Raye Zaragoza

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Raye Zaragoza writes songs that rattle the social and political climate. Her lyrics are to the point and her message is clear: Zaragoza is a "voice of change." We asked her 3 questions. Here are her answers: 

Who inspires you as a writer?

Everyone around me, the ground beneath my feet, the wind, the trees, and cities. I like to write about the most wonderful and darkest parts of life. I try to always open my heart and my eyes to everyone and everything I see - because you never know who or what is going to inspire you.

What is your songwriting process like?

I am always writing songs. I will sing ideas into my phone, or write ideas on paper all the time. Sometimes, I will think of a line that will stick with me and then I will write a song from that line.

One of the first songs I wrote was a song called “In This City” because I couldn’t get this line out of my head - “In this city, I feel pretty.” It stuck with me, almost haunted me, until it became a song. But I think most of my songs are an outcome of an overwhelming emotion that just needs to be expressed. I will pick up my guitar, and just start jamming with chords and sing whatever comes into my head until a song is formed.

What messages do you wish to spread through music?

Ultimately, I want my music to heal. I want people to listen to my music and know that they are not alone. Music got me through my darkest times, and I hope that my music can do that for others.

I write a lot of songs about fighting for our rights as human beings, and I am always outspoken about my social & political beliefs. In these times we’re in, I think it is an artist’s duty to be vocal and stand up for what they believe in.

I am grateful that my song “In The River” was able to spread awareness during the Standing Rock Movement, and I hope to continue to write songs that can be the voice of change.