For the last four years, Sarah Solovay has taken a break from music to focus on her education, attending Yale University. Now the artist is back with her newest single, “Rough Draft,” released just last month. A powerful track that focuses on the idea that you’ll always be a work in progress and should never give up on your dreams, “Rough Draft” has been catching the attention of many, garnering radio play on SiriusXM, over 47,000 streams on Spotify, and has been added to Apple Music’s “Future Hits” playlist. Today we are thrilled to share the exclusive premiere of the imaginative video, created by the ambidextrous artist Xiaonan, which features hand drawn portraits of both Solovay and details lifted from the song's lyrics. Check out the video for “Rough Draft” in the player above!
Beautifully artistic and imaginative, Solovay worked closely with Xiaonan to create a video that would be different than most. She shares with us, “I feel really lucky that “Rough Draft” resonated with Xiaonan enough that he wanted to work on this video together. He’s such a brilliant artist, and it was clear from the get go that he really clicked with the song and understood it on a deeper level than most people. I think the video speaks volumes about his abilities and his connection with the music—the vignettes are all so beautifully crafted, and each one perfectly reflects the lyric it’s illustrating.” She goes on to explain how the concept of the video was created, stating, “Because Xiaonan is an artist himself, he was really conscious of how personal the song is to me, and went out of his way to ask for my ideas and feedback, to make sure that the video was infused with my perspective and personality, too. A good example of this is the first pre-chorus and chorus, at the part where I sing, “all these pieces and parts of me/could be something larger than me/one day, one day.” We went back forth a lot about what to put here, and what we’ve ended up with are symbols of things that are very much “pieces and parts of me” – the hummingbird (my spirit animal/life symbol), my guitar, a piano, musical notes. There are lots of little details like this throughout the video, little personality things that Xiaonan was so brilliant about including.”
For those unfamiliar with Xiaonan, his work has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums for his two-handed simultaneous drawings. Xiaonan said of the video, "Essentially the video created itself in my mind fairly effortlessly. The slightly tougher part was just bringing what I saw in my mind's eye to the real world. I'm pretty happy with the result and it is very close to what I imagined, and I hope it matches the song does the music justice."
Solovay has been passionate about music since a young age, from picking up a guitar at age 6 to writing at age 9 to creating albums by the time she was 14. By her 18th birthday she was featured in New York Times, opening for artists like Train and John Mayer, and was in the running to be a 2011 Grammy Nominated artist for “Song of the Year” and “Best Female Pop Performance.” Solovay took a break from music to focus on her education and is now back as a force to be reckoned with. To learn more about Solovay’s musical journey, check out our exclusive interview with the artist in our Songs You Wish You Wrote feature, here.
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