Sahara's story... so far
Sahara Rain's debut single, Sticks & Stones, officially released 9/28/18.
Produced by Biff Watson.
℗ 2018 Timekeeper Records
A powerful and empowering ballad written with veteran Nashville songwriters Biff Watson and Templeton Thompson.
The song was inspired by Sahara's first hand experience with cyber-bullying. The accompanying music video, directed by Peter Zavadil, is both moving and beautifully shot. The song and video shine a light on this very important subject matter.
Talent is recognized quickly in a place like Nashville, and it didn’t take long for Sahara Rain to get noticed by some very important people.
The singer and recording artist drew the attention of producer Biff Watson and some of the industry’s top vocal coaches shortly after her arrival. Now 14, Sahara Rain is writing and recording her own songs, the first steps in a career many believe will be noteworthy.
“I was asked to accompany Sahara Rain on a recording and realized right away how talented she is,” said Watson, also a member of the Country Music Association Board of Directors, who met Sahara Rain at the famed Blackbird Studios. “She has the pure pitch and tone that a producer longs for in a singer, an emotional delivery, and a personality that makes her a joy to be around.”
Watson has helped Sahara Rain record her first songs, poignant and introspective pieces that display a deep and empathetic understanding of life for someone so young. Taking cues from musical heroes as diverse as Karen Carpenter and Carrie Underwood she’s aiming for something more than la-la-la love songs and saccharine-sweet ballads that often dominate a teen singer’s repertoire.
In her songs she tackles her move to Nashville and the search for confidence as you blossom into adulthood, being stood up at the middle school dance, teen parenthood and bullying, a topic that’s very important to her.
“I’ve been bullied in the past, so standing up to bullying is very important to me,” Sahara Rain said. “
Sahara Rain’s entry into the public eye came very early in life, as a 4-year-old in the pre-kindergarten class of an observant teacher who noticed her talent. That teacher entered her in a National Anthem singing contest on YouTube. The child, then living in Oklahoma, finished in the Top Five of 16,000. That drew the attention of local news crews and invitations to perform for veterans and members of the military in many situations, a tribute she’s taken to heart.
I’m currently writing a book called ‘Truth Teller,’ about a girl who’s bullied. She’s the only one in school who will actually stand up for everybody who’s being bullied. I really wish I had the confidence in the sixth and seventh grade to stand up to them. I’m writing these things based on what I wish I had done so that maybe others will take inspiration from it.”
Over time she performed anywhere and everywhere, singing the Anthem for the Miami Marlins, starring in regional musical theater, performing with a philharmonic orchestra and shown talent as a songwriter.
Sahara Rain immediately drew the attention of vocal coaches such as Valerie Morehouse and Renee Grant-Williams, who’ve worked with many of pop music’s top singers including stars like Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Keith Urban and Sia.
She’s learning so many new things at an overwhelming pace. But Sahara Rain has decided she’s up to the challenge.
“I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be,” she said. “Once we started recording I realized how much I was going to have to put into this. I go into see Biff maybe twice a week and we record songs that I’ve written for two to three hours. He’s pushing me to write a really good song each week.”
“She has also proven to be an accomplished songwriter with a natural sense of lyric and melody in relating her story,” Watson said. “Yes, she’s young, but that just means we can enjoy her even longer.”