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Life & Work with Sadie Van

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadie Van.

Hi Sadie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
From as early as I can remember, I have been surrounded by music. I grew up watching my mom perform at venues with her band and on the praise team at church. I knew, even at three years old, that’s what I wanted to do with my life – to follow in my mama’s footsteps. I started writing music and performing at gigs at the age of 13.

Then, I tried out for American Idol at age 15 and made it! (Well, I made it to top 48… haha). After Idol, I started working on my voice every day and attending songwriting sessions with different camps. That’s when I really started to find my voice.

A couple of years down the line, I ended up meeting my incredible producer Isaac Hasson, who really developed me vocally and introduced me to different writers. Over that transformative year, my whole team started growing with so many amazing people that have really helped shape the artist I’ve become. Because life is not only dreams and sunshine, I lost my father in the middle of all of the career growth and excitement. I was 17 when we lost him and then I became a single mother at age 18. It was a lot to handle… a lot… but I learned how to pull inspiration from my life to create meaningful music. For about a year, I only wrote songs for other artists.

Eventually, I decided it was time to really work on my own sound. I used my personal recipe of raw lyrics to start working on my own album. I wanted to give an audience insight into my real life and my personal struggles. It was terrifying. But it worked. I signed with Reven8te/INgrooves/UMG. And, after the last few years, I’ve been able to create so much new music. My goal is always to really focus on personal, empowering lyrics with a soulful, edgy sound. I never want to stop making music that inspires people of any gender, race, age and so on. Apart from my little girl Easton Skye, music is the biggest part of my life. I’m not sure where I’d be without it.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think a lot of people tend to only see the exciting things that happen for new artists… the good news, the music releases, the shows, the tours, the glam photoshoots and dolled-up public appearances… What they typically don’t get to see are the personal life struggles that continue on while trying to build an artistic career, and also all of the unbelievably tough hoops new artists have to jump through just to stay or become relevant and marketable. It is such a competitive world, a world where sometimes people just don’t even want to give you a chance. You have to have such strong belief in yourself. We all have bad days where we wake up with overwhelming self-doubt…

As a new artist, we have to learn to walk through that and let it go because every single day counts. There are days when I am so overwhelmed missing my dad… or overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a single mother to my precious baby girl… I’ve had to learn not to ignore those feelings, but to USE them in my music. I want to always be an artist who is open about my personal life and about the hardships that help me grow every day. You really just have to enjoy the journey and work your butt off every day.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Being an artist/songwriter can be super fun but tough job! It’s not always guaranteed to make you successful but it’s extremely fulfilling especially if you’re driven and passionate enough. I would say I’m most proud of how hard I’ve worked and every moment I’ve dedicated to this dream of mine. It’s been about 4-5 years of ups and downs. Balancing my time wisely and still working really hard hasn’t been easy. Between being a mother and being in the studio consistently enough. I would say what sets me apart from other artists is my sound. I definitely have different influences from other artists and bands I grew up listening to. But at the same time, I truly love how different the sound I’ve created is. Over the last eight months going through the pandemic, I was able to explore different sounds and create a lot more music which I am so grateful for. I am really excited for people to continue to hear it and all the stories I can share through my music. A lot of new music will be released in the next few months.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I have a lot of new music coming out soon. With different features, even some Christmas music this year! I was lucky enough to collaborate with new artists and producers this year so I am very excited to share all of it with everyone. 2021 will be a great year!

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