In 2015, 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 for Roxana. “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 forwent 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 parent’s 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 rock and pop music. Her writing style is informed by years of creative and expository writing. Some might question her atypical word choices, but Roxana says “I’ve chosen the words I’ve used intentionally for their specific nuanced meanings.” Roxana’s lyrics have been described as viscerally emotive, stirring, and irreverent. The themes of Roxana’s songs, many of which deal with love, heartache, and the weight of carrying another’s emotional baggage, are broadly relatable. “It’s my hope that my songs make people feel less alone,” she says.
After releasing her first single “The Way” (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 July of 2021 Roxana debuted a new pop/punk project featuring two reimagined singles from her back catalog as well as a trove of unreleased material. “In My Nightmares” explores the jilted lover’s experience (“the fantasy house you built collapsed and almost left me killed”) through chugging electric guitar and driving vocals. Roxana’s punk anthem “Not That Girl,” in which she promises not to “stick around and try to see if you metamorphosize into a nice guy,” echoes of Green Day. “Night Elves” delves into another relationship gone bad, one where “a monster is just exactly what it seems.”
Roxana plans to release the debut EP for this project in early 2022.