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September 24th, 2020

Meet 2020 LEAF Finalist Scott Fab

NewSong’s 7th annual LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition takes place Oct. 24! This month, we are introducing readers to our eight, talented finalists. Today we are proud to highlight Royal Oak, MI based Scott Fab.

Scott Fab is a Detroit born singer songwriter. In 2017 Scott released his first full length album, Leave My Friends, which No Depression called “A beautifully crafted album, perfect for today but reaching into the past.” Each song is a single brush stroke capturing the immediacy and intimacy often recognized in his live solo performances. Scott released his latest recording, Someday Soon Somehow, in March 2020.

We asked Scott some questions to learn more about his artistic process and inspiration. 

How do you describe your songwriting process?

My most reliable process usually begins with a chord progression and a loose melody. If the melody is strong enough, it will often give rise to a mood that provokes a word, thought or phrase. After that, it’s all hammer and nails until the song can stand on its own.

Where do you find inspiration and who are your songwriting muses/heroes?

Inspiration for me comes with a personal connection and is usually dependent on how close I can listen and how long I can look. The slower the better. I’ve always been inspired by songwriters that have a lyrical poetry to their songs like Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Richard Buckner and Leonard Cohen. Songs that leave room for my imagination to wander.

What important news about your music do you have coming up?

I released my new album, Someday Soon Somehow, in March 2020, days before the world would close due to the pandemic. I am still very excited about the record, and I’m really looking forward to a time when I can share these songs in a live setting.

What does it mean to you to be selected as a NewSong finalist, and what do you hope to get out of the experience?

I think it’s an honor whenever one of your songs is recognized by your peers or by those with a real passion for songs. I’m really looking forward to this new experience. I’ll hope for an adventure.
To learn more about Scott Fab, visit his website and follow the artist on Instagram @ScottFabMusic and Facebook