Sevi's Story / 我的生活

Sevi Ettinger is a 18 year old student from the United States who moved to Shanghai with her family in 2012. She attends high school at an American International school and is already being called “a rising star” by many in the music industry. Sevi has been singing since the age of 3, but she caught the attention of some very famous music artists when, at the age of 14, she wrote a song called, “Salty Water.” Inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis, Sevi wrote Salty Water in one hour by using an App on her smartphone and a backing track she heard online that was composed by a musician in Texas, Nate McCray.

 

Sevi did not think many people would hear her song, but when her father put “Salty Water” on his WeChat moments it ended up being heard by a famous singer and songwriter from the United States living in Shanghai, Phillip Jarrell, who has major record label experience, including writing the #1 classic Billboard hit, “Torn Between Two Lovers”. Jarrell brought to life Sevi’s song, “Salty Water”, by turning it into a music video.

 

On a trip to Los Angeles, Jarrell played Sevi's music to a Grammy Award-Winning producer, Jeff Bova, who won a Grammy for co-producing Celine Dion’s Grammy Award-winning album, “Falling Into You”.  Bova has worked with other famous artists including, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, and Cyndi Lauper.  When Bova heard “Salty Water” and Sevi’s other music, he was convinced she had something special. Bova worked with Sevi and Jarrell in the studio in Shanghai and Los Angeles to complete Sevi’s debut EP which was released on August 24, 2018, featuring “Salty Water” and her other songs. Salty Water, made it to BMI's Music Monday Top 10 Playlist on Spotify.


In 2019, Sevi worked with DJ Shaan, India’s #1 Most Followed DJ and first Indian artist to sign with Virgin/EMI Records. DJ Shaan produced Sevi's release in 2019, "Universe", which led to over 85K streams on Spotify.    

 

In 2020, Sevi teamed up with multi-platinum producer, David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman, Duran Duran, Bryan Adams) to work on new recordings.  Her first release of the year, "Dear Me", brings a whole new vibe to her vocals and lyrics. Her next release in 2020, "We Can Be The Universe" is one of Sevi's favorite songs to date. It took her two years to put out the version she wanted after experimenting with it during live performances in Shanghai.

 

Sevi hit a milestone in October 2020 when she teamed up with the legendary DJ Stonebridge and record label 418 music to release a remix of her original song, We Can Be The Universe.  

Sevi is a strong advocate for social justice issues and her music video, Salty Water, helped her become the highest fundraiser for the USA for UNHCR’s refugee 2018 campaign, “A Mile Together”.  In 2020, Sevi collaborated again with UNHCR to help raise emergency funds to fight COVID-19 by starting an "Emotional Breathin" campaign and performed a moving music video cover song, Breathin, by Ariana Grande.

 

Sevi also has her own podcast, Mission to Inspire, which you can check out on Spotify along with all of her music to date. 

 

Sevi is, to put it simply, on a mission to inspire!

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Chris Capaci

Photograph by Chris Capaci

Photograph by Chris Capaci

Photograph by Chris Capaci

Photograph by Chris Capaci

Photograph by Chris Capaci