We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Tromley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what principle do you value most?
When I think of what matters most to me, I think of AUTHENTICITY. Being able to express myself in the most vulnerable and transparent way possible really allows me to be the artist and human that I intend to show up as each day. My scars are my stripes, and that’s important to me.
I’ve had to learn that openness and being genuine with one’s self isn’t always received by others. It can be taken advantage of or twisted to someone else’s desires. I’m discovering ways to release myself from those chains of shame, guilt and comparison. It hasn’t been easy and I’m still a work in progress, but I do find space to celebrate MYSELF.
In an industry where words aren’t always reliable, nor are some people, I’m learning to create a balance and a level of empathy that doesn’t allow me to completely fall apart when someone fails me.
I’ve had my struggles as a female trying to rise especially in music. Being your authentic self can come with lots of judgement, but I say “do it anyway”. There is no “should” in being authentic, which is why someone’s opinion of my life and my choices need not concern me so much.
I wake up most days ready to create. Whether it’s from a place of pain or joy, we as artists make it work. If I’m not tapping into something authentic and real, then it doesn’t shine through in my music. There’s no way to escape the pressure cooker of society especially when you’re an emerging artist. Everything is so based on the narrative of how you look, how to behave, how to believe. Staying grounded and acknowledging who you are in the “right now” is your greatest super power. Good or bad, it all comes down to how you feel about you. No one will ever know you better than yourself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My dad always encouraged music—bought me my first mini red electric fender guitar in grade school. That creative environment led me into musicals and choir as I grew up. Artists like Taking Back Sunday, Adele, Bon Iver, and Mumford and Sons, even Lady Gaga really got me through hard times growing up. I related to those artists and the stories they told in their music. They got me through low points at a time when I felt I didn’t fit in or couldn’t celebrate my own value—I found a place of home with my music and a way I could relate to the world.
I’m a pop and RnB girl with edge. I love sultry sounds and more melodic tones. I sing from a place of honesty (lyrically). I aspire for my music to heal people and build communities of passionate dreamers.
I’m complex. I’m a visionary and a lover. Just a 26-year-old woman navigating personal pain and growth with grace and positivity. Always knowing that I loved music, I had to find the lane that suited me best. There were many paths. So during 2016 I worked at Good Music for Kanye as an intern and that is where I found my foundation as an artist.
I definitely didn’t do things like any of the other kids from my hometown. I was always a little bit of an outcast in some ways, but I wouldn’t change that experience because it shaped me into who I am today. I’ve also had some great mentors who pushed me and supported my journey. I was never afraid of taking risks and I want to use whatever influence I may have to push another young girl along the way. This industry can be tough. But it’s up to you to fight for your dreams, because no one else will.
More new music for sure coming soon, and potentially some acting roles are what I see as the next obvious steps for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely get an Oat Milk Latte from Dialog Cafe in West Hollywood. I love this place and the vibe of the people. We would probably follow up with brunch on the rooftop of the Waldorf Astoria.
Calamigos Ranch in Malibu would be a must on our list. Dinner spots would include Ysabel, Olivetta, Cara Hotel, and Avra.
I would really like to experience Flamingo Estate with a friend. There are so many unexplored places that I’d love to enjoy in this beautiful place. So many moments to mention.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Che Pope has really provided guidance and mentorship in my music. My team which includes a few of my best friends and right hand, Eddie Watkins. My music director, Colin Boyd and a handful of other key contributors to my success. My family has been great especially in introducing me to music at an early age. I’m so blessed to have a village that supports me.
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