The singer-songwriter Sarah Reeves has taken it upon herself to give you an early Christmas present—something that would stay with you for a long time during these festivities. Sarah Reeves is known as a pop artist, but her latest album More The Merrier comes as a surprise to her listeners, and this is proof of her versatility when it comes to music, and lovers of great music are jumping on it.
Sarah began her musical journey at the early stages of her life, as young as 5 years of age she was already taking piano studies, and she later started singing and playing at church. Later, a band of teens was formed; the band members were his brothers and friends.
This was disclosed in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh. Listening to Sarah Reeves, you can tell she has years of experience, I mean what do you expect from an artist who signed her first record deal at 18? I remember listening to her previous record, Get Back Your Fight and that was where I knew she had more up her sleeves.
Her use of relatable lyrics and everyday words, her sultry voice, nostalgic and old-fashioned classic Christmas songs and new original ones all mixed to form an unforgettable record titled; More The Merrier.
This is a deluxe edition of her 2022 Yuletide effort. The extended version builds on the nostalgia Reeves brought to the initial release. Furthermore, she adds four all-new selections, putting a jazzy Big Band stamp on beloved seasonal classics like “Last Christmas” and “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and offering a bittersweet moment of grief with “Christmas Feels Different This Year.”
Listen to More The Merrier below
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Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from good conversations with people, musical artists that put out great music, life experience and personal things that I face.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I started music very young. My parents put me in piano lessons at 5 years old and then started singing/playing at church. That formed into a band with my brother and friends in our teen years which ultimately lead me to signing my first record deal at the age of 18.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes, my dad was involved in the Muscle Shoals era of music in Alabama. My other siblings are all musical. It is definitely in our blood and music was a lifestyle growing up in our home.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
My first concert was when I was 12 years old. My dad took me on a father/daughter date to see Rebecca St. James (For King + Country’s older sister) I saw her up there singing and that same energy transferred to my soul. I knew right then I wanted to be a singer.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I was classically trained in piano since I was 5, but never loved sight reading. Eventually my father sat me down and taught me chords and I naturally loved that more. I started playing by ear and composing my own songs on piano in my teenage years. That lead to writing lyrics that matched my feelings or current state of life. I was always obsessed with creating my own music.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Rebecca St. James – she became my inspiration at 12 years old.
How could you describe your music?
Inspirational, Hopeful, Vulnerable, Relatable, Melodic, Diverse
Describe your creative process.
I usually get ideas in the mundane of life. I’ll be driving or taking a shower or cleaning and something will pop in my mind or I’ll start singing a melody that I love. I’ll record it in my voice memos and save it for a moment where I sit down to really write a song.
I also have a list of titles/ideas that randomly come to me during the day. I like to start with a track/vibe of some sort and then it will naturally lean towards a certain emotion, melody or lyric that I’ve already started.
What is your main inspiration?
I’m inspired by my experience in life – the people, the love, the loss, the heartbreak, the highs, the lows, etc. I’m very in tune with my emotions, so I use those to craft music. It has to come from an authentic place. You can’t take people where you’ve never been.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I admire Raye. She has been my top artist the last 3 years. Her voice, her songwriting and vulnerability has really inspired me as a musician/artist.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My style has definitely evolved. It has grown up with me as I’ve grown up. Some days I wish I could delete some old songs off the internet, but I realize that’s a part of my journey and it’s beautiful.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t see anyone as a competitor. I try to stay in my lane, focus on what’s in my heart to do and celebrate the wins of every artist out there. We are all on a hard journey. It looks easy and fun on the outside looking in, but the grind is not easy. We are hit with a lot of pressure daily, a lot of rejection and mental/emotional heaviness as creatives sometimes. We’re all in this together.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love to cook and make charcuterie boards. I love traveling, exploring the world and finding the best restaurants as a foodie. I’m also pretty active and love hiking, cycling and working out.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I would love to be an actress. It’s been in my heart to do for a while and I’m starting to do some stuff in the film world and have been loving it.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I think the biggest problem has also been the biggest blessing in a weird way. It’s the evolution of the industry. Social media and streaming have taken over which makes it very hard to cut through.
The music industry has been over saturated and any artist could blow up on tiktok without putting in much effort. On the other hand it has been a blessing because it’s a free tool that we have as artists.
The fact that most anyone in the world has access to what I’m doing as an artist is crazy. It has enabled me to gain more fans and people finding my music because of the easy access now.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
The business of it. It is a tough and unfair industry in so many ways financially and politically. That is so many industries though and I try to look at the positives and advocate as much as I can for good change.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Best Days was the first song that clicked for me in the direction of this project. I needed to sing it over myself as I was going through a divorce and feeling like my best days were behind me. It set the tone for the rest of the project and I hope it has given so many people hope no matter what they may be facing.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I have some Christmas concerts planned this month and then hopefully have some potential tour dates in the first quarter of 2024. I’m always writing new music for the future so I already have the next album in the works.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Not at the moment – but it would be a dream to work with other artists, songwriters that inspire me. I’m sure it will happen in 2024. Keep up to date with my on my socials @sarahreevesmusic! I always have new things up my sleeve.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
First and foremost thank you for supporting my music. I’m so grateful for every fan. Secondly I hope you know you are loved and you are not alone. You have purpose on this earth and nothing that you’ve been through has been a waste. I hope you feel inspired by my music and my story. I hope it helps you also spread your wings and know that there is so much greatness inside of you.