Soulful, serenading and sultry, Sabrina Claudio embraces her womanhood and artistry to the fullest extent on her 2019 full-length, Truth Is. The album marks the culmination of a three-year journey from D.I.Y. bedroom singer and songwriter to prolific international headliner.
Leaping from a shy and introverted solo creator to an outspoken collaborative force in the studio, the Miami-born Los Angeles-based half-Cuban half-Puerto Rican R&B songstress first captivated audiences with her seductive vocals in ‘Belong to You’ alongside 6LACK. Following their tour together, she then went on to collaborate with everyone from Khalid and BURNS to A$AP Rocky, Wale and more recently, Zayn.
“Due to the high from performing every night, I was just incredibly inspired to start writing again,” she explains. “I’d like to think every song was a captured moment in time. The sentiment behind each song holds a similar meaning.”
Capitalizing on this inspiration, she opened up to collaboration like never before, challenging herself to write in a new way. Rather than isolate, she welcomed a myriad of co-writers and producers, ranging from Julia Michaels [Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez], Simon Wilcox [Nick Jonas, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato], Lisa Scinta, and Jessica Karporv a.k.a. HARLOE [JoJo, Madison Beer] to Stephan Moccio [The Weeknd, Dua Lipa]. As a result, the vision organically expanded.
“I wrote ‘Truth Is’ during a quick session with Julia Michaels,” she recalls. “It was our first time working together. It was like telling a story alone to a diary. The song is about emotions we often think of but are afraid to voice—the feelings we try to convince ourselves we don’t actually feel. Those two words, Truth Is, symbolize everything this album is about.”
The jazz-y noir catharsis of “Me In Her” sends “a brokenhearted love letter to someone who has moved on only to find someone who is almost exactly like you.” Elsewhere, dreamy piano tingles on “As Long As You’re Asleep” where she details “someone only being able to live life happily knowing the person who left them in pieces is asleep.” In the end, Sabrina Claudio emerges as the artist and woman she was always meant to be on Truth Is.