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Coming from a musicians' family, it's no surprise that Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez has a knack for this. Rooted in jazz and R&B, this cross-genre Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter is about to release her album If they're mine on May 21 in which she's opening up like never before. Today we're releasing a behind-the-scenes video of the making of her next release in which she shows how she has built herself from the bottom up, by expressing her personal truth with bravery. She does so by showcasing her lyrical and signing skills, mixed with other tender never-before-seen moments with her loved ones in the process of making an album.

Being an experienced performer, having played at venues like the Brooklyn Bowl and the Moma PS1, she's now ready to release into the wild her newest long-form project. The video we're showing today is a representation of her own journey, of becoming a leader and taking the reigns and masterfully creating her album, with the help of other integral collaborators like producer and brother Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez, and Luke McCrosson and Zach Berns who are part of her band.

This has not been an easy journey, however, as she describes "As a young woman in a male-dominated industry, the process of trusting my voice and my ear, of standing by my creative vision, is a continuous one. In the studio, while on the clock, it’s especially important that I surround myself with collaborators that I trust." It's hard not to listen to that voice of yours that has believed the myth of the imposter syndrome, however, it seems that Sokolov-Gonzalez and her album If they're mine have managed to overcome that, even if just for this project.

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Mercedes Rosés

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