In the eternal search to find freedom, change, and the courage to simply be oneself, Italian singer-songwriter, Arimatea has been circling the globe to find her true purpose in life, after her debut album “A Sentimental Journey…from Italy to USA” received critical acclaim. Now back to amaze her fans with a whole host of singles, Arimatea is set to deliver on all the promises she has ever made.
Smooth tone, gentle vibrato, attractive octave range, and consistent flowy vocals make Arimatea an artist to watch. She has a Contemporary / RnB & Jazzy sound that also offers a diverse production selection to keep things soulful.
“Life Can Be Easy” is something truly tearfully beautiful in the artist corner, fusing together a catchy soundscape with motivational origins and a blissfully soulful RnB vocal from Arimatea – the result is something that feels like gospel and ultimately paves the way for a more creative, sensitive, and inspirational RnB realm of tomorrow.
The effect of “Life Can Be Easy” is to draw the listener’s attention to the inspirational, empowering rhythm and, of course, Arimatea strong vocals in the background. Or, more precisely, motivational lyrics — there’s a wide range of them on display.
She creates an arrangement with a lot of jazzy ebbs and flows, much like the action of waves lapping in the ocean, which is quite beautiful, thanks to the extensive use of her range, runs, and riffs. As a result, there is a sense of soulful richness throughout.
As a result of the overall mood shift, the audience’s spirits are lifted as a result. It is only a brief moment, but the beauty and intensity of the lyrical passages are swiftly combined with her angelic voice, and we begin to connect with the bold and beautiful undertones that run throughout this song.
“Life Can Be Easy” sheds new light on the artist, striking a chord with spectators because of its transparency, fragility, purity, and the powerful artistic thread that runs through the work.
Life can be easy. If you want, never stop dreaming. Just be strong… You’ll be shining again.Arimatea “Life Can Be Easy”
Arimatea Bio & Interview
Currently based in New York, her pedigree in the industry is undeniable. Like every seasoned professional, she has learned the lessons of a life that has been lived in the light and the dark. Inspired by some of the most legendary singers that have ever graced the microphone including Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, and Randy Crawford, she embraces everything she does in a voice that simply soars above her productions.
From Italy, New Orleans, China, and New York, Arimatea has absorbed the world around her as her music touches the genres of R&B, Soul, Pop, and Jazz. Refusing to be defined by others’ expectations, she is breaking down barriers and showing us that we can change our reality.
Arimatea breathes new life into the music industry at a time when we need it the most. The inspiration, the strength, the power, and the love in her music are the perfect companions as we seek a better world. This is her time to shine; free from the past with an eye on the future.
Modern Soulful Music: What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?
Arimatea (A:) It was kinda “natural”: I could sing without any training since childhood (back then I didn’t understand it was something special… I thought anybody could do that), and also songs come to me sometimes naturally, without really having to put focus or effort.
After some bad experiences in the music industry and problems in my personal life though, I put aside my career as a singer… I haven’t been releasing music for many years… But I kept singing and writing songs (this is just who I am, I can’t help it), while I was helping people finding their “true voice” as a Vocal Coach.
Today I’m back because I now recognise that I’ve been blessed with a big gift and I have to share it with people. Talent comes with a responsibility, you have to share it and bring value to the world, it would be a shame to waste it.
It took me a long time to overcome issues in my personal life; I had to learn to see and recognize my own beauty, my value, my talents. I had to learn to believe in myself … My mission is to inspire people to see and recognize their own, authentic, beauty.
What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
A: I honestly don’t have an answer in terms of what my music genre is or should be and how I’m different. All I bring in my music is my story, my unique background.
I’m Italian. I grew up in the north, but my parents were from the south, that meant humble origins at that time. I went to school with the kids of bourgeois families, and I was often discriminated (not by the kids, but by the teachers)… I felt different from everyone else, but I didn’t understand that it was a matter of social classes (a child doesn’t know); I believed something in me was wrong.
