Diana Sophia: “Runaway” – thoughtful lyrics and an otherworldly voice
Diana Sophia’s new single “Runaway” sees her push towards a diverse formula to the one she has so successfully been weaving around for years. The talented songstress has decided to move her skillset from her classical and opera singing roots into the pop music arena, having currently completed an EP with producer Rob Guariglia. “Runaway” opens in true pop anthem style. The guitars, keyboards and percussion bark in unison around strumming chords and some very nifty production tweaks that showcases the instruments steadily working towards a subtle building crescendo. Diana’s voice goes for the higher register and it plays off the catchy music really well.
The rest of “Runaway” finds a rejuvenated Diana Sophia holding in tension her signature classically trained voice with the modern bleats of today’s pop music. But rather, than trying to chase after today’s clichéd pop narratives, Diana lets loose allowing her own experiences and emotions to be the driver of this song.
Here she illustrates her feelings of being trapped and finally taking the long journey to New York City to pursue a career making music and art she loves. She does this through both words and images, as the song is supported by a video, directed by Diana herself.
The pure honesty of the song makes it an affecting record. Like stepping in from the cold to find a warm fireplace and your favorite blanket. The new song and video, “Runaway”, by Diana Sophia is the musical equivalent of getting re-acquainted with an old friend, such is the familiarity and glow of Diana’s voice.
Filled with distinctive and glistening vocals Diana speaks up and seems to have found her pop voice, as the song is open, revealing and direct. This track is a beautiful and reflective tribute to the power of hope, life and passion. Obviously her tumultuous experiences and changes have only made her voice stronger, clearer and sweeter.
Diana Sophia’s singular style, haunting, yet comforting voice, and her intelligent lyrics are obvious calling cards. But like all quality songs, “Runaway” takes a few listens to be fully appreciated. After all, Diana’s true talent lies in her thoughtful lyrics and her otherworldly voice, not in cheap pop tunes.
However that’s not to say that “Runaway” is not easily engaging to the ear, because it is. It’s just that the song is layered with beautiful instrumentation and chord progressions which offer enhanced satisfaction over repeated listening.
MORE ABOUT: Diana Sophia is a classically trained singer/songwriter creating music out of Brooklyn, New York. She was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico where she discovered music at a very young age. Diana was selected during a national audition to be an active member of the Mexican Opera House “Palacio de Bellas Artes”, in Mexico City, where she sang as first soprano for almost 7 years as part of the choir, as well as many character and solo roles in different opera productions. She moved to New York City in 2008 where she performed with the Pacific Encored Performances and The Martina Arroyo Foundation.