Dubai-based singer and songwriter Swapna Abraham is on track to set a new world record: writing and singing 1000 songs in 1000 days.
Abraham, who has released one song every day since April 8, 2017, and is on track to reach her 1,000 song goal on January 2, 2020, told Al Arabiya English the experience has been exhausting and fulfilling.
“The exhaustion is something I cannot even start to describe. Having said that, this has been a very fulfilling experience, musically and personally, I certainly feel at a zenith of sorts,” said Abraham in an interview with Al Arabiya.
Her album “1000 Songs In 1000 Days” will qualify to be considered as the record for “most songs on a digital album” with the Guinness Book of World Records.
The final composition will coincide with the launch of Dubai’s EXPO 2020, a timing Abraham chose to make the record special for Dubai.
“I decided to culminate the effort with the start of the year of EXPO 2020 being based in Dubai and with the greatest regard for the UAE. It will be good at the grand finale to write on the glory that awaits Dubai in hosting the world at EXPO 2020,” Abraham said.
Abraham, who works full-time for a global management consulting firm, puts aside two to four hours each day to write, produce, and record two original songs, with the second being for children.
Her style of music stretches across genres including pop, country, rock, folk and soul.
Even though she is a one-woman-band, Abraham says the routine of the process makes it easy to do all on her own.
“The force of habit makes anything imagined to be difficult relatively easy over time,” she said.
Originally from Kerala, India, Abraham started her music career at a young age in the gospel genre and has won various awards for her musical talents.
Despite the success, Abraham said the 1,000 song in 1,000 day challenge was initially born from feeling unfulfilled with the music industry.
Abraham, who has lived in the UAE since 1971, will celebrate the challenge’s completion at an event at the Burj Al Arab on January 2, 2020.
Her journey to the four-digit song mark can be followed at https://www.1000songsin1000days.com.
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