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Talented SCIS student in spotlight with viral song

I was inspired by my passion for someone to write a song, any song that would portray my desire for change.

After reading an article about Aleppo and the conflict that has killed so many people, I became angry, wishing for a change, but I knew nothing would change any time soon and that really aggravated me.

I stumbled across an artist named Nate McCray on a website called Allihoopa. McCray wrote a backing track during the 90s called, “I Wish That You’d Come Home.” As I played the instrumental, a whole chorus of lyrics and words echoed through my head. I began to improvise with my verses, which was surprisingly, an easier process than I thought. Before I knew it, I had completed my song, Salty Water, in under one hour. I had to admit, I really thought it was beautiful. It was full of passion and it exploded with hope. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I decided to post the song on Allihoopa. Why not? I thought it was worth a try. Besides, why not receive a few tips and likes?

Two weeks later, my thinking that a “few” would respond was well underestimated. I received over 400 views, along with a comment coming from the artist, McCray, who created the instrumental. He couldn’t believe what I had done to his song. My song was spreading and comments on the website were going viral. People were asking to interview me and others were taking my song and making remixes and various acoustic versions.

After getting such positive feedback, I decided to perform the song for the SCIS Hongqiao Winter Concert. It was a thrilling experience knowing that my friends and family were watching and listening to my creation and development of a piece that I made in my bedroom! This inspired me to put the song on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Youku, and over 100 other digital music websites. I saw my picture, along with my song title on iTunes! I couldn’t believe it, my song was out there!

Since that time, people have been purchasing my song from over 10 different countries and I have received over 5,000 views and streams in just over one month! It’s amazing to know that inspiration and passion can be such a powerful tool. I feel like my voice and feelings have been heard, not through talking, but through music and songwriting. Even from 7,000 miles away, I continue to collaborate with Nate. In fact, we just finished our second song, which I look forward to releasing soon! I also am enjoying expanding my writing and creativity, as these aspects are what have pushed me to pursue my great passion for singing and songwriting.


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