A Day in the Life of…Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez

(Photo by Alice Plati)

“I recently found footage of me as a two-year-old dancing in my childhood kitchen with my brother Jake while our parents played music around us. We loved it.” Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez recalls, of growing up in a family of musicians. “I was always singing and improvising with my family. It always felt like the path ahead of me.” Raised outside NYC, Raina’s parents encouraged imagination, creativity and community. “That paired with artist parents, made for a lot of creative energy all around,” she says.

Her debut If They’re Mine(released in May) is a passionate, poetic and evocative showcase of her jazz/R&B style and stunningly soulful voice. “It’s honest, crafted, emotional, and feels good,” she says. And we agree.

If They’re Mine is in many ways a breakup album,” she explains. “Within that, though, are songs about reclamation of my body, about familiar rupture, about loss. It’s a cross-section of a moment in time filled with challenges and growth, a real searching for the other side.”

Here’s a day in the life of Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez.



Date October 7, 2021

Time I woke up 8:00 a.m.

Every day starts with A walk.

Breakfast consists of Rice, fried egg, ginger, sesame seeds.

To get going I always Move my body in some way and eat a big breakfast.

I don’t feel dressed without My fanny pack.

Before I start working I must Check my to-do list.

Currently working on Demos for a concert and editing a new music video.

But I’d really love to be Offline.

Book I’m reading Healing Resistanceby Kazu Haga.

I don’t know how anyone ever Gets it all done.



If I had to play one album on repeat, it would be Voodooby D’Angelo.

The perfect midday consists of A nap.

To help get through the day I need Snacks!

Not a day goes by without speaking to My manager.

My daydreams consist of Being in a big beautiful cabin in the woods with a grand piano and no phone.

In a perfect day, in a perfect world We honor and care for the planet and each other.

I’ll always fight for Women’s voices and choices.

Currently in love with 😉

Hoping to make time to watchSex Education.

By my bedside I always haveMy noise machine.

To help get through the night I Breathe.

Bed timeIdeally… 11:00 p.m.

When I think about tomorrow, it’s always How to go steady and get it all done.


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