From lyrics of intimate vulnerability to proud anthems of self-empowerment, singer-songwriter Salome Pacific reveals a rich spectrum of compelling emotions connected to a deep well of expression. Against propulsive rhythms, sparkling tracks and rich orchestral flourishes, she commands the spotlight, delivering fierce vocals with an undeniable commitment of consciousness, awareness and pure soul.
From Africa to the Bay Area, Salome has traversed continents, oceans and cultures to fulfill her artistic destiny. Originally from the Republic of Kenya, she grew up in the church singing in gospel choirs. From this experience, she developed keen instincts for intricate harmonies and captivating melodies. Relocating to Koln, Germany, she entered the professional musical and performance realms, signing to a major agency and recording for Sony Records.In the recording studio, Salome says that she feels at home with the creative flow. ‘Maybe it is because I’m from Africa, but I hear beats. So I always have the rhythms and I sing the melodies to the musicians.’
Now, in this newest phase of her career, Salome has penned a compelling series of songs for her newest recording project. A prolific songwriter, she has no shortage of concepts, lyrics and melodies. ‘Sometimes when I am sleeping at night, the songs just come,’ she says. ‘There are so many songs that I have to finish, but sometimes I don’t like writing songs – they take me to a place that is too vulnerable, and exposes too much.’
Among her standout tracks is a song titled ‘Beautiful and Strong.’ While the lyrics present a manifesto of strength and resilience, Salome says that the day of recording the song was one of self-doubt. ‘I wondered, ‘How can I sing these lines when I’m not feeling this way?’ But the producer reminded me with my own words, ‘There is nothing you have to prove: you are beautiful and strong.”
With music as a passport, her songs reflect the duration and evolution of a journey that mirrors her art. Authentic, evolving and deeply emotional, Salome says that as a creator, ultimately she writes songs for herself. ‘But I want to see if other people feel the same way that I do when they listen. I want them to know who I am and the truth about me. You can’t write songs and create music any other way. It is either genuine or not – because you can’t fake the story of a life.’