It is a true pleasure to introduce nine year old, Sadie McClendon. Sadie a native of Alabama is often found on stage somewhere around Tuscaloosa, Nashville and everywhere in between. Country and Bluegrass has gained another distinguished voice, one that will be treasured by many for a longtime to come. She may only be nine, but she has hit the ground running and has become highly sot after. The tone in her voice when she sings will make you melt. One day her name will be found right next to Patsy Cline and others like her.
Sadie has been fortunate to grow up around music giving her the love she has to sing and perform. Her mom is a jazz singer who Sadie has listened to all her life. She loves listening and singing to the music her dad listens to, which is classic Country. Like many young people growing up, she too was apart of musicals in school as a kindergartner, along with some talent shows. “My first real performance was on stage at a talent show in Tuscaloosa when I was eight years old. I played guitar and sang some Bob Dylan” says Sadie.
Being part of the Bluegrass and Country music scene, it helps to play an instrument. Sadie has certainly covered that base, she plays guitar. mandolin, ukulele, and piano. No matter what the occasion Sadie can jump right in and fill the air with enjoyment. She has been studying Bluegrass for the past year now, and loves when she gets the opportunity to play with other musicians and bands. Sadie is already so skilled at nine that she has been playing gigs for the past year. Sadie even has her own three hour gig in Nashville once a month.
Nashville is a favorite place for any Country music lover and that holds true with Sadie. Nashville has taken her in with open arms. She loves performing on the main stage at Tootsie’s with the band and at Honky-tonk Central downtown Nashville. At Rippy’s downtown is her regular gig every month. At Rippy’s Sadie has a three hour acoustic set, she is usually on stage with two adult musicians. “It’s always really neat there, because I never know who I’m going to be playing with” says Sadie. When in Nashville stop by these places and you just might catch Sadie, and you will be glad you did. Because of school she is not able to be in Nashville more at this time. “I play at farmers markets back home, and anywhere that will have me” says Sadie. Soon she will have no worry about whether people will have her, they will be begging for her to come perform.
Sadie looks at music much different than many others, meaning it is not about competitions. An award for her is being asked to sing up on stage with Jamey Johnson in front of 10,000 people in Huntsville. Or to hop on stage with other respected musicians who appreciate all the hard work she puts into her music. A local radio saw one of her videos and played it on air and did an interview with her.
In her travels, Sadie has met a few people along the way. In Mississippi she got to hangout with Jamey Johnson at a show, and he introduced her to Allison Krauss. She sang two songs for them. Here recently she sang with Jamey at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama. She has also had the pleasure of meeting Chris and Morgan Stapleton. Sadie hopes to meet John Prine one day.
At such a young age Sadie has already gained a love for performing. She loves the energy that comes from performing and loves surprising people. “Nobody ever thinks a nine year old could really play their instruments or expect them to sing the type of music that I do” says Sadie. Mainly she is just having fun.
Sadie has been inspired to write songs. Her first song was performed in Nashville on the street. She says this was really scary.
All of her accomplishments are great, but she is still just a kid. She likes to ride horses and play Bluegrass and Country music. She loves John Prine, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Sadie listens to Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks, Jason Isbell, and Sturgill Simpson. Her favorite singer is Morgan Stapleton. She loves what she does and wants to do it for as long as she can.
For someone who is basically just starting out, she has had some great opportunities. It is her skills in music, vocally and instrumentally that continues to open doors to these opportunities. People everywhere are loving her music. It is only necessary to listen for a bit, and then you are hooked. One day Sadie will return the favor that people like Jamey has given her. Sadie will be playing an arena somewhere, and she too will share her stage with a kid just like her. Sadie simply loves music.