Self-proclaimed lover of hats and hair dye, singer Sarah Reeves is the quintessential teenager…with a record deal. Oozing genuine humility, Sarah’s as sweet as can be, and yet one she starts singing—her inhibitions are let loose on her debut album, Sweet Sweet Sound. The album’s title track has even been endorsed by teen star, Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”). Not only did Sarah agree to do a Take 5, she also recorded an audio interview with me for The Christian Manifesto (available this Friday, May 15).
Because you are 19, you have a unique opportunity to speak to teens and young adults and be heard in a way that older musicians are not- how have you found this to be true?
I find it easy to relate to teenagers and young adults, because I’m in this with them. I face the same pressures and battles that they do. While we are all different and go through different obstacles in life, I believe that God has allowed me to face some of the many battles that young people face today to help them and encourage them. I have such a passion for my generation to find freedom in Jesus.
I know that Plumb’s Tiffany Lee has been guiding you through the music industry. What are one or two important things that she has impressed upon you from her experiences in the industry?
One of the most important things that she has taught me is to stay true to who I am. There is so much deceit in even the Christian world. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of popularity or fame. She tells me to not allow anyone altar or try to change who I am in Jesus and to always keep my eyes on Him.
On your MySpace page, you do a cover of “Lamb of God“, which is lovely. Do you plan on recording this on an upcoming release? Where can I get this song?
I had the honor to record this song for an Easter compilation called Raise up the Crown that came out in March of this year. You can find it in your local Christian store or on iTunes.
Of course, your original material is wonderful too. Tell me about one or two songs on your debut album, Sweet Sweet Sound that are particularly special to you.
One of my favorites is “Come Save”. A couple of years ago I started praying a prayer that has been wrecking my life. It is simply, God, give me your heart. Let me cry when you cry. Let me laugh when you laugh. I remember flipping through channels on my television one night and everything that I saw grieved my spirit. I went in my room and began weeping before the Lord and for the first time, I believe I felt His heart – how hurt He must feel over my sins and the sins of this world. He then lead me to the scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 where it says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.”
Now it’s time for a lighter question. Describe your favorite accessory, like your most comfortable pair of shoes or your favorite necklace, and tell me why it’s your favorite.
I love hats! Every time I see a cute hat, I can’t help but buy it. I also love wearing bright colorful accessories. I usually like to buy something simple then dress it up with accessories. It’s cheap, but fashionable! =)