NYC’s @thereal_rsg Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez returns with jazzy and soulful “40 Days” from new EP “If They’re Mine”


Brooklyn jazz/R&B singer/songwriter Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is not afraid to lay her emotions bare on the table in “40 Days”.  It’s a highly polished release that leaves touches of grit in her voice in songs where she can beautifully and frankly articulate her thoughtful lyrics.  You can run the gamut of influences that you can hear in her voice, from Judy Garland and Billie Holiday through Diana Ross and Lady Gaga.  “40 Days” is about pouring through the thoughts of someone over and over, someone that you need to let go, but you can’t stop dwelling on all that you’ve given and done for them.  And you can find more music by Raina to check out, including her previous single “Better For You”, on her brand new EP If They’re Mine.  Her music is classy and bold, reflective but unforgiving, and it’s all gorgeous for your ears to hear.

Published in: on May 22, 2021 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Desire is the theme of Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez’s @thereal_rsg R&B/lounge jazz flavoured “Better For You”


“Better For You” is spicy R&B/pop of a slightly different bent, with plenty of lounge jazz flavour from NYC Latinx singer/songwriter Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez.  It’s a very pointed look at women who want to both desire someone and be desired, and questions men through this song why it has to be so complicated.  Yes, “Better For You’ is all about sex and is designed to make men uncomfortable while also giving extra thought to what it’s saying to them.  Raina has a classic pop style that surely draws from singers like Lena Horne, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, while invoking a directness you hear in more contemporary singers like Pink and Amy Winehouse that doesn’t mince words to drive her messages home. “Better For You” is entertaining and provoking, proving the two can co-exist in one song.

Published in: on March 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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