Introducing Salina Solomon…
Sometimes when stumbling around Twitter, you come across someone and despite the preponderance of political rants and celebrity gossip nonsense, you have a pleasant exchange…with a real person. You know, the way social media used to be, once upon a time.
And that, my friends, is exactly what happened this weekend. I ended up following a singer/songwriter in Nashville, and it was such an unusual encounter that I wanted to introduce her. Her name…you may have guessed from the title…is Salina Solomon.
And I asked her a few questions for this…[excerpts below]
Q: when did you first want to be a musician/singer, and what experiences growing up helped develop those talents?
A: My dad is an aspiring opera singer, my grandpa introduced me to jazz. My mom was a Beatles fan. I was always surrounded by music, all types. I was lucky to be in a family that loves music. I began cello at the age of 6 because I heard my music teacher play a piece called “The Trout”. I didn’t know what that instrument even looked like, but I loved the sound.
As I got older, I started to write melodies by age 9. Soon, chords came through when I was 12. I would go back and forth between my basic levels of piano and guitar, but I decided that a girl learning guitar was so much cooler.
Q: What led you to Nashville, how is it, and who are your main musical inspirations?
A: It took me a while to decide the path of being artist because I was so obsessed with songwriting. But it made a great choice.
I went to a songwriting conference from NSAI. I was in Nashville for 3 days. I fell in love with the city. In July of 2013, I made an overnight decision to move. I had a roommate within a day and a place to live within a week. I officially moved in October.
Everyone thinks Nashville is just for country. No, it’s not. It’s a place to meet the greatest artists, songwriters and music business people I’ve ever met. It’s where you develop your craft, and where you meet like-minded people.
I’m obsessed with Tony Bennett. Though I grew up avril lavigne songwriting. She was my main influence.
I try to use it in my own writing cause who wants to hear the same crap all the time? I surely don’t. Maybe I’m just weird that way. But I believe if you can be open minded with music, you can connect to more people.
Q: so what’s on the horizon for you?
A: I’m touring… A lot. I’m trying to reach as many people as I can. I want to know their stories. I want to know what their life is like. There’s nothing better than making amaZing friends on the way.
I have a lot of TV appearances too.
Q: What advice would you give to a budding musician (like my 16yo daughter)? 😉
A: If someone tells you you’ll never make it, you’re too this or too that. Use that as a way to motivate you.
So go check her out!
YouTube channel (she has several videos uploaded): https://www.youtube.com/user/mynameisbase
Sometimes when stumbling around Twitter, you come across someone and despite the preponderance of political rants and celebrity gossip nonsense, you have a pleasant exchange…with a real person. You know, the way social media used to be, once upon a time. And that, my friends, is exactly what happened this weekend. I ended up following…