Local Singer Dreams Big; City College student pursues a career in music

Samira Darabzand is pursuing her general education at City College as she prepares to study music in Boston. | Photo by Megan Horn | Staff Photographer | mhorn.express@gmail.com

Natalie Hart
Guest Writer

From singing Hannah Montana songs at recess in elementary school to starring as a musical lead at Natomas Charter High School to receiving an audition at Berklee College of Music, Samira Darabzand has always had a calling toward music.

Darabzand, 18, a City College student, has performed in two musicals at Natomas Charter High School and four vocal shows at different venues around California. Darabzand came from a family with no musical background, but is motivated by her music. Her talents and passions vary:  singing, songwriting, acting and playing piano. She plans to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston in the future to study music.

Growing up, Darabzand attended a small, private school where she was able to express herself freely and discover her talent and love for the musical arts. While attending Natomas Charter High School, she was able to learn and expand musically.   

“She has grown into a committed and focused singer, who always puts the integrity of the piece first and foremost,” said Kelly Cullity, a vocal teacher at Natomas Charter. “Her passion for music is palpable.”

Along with her experience at the performing arts school, Darabzand has been working with a vocal coach since middle school to make sure she is always improving her voice and her music.

“Samira has grown and learned so much as a singer,” says Gaw Vang, Darabzand’s vocal coach.

Darabzand is still deciding what her major will be, but she is leaning toward music education or music therapy.   

“Basically what my plan is when I get there is to make connections and perform as much as I can,” Darabzand says.

Some of her favorite artists — Quincy Jones, John Mayer and Aubrey Logan — have also attended Berklee, which fuels her aspiration to attend the college.

Jazz has recently become a huge passion and inspiration in her life. One of her biggest inspiration is singer Ella Fitzgerald, who she says is “the greatest scat singer in history, and arguably the best jazz singer in history.”

“Jazz is awesome and people should really listen to it more,” says Darabzand.

As for now, Darabzand is receiving her general education at City College. As she takes classes in English, math, psychology and sociology, she is able to adjust to the college lifestyle and prepare for her future years at a music college.

“Sac City has made the college experience a lot less intimidating,” says Darabzand. “I’m really lucky to experience the comfort of being close to home and able to take good classes that aren’t crazy expensive.”

Now, Darabzand prepares for her exciting future by attending City College regularly and making good use of the resources the campus offers, because soon enough, she’ll be heading to the big city of Boston to fulfill her dreams.

“I have always been impressed with her willingness to give 100 percent to her music,” says Cullity.