We had a chat with R&B songstress Sara Diamond to get some insight into her EP Foreword and future plans
Having begun her musical career in the year 2000 at just five years old, Sara Diamond has since opted to press the restart button on her career. Unhappy with the levels of micromanagement and lack of control that you face in such an industry, after some time away she has returned, revitalised and hungry.
Diamond now writes and performs her own music and, in the process, has become renowned for her new, freer, more liberated style. She released her first solo single ‘Just Give In’ and she has never looked back since. Following a successful 2018 that took her to new heights following the release of her excellent EP Foreword. We caught up with Diamond to pick her brain and find out a little bit more about her.
How are things for Sara Diamond right now?
Things are great! I’m coming off a busy summer and I’m looking forward to the New Year.
How would you describe the journey that you’ve been on to get to
where you are now?
Every day is something new. It’s nice to be at a point in my life where I can look back at my journey so far with love and gratitude, and still be excited for what’s to come.
Not long ago you released your debut EP Foreword, what would you say
are the key themes behind it?
Love, loss, and self-exploration.
What was the process like in bringing it to life?
A lot of studio time, a lot of tears, a lot of experiences and memories.
Are you pleased with the reaction that you’ve received from it?
So far, yes! I’m proud of this first body of work. I love seeing how people describe their experience with the music. It’s awesome.
How would you describe Sara Diamond’s sound to somebody unfamiliar
R&B influenced and velvety.
We love your single ‘Know My Name’, can you tell us a little
more about it?
Know my Name, like the rest of the songs on the EP, was written super quickly, a stream of consciousness moment. I wrote it with my good friends Naji and Brody Gillman, in my living room! We were all hanging, along with an artist friend of mine, Romy Schick, who was painting in my apartment at the time.
What would you say are the biggest influences on your sound?
I grew up listening to India.Arie, Christina Aguilera, Amanda Marshall, James Morrison, Justin Nozuka… so musically I would say they are my foundational influences.
What would you say is the biggest highlight of your career to date?
Headlining a show at the Phi Center in Montreal, my hometown.
What is next for Sara Diamond?
More music, more visuals, more live performances.
Foreword is out now through CYOR Sound.