Starr Saunders

Starr Saunders

 Oakland, California, USA
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

"A blend of acoustic soul-pop sprinkled with a laugh or two."

Biography

Starr Saunders is a singer/songwriter from Oakland California. She has been writing music and singing since she was a  young girl and she says writing songs is an uncontainable compulsion for her. When a song is coming out, it takes precedence over everything and finds its way out of her, either on a piece of paper, a recording device or by calling herself and leaving a message on her answering machine with melody and lyric ideas.

She took some detours and stopped writing for a couple years. After experiencing what can only be described as an "emotional exorcism" she realized that she could not live without songwriting, and jumped right back in after being asked to help collaborate on a hip-hop track with a friend. (She wrote and sang the chorus of the song.) The song ended up winning "Best Hip-Hop Song" for the 2010 Malibu Music Awards. In 2012, she was nominated for "Best Pop Song" and "Best Singer/Songwriter Song" as well and was the first artist to ever be nominated for two different categories!

She has performed in several different types of bands ranging from pop/rock, blues, punk and hip-hop, thought her "home genre" is pop/rock.  She has produced and released two solo albums. Currently, she is working on new material in all different genres of music and collaborating with several other artists including Grammy Award winner Dave Merenda and chart hitting producer Richard (KIDD RICH) Harris. She has a publishing deal with Five Alarm Music and works on a variety of collaborations for music licensing.

In June, 2013, she won "Best Song" for her song "Rocket Ship" for the month of June West Coast Songwriters song Competition.

By day, she is a self-described "female Jack Black" from the movie "School of Rock" and teaches High School students how to write and record music as well as the history of Rock and Roll.

She says her bottom line goal with her music is to heal herself and others and encourage all people to not be afraid to be who they really are, everyone can fly.

Lyrics

Queen Of The Friend Zone

Written By: Starr Saunders

Oh you, you look so happy
I've never seen your light look so brilliant
She sure looks good on you, I bet I would have too
But I waited I waited I waited too long
And now I've been I've been uh oh I've been crowned

Queen of the friend zone
Queen of the friend zone
I'm ruling this city out on my own
Queen of the friend zone
I'm over this throne

You ask me for advice and my heart thinks twice
'Cause I want you I want you I want you to be happy
But I'm selfishly
I'm wishing I'm wishing oh I'm praying
That it doesn't work out
And then maybe you'll fall into my arms
Oh maybe you'll see me as more than

Queen of the friend zone
Queen of the friend zone
I'm ruling this city out on my own
Queen of the friend zone
I'm over this throne

I think it's time that I end this reign
I promise now that next time
I won't wait and be...

Queen of the friend zone
Queen of the friend zone
I'm ruling this city out on my own
Queen of the friend zone
I'm over this throne

This Kind of Dark

Written By: Starr Saunders

I don't know how to handle this kind of dark
I don't know how to hide the depth of these scars
Everything around me is falling apart
How do I put together a half-made heart?

'Cause this kind of dark
Needs a different light
More than the sun that the shadows fight
Yeah this kind of dark isn't right
And I'm falling down
I'm falling down tonight

No wonder I'm so afraid of love
I've learned it's conditions and changing positions
I can't keep up
My broken smile is a smirk I hide behind
Oh this is a dark of a different kind

Yeah this kind of dark
Needs a different light
More than the sun that the shadows fight
Yeah this kind of dark isn't right
And I'm falling down
I'm falling down tonight

How do I put together a half-made heart?
How do I stay together as I fall apart?
Can you bring me back? Can you bring me back to light?
Can you bring me back? Can you bring me back?
Can you bring me back to light?

'Cause this kind of dark
Needs a different light
More than the sun that the shadows fight
Yeah this kind of dark isn't right
And I'm falling down
I'm falling down tonight
Yeah I'm falling down tonight

We're Not The Beautiful

Written By: Starr Saunders and Robert Lindsey

If you could see inside
Would you feel the same?
The things I choose to hide
Pieces of my shame
I can't hold this smile much longer
It's much too heavy oh
Will I ever let this go?
Let it go let it go

We're not the beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood
We're not the beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood
Oh baby believe me oh
We're not the beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood

I hope you realize this is my disguise
If you look deep inside yourself
would you like what I'd see?
Would you like what I'd see?
Would you hide it from me?
Would you like what I see?

We're not the beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood
We're not the beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood
Oh baby believe me oh
We're not the beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood

Everybody's got their scars
We've been torn and ripped apart
With memories tattooed on our hearts
It just makes us who we are
'Cause we are who we are
'Cause we are who we are

Wake up you're beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood
Wake up you're beautiful we're all mixed up misunderstood
Oh baby believe me oh
Wake up you're beautiful
Wake up you're beautiful...

You're beautiful

Rocket Ship

Written By: Starr Saunders

Ten nine eight seven six
Five four three two one
No bags to check no ticket lines
You’ve gotta different route
around the sun tonight

And I can see it in your eyes this time
I can see it in your eyes it’s time
You’re ready for lift off
You’re ready for lift off

So I’ll buy you a rocket ship
Where you can fly so high away from this
I’ll buy you a rocket ship
Fly so high above the rain
Up to where there’s no more pain
I’ll buy you a rocket ship

There is so much that I want to say
Before you take off and then go your way
‘Cause I know we’ve past the point of someplace
that we can never ever return

And I can see it in your eyes this time
I can see it in your eyes it’s time
You’re ready for lift off
You’re ready for lift off

So I’ll buy you a rocket ship
Where you can fly so high away from this
I’ll buy you a rocket ship
Fly so high above the rain
Up to where there’s no more pain
I’ll buy you a rocket ship
So fly where gravity can’t hold you down
Fly where everything lost is found

And I can see it in the stars this time
I can see it in the stars it’s time
We’re ready for lift off
We’re ready for lift off

So we’ll buy you a rocket ship
Where you can fly so high away from this
We’ll buy you a rocket ship
Fly so high above the rain
Up to where there’s no more pain
We’ll buy you a rocket ship

You're ready for lift off...

Discography

2004- Intro- The Starr Saunders Project
2005-City of Dreams- The Starr Saunders Project
2012-"Let's Go"- Starr Saunders

3013 "Rocket Ship"

2014 "Heart Juggler"