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Savanah Solomon
Savanah Solomon

In the first of our January series on WA artists to watch for in 2022, Around The Sound speaks with Savanah Solomon.

Born in Derby, “because of some complications with my birth,” Solomon spent her first 10 years living in her parents’ home town of Broome and still has strong ties with Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

“I’m just a country girl,” said Solomon, “I come from a hardworking, loving family. I feel like I’m just this girl that’s come from the red dirt. I love travelling. I’m a musician, I’m a storyteller, I’m a poet and I’m an artist.”

I write songs, I write lyrics. I’m a storyteller. That’s what I live for.

Savanah Solomon

Still in her early 20s, Solomon is grounded by her country origins and has a strong sense of who she is as an artist. Having released her debut album, Salt Of The Earth, with her band, The Strays, in 2019, Solomon did what all artists were forced to do during 2020 — disappeared from our consciousness.

2021 saw Solomon return as a solo artist, releasing two singles, ‘Lost In Love’ and ‘Rainbow’. The transition from fronting a band to being a solo artist has seen a growing maturity in Solomon’s song writing that is neither accidental nor lost on her.

“To me, the story is the most important thing. When I was with the band, it was great and I really enjoyed it, but people would say they couldn’t hear my voice. The one thing that’s important to me is the lyrics. That’s what I’m here for. I write songs, I write lyrics, I’m a storyteller. That’s what I live for. That’s my passion, the telling of stories.”

Musing on whether she would go back to playing with a band again, Solomon said, “I was thinking about putting a band together for a while and I was in talks with people, but it didn’t work out. It’s just too hard.

“I know who I am and where I’ve come from, and I want these stories to be told.”

The implication being that Solomon doesn’t need a band to help her tell stories. There’s just a touch of the self-to-the front in Solomon that all artists need to have to have any chance of success. It comes out when she says things like, “I write stories for my audience and to connect with people, but most importantly, I write them for myself.”

That sense of self is strong in Solomon now and it shows in the strength and depth of her song writing.

“I feel like I’ve matured as a person, Solomon said, “and, in a way that’s come through in my songs. I don’t know how, but it has. It comes from a bit of sadness, but a lot of it is strength and hope, which I think is really beautiful.”

As for performing solo, that doesn’t faze Solomon at all.

“For me, it’s (performing solo) a very spiritual experience,” Solomon said. “I just zone out. I like it, because I feel like my songs aren’t getting lost. I feel like the real meaning and all of my emotions are coming out. I felt like with Savanah and the Strays there was a real fun energy to it, but the songs weren’t as deep as they are now. It just fits right.”

Compared favourably with the likes of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, Savanah Solomon is certainly a WA artist to watch for in 2022. Having spent a good portion of 2021 touring the length and breadth of Western Australia, you get the sense that she is itching to move on to bigger things. Just don’t try to pin her down as to when.

“I’ve got another song I want to put out in 2022, but I don’t really know,” said Solomon when asked about her plans for the future. “I’m just in that flow and going with my gut, going with when it feels right. I think timing is really important. I’ve found that when I do tours, go on holiday, everything to do with my life, it has to be at the right time. I have moments, like with the release of ‘Rainbow’, where I spend my entire life just living it, spending every moment doing it. Now I’m slowing down and having a break, but I know that fiery energy is going to come back in me.

“There’s no real structure. I’m still learning, especially in this world, to just go with the flow and trust my intuition. It’s just living life for me that lets my song writing grow. Not so much thinking about song writing, just being in the present moment. I haven’t written a song this whole year (2021), which is kind of a bit sad, because part of me feels like I should have been writing heaps of songs. But I’ve been so focused on getting those songs out into the world that I’ve forgotten about that. That’s where I’m still learning how to have balance.

“I’m still learning to follow my intuition.”

In the midst of all that, does Solomon worry about losing her creative flow?

“It’s coming back,” Solomon affirmed. “I have these sparks now. I feel like sometimes when I’m writing songs, I’m hyper focused and the bits of inspiration that are meant to come don’t come, because that’s all I’m thinking about. But now, I get these sparks and I’m, ‘I like what you said there,’ and I’ll write a note… I feel like that’s slowly coming back.

“I don’t mind the ebb and flow of it all. It has to come back, it’s a part of me.”

Some time in 2022, Solomon will release new music. Whether it’s a EP or a series of singles remains to be seen, but one thing that’s guaranteed is that, when Solomon does release new music there will be a growing legion of fans anticipating what she has to say. You see, Solomon may unashamedly write songs for herself, but they’re the sort of songs that speak directly to her audience, chart their experiences and make them feel like there’s someone that understands who they are. That’s the sort of song writer Solomon is. She speaks to and for our hearts.

Just don’t hold your breath waiting. Flow takes time.

Meanwhile, for those lucky enough to have tickets for this year’s Nannup Festival, make sure you stop by to see Solomon and wish her the happiest of days.

“I’m playing at Nannup, on my birthday” Solomon said with genuine anticipatory pleasure. “That’s exciting.”

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