Singer/songwriter Dahlak Matteos is a breath of fresh air. To know her is to love her, as her positive spirit will not be denied. Throughout her life, music has been a source of comfort and strength. “Music means power,” shares Dahlak. “I want my music to move you—to transform your mood in any situation because everyday is a gift.” Music has kept Dahlak positive even in the most adverse situations that have come her way. After surviving a near fatal car accident, becoming a mother, and trying to find her self, fate took her on a journey that leads her all to this moment. It all began for Dahlak Matteos as a very young child. She and her father could be found singing church songs in their native language Tigrinya. In addition, her mother and five siblings each listened to different kinds of music. “I wanted to sing every style I heard!” says Dahlak.
Fast-forward to today, and Dahlak Matteos is living an absolute dream. With the anticipation of releasing her E.P VIBRATO executive produced by MellotheProducer, You can expect up-tempo and ballads inspired by R&B/Pop and Adult contemporary genres; it also features some elements of Reggae and African influence in which attribute her heritage. Dahlak’s airy but strong vocal style and inimitable phrasings dominate the songs. VIBRATO contains songs that speak of strength, vulnerability and honesty displaying beauty of self-love. Her melodies and instrumentation came from her universality, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” to “ALL MINE” speak truth in every young girl transitioning into a Queen. Her perseverance in the music industry has begun to pay off. Dahlak Matteos has been given the gift of exposure and she’s finally ready to share her story.
VIBRATO is an infinite level of sound. In my journey to find my sound I went through every style mixed up and it started to create a vibration. Not only through my natural sound but also in spirit. VIBRATO is different levels of sound collection just like love. It has its highs and lows but when its unified it’s beautiful, radiant. I’m just taping into this energy force vibrating within me, like my higher self. A force that my higher force is tapping into. Elevation. Taking me into a place I knew was real but I could never imagine this magnitude of satisfaction. Faith, love, hope then prophecy. He is opening doors, angels are responding and it’s only the beginning.
What is your name, where are you from and what do you do?
My name is Dahlak Matteos. I am African raised in small town Santa Rosa, Ca. I am a singer/songwriter!
How did you get started singing?
I started singing in my native tongue Tigrinya as a toddler but knew I wanted to be a performer at age 7 after performing at my Elementary school talent show in the first grade!
How would you describe your style of music?
My style of music is Inspirational and uplifting. I hope to inspire people of all walks of life to walk into their purpose being the best person they could be. No matter where they’ve been, what challenge they may face I hope to give healing and confidence through my music! R&B/Soul is my genre, I also dig into some reggae and Afrobeat on my upcoming project VIBRATO as well.
Who would you name as your inspiration for your music?
I am most inspired by my father. He taught me how to sing and understand the use of my instrument with vocal control by singing church music in Tigrinya and Amharic. My mom bought me Mariah Carey’s music and she became my all time favorite to sing along to!
Do you have any events or releases coming up we should look out for?
I am performing my single “You Are Beautiful” on July 17th in San Fransisco, Ca for an event called For The Love of Music and again on 7/31 at the MilkbarSF in hopes to raise funds/awareness to homeless youth. My EP VIBRATO should be released in late September! I’m super excited to get back on stage!
How important is fashion to you? How do you apply it to your music?
Fashion is everything!! I’m a curvy girl so I have to have clothes that compliment my figure correctly. My style is a mix of 1950’s with an Afrocentric flare! I love dresses, high heels and accessories!! Classy and traditional…
Who is your favorite artist out now? Why?
My favorite artist right now is Tamar Braxton!! I love love love her! Her style, vocals and upbeat personality! I think she’s a great role model for us girls to look up to and follow behind!
What advice can you give to young artists?
My advice for any artist would be to follow your heart, speak life into your music. Work hard and trust God has a plan for you!
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