Sarah Solovay’s first single in nearly a half decade, “Rough Draft,” has grown increasingly since its release a little over a month ago. Without label support, she’s gathered Sirius XM radio play, nearly 46,000 streams on Spotify, been added to the Apple Music “Future Hits” playlist.
Today, with the help of Paste Magazine, Solovay has launched the artistic and imaginative new video for “Rough Draft.” Created by the ambidextrous artist Xiaonan (who is featured in Ripley-Believe-It-or-Not museum for his two-handed simultaneous drawings), the video features hand drawn portraits of both Sarah and details lifted from the song’s lyrics. “When Sarah reached out, and I listened to the music for the first time, images just started to flow in my head…with each verse of the song creating inspiration,” Xiaonan said of the video. “Essentially the video created itself in my mind fairly effortlessly. The slightly tougher part was just bringing what I saw in my mind’s eye to the real world. I’m pretty happy with the result and it is very close to what I imagined, and I hope it matches the song and does the music justice.”
“Rough Draft” started like most songs do…as a straightforward love story. However, as the 18 year old songwriter took the time to grow into herself, the song blossomed and developed with her. Now 22, her song mirrors her journey. “Over the years [Rough Draft] meant many different things to me,” Solovay told Sweety High, who premiered the single. “When I wrote it, I was thinking of it as a love song. But as I’ve grown up with the song, I’ve started thinking of it as less of a me-to-guy song and more of a me-to-me song, about my relationship with myself.”
Solovay, who grew up a determined and ambitious mainstay in the New York music scene, collected countless accolades before her 18th birthday. From selling out venues she wasn’t legally old enough to attend shows at, to sharing a stage with Train and John Mayer, to having track placement on the 90210 Soundtrack and being compared to Regina Spektor and Christina Aguilera by The New York Times, Solovay was primed for a successful career.
Courageously, instead of capitalizing on the buzz surrounding her, she halted her momentum to do something most teenagers in her position wouldn’t have dreamt of doing: she took time for herself. “I think my foray into the industry had shown me that I had more growing to do, both as an artist and a person” Solovay recalls, “I had to experience life before I was ready to throw myself fully into music.”
Solovay left New York to attend Yale University, where she focused on her education-both in and out of the classroom. She traded industry meetings for life experiences, and she immersed herself in art, music, and literature. Four years later, Solovay was able to return to music, with a batch of songs that reflect, through both sound and lyric, her newfound maturity and sense of self. As Sweety High fittingly captures, “with her moody vocals and poignant lyrics, Sarah isn’t afraid to express her heart through her songs.”
“Rough Draft,” is one of many songs transformed by the ways she has grown (and continues to grow) “as an artist and as a person.” “Rough Draft,” accompanied by a collection of other new tracks, will appear on her upcoming EP, set for release in 2017.
Solovay and her band will play at Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday, April 13th,2017, at 9:00pm.