Check out our interview talented LA-based artist Sadie Cannon.
Cannon began her career in Nashville where she honed her skills as a songwriter she has since been writing music consistently and pitching to artists like Zayn Malik, Sabrina Carpenter, and Loren Grey.
Now Cannon is located in LA using her music to promote the power of YOU and independence. With her sound, you can expect a blend of urban pop and electronic that aims to energize the listener in an angsty motivational way. Influences include Miley Cyrus, Kehlani, Fifth Harmony, and Dua Lipa.
“Better” is the exciting follow up to “The Yacht Song” Video hitting 120k views on YouTube, and surpassing 52k streams on Spotify. The tune is a fierce urban pop/edm mixture encompassing the idea of a post-breakup bounce back.
Follow Sadie at @sadiecannontho
Hi Sadie, please tell us a little about you?
I am originally from Florida. I grew up in a small town called Ocala, right outside of Orlando. I went to the University of Florida for two years out of high school, then made writing trips to Nashville over the summer. This led to me eventually moving there alongside attending Belmont University. After enhancing my songwriting skills in Nashville, I decided to move out to Los Angeles to grow more in the Urban Pop space.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Driven, Outgoing, Passionate.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
I played volleyball growing up, and I had this one coach for the majority of my life. He pushed us beyond our limits and pretty much made volleyball a full-time job. Even though, as a teen, this was a major commitment and exhausting, in school, we won two state championships, and in club volleyball, we went to the Junior Olympics and won many championships. On top of this, he trained me for weightlifting, and I ranked in the state. He had a no-excuses mindset and showed me that success takes full-on dedication and sacrifice. That’s the approach that I take with my music career. If you want something, you really have to put in the time commitment and effort that no one else is willing to.
How did you get started in the business?
My first taste of the business came from a relative of Dolly Parton. She worked at the same hospital as my dad. When I said I wanted to pursue music, my dad gave me her number. I played some songs on my guitar for her and her husband, then the next thing I knew, I was making writing trips to Nashville.
Did you go to music school?
I grew up taking lessons for piano and guitar, then played bass guitar in the school band. When I went to college, I first went to the University of Florida for Public Relations, then transferred to Belmont University in Nashville. Here I majored in Music Business and minored in Audio Engineering.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Urban, Pop, Electronic
Who influenced you, and why did you choose to make music?
Growing up, I was very much a Disney kid. I listen to the Jonas Brother and Miley Cyrus like nobody’s business. I was also huge on Taylor Swift. Since they wrote their songs, I was like “yeah I’m going do that too.” Overall though, I feel like I take a little bit from a lot of various artists. Like I loved the colorful craziness of LMFAO growing up, and I love how “bad girl” Rihanna is. I feel like I take a little bit of influence from a lot of people to make a unique “me.” I know that sounds cheesy.
Why I chose music seems so obvious and so unclear all at the same time. I performed for my family and friends growing up dancing and singing. Then I did theatre too. I was always the person who did not like to talk about when things upset me, so I just chose to put all of that into expression. So I made songs in my room to put the negative energy into making art.
Do you ever get nervous?
Of course! I feel like it means you actually care about something. Whenever I put out a song or perform, the success of those things is so important to me. So being nervous is almost crucial. Managing the nerves is vital, too, but if I was not anxious, nervous, and stressed, it is almost like I would not be putting the pressure on myself to improve my craft.
What is your next goal as a musician?
Ultimately, I want to help people and as many people as I can. As a kid, I would listen to music and feel like someone else understood what I was going through. All the songs I have out right now mostly are about something bad that has occurred and retraining your mindset into believing you are better off. If someone is feeling bad or going through a breakup, my goal is for them to be like “screw being sad, let’s bump some Sadie Cannon and move on from this tragedy.”
Career-wise, I want to be fully funded by music. I want to create every day and entertain. I want people to feel something and be motivated by my music, my shows, and all the content that I create.
Do you have a Tour coming up or where we can see you performing?
As of right now, I am focused on writing. I think it is time that I settle into doing a project. I also want to make sure that when I have a show, I make my performance something that will grab people’s attention. So probably after an official project drop, I will turn to craft a show that will make people feel something.
Sadie Cannon - Better (Official Music Video)
Now tell us about your new single “Better?”
Better I started writing with a friend a year ago. I kept onto it and waiting till I found a producer who could create the drop I heard in my head. The message is that when you go through a breakup, you can take it as your loss and their loss. I am huge on self-worth and believing that you have value, and nothing can change that besides your mindset. So this song is all about changing your mindset and believing that you will be better off.
And about the success of “The Yacht Song?”
The success of “The Yacht Song” was crazy. Yes, I expected a bit of rave because the song was catchy, the beat was ear candy, and MILES laid a fantastic verse, but I never imagined the video going that huge. I also got a lot of saves and bumps of Spotify that I never expected.
What we can expect of Sadie Cannon in 2019?
This year “Better” will be my last single. The music video just dropped too! I may release a remix of “Better,” but I’m in a position where I believe it is time for me to put out a body of work that really defines me.
What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
That’s a tough one. Right now the two songs I can’t stop playing are “Blame It On Your Love,” by Charli XCX and Lizzo, and “Phone Numbers” by Dominic Fike. Major belting is always happening in the car. Karaoke though, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood is my go to.
Name one your strengths?
My strength is definitely determination. All my life, if I wanted something, I found a way to make it happen.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Happiness is consistently doing things you love, with people that you love.
Any loves other than music?
I love fitness. I feel like it is crucial to take time out of your day to work on improving yourself and getting the endorphins pump into your body.
How’s a typical day in your life?
A typical day is I wake up, send emails, go to workout, then head out to session, meeting, or photoshoot. Maybe even a couple of both depending on the day.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
I love going to the mall, getting Pressed Juicery or getting brunch and just being leisurely. I feel like this rarely happens because I amm such a busy body. A good shopping day though, sounds like a good move.
What is your favorite healthy food?
My favorite healthy food is definitely a hearty salad with chicken.
And your favorite cheat food?
I have a big sweet tooth kind of gal. So I love chocolate, ice cream, and cookies. It will always be a sweet cheat before a savory one.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
I like Danileigh’s style. It’s like tomboy but still girly and cute.
What would be a deal-breaker on a first date?
If the guy is mean to the waiter, cashier, or any service person helping us. Huge deal breaker.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would want to meet Kehlani. I feel like he would be a cool girl, and have a lot of wisdom to give about coming up in the music industry.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to be fully funded by music. Consistently releasing projects and being on the road touring.
How would you describe your fashion style?
It’s a blend or girly and tomboy. I don’t wear heels almost ever. I like to be comfortable and cute all at once.
What do you think of Social Media?
I love the ability to stay connected with friends, family, and fans. It can get addicting, and I probably spend more time on it than I should, but it is an excellent tool for artists to show their personality and let their following know what they are doing.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
Song: “Good Thing,” Kehlani and Zedd
Travel Destination: Hawaii
Food: Any kind of “healthy” ice cream like Halo Top etc
Sports Team: Florida Gators