Sabrina Claudio: A Beacon for Millennial Creatives
I tend not to venture out and explore an array of genres when it comes to music.
It’s easy to stick to what I know is good and not have to worry about giving some new flavor a shot, but oddly enough I have seeped my way out of my alternative/indie rock norm. I have been consumed by modern R&B, a genre that I have always sort of glossed over.
When I first stumbled upon Sabrina Claudio, I was instantly amazed at how talented she was, and found myself hooked. Sabrina Claudio is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Miami, Florida. She first took a leap into the music world by posting her own covers of some of R&B’s best songs on YouTube. Then, Claudio quickly grew from there and released her debut EP, Confidently Lost, last March in 2017. The album consists of seven tracks that capture a pivotal moment in Claudio’s life in which she commemorates the beauty and strife of self-discovery.
“There were things that I had to go through to get to this point in my life. They helped me become a stronger woman.”
As a whole, the introductory EP is a strong first impression for Claudio, considering all of the other emerging R&B artists she’s working amongst today like Khalid, SZA, and Daniel Caesar. Claudio’s overall sound is much like these fellow newbie artists, but what sets her apart from the rest is the delicately written lyrics and fearlessness in expressing her vulnerability in each track. She has publicly expressed that many of the influences for her sound have been renowned artists like Usher, Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men, and Frank Ocean. The strongest of qualities displayed throughout all of these artists are represented in Claudio’s work, and blended together beautifully.
So, from the Confidently Lost EP, I’d highly recommend “Confidently Lost,” “Orion’s Belt,” and “Too Much Too Late;” for they all exude a dreamy and tranquilizing tenor, but also address the deep emotions behind coming-of-age. The visual component to “Confidently Lost” brings the essence of the entire album to life, and the push for tenacious growth moving into her most recent work with her first LP, About Time, (which dropped in October 2017).
The About Time album holds a lot of promise for what is to come from Claudio’s career. The album features 12 wonderfully composed and executed tracks that mark clear for where exactly Claudio is headed. The difference from the previous album is the undoubtedly projected confidence in her voice, and Claudio recently told Billboard that About Time was mostly written all on her own.
Although I do really love Confidently Lost, I’ve fallen a little deeper for About Time because its shamelessly sensual, yet sophisticated. My favorite tracks from the album are “Stand Still,” “Frozen,” and “Belong To You (feat. 6LACK) – Remix [Bonus Track].” The “Belong To You” remix is the song I initially stumbled upon when I first discovered Claudio. I gave the track a listen because I do consider myself a fan of 6LACK’s. Altogether, I really admire that the remix added another layer to the message of the song, and the two working collaboratively on this piece was a blessing. From there, the two maintained a connection as Claudio joined 6LACK briefly during his “FREE 6LACK TOUR.”
The more I explore Claudio’s work, I must say that it has become much more than her music that I admire. Claudio, being of the millennial generation, demonstrates undeniable ingenuity in everything she has accomplished so far, which is something I believe she’ll remain true to. Without a doubt, she has become something of a role model for those up-and-coming artists who may still be in search of direction; and as for her fans, a beautiful reminder that as long as you’re passionate, driven, and true to self, anything is possible. I hope to see Claudio continue to express her desire to keep the R&B genre ever-evolving, and also take on more collaborative pieces with any of the new name R&B artists out there.