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In 2015, singer-songwriter (then Wall Street lawyer) Roxana Labatt received a potentially-fatal diagnosis. She had a blood clot in her leg that could—at any moment—move to her heart, brain, or lungs and kill her instantaneously. The blockage made it so she could barely walk. Living in the present suddenly took on much more importance than planning for the future and the life-threatening illness became a life-changing event. “I imagined a Law and Order episode with someone standing over my body talking about my unfulfilled dreams,” the Austin, Texas-based artist says, laughing good-naturedly. “I kept thinking ‘am I going to wake up in 30 years and realize I never did what I truly loved?’” Today, Roxana steps forward doing what she loves—lyric-driven, indie rock and indie pop. Her literate songwriting style is informed by years of creative and expository writing. For Roxana, words come first, and music comes later. Roxana’s lyrics have been described as viscerally emotive, stirring, soulful, and playfully irreverent. Her songs recall the anthemic grandeur and sincerity of artists such as Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Celine Dion, Brandi Carlile, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, and Alison Krauss. “Writing is therapeutic for me. I write about things that are really personal—a lot of the time the songs are about love and heartbreak,” Roxana details. “It’s my hope that my songs make people feel less alone.”