“It is not easy to be who you are in a world that tells you who to be. But achieving that will give every artist a chance to stand out, because nobody can be you but you.”
Everyone has their own unique sound, and this is Gohary’s. Starting from the bottom, she worked her way up to becoming a famous singer and has performed in multiple venues. This is what Gohary had to say when we interviewed her-
Did you always know you wanted to be a musician growing up?
I always knew that I wanted to sing – I did it for as long as I can remember. And when I was old enough to choose my career I knew I wanted to be a musician. Coming from a conservative family, my parents were not supportive of the idea, but even though I studied a different major (mass communication) nothing stopped me from pursuing music.
Your latest single “High”, was a hit! What was it like coming up with the lyrics and tune for the song?
The story is funny because I remember the very first time I came up with the melody and lyrics for HIGH – it was a completely different song, and was actually one of my least favorites. With time, I changed up the topic of the lyrics and the singing style and it instantly became one of my favorite songs I have ever written. The process was quiet interesting – to witness this shift and see HIGH become a hit!
Your single generated a lot of hits! Will your next step be to make a full album? If so, when can we expect more singles?
I feel blessed by this. My plan now is to focus on releasing singles rather than an album – I feel that singes give each song the attention it deserves, especially with a music video accompanying it. We are currently in the brain storming phase of our upcoming music video so stay tuned we intend to release something by October/November of 2017.
You played at Beats on the Beach during the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. What helped you lead up to such a performance?
I believe platforms like Beats on the Beach and other similar events are key to help young independent artist showcase their talents. I was lucky with the help of White Cube Studios to be chosen to perform there, because I was able to spread my music to a wider audience in the UAE. I am very happy to see more and more support to young musicians and artists in the country.
Something you have said is most important to you is your unique style and self. Have you had any difficulties keeping true to yourself in the music industry?
The one thing I held on to throughout my career is who I really am – despite all of the mind-boggling offers that came my way to help me reach stardom and fame, I continued to make songs that portray who I really am and tell real life stories that I have gone through. And I feel proud to have done that, because things happen to you sometimes that may take you off track and your identity could get lost but I constantly reminded myself of why I even started and hence put myself right back on track. It is not easy to be who you are in a world that tells you who to be. But achieving that will give every artist a chance to stand out, because nobody can be you but you.
How would you describe your musical sound?
This question is quiet tricky because my sound is a mix of everything, from pop to electronic, jazz and country, oriental and African, music is a world on its own and I like to discover different areas – but one things that my fans call me is happy voice and hence, I believe I make happy music!
How do you see your music expanding in the future?
I am so excited about the future! Only good things will happen I can feel it. I am tapping into different Arabic accents at the moment, and this is because being born and raised in the UAE, I grew up with people from different countries – and when I perform live, the audience is very diverse and I want everyone to enjoy. So stay tuned for some new sounds from the Middle East!