Sabrina Kennedy has released the brand new single Puritan, taken from her forthcoming debut EP Wheel Of The Year which drops on 25th May. “You can burn me at the stake like a Puritan,” announces Kennedy in the opening line of the dark R&B laced pop song. It’s a powerful statement about the lengths she’s willing to go to defend the right to be herself.
Sabrina Kennedy (Talia Solanot-King)
“This song is an anthem and answer to my ancestors’ prayers,” says Kennedy about the song. “It is honouring those that came before me who were burnt at the stake and crucified for being powerful and different. It is the sacred rage that has been under the surface for centuries. It is about rising from the ashes and using that power for radical change.” Witchcraft pulsates through Sabrina’s psyche, her life and music. However, her identification as a witch has little to do with casting spells and issuing curses. In fact, it sees Sabrina celebrating the divine feminine and connection with natural and spiritual worlds.
Check out Puritan below:
Based in London, the Boston-born singer made many visits to nearby Salem throughout her childhood, which introduced her to all manner of alternative belief systems, as well as being “a place with a very peculiar energy” that she picked up on from an early age. Paganism, with its close connection to the power of mother nature, also held an attraction, as did tarot card reading. Her forthcoming four-song debut EP Wheel Of The Year is a glimpse into Kennedy’s life living through the Wiccan calendar of the same name, which pre-dates our own. Journeying through the different seasons of her life, Wheel Of The Year showcases her artistic versatility which proves a force to be reckoned with.
Sabrina Kennedy (Isla Mathieson)
Puritan opens the EP, evoking the spring equinox and its former ritual sacrifices that pre-dated Easter. This is followed by the bold pop rock track and previous single Magic & Mayhem, set with all the exuberance and energy of summer solstice delivering spellbinding melodies and magnetic hooks. Red Wine represents the autumn equinox and Halloween in a reflective, sultry moment featuring eerie trap beats and empowering lyrism among a huge rock crescendo. Overflow completes the EP with an expansive pop ballad evoking a sense of Sia grandeur and represents the winter solstice.
Kennedy’s life as a modern-day witch has been captured in an internationally revered and multi-award-winning short film Sabrina Kennedy Witch, Reborn, directed by Maria Shevtsova. The film has won awards with the Royal Society Of Television & Motion Picture, Singapore World Film Carnival, Indiex Film Fest Los Angeles among many others.
Check out the trailer for Sabrina Kennedy Witch, Reborn below:
Kennedy now marks a defining new chapter in her captivating story with her debut EP Wheel Of The Year, a diverse record reflecting the many different cultures, beliefs and sounds that influence her life and music.