If you’re looking for a honest soul reminiscent of a young Amy Winehouse that is lyrically implicative to the great Ms. Lauryn Hill, with a soulful undertone, look no further. The Persian-Swedish songstress, Snoh Aalegra, has what you need.Before her birth, Aalegra’s Persian parents migrated from Iran to Sweden. On September 13, 2987, Snoh Aalegra was born in Uppsala, Sweden, a small town right outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
Although “usually in Persian families they are all about the Persian music,” Aalegra says, her childhood was filled with the abounding sounds of Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson that laid the foundation of her unique sound as an artist. The proof is in the pudding! Music has always been a passion for Aalegra. She wrote her first song at the age of 9 “Take a Ride in the Heavens.” At the tender age of 14, Aalegra was signed to Sony Sweden where she simultaneously wrote and recorded music while still keeping up with her high school studies. Although things didn’t quite work out for Aalegra at Sony Sweden, she kept the faith and kept grinding.
Aalegra did a brief stint in London, England, then packed up and moved again to Los Angeles, California to grind even harder. Every artist has a pivotal moment in their journey when their career takes a turn for the better. Aalegra’s moment is when she connected with the hip-hop legend and champion producer, No ID. By September of 2013, Aalegra was signed to his label ARTium through Epic. The fruits of her labor are now palpable through the release of her 6 track EP, There Will Be Sunshine, in 2014, produced by No ID. Aalegra teams up with hip-hop veteran and label mate, Common, for the EP’s most popular song, Bad Things. There are no games or gimmicks when it comes to Aalegra. Her transparency and commerical-less lyrics are refreshing, honest and sobering. Aalegra takes a very introspective look into the dealings a life, love, and loss and vividly unpacks them in her music. This is especially reflective in Aalegra’s 2015 single, Emotional.
Snoh just released her new EP “DON’T EXPLAIN – A mini album,” which is available here and listen below.
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