Singer and songwriter as well as an entrepreneur, Sara Abbas founded and serves as CEO of Ev0lver, Inc. (Ev0lverInc.com), a global talent agency catering to diverse talent and artist advocacy.
In addition to Ev0lver, Inc. she owns Abbas, Inc. (a consulting firm catering to luxury brands), and has founded We Need Space, a young non-profit devoted to providing inspiration as well as free self-help and mindset resources to those in need. Lastly, she has recently authored internationally renowned, Supremely Being, which is available on SupremelyBeing.com, Amazon, and a number of other wonderful retail and media sites.
We interviewed with Sara about her upbringing, favorite inspirations, and the vision behind all her entrepreneurial endeavours.
TFM: Tell us a little about you.
SA: I’ve had an incredible journey, and I feel like this is just the beginning! I was born in Kuwait, my father’s home country, and spent the first part of my life in the Middle East. I made my way to the US as a refugee during the first Gulf War with my mother, who is American. Despite living in a place that was sometimes a ‘war zone’, I grew up in a very peaceful home with two very different religions (Islam and Christianity), and my parent’s two distinctly different cultural backgrounds. These stark contrasts, coexisting harmoniously under one roof, enlightened me on two monumental concepts at a very young age; one – everyone is right, and two – anything is possible.
I came to realize that if we choose to view and react to the world with peace, our lives can be very peaceful. We were all blessed with free will, everyone has a choice – exercise that right, and protect it fiercely! When I came to America, I would see my home country on the news and was sometimes confused. Yes, there was turbulence, but there was an immense beauty to be found there as well. All too often, mainstream media neglects to show you all the love going on in this world. Hopefully, we can change that soon and put more emphasis on showcasing the inner beauty of our species.
I’ve spent a great deal of time traveling over the years and have lived in the Middle East, East Asia, and the US, while also spending time in South America, Europe and Central America. Travel helped me gain an intense appreciation for others and our oneness. A traumatic near-death experience helped me to really see that there’s so much to appreciate about this Earth and this life.
That’s a whole other story for another interview, but it helped me develop some personal ‘superpowers,’ and now I see beauty in everything; recently, I came to realize that my reality is viewed through a very special lens, and I want to share that with the world… although life for me was once different, I now live from a space of gratitude, peace, limitless imagination, abundance, compassion, and unwavering faith. This radiates into everything I do, my interactions, my creations, my businesses, my relationships – everything, and serves as the foundation for my vision.
I have some other great projects in the works too; I design lingerie and swimwear. I am working on bringing a film to life about the first Gulf War. Follow me on social media to learn more about those and keep up with my adventures. I’m a polymath at heart, can you tell? I do not believe we are all supposed to just do one thing forever and die. Sure, you can only focus on one thing at a time, but with the right time-management tactics, intensity and vision – you can do it all. The possibilities are limitless!
When I’m not making music and running my companies, some of my other titles include; Fitness Enthusiast, Humanitarian, Raw Food / Plant-Based Lifestyle Advocate, Writer, Jet-Setter, Producer, Wellness Author, Poet, Luxury Brand Consultant and Influencer, as well as Dedicated Catalyst.
TFM: What’s a typical day like for you?
SA: Before I really start my day, I remind myself who I am and what I came here to do – I’m on a mission! I like to write in my gratitude journal before I even get out of bed, especially if I’m feeling a bit ‘off’ or if I wake up with something unnerving on my mind, it helps me get in the right mindset for the rest of the day.
Then I do my morning qigong; I never miss a day of this and developed my own routine over the years that incorporates mantras, breathwork, and energetic manipulation. I learned about qigong from my mystical friend, Rhyn Nasser, who spent a decade in the mountains of China with some really rad monks (look him up, he also goes by “Millionaire Monk”). Qigong can have a different purpose for everyone, but for me, is like a moving meditation that sparks a mind-body connection for the rest of the day; it helps me connect with myself before addressing the demands of the day and helps me stay focused on my vision.
Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about. Right? Everything else will fall into place. And of course, running my businesses, making music, creating, writing, leading with purpose – all of these are best done with a clear head and an awakened chi. In my businesses, I focus on ways to best help my clients and support my team. I work on ways to collaborate with other artists and connect others. I have found a beautiful way to align passion with purpose and I really love what I do. Creating and leading.
Around my work and my craft, I always make time for physical activity, at least an hour every day of something active (no exceptions), even if it’s just a long fast walk or a Pilates class. I meditate later in the day, or as needed, to re-center myself, recalibrate (so to speak), and seek new inspiration. I love to create and write more in the evenings, so it’s a natural flow for me to wind down while working on my artistic projects.
Before bed, I always make sure I am focused on my vision when I fall asleep at night. I’m obsessed, and that seems to be the amount of focus necessary to make magic happen!
