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Rising Stars: Meet Sól.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sól.

Alternative R&B artist Sól. released her sophomore EP “Moonshots” on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. The highly praised release follows her debut ep “Reflection” under her previous moniker Kayla Rose”. “Moonshots” brilliantly highlights Sól.’s striking sing rap melodies with soulful lyrics that enchant and invite listeners to delve deeper into their innermost truths.

Known for her distinct tone and intimate wordplay, the DC native singer and songwriter has invoked comparisons to the likes of Ari Lennox, Sza, and Jhene Aiko. During her time at Berklee College of Music from 2016-2020, Sól. immersed herself in Boston’s rich underground music scene. She performed at various venues in and around the Boston area including The Red Room, The Middle East, Out of The Blue Gallery, and Factory Boston. There she developed the initial idea for her “Moonshots” EP. Inspired by Boston’s ever-changing tech landscape Sól. approached the creation of her EP from a technological context. “I admire how as technology advances there is typically a focus on bridging a gap and meeting basic human needs through the development of creative ideas. I aimed to create a body of work that similarly to technology could establish connectivity between my creative ideas and my listener’s emotional needs. By creating my most intimate sonic experience to date, I hope listeners can resonate with the emotions I share in my songs and connect with how this EP makes them feel.” – Sól.

Throughout her research and creative process, Sól. discovered Google’s exploratory lab “X, the moonshot factory”. A moonshot is an innovative project undertaken with the goal of mass positive impact. Moonshots are meant to be game-changers defined by their progressive aspirations. “I was immediately drawn to this idea and began seeing this EP as my moonshot. To me, a moonshot is a project or idea that pushes you to new heights, and to achieve that one must not only let go of fear but also be incredibly willing to fail. This body of work is all about taking the plunge and trusting that in the process, you are building something greater.” – Sól.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The greatest challenge I’ve experienced while trying to figure out who I am as an artist has definitely been self-doubt. After my Reflection EP came out in 2017, I decided I wanted to change my artist name and my sound a bit. At that time, I really struggled with consistently believing in myself and knowing that I am capable and worthy of creating the art I want to create. Often times I found that the only person limiting me was me and so in the creation of my latest EP “Moonshots” I aimed to explore themes of love, confidence, and self-discovery. Through the arc of my EP, I hope to give listeners a glimpse of how I’ve grown into self-confidence through my experiences described in these four songs. I aim to inspire bold, ever-changing trust in oneself, feelings and ideas

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an Alternative R&B singer and songwriter from Washington, DC. Growing up in DC, I was blessed to be surrounded by many creatives and various art forms. Gogo music specifically had a very profound impact on my artistic development. I aim to create songs that are very rhythmic and are oftentimes inspired by the way drums drive GoGo music. I also aim to be very rhythmic in my melodic choices.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I define success as genuine happiness and peace. I aim to be successful in all areas of my life personally and professionally and I don’t think that has anything to do with what accolades may come. I just aim to be the best person I can be and to spread as much love as I can. I think that is success worth striving for.

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