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posted Friday, July 12, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 28
Sarey Savy - Making a dent in Seattle's music scene, one show at a time
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Sarey Savy - Making a dent in Seattle's music scene, one show at a time

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Sarey Savy is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter who is taking the Seattle music scene by storm.

And he's doing it by paying his dues performing locally at school plays, Pride events, and basically any venue that will book him.

Savy is no stranger to the local music scene; he began singing at the age of 8. By the time he was around 12; he attempted an audition for America's Got Talent, but didn't receive a call back.

Though at the time, it was an upsetting moment for him, that didn't stop this strong personality from pursuing his aspirations and he has continued to work hard to fulfill his dreams of performing. He began working even harder the following year to hone his skills as a performer and actor. Soon he was working with industry professionals based in California to make a name for himself independently and then he got the attention he wanted from performing venues.

'I am from White Center,' Savy told Seattle Gay News in a recent interview. 'It lies between Seattle and Burien.'

Savy is a student at the Arts and Academics Academy where he performs in the school's choir. According to Savy, singing runs in the family. Savy has four sisters and they can all sing. Their mother, a singer in her native Cambodia, first introduced Savy to music.

'There's not one day where there isn't someone singing in the house,' Savy said.

'My vocals have often been criticized for strictly being the R&B style but, 'I go against that,' Savy said. 'I don't like to be put in a box, so I like to consider myself as a 'versatile singer' 'whatever I feel, I will write to.'

It can be a dance song or an acoustic type of sound, he said. 'My music takes me in all sorts of directions.'

Savy does not have an album out. 'I'm working on building a solid fan base and personally, I don't think I'm ready for that step just yet.'

'I have, however, released my Thinking Out Loud mixtape in February, which I'm currently on tour for.'

So far, the single Savy released with a label 'Sweet (Like Candy)' has not charted on any national billboard charts, but Savy tells SGN, 'that's not stopping me!'

In many ways, Savy is an activist at heart. When he was just 9 years-old, he came out as Gay to fellow students. He aspires to be a source of inspiration for Cambodian-Americans and members of the LGBT community.

His message to young men and women in the LGBT community is 'Be yourself.'

'Be who you are. Put yourself in a place where you can be happy, and be who you are,' he said.

'I went through an alternative route of getting acceptance than your typical story of bullying,' he admits. 'The pushing to the lockers, threatening peers, all of that stuff you see in the movies about the lives of LGBT youth or articles you read about them online is not what happened to me. I had a very positive outcome and am very proud of it.'

'My mother and I had some trouble for a while, but it didn't last long and she's come to a point in her life where her mindset is that she can't change me, but only love me,' said Savy. 'I am her son.'

Savy embraces that philosophy in his own music. 'Everyone has a different beginning & everyone has a different story,' he said.

'As of right now, I want to establish a solid fan base in Seattle by mainly targeting the LGBT community because I write all of my songs through a same-sex couple's perspective,' said Savy. 'I feel like mainstream artists are afraid to express same-sex issues. Macklemore and Mary Lambert did a fantastic job with their 'Same Love' track, but I feel we need a youngster who is not afraid to speak the truth and go in depth of what it's like to be an openly Gay singer and the deep shit they go through because, it's not recognizable through music and it's aggravating to think that the truth is hidden from the public eye.'

Last year, and now, halfway into 2013, Savy says he's learned a great deal about himself.

'The thing I think is most valuable is to always fight for what you believe in, no matter how scared you are because support is everywhere,' he said. 'I know that no matter what goes down, I have the help I need to succeed in any situation.'

'In my music, I openly express my feelings with no fear,' Savy continued. 'It's not about the sexuality of the person who wrote the song, it's all about relating to the mood, the lyrics of the song.'

Last weekend, Savy performed at his first LGBT Pride event and says the experience couldn't have been better. 'I performed at the GLSEN Dance Party and Capitol Hill Pride Festival,' he said. 'Honestly, I'm very happy and proud of myself at this very moment. I literally wanted to cry after seeing the crowd stepping up and gathering around the main stage on my third song in my 30 minute set.'

'The LGBT community has officially heard my music and it feels great!'

'Connecting with the audience made me feel unstoppable because of all the support they were giving me,' said Savy. 'Just the screaming, the shouting, the #TEAMSAREY sign one of my fans was holding all contributed to the best experience I've ever had to date.'

To learn more about Sarey Savy and his music, visit www.facebook.com/SareySavyOfficial. A free download of his mixtape is available at mixtapefac-tory.com/thinking_out_loud.html (contains some explicit lyrics). If you would like to book Sarey for your next event, please contact his manager Ray Shepherd at (253)-882-7881 or dblerent@gmail.com.

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