At just 18 years of age, talented Christian artist and songwriter Sarah Reeves signed her first record deal. Since then, as well as chasing her own artistic dreams, Sarah has also devoted a significant portion of her career to composing music for TV and film projects.

Sarah’s song, Wanna Be Here was recently used for a Hallmark movie, and was the first song she wrote for her new album. ‘I really wanted it to be one of these songs with a big theme,’ she says. ‘But how do you write a love song and still make it fresh lyrically? I wanted to keep it interesting, but also keep the feeling of romance and sweetness.’

Sarah has been writing music from a young age, and says she finds the process both healing and therapeutic. ‘I just write and sing out my emotions,’ she says. ‘I want to let people know that they’re not alone in their struggles. I’ve found that the more vulnerable I get, the more people are drawn to it.’

Sarah’s music has evolved over the years, and as she’s gotten older she sings more about what she considers to be the real issues of life. ‘I just want to give people hope. That’s why I do what I do.’

As a Christian artist, Sarah has often struggled with how to deal with her anxiety and depression. ‘One of the things that I do when I wake up in the morning is start speaking positive things over my life,’ she says. ‘And also, going back to the Bible. That is the foundation.’

Many of Sarah’s fans are not believers, and she relishes the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them. ‘I love church music and I lead worship. But I actually find a lot of joy being in places where people don’t know the Lord or realise that I’m a Christian.’

One of Sarah’s favourite tracks on her new album is Best Days, which she says was inspired by a sermon she was listening to. ‘I wanted to write an anthem that was hopeful,’ she says. ‘There’s a part of me that looks back and thinks maybe my best days are behind me. But I know that’s not true. And it’s just been really cool to hear how other people are relating and responding to the song too.’

Sarah plans on releasing the whole album later this year, and says we can expect a bit of everything. ‘There are dancey pop songs and heart-wrenching ballads,’ she says. ‘We even have an orchestra on a few of the tracks.’

‘But it’s very honest. There are mixed emotions, but it’s the last decade of my life. I’m really proud of it.’

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