TFM: The Fox Magazine is all about inspiration, what/who inspires you the most?
SA: I find inspiration in practically every corner. The “downs” motivate me to soar higher and the “ups” inspire me to keep going; this creates an ongoing momentum no matter where life leads. I’m always fully charged and high on life… There has been a plethora of incredible people who have inspired me as well, but it may take a lifetime to name them all. My parents have always been at the forefront of my thoughts when it comes to my drive and inspiration; they’re both so hard-working, generous, understanding, selfless, and each has unwavering faith, despite many challenges along the way – it would be impossible not to be inspired by them!
Musically, I grew up with so many different influences across the globe, inspiration came from every genre in many different countries. Personally, I always had a vast appreciation for Ella Fitzgerald, Mariah Carey, and Sade. My father would play American music on his oud at home in Kuwait. I would listen to traditional Arabic music with him, but also a lot of folk and country music from America. My mother exposed me to rock, blues, and jazz while I was very young, and I discovered my own soulful sound along the way.
TFM: What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
SA: As a toddler, I used to write lyrics to classical music… Bach was my Beatmaker! All of the other music I knew already had lyrics and I wanted to be able to sing my own words, so I would create these ‘concerts’ and shows with music I wrote to classical masterpieces when I was about 3 or 4 years old.
TFM: What you hope to change/achieve with your work & success?
SA: All my life I collected sounds and wrote lyrics and gathered inspiration from musicians around the world. I knew I would eventually create music, and now I look forward to meshing unexpected genres and bringing together artists and talent who may not otherwise connect. Unity is paramount.
I have a long list of goals and messages to share in my music; on the very top of my list, I want to bring people back to the present. I want listeners to stop and appreciate the beauty in unique sounds and acknowledge the feeling and energy being transmitted through music. It’s a glorious thing! And, I want to serve as a voice for anyone who feels different, misunderstood, or unheard. I want to use my gifts to speak the unsaid and remind others that it’s okay to love (and beloved). Sometimes we forget.
TFM: What was the defining moment you realized you wanted to do music?
SA: I always knew I wanted to make music. There was never any doubt that I would end up there eventually. The timing for me was crucial; I never bought into the ‘starving artist’ idea, I had dabbled over the years, but in my heart, I wanted to go into the industry with a solid grasp on the business aspect of it first. I knew that music was my passion and I didn’t want some stereotypical scandal or my lack of industry knowledge to leave me disappointed by something I love so much. Over the years I curated an epic collection of musician friends and creatives, I would always connect with other artists in the most interesting ways, such serendipitous encounters! I believe everything happens for a reason.
Now, as a business owner with a number of years in the entertainment realm, it’s empowering to be an artist with a solid vision, trustworthy mentors, and a great network to accompany my natural gifts.
TFM: Music is all about expression, what do you like expressing in your work?
SA: Expression holds a special place in my heart. This is truly such an underrated human freedom and I don’t think we do near enough of it. There is a long list of messages I want to convey in my music or lyrics about unity, leadership, perseverance, and peace, but right now I cannot stop writing about Love. I like to bring people back to the here and now – help them enjoy the moment they are experiencing. I enjoy making music you can sing along to in the car, but also leave on in the bedroom with someone special. That kind of music.
TFM: What medium or instrument is your favorite to work with and why?
SA: My voice is my instrument and I’m so grateful to have had so many diverse influences along the way. It can change it with every mood and create a new sound with every emotion, what could be better? I do adore exotic instruments though; things like the Arabian oud, the Indian sitar, Russian violins, African tribal percussions, an earthy digeridoo from Australia – I love it all and am always looking for ways to incorporate into my music!
TFM: What sets you apart from other artists?
SA: I’ve been all over the world and I have a lifetime of stories to tell. There are always some very wild synchronicities when I’m around too – never a dull moment! Had I not been through wars, accidents, traumas, assaults, all these things that shaped who I am, I may not have this appreciation for life and this overflow of gratitude. It comes through in my energy, my vibe, and my music – you can’t help but feel the love. Even when things happen that could be viewed as negative, I always have a positive outlook and the world needs more of that, especially in a powerful medium like sound!
Sound can heal, inspire, and tickle the insides of your soul… I deliver that in my music.
TFM: What motto, quote or words to live by do you use to stay motivated when you aren’t feeling inspired?
SA: For some reason, I’m always reminded of this Eckhart Tolle line from The Power of Now… he talks about, “the radiant joy of being.” There’s something about that statement that really stands out to me. A number of challenges over the years have taught me the fragility of life and how precious it really is.
Not enough people realize how fortunate we really are just to be. Connecting with myself, my intuition, and the present moment helps me move mountains.
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