Sira Faris is a vibrant, unapologetic artist who uses music to create and defend her unique world. Her music is bold, buoyant, and catchy as hell, packed with vintage pop vibes and fronted by her powerful yet serene voice. Faris is particularly adept at blending classic 50s-60s Jazz, Motown, and Big Band styles with more contemporary R&B influences, resulting in music that is warm, polished, and surprisingly real. Her latest album FOUR, released song-by-song in the form of “chapters” beginning in Spring 2019, is an 11-song concept album tracking the healing process after a painful breakup. Faris’s new music raises her brand of old-fashioned-meets-au-courant to the next level with bright melodies, layered production, and charming, relatable lyrics. It’s a record about learning who you are, and defying anyone who tries to define you.
Intent on spreading love and the wisdom of real self-care, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter has developed a knack for sharing her life experience through songs that never feel overbearing or pedantic. While they deal with difficult topics like love and loss, Faris’s songs are lively and liberating, unafraid to be fun, even in the face of heartache. Part Amy Winehouse in the 50s, part Billie Holiday in 2025, Faris tells her story with both raw emotion and polished beauty. The contrast between her taste for old-timey hooks and her keen use of modern vocabulary makes her songs feel both hyper-modern and timeless at once. In “I Wish You the Best” Faris croons and I don’t know your wifi now— an example of how her lyrical use of millennial-era details enhances, rather than spoils, her universal appeal.
FOUR tracks Faris’s recovery process after a painful breakup, perfectly toeing the line between pain and joy with characteristically clever style. Each song is as dance-able as it is heartbreaking. “I had been in some unhealthy relationships, and I began to notice that it wasn’t just me. Both myself and the people around me were staying in these relationships that were so unhealthy, just because we felt comfortable. Because it seemed easier than changing. So I started writing these songs to express that feeling. I didn’t see the storyline at first. A line here, a poem there, a melody line, a chorus… then one day I sat down and Frankensteined them into a form from the scraps, and realized I had an entire, cohesive story to tell.” Songs from the forthcoming FOUR will be released one by one over the next year, with a new single dropping in the fall.
Though her songs generate a vibe of cheerful autonomy, it took time for Faris to reach the level of creative control she now has over her music. After an early childhood career working with Radio Disney, Faris released her first album at age 15, but struggled with handing the reins to a production team that didn’t quite realize her vision for the music. The resulting album disappointed her, because it didn’t represent who she really was and what she wanted to say. “I was afraid nobody would ever get my sound after that, so I stopped sharing songs I wrote with anyone. For a long time. But that urge came back.” Studying Commercial Voice and Songwriting at Belmont University in Nashville, Faris regained the drive to create music every day, this time fortifying her already well-developed talent by taking lessons to play every instrument possible as well as learning music theory.
Aside from its beauty, FOUR is a victory in that Faris is now in complete control of all the minute details of her music. “I interviewed thirty producers before I confirmed the team I wanted to work with for this album...to give you an idea of my neuroses.” From songwriting to production direction to the colorful, characteristic cover art, the artist’s hand, voice, and personality are everywhere in this album. (Faris hand-painted the watercolor cactus images and cut up actual photos of herself as a child to work into the collaged covers). FOUR is truly representative of her depth, her warmth, and her inspiring idiosyncrasies. “This is the first album where I’m doing it all by myself. Every single stitch of it.”