My name is Sarah, but I go by my family and artist name: Shébani! I’m a singer, songwriter and a lover of many things that I sometimes can’t keep up with my own self. No, like seriously, there are handful of things I can obsess over for days on end. Makeup, fashion, visual art, mythology, baking, pools, books, colors, glitter, holidays and… yeah.. you get the gist.
I’ve been spending the past few weeks getting to know myself a little more. Identifying what stays in and what goes out of my life. Cleaning out my closet, my emails, my subscriptions, my contact list and my mind, to make more room for my creative juices to flow as they please, and I’m so here for it.
I’ve been learning to trust my intuition, and to really listen to what my soul and body need on certain days. I’ve been giving myself space to just be, and most importantly, I’ve been finding growth in all the small corners that I’ve neglected for far too long. It’s been a breath of fresh air.
The pandemic has taught me how to BREATHE. I’m my worst critic, in everything I do. I strive to overcome every obstacle that I see on the road, and I make no time for sorrow because it’s all about finding solutions for me, and that became too exhausting at some point. I’m beginning to let go, and to really let some things take their natural course. I’m beginning to understand what it means to manage your time between work and days off to spend alone or with family and loved ones. The non-stop grind is not meant to burn you out. It’s meant to discipline you and bring you closer to your passion and future goals. I don’t want to lose myself in the process, that’s counterproductive. So I’m listening to my feelings a little more, and being mindful of what my heart truly desires.
I’ve been writing new music, and it’s been hitting different. Something about the way it’s being molded is just very cosmic.. and I really wish I can share more news about it, but not yet! All I can say is that it’s been my pride and joy, and I’m working with one of the best producers/artists I’ve had the pleasure to meet. All will be announced soon. I can’t, REALLY CANNOT, wait to share it with the world.
I’m inspired by kind hearts, I find that we need that now more than ever. And of course, the women in my family, my sisters and my mom, they make my world a happier place, and I am the woman I am because of all their guidance, teachings and support. The women in my life are phenomenal. Whether they’re close friends or acquaintances. They not only inspire me with their art, but with the way they carry themselves every single day. I look at the way they work and get everything done with confidence, strength, passion, conviction and love, yet they’re probably fighting their demons in silence. We all are. Honestly if I start mentioning names, I’ll never stop. So I’m going to dedicate this to every artist who’s reading. Thank you for inspiring the world. If it’s not me, it’s many others, believe me. Keep shining your light.
The art world is going to be more than fine, it already is, and I don’t think we can ever live without art. It’s probably the most, if not the only, common language equally identifying us and what truly moves us. We find peace in it. And as cheesy as this sounds, the only way from here is up. Let’s keep moving.
To anyone who comes across this, and to the whole world: “Hey! How you doin’? Just here to remind you that you mother f*cking got this, and I believe in you and your voice. So speak up, we’re listening.”