Feed the Band
We are on our 16th interview with Feed the Band here at Southern Fellow. For some that number may seem insignificant. However for me, I stand in awe at all the personal connections and how far our family here at Southern Fellow has come. I thank each of you who call Southern Fellow home and appreciate your overwhelming support. I consider each of you family and you should also look to each other as family. Love is what unites us here at Southern Fellow. After my first conversation with our next artist, love was the first thing to come to mind.
When I first started to speak with Sabrina Lentini, it seemed she immediately put her heart out front. She offered little defence to guard it or shelter it like most people. My immediate reaction was a belief that she was faking it and putting on a good show. So I poked a few more times to see if I could get a glimpse behind the curtains. I soon realized that there were no curtains, tricks or special effects. Sabrina Lentini was real and authentic. It was sort of like finding out magic was real.
It serves me right for being so skeptical of Sabrina Lentini . The truth I was searching for had presented itself to me over and over like the movie Groundhog Day. I had been listening to it for weeks. The truth lives in every song she has ever played. The strum of her guitar, playful lyrics and stories stand as beacons that light the paths in Sabrina Lentini’s heart. All you have to do is listen to songs like “Dorothy Gale” to appreciate the truth I first overlooked.
When I first started writing this, I had planned to cover the basics. I wanted to write about a girl in California who was on American Idol, a songwriter and who is chasing “the” dream. However, there is so much more that makes Sabrina Lentini the great musical artist and person she is. I believe her personal experiences have helped mold her, but the biggest guide she has is her heart. It is Sabrina Lentini’s ability to suppress fear and put her heart out there that makes her a talented artist and an even better woman.
Let’s get to the interview! Here are our questions answered. Also we are doing a giveaway as we do with each interview. Check that out at the bottom. Here is our interview with the beautiful and talented, Sabrina Lentini.
You have written quite a few songs and spent some time on the road. What advice would you give your past self?
If I were to give my past self some advice, I would say to always trust my creative instincts and to always believe in myself. I’ve been singing since I was 5 and writing since I was 9, so I’ve gone through so many changes as a person and an artist. I’ve grown so much, and I’m still always growing. I would remind myself that there is no rush and that time and hard work are key to becoming more and more experienced. I truly believe that I am where I’m supposed to be right now, and I’m very excited for what’s to come.
You have been writing since a pretty young age. What is your favorite song you have written and how did that song come to be?
Oh wow.. This question is very difficult to answer, because I have a few favorite originals to perform. Usually my most recently written song pushes its way to the top of the list. However, I would say that “Dorothy Gale” is the most special song to me. It pays homage to my favorite childhood movie, The Wizard of Oz, which brings me back to the beautiful memories I have from growing up, spending time at my grandma’s house, playing in the backyard, blowing bubbles, getting lost in my own imagination, singing and dancing– doing all of which with my very own Toto, my dog Zorro, almost always by my side. Filming the music video made my childhood dreams come true and made the song come to life, especially getting to wear my ruby slippers that my mom made for me. The whole process of bringing the song to life, from writing with wonderful co-writers to recording to filming the video, was very magical and emotional.
What inspires you and how do you use it in your everyday life?
I’ve been blessed with parents who have supported me every single step of the way, and their belief in me is what inspires me to keep pushing toward my dreams.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is not living life to the fullest and not taking in every moment before it passes. I’ve always been a very deep thinker (almost too much for my own good, haha!), and sometimes that gets in the way of living in the now and soaking up every detail, big or small.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow. When writing music what recipe do you use?
My songwriting recipe usually starts with a melody and a few lyrics that pop into my head, then if I don’t have my guitar already in my hands, I run and grab it and start playing around with chord progressions that fit. Sometimes I start with a verse, and sometimes the hook comes to me first. I also love to co-write. In co-writes, I love to start getting to know who I’m writing with by just talking and joking around a little bit because writing should be fun. Songwriting sessions are always best when some laughing is involved.
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If you happened to find a $100 dollar bill on the street, what would you buy with it?
If I found a $100 dollar bill on the ground, I would definitely be excited, but I would first look around and see if I saw someone who looked like they lost something. I probably wouldn’t spend it on anything right away. I like to save up, so I don’t spend my money that often. Everything goes back into my music. However, I would love to maybe do something to pay it forward and put it back into the universe as a way of saying “thank you”.
What is your first fond memory of food?
I’ve always loved food just as much as I love music. My parents often joke about how I’m always asking what’s for dessert! I’m also the one who’s always asking for bites of their food. Sharing is caring. Haha! One of my earliest fond memories of food is from being really little and sitting at the table with my parents, eating Mexican food to-go from one our favorite restaurants. I can still picture and smell and even taste the buttery corn and the spicy rice and beans.
If Southern Fellow could develop a recipe for you, what would it be?
I love to eat as healthy as I can, but I still love to get my fix of biscuits and jam and cheesy potato casserole when I’m in Nashville. I’m all about easy and smart substitutions, like cauliflower, zucchini noodles, and spaghetti squash, when I’m cooking at home. I would love to have a recipe that incorporates the “comfort” aspect while still being healthy. I’m always watching cooking videos, looking for recipes to try.
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
You’re already giving me ideas for my next song! I really believe that “Food is love”, so maybe I would write about the memories associated with different foods, like holidays with my family.
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What does the next year look like for you?
I recently just returned home from an amazing month-long Nashville trip, where I made some great friends, had some awesome songwriting sessions, and played some amazing shows. I’m hoping to go back as soon as possible! In the meantime, I’m back home in California, performing all over, as well as focusing on writing and working on my next releases.
Tell us about your experience on American Idol and what impact did that have on you as a young artist.
I was a contestant on Season 13 when I was 15 years old, and it was a wonderful growing experience. It was crazy to actually be inside the world of the famous show that I had grown up watching with my family. It was a lot of hard work, very quick-moving and high intensity but all worth it, because it taught me a lot about my own determination. I made it through to the last day of Hollywood Week and was the youngest contestant in the Top 48. For quite awhile, I looked back and thought of everything I could have maybe done differently, but now I’m very proud of how far I went, and I know that I did my absolute best.
If you started a charity what purpose would it serve and why is that issue important to you?
If I were to create a charity, I would love to start a foundation that helps bring music to children and teens who need a little bit of happiness, or distraction from hardships, or maybe some guidance, like kids and teens who struggle with mental disorders and disabilities, or other diseases, or substance abuse. Maybe music can help them escape for a little bit, or maybe they’ll find a new passion in it. I believe music is so so powerful and can bring so much happiness and even change people’s lives.
Is there anything else you want your fans at Southern Fellow to know?
Thank you so much for inviting me into the Southern Fellow family! Thank you, Patrick, for interviewing me, and thank you to the readers for taking your time to get to know me! I hope to share new music with you all very soon! 🙂
I can honestly say what an amazing surprise it is to have Sabrina Lentini as part of the Southern Fellow family. As hard as it is for me to say, as a grown man I have a little crush on this amazing person. Speaking of grown men, it is time to get Sabrina Lentini’s latest single “Call Yourself a Man” and all of her music to add to that playlist of yours. Yes, Halloween is over, so dust the cobwebs and spiders off your playlist and breathe some life in it with music from Sabrina Lentini. You can find her music everywhere including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Google Music and Amazon. Also click below to enter in that giveaway.
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