lust, longing + soul: sabrina claudio
Since posting her cover of Beyonce's Heaven on YouTube just three years ago, Miami-raised half Cuban, half Puerto Rican Sabrina Claudio has quietly created a space for herself in the music world. She's not your typical YouTube singer, and in fact, one would be wary to define her as such. There's a level of organic production in her recorded covers that shine in a sea of lip-synced gimmicks and for many, it has been a refreshing reminder that genuine talent still has a place in the industry. If you scroll through the comments of her videos--most of which have over 250 thousand views--listeners all seem to agree on one thing: Sabrina Claudio doesn't have to try hard to appeal to human emotion and heart.
Her roots are in Latin dance and some of her greatest inspirations are Mariah Carey and Destiny's Child. Before she dropped original music in recent months, Claudio covered a range of artists from Willow Smith's Female Energy to Astrud Gilberto's Corcovado, which she expertly sang in Portuguese. But in March 2017, without much spectacle, the songstress wide-released her debut project Confidently Lost featuring fan favorites like Orion's Belt and Tell Me which Claudio had previously released on her YouTube channel.
Again in 2017, Claudio released her single Unravel Me accompanied by a music video directed by Sasha Samsonova. The singer serenades listeners from a pale pink room and pure white gown about the confusions of love and lust. Claudio has the effortless ability to bare her entire soul discussing the more vulnerable facets of romance and sex in a majority of her songs, but manages to maintain a poise and reservedness about her music. Moreover, there's not much footage of the songstress revealing personal details about herself and her album in interviews, yet it's clear that Sabrina Claudio is more in tune with her emotions and sexuality than most other artists in their late teens and early 20s are--and unabashedly so. For listeners, it's the understatement and humility in her art that keeps them coming back for more.
For now, listeners new and old who were lucky enough to snag tickets before they sold out can look forward to a Los Angeles and Santa Ana concert on June 26 and 27th and cross their fingers for more music in the near future.