Canadian singer-songwriter, Maggie Szabo is well known for her sincere storytelling embedded in her music. I recently had a quick chat with the talented artist about the inspiration behind her uplifting single, “Don’t Give Up” and her songwriting process.

SR: How would you describe your music?
MS: I would describe my music as soulful/pop

SR:What influenced you to become a singer? Was there a particular moment that made you decide this is what you wanted to do as a career?
MS: Ever since I was 3 years old, I knew I was in love with music. Music was always a part of who I was as a kid, and I can’t remember a
specific moment that I knew that. I just remember always being aware of it, and always knowing that it was exactly what I wanted to do.

SR: Does being a female artist motivate you to speak on everyday emotions females deal with in your songwriting?
MS: I learned at a young age that the best way for me to deal with the ups and downs of life was to pour my heart out into a song. Anything from personal issues, to the way I feel about certain events that are happening in our world; it was and still is my form of therapy.

SR: What inspired your single,”Don’t Give Up”? What was the recording session like?
MS: I was inspired by the lyrics ‘don’t give up on love,’ and that’s where the song started. It’s a feeling we’ve all felt before and the lyrics and melody came very naturally. I wanted the
lyrics to be really honest, which is where the first line of the verse came from; “everyone knows this world isn’t perfect”.

SR:Can you tell us about your songwriting process? Is there a constant order you follow or is it more unpredictable?
MS: For me, there isn’t one specific way to write a song. Sometimes it starts with a melody idea, a harmony idea, or a production idea. It also depends on who is in the room and what the purpose of writing the song is for. I write for myself, but also other projects and that always has an effect on the steps that are taken to finishing a song. One thing that I have been pretty consistent at trying to accomplish first is the chorus. I don’t like finalizing verse lyrics before finishing a chorus.

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SR: What motivates you each day to continue creating music?
MS: I think what motivates me as an artist is my love for music. It’s a tough business, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Everyday
I wake up in this city I am truly thankful that I get to do what I love!

SR: What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
MS: The unpredictability I think is one of the hardest things for me about being an artist. There isn’t a road map, or a certain way of doing this so it is often very hard to know what the right decision is.

SR:What artist/s have been your biggest  influences or inspirations?
MS: I am a huge fan of Carole King and Tracy Chapman because they are such amazing songwriters and artists as well. Their lyrics feel really honest to me, so I think they had a huge influence on my writing growing up. I also sang in a jazz band when I was a kid, so Etta James definitely made an impact on me. I also love Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy, Justin Timberlake and John Mayer.

SR: If you could duet with any artist dead or alive who would it be and why?
MS: I would love to work with John Mayer because I am a huge fan of him not only as an artist, but as an amazing songwriter. I love the soul and honesty in his music.

SR: What can we expect next from you?
MS: I am always working on new music and collaborations so definitely expect new music and an upcoming tour!

SR: What advice would you give to anyone who aspires to be a musician?
MS: Do music because you love it so much, and you couldn’t live without it. And be prepared to work hard for it! If you love it that much, work won’t feel like work.

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