If you ask a musician how they became interested in music, a lot of them will tell you that their journey towards music was an unexpected one. That they had only picked it up as a hobby and aspired for something else, but felt a peculiar yearning when they left music, and that is what compelled them to go back to it. Musicians express whatever they feel in their music, and truly passionate ones feel uneasy until they have written down their sorrows in a song.
A similar case is Sossee Vart Sarkisian, an Armenian-American musician, whose life has been anything but peachy. The thirty-year-old hailing from Boston, Massachusetts was interested in music, songwriting, and singing since she was a child. Her father, Nigole Doman, was her greatest musical influence, and to this day she names him her biggest inspiration.
The first that Sossee ever listened to was Nirvana’s “In Utero”. She was deeply appreciative of the late Kurt Cobain’s lyrical genius and musical sense. And he turned out to spark her melancholy writing style in her own song lyrics. She grew up writing and erasing lyrics and beats, trying to find her signature style or at least a direction to her art.
If we talk about Sossee’s childhood, it was deeply affected by illness, though not her own. First, her mother battled with breast cancer when she was only twelve. She eventually had to get a double mastectomy. When she was fifteen, her father lost his battle to stage four pancreatic cancer and passed away, leaving her heartbroken and morose. Having barely recovered from that loss, she once again had to hold her chin up to help her sister fight Lupus and ovarian cancer. These tests and tragedies left deep scars in Sossee’s heart, and this inevitably translated into her music. She wrote whenever she felt overwhelmed and whenever she needed an outlet for her emotions. Music became her life support, and before she knew it, she was on the path to pursue it as a professional career.
Sossee’s road towards music was neither smooth-sailing nor a set goal from the start. During her time as a student, she was a stellar academic performer and a star athlete. In her free time, she worked on her music. While she was in Boston, she attended the Armenian Cultural and Education Center and Hosmer Elementary School where she learned to read and write in both English and Armenian. Hence, becoming fluent in both languages. If asked about her career choice, she had always opted to work as a psychoanalyst for criminal minds in the FBI, and while studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage, that was still her ultimate dream job. In the end, though, she had a change of heart and ended up opting to pursue music.
Her musical influences include names like Billie Holiday, Robert Plant, Amy Winehouse, and ASAP Rocky. Sossee released her self-composed debut song “Calypso Heart” in 2015 and later rose to prominence in 2016 after being discovered by French-Lebanese talent manager Nick Jarjour of Maverick in Los Angeles, California. In 2016, her song Calypso Heart appeared on Paramount Network television show “Younger”. This opened new doors for her, and later that year, she went on to record her debut Extended Play produced by Senior Director Shawn Barron of Atlantic Records and engineered by multi-platinum Grammy-nominated recording/mixing engineer, Andrew Chavez.
In 2018, after she started gaining more attention, she began to release music on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.
After the release of her singles Castle”, “Godly” and “I Won’t”, she received the opportunity to collaborate with big names like St. Pierre, who released a music video featuring Sossee and Quality Control Artist Mark Battles in February 2019. Sossee was also featured on artist Sincerely Collin’s single Fall Away in the same year.
When asked about her future plans, Sossee reveals that she will be releasing nine records, singles, and music videos until September. After which she plans to release another EP in October. As for what label to sign with, she is still in the process of that decision and currently prefers to be an independent artist. Her plate and heart are full and she hopes people anticipate her upcoming musical releases.