Savannah Low is a singer-songwriter based in Dallas, Texas with a professional career spanning over 15 years. Blending pop and R&B, Savannah delivers a sultry sound full of soulful lyrics, connecting emotions with catchy melodies.
She’s featured on multiple tracks ranging from artists across the world, and recently debuted her first solo EP titled ‘Bare’ as a way of stepping out of her comfort zone and into her true artistry.
Savannah’s success is evidence of her capabilities, but her drive and love of music is another symbol of willingness to captivate audiences and create meaningful, rhythmic art.
We had the opportunity to chat with Savannah low about American Idol, music, life, and being nominated for a 2019 COSIGN Award.
Everyone has a unique story, what would you say is yours?
When you’re on American Idol, they ask you if you have a particularly moving story to tell. I remember having a hard time trying to relate to that question. I have experienced my fair share of hardship and unfortunate realities. However, I think that often times what makes us unique is our pain and that is also what makes us the same. We’re all suffering in some way, we’re all fighting our own battles. So, I guess my story is that I’m just a person who wants to help people know they are not alone.
Growing up were you always creative? And how did you develop your talent?
My family has VHS tapes of my singing and dancing from the moment I could talk. They spent countless hours driving me all over the state to performances, competitions and lessons when I was too young to drive. They are my heroes.
They are also the first people to #COSIGN me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their sacrifice and support.
That’s amazing, what was the defining moment or spark that inspired you to step into your life as an artist?
I was in a major car accident that resulted in me becoming part robot with a titanium ankle build. I couldn’t walk without assistance for six months. My life went from 70+ hour work weeks to a complete stop. I’m grateful for the time I was able to reflect on my life and happiness. It was then that I came to the realization that I was just going through the motions of how I thought I was supposed to be living, instead of living the life I wanted. After being awarded a scholarship, (and with the help of amazing supporters,) I went to the New York conservatory of dramatic arts. I was able to wake up every day and do what made me happy. That electrifying experience gave me incentive to face my fear of failure and begin making music again.
So sorry to hear that, after coming to this realization, what immediate steps did you take to start bringing your vision to life?
After I returned form New York City I quit my job of 4 years selling cars, and took the leap to begin doing music full time. I was 22 and had a mortgage and on my own, but taking the risk was the best decision I ever made. I wrote ‘bare’ after becoming a mother ignited my determination to pursue my purpose like never before. I realized I could never tell my son to follow his dreams if I was settling for a comfortable life, rather than striving for a life of fulfillment.
That’s powerful! Do you remember the first thing you ever created as an artist? Tell us about the process and how you felt after you showcased it to the world?
I wrote my first song and book when I was 9, following my father’s open heart surgery. I needed an outlet for the pain, fear and anger I was feeling about my father being sick. I found release and healing from creating and that has remained a constant my entire life.
It’s amazing that you knew what you wanted to do at such an early age. In 2020, what does being a creative mean to you?
I have learned from my mistakes and I do not believe in setting expectations. Being a creative in 2020 means waking up every day and striving to out-do your yesterday. My only competition is the woman in the mirror and she’s got a lot of work to do.
You’ve been through so much at a young age, can you discuss the most difficult part of your journey thus far?
I am at a very capricious place in my journey right now. I am stepping it up in all areas of my artistry and focusing on the things I’m less familiar with, like dance, accompanying myself and learning how to take a more direct role in production. It’s a lot to take in and I’m trying to be patient with myself while still making progress at a reasonable pace. Those two concepts are diametrically opposed, so naturally, it sucks..
But overall it will make you a better artist, right. What is one memory that you have that you reflect back to when being an artist tests you?
You cannot be an artist without investing in your craft. Equipment, musicians, studio time, videos, content, everything costs money. I have searched purses, couch cushions and car seats for change so I could buy food, then turned around and put several hundred dollars into my music. You may ask yourself, “is this worth it?” but truthfully, I need music like I need air. If I ceased creating, I’d starve.
If you could ask one question to your idol what would you ask and who would you ask?
I would ask Kelly Clarkson “What do you do to ensure that you remain your genuine, authentic self?”
Congratulations on being nominated for an Observer Award and a COSIGN Award. We have to ask, what does the COSIGN Awards mean to you? (If it means anything at all. lol)
The COSIGN Awards are an esteemed recognition of the diverse fine arts, music, culture, fashion, philanthropy and businesses that our city has to offer.
Thank you so much for your time Savannah, last but not least, name 5 people you #COSIGN along with their Instagram handle.
Andy Welker – @the_vibe_dallas
Brandon Burkhalter – @brandonburkhalter
Vini Vegas – @thelimitlessfitnessstudio
Kelsey Jaggers – @movess_like_jaggers
Sarah Badran – @creativecurrency_
Meagan D’von Funk – @dallasloftstories