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Alina Baraz

The Soulful Artist Coming to a Stage Near You

Currently headlining a North American tour, singer-songwriter Alina Baraz is having a whirlwind year. From releasing a surprise nine-track EP titled The Color of You to performing at Coachella (“I had waited to go until I could be onstage, so it felt like a real milestone,” says Baraz), the 24-year-old is well on her way to capturing America’s attention.

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Backtrack a few years and you’ll see that Baraz’s rise has been steady: dropping the dazzling Urban Flora EP with Galimatias in 2015 and then making waves in 2017 with “Electric” featuring Khalid. Baraz had previously kept her image private from her fans until the release of The Color of You—a decision that she says wasn’t based on insecurity but rather the fact that she wanted to be known for her voice first and foremost.

But when you watch the music videos for both “Yours” and “I Don’t Even Know Why Though,” it’s hard to ignore how Baraz’s Old Hollywood aesthetic really complements her fresh and soulful voice. Still, don’t even think about pigeonholing her. While heavily inspired by R&B, Baraz says she “just wants it to be music.” Amen to that.

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do. The question was never how, it was more like when will I actually do this? I had my whole life to prepare exactly how I wanted it to be, it was just a matter of when.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your work that they probably don’t?

“It’s not always so glamorous, and there are lots of things that test you, but there are a lot of beautiful things that make it worth it that outweigh everything else.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Don’t criticize or judge yourself, because other people will do it anyway. Let the work and dreams speak for themselves.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“My mom.”

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