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Sarah Blaine Talks New Music, Opening For Demi Lovato, And More

Michelle Tiu |
October 19, 2013 | 12:53 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Singer Sarah Blaine performed at last night's Redlight Traffic Dignity Gala. (Michelle Tiu / Neon Tommy)
Singer Sarah Blaine performed at last night's Redlight Traffic Dignity Gala. (Michelle Tiu / Neon Tommy)
Supporting a great cause, up-and-coming singer Sarah Blaine performed her debut single "Dance With the Devil" at the Redlight Traffic's inaugural Dignity Gala.

She opened for "The X Factor" judge and platinum-selling artist Demi Lovato, who played an amazing 3-song set at the end of the night.

Redlight Traffic, a non-profit organization under the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Seattle, unveiled its new app at the star-studded event held at the Beverly Hilton.

The app (available on November 1) will provide a way for users to report and educate themselves on the signs of human trafficking.

Those attending included "George Lopez" star Masiela Lusha, CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon (also the evening's host), and many more. Individuals who are leaders of the cause as well as survivors of human trafficking were also in attendance and honored at the gala.

Sarah was kind enought to speak with me about her new music, Redlight Traffic, as well as dish on her dream place to perform and more.

NT: How does it feel to be opening for Demi Lovato tonight?

Sarah Blaine: It's so exciting. I'm a huge fan of hers and I'm just really honored to be here opening for her and then just, you know, being here for this wonderful gala, this wonderful cause.

You've said that your new single "Dance With the Devil" is based on Napoleon Hill's book ["Outwitting the Devil"]?

Yes, it is.

Can you explain what about that book inspired you?

So "Outwitting the Devil" is a book Napoleon Hill wrote in 1938, but it wasn't published until 2011 and it's really about that negative voice, that little devil, inside you that can creep up and tell you who you can't be, who you shouldn't be, and what you can't do. The song, it really touches on that. It also touches on, you know, the hope that you can find in yourself to really to do what you want to do and achieve what you want to achieve.

Are you planning on releasing an album or an EP anytime soon?

Yeah, we're working on an album. We're about halfway done right now, so probably the first quarter of next year is what it's looking like.

How would you describe its sound?

It's pop, it's dance pop. There are some really great ballads on there too. I'd say it's pop to its core, but more than anything you're gonna feel good after listening to it. I think it leaves people uplifted.

I don't know if you can tell us, but is there any song that you're looking forward to people hearing the most?

The most? I don't know, I mean I'm looking forward to people hearing all of them, but my favorite - my personal favorite - is a song called "Earthquake." It has some Middle Eastern and Latin vibes in there and it's kind of about standing strong when it feels like your world is falling down.

And what does supporting Redlight Traffic mean to you? Why did you choose to perform tonight?

I think that the work that they're doing in the world is really amazing. Human trafficking is such a huge issue that gets swept under the rug so often and people don't even know that it's going on in our own country, in our own neighborhoods. I think what they're doing with this app that they're putting out is really incredible. It's gonna make - it's so much easier for people to know the signs and to really something about it, so I think it's wonderful. I'm blessed to be a part of this event.

Any pre-show rituals that you do?

I think, you know, the last couple minutes before I perform, I like to really plant my feet on the ground and just visualize giving a great performance. I wanna have fun and I want the audience to have fun, so just… Breathing.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you wanna perform?

Oh my gosh, if I could perform anywhere… I think I would perform - I've never really thought about that, but what's hitting me right now is that I'd love to perform on the Great Wall of China. I have no idea why, but that's what's coming out, so I'm gonna go with that - I'm gonna go with it!

That would be an interesting place... The first show on the Great Wall of China.

Exactly! I don't know why that… Yup. Okay. That's gonna happen. Put it out there.

Which musicians inspire you and influence you as an artist?

Oh my gosh, so many. I mean, I'm a huge fan of Demi Lovato. It's a huge honor to be performing, you know, on the same stage as her - let alone opening for her! She's a huge influence on me actually. Growing up, I listened to a lot of old standards and things. My dad was a singer in Las Vegas and he worked with Sammy Davis, Jr. and so… Simple melodies, [that] old kind of vibe, simple lyrics. I mean, my music is obviously very different from that, but I think that the ideas - you know, just putting something out there that everyone can relate to and everyone can understand is a really great thing, but I get inspiration from all different kinds of music. My iTunes is slightly schizophrenic.

Mine too! Is there any new music that you've been listening to lately?

Yeah, I listen to so much. I've been completely obsessed with "The 20/20 Experience" in its entirety. Justin Timberlake is… God, basically. I listen to a lot of pop music, [it] being my genre, but I love EDM stuff - I've been listening to a lot of Diplo and different DJs. Different alternative stuff, so I… God. I could geek out on music for days, so this could be a really long conversation.

Is there any song that you would enjoy covering?

Like current song or any song?

Any song.

Oh gosh. I think one of my favorite songs that's ever been written… Everyone and their mother has already covered it, but I don't really care 'cause it's just that beautiful. "I Can't Make You Love Me" is… It's not uplifting in any way - totally opposite of my music - but I just think that as a piece of music, it's just so… Bonnie Raitt - she didn't write it, but her version is incredible and that's one of my top songs ever written.

First album you ever bought?

I think it was probably - with my own money - when I was 7, I bought Britney Spears' first album, so "...Baby One More Time."

What about your first concert?

My first concert was… I think that was the Backstreet Boys. I was in Lexington, Kentucky and two of them are from Lexington. My family's from there too and my dad surprised me and took me - it was the coolest night of my life I think. 

Last one... If you could perform or record with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Dead or alive? Wow. Let me think about this, I mean, so many… I think… Michael Jackson. It's, you know, he's the King. He's… That's - that's all I need to say about that. Like there's not one person that's more iconic, I don't think.

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