Singer/Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano Shines Light on Bullying with 'Reflection'
With the National Center for Educational Statistics reporting that one out of every five students in the U.S. say they've experienced some form of bullying, the issue continues to have a powerful impact on children and young adults alike who look for outlets to express their pain along with messages of hope. Having gone through her own bout with being bullied however, Sammi Rae Murciano has turned her hardship into "Reflection" (OUT NOW!), an empowering track that looks back at her own experiences, along with a brand new EP set to debut this Fall!
"The line in the song 'living everyday not knowing what was going to happen or be' shows everything I've gone through getting up each and every day." says the singer. But having been bullied gave her inspiration to help others that are going through the same thing. "There are many stories you hear about people being bullied and how they resort to harmful and drastic measures which could lead to dangerous outcomes." But Murciano had the perfect outlet to channel her own pain, saying "I had my singing to turn to and it's only made me stronger. As a way to escape from the feelings of being hurt, bullied, and hated on, I started writing in my journal...which turned into a source for songs that told my story".
Recorded at The Loft Sound Studio with recording artist and winner of MTV's "Making The Band 4" Donnie Klang and Artist/Engineer Matthew LaPorte, the incredible production value help further highlight its powerful message.
The Long Island native has been singing for three years, and garnering a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. As a recent review by Digital Journal stated - "Her breathy vocals are expressive, and reminiscent of a young Demi Lovato", and for Murciano, singing is her passion.
Inspired by a wide range of talents before her, she has cited her major influences as everyone from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele, and many more. Her strong and soulful voice is well beyond her years at the young age of 16, and knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra, especially showcased through "Reflection".
On her early beginnings as a singer, she's said of her musical awakening in school "I always loved to sing. I was in chorus, and had a solo. Being in front of everyone performing, was an amazing feeling. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," continuing "I would love to tour all over the world, and my dream is to perform at Madison Square Garden." And with her continued drive and incredible voice, she certainly seems to be on the right path.
Currently working on new cover videos, and a number of live dates, she recently opened for Nick Cincotta and Rapta on their North East tour along with a live performance at Foxwoods Resort & Casino for the That's Entertainment National Dance Competition!
With an incredible sense of motivation for following her true calling, Murciano has said she owes it to "Knowing that I get to get up everyday, and do what I love, which is singing", and with that amount of drive, there will certainly be more to come.
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