Hello everybody! My name is Giovanna Soto and I’m a 16 year old junior at Lowell High School. I’ll be doing a column called “Soul Searchin’,” centered around covering blues, jazz, and soul songs. I want to cover these genres because they express emotion in ways that other types of songs can’t. When I sing a blues song, I feel like my audience and I can really connect to the lyrics.
I realized I liked to sing when I was four years old and I’ve been doing it ever since. I love it because when I’m feeling stressed or sad, I can belt out a song and let those feelings go. I hope that when you listen to my covers –– whether you’re feeling down, lonely or stressed beyond belief –– you can let those emotions loose as well!
Images and Words by Giovanna Soto