when I was in high school, and it changed a lot about who I was as a person. I didn’t share that song with many people, it was vulnerable and raw, and something I never experienced before. I wish that he could be here to see me now, and the rest of his beautiful family, and how we’ve grown. And what we’ve become. His death, but also who he was as a person and musician, sparked something inside me. Since that day, lyrics have constantly flowed through my mind and they’re unstoppable. I could never stop writing music even if I wanted too. But I’m not certain why I’d ever want that! I hope that I can honor him, and the rest of my family and friends and loved ones, with the music I create. 

RMB: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Savanna: Oh boy, I could go on a while for this one.. but I already feel like I’ve been talking so much! I’ll try to keep it simple with my most recent influences, because obviously I’ve been influenced my entire life by many artists. Right now, my biggest influence is Billie Eilish. Along with her, I would say Lorde, Lolo Zouaï, Twenty One Pilots, Kesha, Maggie Rogers, Adele, and Amy Winehouse are also great examples. There are so many more, and if you follow my Spotify Artist account you can see my playlist I curated of all my biggest inspirations. 

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

Savanna: Never giving up. No matter how relentless the negative thoughts have been, no matter how many times I was rejected or ignored, no matter how hard it got, I absolutely never gave up. I don’t know what it was that kept me going, but I’m thankful for that part of me and I hope it forever stays strong. 

RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

Savanna: My music is deep, thought provoking, and meaningful. If you want to feel something while listening to some music, it would definitely be the right choice. 

RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

Savanna: Enjoy being alive. Live every moment, from the beautiful to the dark. What is meant to be, will be. 

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

Savanna: Stop being so hard on yourself. You are worthy. 

RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?

Savanna: For now I’m working on steadily releasing singles, to keep providing new content and to get my voice out there. My next single is called Dark. It’s going to be a complete shift from Okay Again, and the song means so so much to me. As the title suggests, it’s about darkness. But not in a negative way. We are all filled with dark and light, just as the entire universe is. Dark is simply about embracing both sides of us, and creating balance. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

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