Music Industry

Week 4 Spotlight & Interview with Isabella Ifrah

Here we are! As promised here is our weekly spotlight for week 4. We are highlighting independent artist, Isabella Ifrah.

Isabella is a nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter and musician from Arkansas. She recently reached out to me and showed me her music. What gravitated me towards her was one of her songs from her most recent EP, How To Fix A Broken Self, “I Don’t Mind the Wait”. Actually, if you listen to all of her songs on her EP I’m sure you will be just as impressed as I was. It’s interesting because there are so many talented people out in the world, and it can be very difficult to make a name for yourself. All of her songs that she released on this EP definitely got me in my feelings. Isabella has such a unique tone and approach to music. Her instrumentation in each song is very powerful; it builds, and builds, and builds.

I mentioned this in one of my TikTok’s and I want to reiterate it here. Being an independent artist in such a competitive industry can be very challenging and difficult. It can be hard for artists to make a name for themselves. It also needs to be noted that there are all kinds of different genres, and there are so many different people that gravitate towards different music.

Here is a recent interview I had with Isabella talking about how she got started in music, what inspires her, and who she is as an independent artist:

What got you started in music? 

So, I have been into music ever since I could speak, I would be singing songs all around the house and in the car. My parents are huge music people and I had the pleasure of attending many concerts growing up, and I fell absolutely in love with the idea of being up on that stage one day. I’ve taught myself guitar and piano and started out making covers on YouTube, and now my love and passion for music has grown even more. 

Your most recent EP was released in 2020, can we expect any music from you soon? Or are you working on anything?

With the pandemic, it has made it hard to put out new music, but I am so proud of this EP that I have, I want to give it more exposure and have a chance for it to take off and get the attention it deserves. I’m filming a music video for my song “I Don’t Mind The Wait” this month which will be something to look forward to. Hopes are that this video will help promote the EP and gain some traction to help me build a fan base. 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from a lot of people, my parents inspire me to work hard and reach for my dreams no matter how absurd they seem, and for their support with my music I am forever grateful. In terms of music inspiration, I take a lot from my favorite band Coldplay and also other artists I listened to growing up including: Maroon 5, The Script, The Fray, and Taylor Swift. 

Who are you currently listening to? Have they inspired you in any way? If so, how? 

I have been listening to a lot of indie/alt music lately cause I absolutely love the sound it has. It definitely has inspired me and given me ideas for more music I would want to make myself. Some artists I have on rotation right now include Chase Atlantic, The 1975, LANY, and EDEN. 

What’s next for you? 

In looking at what’s next for me, I am just pushing and doing everything I can to make myself known and heard. I’ve started up a music dedicated TikTok account where I post everyday in attempt to get some more following, and I’m also just hoping with my new music video coming out I’ll have something cool to promote to help just push me closer and closer to my ultimate dream of being able to sing for a living and perform on the stages like the artists I looked up to growing up. 

That’s it for this week’s spotlight! Or is it? Stay tuned!

I’ll link her socials and music below so you all can check her out

Spotify. Instagram. TikTok.

By The A&R Guru

Kristi, founder and creator of The A&R Guru, graduated from Belmont University in April of 2021. She earned her BBA in Music Business and a minor in Production. She's passionate about A&R, digital marketing, event management, production, and touring. One of the most important things she wants her audience to know is that talent is everywhere, and as a music industry professional, she is determined to find it.

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