From singing in the shopping trolley when she was 2, to singing all over the United States, British Country singer/songwriter Sasha McVeigh says music is her life. Born in a small city “a million miles from everywhere” Sasha garnered a love of Country music from her Father who used to “dance me around the living room to CMT when I was just 18 months old.” With a strong passion and ear for music she began playing keyboard at age 10 and writing songs in the years that followed: “Songwriting is extremely important to me, I cherish every song I write because each one is so personal; they’re like rhyming diary entries.” As well as keyboard, Sasha recently started learning to play acoustic guitar, but you certainly wouldn’t be able to tell that she’s only been playing for just over a year: “I love my Martin, he’s called Dean (get it, ‘Dean the Martin!’) and I couldn’t be on stage without him.”
At only 19 years-old, Sasha has already gained a lot of experience and accomplished many goals. During the summers of 2010-12, Sasha has performed at numerous venues across the United States. Amongst other things, she has performed in Memphis, TN as part of Elvis Week (2010-12) and regularly has bookings in Nashville, TN performing at venues such as Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge, The Rutledge and The Bluebird Cafe. The fact that Sasha has been able to make her mark in the industry despite being from the UK and having to compete against her US counterparts, is incredible, but can be attributed to her determination, vibrant personality, unique voice and talent as a songwriter.
While in Nashville, Sasha recorded her first EP, made up solely of original material: “The whole experience of being in a professional studio was a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier with the final product.” The album was released (03/16/2013) on Sasha’s birthday and is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other music sites for download or hard-copy purchase: “The fact my debut album was released on my birthday makes it all the more special and just emphasises how much of a milestone this is for me in my developing career. I’m so excited at the thought of people listening to my music on their way to work or something and hopefully they’ll be able to relate to what I’m saying, that would be awesome!”
Music from the album was recently played on the US radio station ‘Coast to Coast AM’ as part of their ‘Emerging Artists’ segment, which has an audience of 3 million listeners, and the response was tremendous: “I had all these emails and messages from people I didn’t even know, telling me how much they loved my voice and the songs on the CD, I was overcome with emotions- the way that kind of recognition makes you feel is indescribable!” Also, in terms of professional recognition as a songwriter, during the same visit that Sasha recorded her album, she was asked to join the performing rights organisation ‘SESAC’ and was told by the company “you are not a person who writes songs, you are a songwriter.”
2013 is sure to be a big year for Sasha as for the first time she is set to go on an eight week tour of the United States over the summer. The tour will cover 17 cities, across 13 states and will include 36 performances (including three of the major Country Music Festivals): “I am ecstatic about the prospect of going on tour, I swear the summer can’t come fast enough and just thinking about all the wonderful places I’m going to visit and venues I’ll perform at makes me have butterflies! Everything is starting to come together, but trust me, it hasn’t been easy, it’s been hard work that’s finally paying off.”
A lot has been achieved in the short time Sasha has been pursuing a music career professionally and these achievements are the result of persistence and, more importantly, because she is extremely talented. Sasha has a loyal base of fans which is continually growing and, because of her being British, is making an impact in both the UK and United States. “These past few years have been part of a journey, a journey that’s far from over. There’s lots to look forward to in the near future and even more to aim for in the distant future – I can’t wait to get started!”