“I don’t really want fame and fortune; I just want to enjoy playing my music for people that enjoy hearing it.”
That’s the kind of humility and maturity that first strikes you when talking to 16-year-old Sara Alina. It’s not what you would expect from a preparatory high school student who just completed her first CD, entitled “Sara Alina” and her first music video, but it’s a common thread in her life and her music. At 15, she attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where she completed “ Music Theory 101” and participated in a “ Songwriting Workshop”.
“It all began with classical music and my Dad.”
Born in Vienna, Austria, Sara was first introduced to music through her father Hans, a musical playwright. From a young age, she was enamored with the classics that were the ever-present soundtrack of her native land. Being immersed in the culture and beauty of Vienna fostered a deep love of the arts. She recorded her first song with her father at the tender age of six. At the time, “Pink – Get This Party Started” was purely for fun, but as she grew, music became more of a driving force in her life. At seven, she began playing the piano – an instrument that would later become the vehicle for creating her music.
“This is what I’ve wanted to do since I was 13.”
After moving to the U.S. with her family at the age of 12, Sara dropped the Austrian accent and embraced all things American. Here, she saw opportunity everywhere and thought becoming a singer/songwriter might be attainable after all. But she knew then, as she does today, that nothing comes easy, and making good music means hard work. Sara never deluded herself into thinking that success would come naturally, nor is it even what she’s striving for. The mature Sara knows that the odds are 50/50. But the dreamer in her wonders “what if”, each time she sits down at the piano to write.
“I like to be introspective. That’s where my music comes from.”
Each day, Sara takes time to turn off the cell phone and computer, and disconnect with the world in order to connect with her inner muse. This “me time” is the incubator from where her songs come to life. It’s here where she creates the hook and hears the tune, which is then nurtured and polished at the piano. She writes from what she knows, which at 16, is all about fun and being a teenager. Also a lyricist, Sara is able to blend the two into a friendly, approachable pop sound that is real, honest, and hopeful. Musically, Sara credits Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Rita Ora, and David Guetta as major influences on her work.
“If I don’t become a successful singer, I’d like to race cars.”
Sara loves going fast, whether it’s on a surfboard off St. Pete Beach or snow boarding down the Austrian slopes. She enjoyed a similar musical adrenalin rush with her music by featuring Atlanta rap artist Rodney Hill, aka Rocko, on one her singles entitled Better Days on “Sara Alina”.
“You have to love it, or there’s no point in playing music.”
While Sara is much more exposed to the music industry than many artists her age, her feet remain firmly planted in the reality that it’s all about the music. She would be perfectly happy teaching music and playing some gigs. It’s the passion for music that comes first. Everything else is just a bonus.
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saraalina on 03/24/2014 at 07:07AM
It might be hard for some to live as simply as possible, without unnecessary possessions, cellphone, clothes. I was shocked to hear that a famous Hollywood actress was doing this. Shailene Woodley could have bought a house with her Divergent paycheck, but instead she gave away all of her belongings.
“I cruised and I hung out with my friends and family. I got rid of everything I owned I got rid of my cell phone, and I fit my life into a carry-on suitcase and I just couch surfed for two months. It was awesome.” Woodley stated.
I hope this can have an impact on others as well, and inspire them to live without a lot of unnecessary possessions. Sometimes we focus on material worth instead of what is important.
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/24/2014 at 12:56AM
Last summer Dallas Police Department “responded to a burglary in progress,” and shot an unarmed teen. Police claim to have found 19-year-old Gerardo Pinedo Jr. inside the house and ordered him to come outside and lie on the ground. Police say he did that briefly, and then charged at officer Jamal Robinson, who fired once, killing Pinedo.
Family members disagree with how the police events occurred and have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Dallas and the two officers involved. The father of Pinedo Jr. contests that his son was violently confronted by officers Jamal Robinson and Mark Meltabarger. “During this time either Defendant Robinson or Defendant Meltabarger tased Pinedo Jr. in the back and the other continued the assault, “the suit says, before “delivering at least one fatal gunshot wound to the chest.” Autopsy reports that Pinedo Jr. may have been shot more than once; medical examiners found two-gunshot wounds-one on his chest and one on his hand.
If the details are true in the lawsuit, this is a senseless murder on behalf of the Dallas Police Department. My heart goes out to the family of the victim.
-Love Sara Alina