Music is a powerful tool, both for those who create it and those who find solace, comfort and delight in listening to it. 19 year-old BATYA is one of those people for whom the lines blur. An avid music fan since childhood, and after being given her first guitar at the age of 15 by her older sister Talia, she knew that music was her future.
Sadly, Talia passed away in the winter of 2013, and despite the heartbreak, BATYA decided to use the tragedy to ensure she devoted all her time and energy to living her life to the full, and that meant by making music and make it exactly how she wanted and by creating songs that had real meaning behind them. She says of her music and her song-writing:
We are all given such a short amount of time in this world we should live every moment the way we want to and if we fear nothing we can accomplish everything.
Today, BATYA creates songs inspired by her personal experiences of heartache, love, tragedy and loss which are only made stronger by the reality she endured of having very few people around to help her through the struggles.
While many might find music little more than something to have playing in the background to their every day lives, it is very much a form of therapy for BATYA, and her music offers such therapy, support and hope to those who give it a listen.
As she prepares for the release of her debut album, she has now shared the track "Turn The Page" which you can listen to below. Asked about the story behind the song, she explains:
"Turn The Page" essentially is a song is about accepting your loss’s or hardships and moving onto a new chapter. We experience so much in life and it’s usually easier to focus on the negative things but when we just accept them as a part of our journey there’s more room for us to see and let in the positive things too.