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The latest installment of our ongoing Meet the Muse series sets its sights on striking neo-soul singer Snoh Aalegra. Born and raised in Stockholm, the Persian beauty has been belting out soulful jams since she landed her first deal at the tender age of 14.

After a stint in London, Aalegra would ultimately migrate to Los Angeles, where she’s currently gearing up to drop her forthcoming EP, Don’t Explain, via prolific hip-hop and R&B music producer No I.D.’s ARTium Recordings record label imprint.

We asked Snoh 10 questions in order to get to know her a little more and see what’s on her music agenda. See what she had to say below and check out our previous Meet the Muse feature with Fool’s Gold Records signee, Leaf.

How old were you when you realized that you wanted to pursue music as a profession?

I was nine years old when I told my mother that I wanted to be an artist. She supported the idea, but waited until I got older and actually helped me get my first record deal with SONY right before I turned 14.

How did you come to this realization?

It was something about the way I would feel listening to some of my great heroes; the goosebumps I would get, the way I would lose myself in the music. Music was truly my first love in life.

Favorite artists at the moment?

Drake, Roy Woods and The Weeknd. I guess the Canadians are winning right now.

Favorite album of all time?

It’s hard to pick just one, but The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is high up on my list.

Dream collaboration?

Stevie Wonder, Damian Marley, Nas, Frank Ocean and Lauryn Hill.

How would you describe your sound?

Cinematic soul.

How did growing up in Sweden shape you as a musician?

It forced me to dream big. I grew up in a small town with a population of about 40,000 people, so it taught me to go against the grain. People would give me crazy looks when I would say that I wanted to leave Sweden and make music for a living.

Has living in LA influenced your sound as of late?

Well, my new project is very inspired by the experiences I’ve had in LA since I’ve spent most of my time here the last few years.

I write from my own personal experiences, so it’s just a natural transition that happens with my sound and my writing depending on the environment and people I surround myself with.

What do you want to achieve in the next five years?

The pursuit of happiness has been an ongoing yet unattainable utopia. I don’t know if there will ever be a moment where I will feel entirely at peace with myself, but I’m working on my self-acceptance and the things I can’t change everyday in my life; it’s an ongoing battle that may never end.

Other than that, I want to see the world, I want to make the best music I can possibly make and hopefully be in a position where I can be a part of something, like a collective of amazing people who all strive to contribute to something bigger than themselves as individuals. I have really amazing people around me and I would hope for that to not change.

In one word, how would you like a listener to feel after they’ve listened to your music?

Inspired.

Head over to iTunes to cop Snoh’s impending EP, Don’t Explain, but in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the artist’s sound by streaming her stellar 2014 EP, There Will Be Sunshine, below.

  • Photographer: Emanuele D'Angelo
  • Hair & Make-Up: Cherish Brooke-Hill
  • Model: Snoh Aalegra
  • Brands: 424 on Fairfax, Botega Venetta, Nike, Weekday, Raf Simons x Storm, Comme des Garçons, Xander Zhou
Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America
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