I didn’t feel seen, I didn’t feel heard and understood… I went to a catholic school, by the nuns: they had an “old style” of education, let’s say… At that time they believed in guilt, shame, humiliation and punishment to educate… Also my family was pretty dysfunctional.
So I couldn’t really express my feelings, my needs or desires.
Music was the only “safe place” for me to express myself. When I played the piano or sang, I was free to be whatever I wanted to be; I didn’t need to hold back my feelings.
Of course I didn’t know at that time: I just felt I had to play and sing, I loved it.
Today I know what that “safe place” has been for me and I encourage people to explore and free their voices to express one’s true self.
My personal story is definitely different from other artists in my genre…
I think that the fact that I’ve been a teacher and a coach for many years is something different too. Even though I put my artistic career aside for some years, I was able to live my purpose in a different way. My mission is to express my authentic beauty and inspire other people to see, recognize and live their own beauty. I help people believe in themselves and overcome their fears and limits.
My songs give the same message. I try to live what I teach and be an example for my students and people around me. With my music, I just want to reach more and more people with my message. I know that many people are facing the same struggles and fears everyday.
If I could overcome those issues, anybody can.
If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
A: India.Arie. I love her style, I love her songs and her message. Her music resonates with me a lot. Also her alto voice would be a great combination with my soprano voice.
Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
A: I honestly think my best song is yet to be released: it’s called “Surrounded By Love”, and I’m gonna release it in a few months.
As I said before, I haven’t been releasing songs for many years… I released an album when I was very young… It’s like I’m starting from scratch.
I recently released 2 songs: “Life Can Be Easy” and “I Don’t Need You”.
They are both significant to me, I wrote them 11 years ago (and produced them 10 years ago) in a very important moment of my life.
– I Don’t Need You –
That was the moment when I started taking back my power. I realized that I wasn’t helpless, that I could walk away from the toxic and abusive relationship I was in… I could make it alone.
It wasn’t easy, and it took me 2 more years to really free myself.
But I made it! I’m a survivor.
I survived violence and abuse. I didn’t want to play the victim anymore. I became very strong.
Today it seems nothing, but at that time it took a lot of courage.
– Life Can Be Easy –
That’s when I realized that I could change my reality… I am responsible for my happiness.
I realized that life doesn’t have to be that hard: we are not supposed to please everyone. I stopped looking for validation; stopped being so hard on myself, demanding to be perfect. I was really the hardest judge ever, against myself!
I started to put myself and my happiness first, without feeling guilty or selfish.
I began a new life, where I was using my talents and making gifts of them.
Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
I love both. It’s a different kind of experience.
When you are producing and recording a song it’s exciting because you are creating something new; you are bringing out something that was first inside your mind and heart, so you can give life to a piece and share it with people…
Performing live is more about the emotions and energy you exchange with the audience in that very moment… The connection you can create with them, and the sense of belonging in some cases. It’s more direct.
What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
A: As I said, I feel like I’m starting from scratch, I didn’t really have moments that most people would define “successful” in terms of numbers or prizes.
But I can mention an episode that was very significant for me:
3 years ago I was performing at a busking festival in Italy. I was new to the busking experience: I loved the energy and the connection I was having with the audience… Before singing my song “Life Can Be Easy” I felt inspired to share what the song meant to me, what I went through and how I was feeling when I wrote it … I felt safe and relaxed like if I were talking to dear friends of mine. When I started singing, a woman in the audience was moved to tears; that was really touching (I almost cried while singing). She came to hug me and say thank you after the show.
It was a crucial moment, because it made me realise that I can really bring value with my music… Before that moment I didn’t understand that my music can be “healing” for someone. It was the first time I was confident enough to be so vulnerable in front of the audience, not only while singing, but also speaking my truth and telling my story.
This is success for me, this is what motivates me: being able to touch people’s hearts and bring them love, hope, courage, positivity, joy.
What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?
The fact that nowadays I don’t need a label to release my music and grow my fanbase. It doesn’t matter if I’m 40 years old and I don’t look like a model… The internet gives me the possibility to reach an audience.
It was very different when I started.