First-Generation Armenian American musician SAUNDIA has unveiled the debut powerfully meditative single “The Remembering”!
SAUNDIA began exploring music as a child, always encouraged by her parents to pursue her passion. SAUNDIA found her groove in rhythmic style infused with incredible jazz-inspired vocals. After losing her voice in 2016 and navigating intense vocal therapy to recapture her singing ability, she wrote and recorded her debut music. This project encompasses her journey of loss, rebirth, freedom, and empowerment.
“The Remembering” embodies the collective energy of creating your own reality through a funky rhythmic beat and SAUNDIA’s soaring layers of vocals. The track itself reflects on the systems built to oppress and disillusion us, constantly holding us back from the freedom of self-expression and the power to forge our own paths.
SAUNDIA has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding “The Remembering”. You can check out what SAUNDIA said, along with the single below.
Hey SAUNDIA, thank you for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
SAUNDIA: I am a first-generation American and a child of refugees. I moved around a lot as a child, while my family worked incredibly hard to establish itself in this country after losing everything. My grandmother always says that we are “survivors”; I think it was growing up with this mentality that gave me a rich appreciation for not only art but life itself. I will never be able to fully imagine what my parents went through coming to this country, but I can pretty much always connect with the gratitude and deep admiration for all the sacrifices they made.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
SAUNDIA: There was no specific time because my passion for music is something I was born with. Anyone that’s known me all my life could never point to a time that I wasn’t singing or making up songs. I remember rewatching some old home videos years ago: my family was at the mall (video worthy, apparently, for immigrant refugees ;)) and my dad was working the camera. He zooms in on me on the other side of the mall standing alone staring up at some poster and just absolutely belting “old Macdonald”. To no one. I was probably 4 years old.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music industry?
SAUNDIA: Yes. I never had any other plan in my mind. It was always music.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
SAUNDIA: I would probably call it vocally driven “pop-soul”. Groove-oriented with jazz/R&b/funk influences, where the layers of vocals are the main focus
You are about to release the new single “The Remembering”. How did the idea for this song come together?
SAUNDIA: This song came about in the way a lot of my music does. I usually let a single idea be the basis of my songs. Sometimes that idea is literally just one or two notes, sometimes it’s an entire melody, or sometimes it’s a happy accident. “The Remembering”, in particular, was the latter. I was at my keyboard and was going to play a specific chord, but then realized my keyboard was loaded into my production software as a percussion kit. So instead of playing a chord, I played a beat. I decided to just go with it and record it. The main hook of the song came pretty quickly afterwards. I could just feel what the song wanted to be and didn’t overthink it.
Did you always plan to release “The Remembering” as a single?
SAUNDIA: Yes! This is my first music release and while I have other singles ready that I’m VERY excited about, this one felt right to select as the first one.
What does this song personally mean to you?
SAUNDIA: This song to me means activation and elevation. I really believe in the message of this song and that the world is ready to hear and connect with it. I believe in the reclamation of what we are at our core, as pure energy and consciousness. The world is and has been, in a state of chaos. I don’t personally see that changing. The thing about chaotic energy is that while it can be scary and unpredictable, it can also be empowering. Our power to create through the chaos is so strong because there are less “rules”, and structures are less stable. Meaning we have spontaneity and inspiration on our side. I think the fact that this song was also actually created with that kind of energy just amplifies the message.
If listeners could take anything away from this song, what would you like it to be?
SAUNDIA: That you are IT. You are the hero. You are “the one”. And you always have been. You can connect with deep and boundless wisdom whenever you are ready. Not only is it your nature, but it is your right.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
SAUNDIA: Come say hi to me on social media! I’d love to meet you. Instagram: @iamsaundia.
You can check out “The Remembering” on Spotify below or via further platforms here.