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Sarah Packiam Chats About Trudie Skyler, Shakira, and Working at Cutting Cane Studios in Davie

Yesterday, you might have heard soulful songstress Sarah Packiam's song as the soundtrack to County Grind's latest video endeavor: Interviewing a mermaid. When it came time to find a song that complemented a beautiful magical sea creature, Packiam's folk, blues, pop tunes came to mind. And, whaddya know? They fit the feminine visuals perfectly.

In her Irish accent, the singer and songwriter told us that she's been working on a second album, writing, recording, gigging, you know, the works. We asked what was inspiring her now to make music, she said it was her new 6 M13 pedal, "I've been experimenting with distortion sounds, going back to basics, and asking my dad for more guitar lessons [a blues musician]. Every time I sit with the pedal, I come up with these crazy distorted sounds." Packiam is truly a siren committed to her sound. 

She's hobnobbed with all of Miami's sonic royalty. Packiam first came stateside

thanks to Jon Secada, who at the time was producing her music. After, she worked in Emilio

Estefan's studio and sang backing vocals for future mommy Shakira, whom

she calls a friend.


currently spending a ton of time at Davie studio Cutting Cane alongside experienced producers.

Jorge Noriega worked with Ricky Martin, while Jodi Marr produced

Mika, and Tim Mitchell, Shakira. Tony Bennett recently even recorded his

album at Cutting Cane. "We write up there," Packiam says of the Broward studio. "It's a great setting. It's green and

away from the city." The place is decorated with rugs and unique musical

instruments. They even have a sarangi, an instrument from India, her

father's country of origin.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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