Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Did It For Me”?
Yes of course. I haven’t released music in two years and I couldn’t be more proud to have this song out as the first single. The title pretty much says it all. This is one of my best pieces of work. The music and the lyrics are SO empowering and I am honestly just so excited to get on stage and perform this song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes of course. I feel like for the past 2 years I’ve been kind of lost. I didn’t really know what the next move was supposed to be for my music. I was working with producers and musicians and writing but I still didn’t feel happy with what I was doing. I had so many visions in my head of things I wanted to do but I felt like every time I tried to execute one of them, something would happen and it would fall through. It got to a point where I was so frustrated and disappointed in myself and the people around me. I took a trip to Nashville last fall and performed at some writers rounds there for the first time. I spoke to a lot of musicians and industry professionals and I was so inspired. That really opened my eyes. When I got back home, I knew something needed to change. So that’s kind of where this song came from. I ultimately had to make some decisions that I knew would disappoint people and burn some bridges. BUT I knew I would be happy and excited about music again. That was the most important thing to me. Now I am SO happy I made that decision and wish I made it sooner. But I’m grateful for the learning curve.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I would love to release a video for this song but I don’t have any plans to as of right now. There are a lot of other things I am working on and excited about!
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for this song was quite easy but definitely emotional. I actually asked my friend Robyn Ottolini to co-write this with me because she is a lyrical queen. She brought just the right amount of attitude to it and made it that much better. Recording this song with Mark Schroor was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a producer. This is a really powerful song and it had to be executed with tons of power and emotion or it wouldn’t work. I’m going to be honest, I was kind of scared of some of the things he was asking me to do with my voice… but he didn’t doubt me once, which made me really believe in myself. Everything about this song says “I’m gonna do what I want and nobody can stop me!” and I love that. I feel like that’s the attitude you have to have in this industry.
What role does Beaverton play in your music?
I think that ‘I grew up in a small town’ mentality will never leave me no matter where I go. If you know – you know. My parents still live in the house I grew up in and every time I go back I really do appreciate how simple life is compared to living in a big city. All of those little problems I have seem to not matter all that much and you just feel a sense of happiness and peace. It’s shaped who I am in many ways. One of my favourite things is going into town with my mom and running errands. You always run into someone you know and people always ask how music is going. I haven’t lived there for 5 years now so it’s really nice being reminded that people are still rooting for me. That’s something that is always in the back of my mind and always motivating me.
How has Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood influenced your writing?
Both are extremely influential women. They’ve paved the way for many female singers, like myself. I feel like I am able to experiment and write about real and raw things because they opened that door and tested those boundaries. I’ve been told “Did It For Me” gives off a lot of Carrie vibes and that makes me so happy because I think she’s incredible and a badass.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I will be releasing a new 4 song EP this year. I am still trying to pick from a long list of songs which ones are going to be on it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No release date or title yet. The second song will be out in April. I am hoping the whole EP will be out by mid summer.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! There’s definitely things in the works. I will be playing shows this summer. Dates will be posted on my website (sarahwickett.com) soon!
What else is happening next in Sarah Wickett’s world?
I will be travelling back to Nashville at the end of March to play some more rounds and do some writing. I’ll also be doing some interviews for the new song there. I am in the middle of getting ready to launch some new merch, which will be available for purchase on my website. I am still writing, recording and have been rehearsing, getting ready for festival season. I’m excited for a busy summer full of new music and shows!