After spending her entire career in Oregon, singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman put down roots in Los Angeles, where she spent the last few years hunkered down writing, inspired by a change in scenery, weather, and new relationships. Infused with the colorful, expressive, and warm palette of LA after so many years spent in the moody green of Portland, Jackson-Holman has now returned to share her long-awaited comeback single ‘Beep Beep Bitch’.
Produced alongside Stefan Macarewich, ‘Beep Beep Bitch’ sees her return in a bold and anthemic way. Mixing hard-hitting and throbbing basslines with her sweet and uplifting vocals, this new release sees her blend hip-hop and alt-pop sensibilities, creating a fresh and totally distinct offering in the process.
Speaking about her new release, she said, “Beep Beep Bitch is one of 3 singles centered around self and ego—whereas much of what I’ve written has been more about how I define myself in relation to others. It’s an irreverent, petty ode to letting go of those who are intent on misunderstanding you. I have always cared so much about how I come across, what I say, second guessing myself constantly. There has always been something illicit, irreverent, and taboo about hip hop and pop— articulating a confidence with such naked ego (and willingness to offend) that felt completely inaccessible to me personally. I have been so often moved to tears, with what I can only imagine is catharsis, hearing someone own their egoic impulses without qualification. I have long felt that I could be freer to say what I’d like if I was writing for someone else. Or under a pseudonym. In an exercise to try to find out what I’d have to do in order to feel comfortable writing the kind of pop songs I wanted to write, I went as far as thinking I’d have a concept project, in which someone lip synced and was the face of my music. Someone who I thought could embody what I was saying better than I myself could. While it might be true that someone could do these songs more justice than me, I’m glad I settled on releasing them under my name. These songs are a practice in surrendering how others might perceive me in service of giving myself more flexibility to explore my range as a songwriter.”
Sara Jackson-Holman has released three studio albums, and her songs have been featured in numerous TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Riverdale, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, and more. 2020 finds her expanding her horizons and honing her craft with an EP, Candy,3 pop singles, and an upcoming Christmas EP.
Adding about her reasons for leaving Portland and finding her new rhythm in Los Angeles, she said, “A few years back, I moved to LA to live with my then boyfriend (now husband). I had just finished fulfilling my final album obligation to my record label, and so it was a natural breaking point, to refocus and redefine who I was as a songwriter. By the time I was settling into my new life in LA, my OCD had ramped up, consuming up to 5 hours a day of just tortured, circular thoughts. I got into therapy, and met a lot of people who expanded my idea of who I was, with who I could be. I spent a lot of time writing– a yet to be finished creative nonfiction book (I’m 120 pages in) about coming of age with OCD, and 70 or so songs. I think having this time in my life has been a sweet little cocoon– quiet, safe, and expanding. It gave me a lot more flexibility with myself as a songwriter–becoming less precious about my process, and more confident in my identity. If anything, just a lot more free, I move through things much more quickly I started looking for a producer in 2019 and found a perfect fit with Stefan Macerewich– who I worked with for 2 EPs (Candy, released April 2020, and to be released Odyssey), and 3 pop singles (Game Set Match, Money In The Bank, and upcoming Beep Beep Bitch)”