ON THE ROAD
Every time Xochitl (So-chee) is introduced she has to pronounce her name and explain the spelling really is correct. Xochitl is an old Aztec name meaning flower. When you see her on stage and listen to her clear alto voice singing her poetry, you can see the flower blossom.
Born and raised in Sacramento fitting in at school was a challenge for this bright but brooding teen. At twelve years old she started studying violin, then piano. Guitar came a little later, but that was her gate to the craft of writing music and performing on her own.
Attending college to study business, she soon changed her major to music as a voice major. Teaching her site reading and harmony added to her abilities to start a music career. Pressure to be successful like her Harvard graduate mother took its toll which pushed her into writing about her feelings and processing some depression and loneliness using her music.
Moving out of her house at age eighteen, she bought a car, started working at a coffee house 5AM-1PM and a second job as a hostess in a restaurant 2PM-6PM and a third job at a pizzeria 6PM-9PM. Exhaustion set in so she quit her jobs moved back in with her parents for a brief time then restlessness set in so she put on a backpack and went back east to New Hampshire.
Playing open mics for about six months she made her own cd and started marketing her talent as a singer/songwriter. New Hampshire was a learning experience but soon home was calling, so she returned to Sacramento. Continuing her music career, she plays as much as she can to sell her cds and make enough money to support herself.
Sacramento has been very receptive to her music and she plays often in the area. Adding more CD’s to her repertoire, touring in support of her music has become a way of life.
Her writing style is such that she has to make herself sit down and put pen to paper. The people in her life are the influences for her songs. Storing situations and behaviors in her head, she has the ability to pull from that information and build a song.
Watching her stage show is a trip through Xochitl’s life. She shares her music with passion and skill pulling you into her lyrics giving you a picture of the way her mind works with her heart.
Her music is available on her website Xochitl.com and of course at all her live shows. New York and Nashville are the next destinations on her current tour after a brief stop back in Sacramento for a spot on ‘Good Morning Sacramento’.
Happiness for her at this time in her life is” being able to support herself with her music“.