Photos courtesy of Salina Solomon
When people think of Nashville they imagine the "country music capital," but there is a lot more to Nashville's music scene than just cowboys and trucks. Salina Solomon represents the other half (the more concealed half) of the industry. The singer-songwriter, known for her catchy melodies, describes her sound as alternative pop, a sound influenced by time spent in New York and London. She is certainly one to watch as her following continues to grow in the U.S. and internationally.
Salina grew up in Huntington, New York, where she was constantly immersed in music. With an opera singer for a father and a music lover for a mother, music naturally became her passion. She started playing the cello at age 6 and went on to learn the guitar by age 12. After college she moved to London to work as a social media intern for International Talent Booking. Looking for a new experience, Salina moved to Nashville three years ago to pursue her music career as an artist.
"It just made sense," Salina says. "I wanted to be around great songwriters."
Although Salina has released two previous EPs (TMI and Meet Me in London), her latest single "Nightmare" demonstrates her newly transformed sound. "Nightmare" is guitar driven, absent of keys and not overly produced, making the single stand out from typical pop music. Following "Nightmare," she plans to release her next single "New York" this year.
Salina says that even though she co-writes with many people in Nashville, most of her artistry songs are written alone. Her inspiration comes from life experiences and often plays on words and names.
"I guess I like to take really bad situations and make them funny," she says.
This year is going to be a big one for Salina as she plans to release her newest EP "2020" in the summer with tour dates to follow. Keep an eye out for this rising star!
Salina Solomon's advice to other Lashville women:
1. Know who you are as an artist, but first you have to know yourself.
2. Your artistry is a brand. Sell your brand!
3. Give it your all on stage — sell your brand.
4. Find a look that matches your sound and personality. Many Nashville artists have the same style. Find a style that makes you stand out.
5. Shop at boutiques or places you know for a fact carry clothes other people won't have.
6. Don't let anyone tell you who you are as an artist.
7. Surround yourself with people who believe in your mission as an artist.
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