Sacha, one among CMT’s 2021 Next Women of Country, has a trigger she’s proud to help.
“I remember being called certain names that were really hurtful. Kids sometimes, they don’t even know what they’re saying,” the singer, who solely goes by her first identify, recalled. “Growing up in a small town and being a minority, [there are] words thrown around that are not pleasant.”
Sacha is amongst nation music’s up-and-coming Black artists alongside fellow CMT Next Women of Country acts Chapel Hart, Brittney Spencer and Reyna Roberts.
“I remember on the way home, these kids were just shouting these remarks and I remember running into a lady who saw me and I was really upset,” Sacha stated. “She knelt down and she was like, ‘What wrong? What’s wrong?’ and I told her. I’ll never forget, she’s like, ‘Repeat after me: Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.'”
Years later, the saying got here to thoughts throughout a writing session and her track “Stix N Stones” was born.
“Songs are always a tool for something special and I wanted with that song particularly to be a place of hope and inspiration for anybody that’s on both sides of the spectrum,” she stated.
Sacha famous that folks that take part in bullying may have a “different way to express themselves” and people who are focused “definitely need to find the right people to talk to and courage.”
Since then, she’s embarked on faculty excursions the place she performs the tune and shares her private story with college students in hopes of empowering college students to have “courage and do the right thing.”
Being an up-and-coming artist, Sacha is completely satisfied to be performing on stage for folks to see.
“Music is at the forefront of my ambitions … I just get to do what I love to do,” she defined. “If it’s opening up doors for equal representation and diversity, then that’s a bonus and it’s an honor to be able to represent flavors [so to] speak for country music.”
Furthermore, she stated it is “really exciting” to be part of a change within the trade that’s “reaching a broader audience.”
The artist additionally identified the variations between the Canadian nation music scenes and that of the United States.
“In the States, country music has more dominance,” she famous, including that in Canada, the nation neighborhood is “smaller” however nonetheless “tight-knit.”
“In the States, there’s a lot of admiration for big acts male and female and here we have admiration for our country artists,” Sacha stated. “In the States, the platforms and the radio stations are just that much more larger and all the outlets are that much more larger. We’re building we’re growing and we’ve expanded in our community [in Canada] but there’s always been that spotlight specifically in Nashville and in the US.”
“What really took the cake for me was Taylor Swift,” she gushed. “When she first came out playing guitar, that’s when I picked up a guitar and started going to town and writing songs.”
In July 2020, the star launched the music video for her track “Cheers,” one other self-empowering anthem.