In her twenties, Wall Street lawyer Roxana Labatt learned that she had a blood clot that could at any moment move to her heart, brain, or lungs and kill her instantly. The experience, from which she has fully recovered, brought about drastic change in her life. “I imagined a Law & Order episode with someone standing over my body talking about my unfulfilled dreams,” the Austin, Texas-based songwriter recalls. “Am I going to wake up in 30 years and realize I never did what I truly loved?”
She left behind the path of safety that her studies at Princeton and NYU law had offered, allowing herself instead to pursue a latent passion for music — a passion that first shone through when she was only three years old, standing on her parents' piano bench and belting out “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” to anyone who’d listen.
Having reconnected with what she loves, Roxana spends her time writing and performing lyric-driven indie pop and indie rock music. Her writing style is informed by years of creative and expository writing, resulting in word choices that are sometimes atypical but always intentional. Roxana’s lyrics have been described as viscerally emotive, stirring, and irreverent. The themes of Roxana’s songs, many of which deal with complex relationships, are broadly relatable. “It’s my hope that my songs make people feel less alone,” she says.
After releasing her first single (and five more subsequently) in 2020 amidst the pandemic induced shutdown of live music, Roxana turned her attention to writing and recording more original songs. In 2021 Roxana traveled around Texas performing original power pop songs such as “In My Nightmares,” "Not that Girl," and "On The Ground"--songs which explore the experience of relationships gone bad (“the fantasy house you built collapsed and almost left me killed”) through chugging electric guitar and driving vocals.
Roxana then turned her focus to developing her craft in connection with writing a new body of work. The new project, which she hopes to debut in late 2023/early 2024, will introduce numerous never-before-released or performed original indie rock and indie pop songs such as "Lonely," "Playing the Part," and "Fall to Pieces" (and may include a few favorites from the power-pop set in a somewhat reimagined form). Roxana is very excited to share these songs soon.