Rox: Against all odds: Sasha P. has the ‘It’ factorWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo native Sasha P. has always had the “It” factor.
She is blessed with a beautiful voice with a range that will give you goosebumps. Sasha started her paid singing career at 5 years old. She honed her skills singing in the church and as a teen she became serious about recording and discovered her talent for songwriting.
Her first project produced a local hit single, “Beat the Block,” that remained in rotation on The Juice 107.3 for weeks. Although Sasha possessed plenty of vocal experience, she recognized that she lacked life experience. After high school she took time off to go to school, figure things out and find her place in life.
Now 10 years later as a full-grown woman, mother and a teacher, Sasha has experience and is ready to share her heart with all the fans who never stopped believing in her talent.
After everything she has been through, you can only imagine the anticipation for her birthday/EP release party last month where the city came out to support her new EP, “No More Questions.” It has some of the year’s best features from Toledo’s most talented musicians.
Martini Rox: For women who think they can’t do it, tell me how you are able to balance recording and motherhood?
Sasha P.: It’s hard, it’s hard. When the [release party] event was over I definitely had to shout out to my parents. They were like, “Sasha, if this is something that you really want to do, we are going to help you with your daughter; we know that you are a single mom. If this is what you want to put in your heart to do and invest in, then we are going to stand behind you.” If you do not have that support system to back you up, it becomes challenging.
I’ve had a lot of restless nights. I work a full-time job and I’m in the studio at 3 o’clock in the morning and then when I get off work I have to tend to my daughter and make sure she’s OK. [When she was hospitalized, I still had] to meet these engagements. I could not have done it without my family at all, even my sister
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Martini Rox: Your last release was 10 years ago. How would you describe your music now?
Sasha P.: My music is very real. I was very honest on my album and I was very afraid to put it out because I feel I was a little too honest. I had to experience life and I’ve experienced it definitely. The ups and downs and the roller coasters and everything you can possibly experience, I went through it and I express everything in this album. I try to be as honest and as real as possible. I’m a very shy person. I’m a very private person. Releasing this album was very scary for me.
I’m surprised that people still believe in me and they really, really support me. I haven’t done music or released anything in about 10 years so to have people say, “Yes! You’re doing it! Don’t stop this time!” That was enough for me to say, “I’m not going to stop.” I almost cried on my release date because of the response that I got. A lot of times it brings me to tears and it’s kind of overwhelming.
Download the EP, “No More Questions,” available on iTunes.
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