Raye Zaragoza has released her new track entitled 'The It Girl', produced by Tucker Martine.
Lyrically impressive, 'The It Girl' is fresh and current whilst also being catchy and original. The vocals carry a unique tone and fit perfectly with the groovy instrumental.
The track details Zaragoza's personal struggles with love and acceptance as a multicultural brown woman due to societies western expectations of women. The funk fueled indie rock tune is her outcry for diverse representation in the media.
"Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was the it girl. I thought that meant I needed to be a pretty blonde princess Barbie who met her Prince Charming and rode off into the sunset. This fantasy left me with immense inner turmoil and self-hatred. In high school, I would even lighten my skin with lemon juice, dye my hair lighter, and wear blue contacts. I truly thought that in order to be beautiful, you had to be white. The It Girl is my outcry for diverse representation in media, a plea to throw out the old rule book of western expectations of women. I am proud to be a multicultural brown woman with insecurities and a vibrant intersectional identity that I continue to grapple with."
Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song 'In the River', written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, garnered half a million video views, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.
Writing about social issues comes naturally to Raye.
"As a woman of color in America, social issues are things you deal with and see every day of your life. I write about my experience and oftentimes my existence has been laced with injustice."