New York - GRAMMY U SoundChecks with SZA

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  • Photo: Moly Chapman/Recording Academy
  • Photo: Moly Chapman/Recording Academy

By: Molly Chapman / GRAMMY U New York Student Representative

GRAMMY U New York members were able to attend a very special GRAMMY U SoundChecks with SZA at Irving Plaza on December 11th, 2018.  Gracing the stage in a full-on camo tracksuit, SZA’s coolness filled the room.  While SZA expressed to us that her voice was a bit sore, she was kind enough to still sound check a couple songs, ending with a crowd favorite, “Go Gina.”  Transitioning to the Q&A portion of the event, we all headed downstairs into a very intimate room in the lobby of the venue.  Before we dove into questions, SZA went from student to student, asking for their name and greeting each GRAMMY U member with a hug.

Many GRAMMY U members asked questions revolving around the ever-changing nature of being an artist. How does one find their sound? How do you know when you have become the artist you’ve always envisioned? It seemed that SZA had a very clear answer: just do you. It won’t benefit an artist to focus on the negative, or to try and please other people. Simply put, make music for you. Keep writing and being you, and as you grow as an artist you will simultaneously learn more about who you want to be as an artist. 

To conclude the event, SZA was generous enough to offer tickets to the GRAMMY U members for her NYC show that night.  SZA radiated so much love and realness; she made the entire event one to remember.

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