We had the good fortune of connecting with SORMANI and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SORMANI, what do you attribute your success to?
It’s an interesting question to begin the interview with because it depends on what we define success as. Based on my experience, we can have so many dreams and goals but if we don’t take action we’ll be dreaming forever, I’m now for example finishing up my debut single and so many ask why it has taken me so long and I guess it has to do with having a clear vision of what kind of product I wanted to share with my audience, I didn’t want to release music just because, if you want your audience to value your music you must give them quality music and you will see the results. I began my music career in high school singing for the whole school then in church as a worship director for 10 years, then beginning my own journey as an independent artist performing in venues, theaters, auditoriums or events and I had to push myself to become better, to be disciplined, to work hard, to seek excellence, it was hard, in the beginning only a few believe in you and there are so many obstacles specially in the music industry where it is so easy to compromise your talent but if we stay true to ourselves sooner or later people will notice that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer and songwriter, I began performing in high school when I was just 15 years, I was very shy and insecure maybe because of the language barrier in that time but I found in music a way to express what I was not able through a simple conversation, music helped me connect with people, with God with the universe and I’m extremely happy to have followed my heart, I don’t regret anything, every single step I have given so far has brought me a lesson to learn and joy in my heart, I’m not the typical singer, on stage is a different story but in my daily life I’m still learning to not be so reserved and maybe open up a bit more. By releasing my debut single I’m beginning a new season in my life and my only goal is to give back to the world so much love that I have received, throughout all these years, their support and love have been key in my career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would first take them to Buca Di Beppo which is my favorite traditional Italian restaurant or the best Peruvian food in Los Angeles Pollo Inka, then probably around 9pm we’re hitting 71above in Downtown LA for a nice view of the city while drinking some good wine and after hanging out with all of my friends because trust me my friends and I have a good and wild time when we get together.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, there are so many people, honestly, from Mrs. Joy Devlin who believed in me from the beginning when I was just a teenager and treated me like a son to the amazing congregations Christ for the nations and Revival City where I directed worship, the amazing teams that I had the privilege to lead, the amazing Maxwell and Ani Kresse whom have been my coaches, my amazing audience who has been patiently waiting for me to finally release original music, my mom who is my hero, my amazing friends who I love and I’m so blessed to make life with and God for accepting me loving me unconditionally.
Image Credits for debut single: Kip Knight Image credit for Friendship Auditorium: Peter Flores Image Credit for Sormani performing: Peter Flores