Artist name: Sasha McVeigh
Release name: Sasha McVeigh – Acoustic EP
Release date: March 16th 2013 (Debut Album will be released in April/May 2015)
1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
I’ve been interested in music since I was a little girl. I’ve been singing
since I could talk, so it’s something I’ve always known I wanted to be
apart of my life.
2. What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I want to prove thatyou can make your mark in this industry without having money or
connections, and without having to conform. A lot of the time people
get to where there are in the music business because they have wealthy
family or they know people. My parents are both pensioners and I’m
from a small, rural village in the West Midlands. Everything that’s
been achieved has been achieved through hard work and dedication. We
sold whatever we could so I could go to Nashville the first time in
2012 and have basically been living on a shoe-string ever since. I
can’t thank my parents enough for the sacrifices they’ve made for me.
It’s incredible to know they believe in me so much and very humbling.
3. When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started writing when I was 12 years-old. I’ve always loved writing stories and poems,
so it was a natural progression to the songwriting. I used it as a
means to vent my emotions. My songs were like rhyming diary entries
and they still are. The best way to find out about me is by listening
to my music.
4. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Definitely when I was asked to perform at the Academy of Country Music
Awards Kick-Off Concert with Hunter Hayes, Cole Swindell and David
Nail. The CEO of the ACM’s, Bob Romeo, saw me performing and said he
wanted me to be involved in the event. I of course never imagined it
would actually happen, but a few months later we got the call and then
I was flying to Las Vegas to perform. It was a huge honour and a
moment I will never forget.
5. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Some of my biggest influences would have to be Elvis Presley, Zac Brown Band,
Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Simon & Garfunkel. My Dad
was a big country music and folk fan, he loved Cat Stevens and Dolly,
whereas my Mum was a massive Motown, Simon & Garfunkel and Rolling
Stones fan. I had a very diverse musical upbringing and I think that’s
reflected in my songwriting.
6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about
your current release?
My current release is an acoustic EP and all the song’s were written solely by me. This was the first time I’d everrecorded any of my material so I think you can hear that newness in
the music. It’s very honest because of the songwriting but also
because it’s just my voice and a guitar, there aren’t any gimmicks. My
debut album that comes out in April/May will be different in the sense
it’s a full album with full instrumentation, but you’re still going to
get that honesty in the writing. That’s just who I am!
7. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people
to have a listen to?
In terms of American artists, people should definitely check out Sonia Leigh who I’ll be doing a co-headline touracross UK & Ireland with in April, she’s phenomenal, I’d say she’s a
combination of Janis Joplin and KT Tunstall but she has her own flair
too of course. Also take a listen to Zac Brown Band, Charlie Worsham,
Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion and Sam Hunt. In terms of British/Irish
artists, take a listen to The Rising, Liv Austen, Dexeter, Emma Jade
and Ward Thomas.
8. Any gigs coming up?
Like I said I’ll be performing all across UK and Ireland in April on tour with Sonia Leigh. We’ll have all Britishartists opening for us too so it’ll be a lot of fun, a lot of those
artists, along with us, all performed at the C2C Festival at The O2.
Tickets are on sale now!
9. Where can we find/follow you online?
You can find me on all forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud,
you name it, I’ve got it. I love to stay connected to my fans as much as possible.