Photos: Daria Kobayashi Ritch
The release of Sabrina Claudio's latest project was accompanied with a single, candid tweet.
i wrote this in a time where my vulnerability was at an all time high & i’ve never felt more free spilling my heart out on paper. This was created in a month & ½ w/ my musical soulmate @sadmoneymusic along with a few other incredible musicians & producers. I hope you love.- SC (@sabrinaclaudio)August 15, 2018
For Sabrina Claudio, the past few years have not been without their fair share of triumphs and downfalls. The Miami-born R&B artist quickly amassed an avid following through a superb series of covers, which ranged the gamut from Frank Ocean to Beyoncé, in addition to her phenomenal debut album About Time. Despite Claudio's vast amount of early promise, her career faced sudden backlash after a series of racist tweet surfaced. The artist has since apologized on multiple occasions and has sought to move forward as a person and grow from her younger self. Her latest project No Rain, No Flowers feels like the crystallization of Claudio evolving as a person and an artist.
A collection of eight airy, introspective R&B numbers, No Rain, No Flowers is the synthesis of an artist climbing upwards towards her peak. From the outset of the project, Claudio wastes no time at all demonstrating her intrinsic gift of infusing her music with a profound sense of longing. Her voice is one that cries out at the pains and longings of her heart, while never relinquishing an ounce of its underlying power.
On the thematic elements that brought the project to life, Claudio shared,
"'No Rain, No Flowers' is an inside look into my journey of healing and growth. Rain symbolizes darkness but also represents an essential part of rebirth. If there is no rain, there are no flowers."
Completely vulnerable, Claudio leisurely moves through the expansive space of No Rain, No Flowers with a sense of grace and poise that seems transcendent. Letting her velvety vocals linger on and echo every word, one moment from the next becomes nearly indistinguishable. No Rain, No Flowers blends together as something greater than the sum of its gorgeous components. It becomes an exquisite, singular musical moment of an artist moving ever-forward.
Listen to No Rain, No Flowers below: