We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Sjöwall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It pursued me. I grew up in a working class family and was the first one to graduate from college. During that time, music was purely an emotional outlet. I completed a degree in political science and planned to go to law school after a year off to boost my finances. However, enough people encouraged me to pursue a singing career that I eventually took the leap. Difficult as this particular year has been for the music world, I do not regret the choice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a classically trained singer, and my main focus in the beginning of my career was opera. I have performed over 30 roles in different opera houses across the country. I love the operatic art form, the visceral effect is has on the audience and bringing a character to life on stage. But I have also collaborated with composers on video game and film scores as well as artists in the pop/rock world. I find it exciting and fascinating to blend genres and work with people from other musical backgrounds.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To Melissa Malde, my first voice teacher without whom I would never have pursued this career. To Juliana Gondek, Rakefet Hak, and Peter Kazaras at UCLA, all of whom helped me to find my unique sound and to navigate this career. To my wonderful group of artist mothers who listen, understand, and encourage me. To Suzanne Rovani and Laura Wilde, amazing artists and absolutely beautiful souls. Last but not least, my husband Marcus Sjöwall, who supports me always.
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