How Sasha McVeigh Wove Some J.K. Rowling Wisdom Into a Song
But coming up out of that rock bottom allowed McVeigh to appreciate the things she might’ve otherwise taken for granted. “I’m a firm believer that our struggles can help make us the people were are, and rather than be ashamed of them, we should celebrate them.”
Then came the video, which she made down in Murfreesboro, a little bit south of Nashville. “Quinton Cook (the director) found this awesome dilapidated cabin out in a secluded field/forest area, that had this retro television set and all these old books scattered on the floor. It was the perfect location for the song and the concept I had in my head,” she said, adding that even the unexpected visit from the baby vultures nesting in the cabin didn’t dampen her enthusiasm for the shoot.
When McVeigh first arrived in Nashville — right after her rock bottom — she met Jerrod Niemann when they were both performing at Country Jam USA in Wisconsin. “He saw my set, we got to talking afterwards and I happened to mention that I adored his song ’What Do You Want?’ He asked me if I knew the harmony part, I said yes, and he basically handed me the microphone and said, ’It’s the sixth song in my set, I want you to sing harmony on it with me.’ I’ll never forget that moment.”
Since McVeigh has already made a long list of her country music dreams come true, she’s starting to think about what to add to her bucket list. Call it her Someday Wish List:
1. Record a CMT Crossroads episode with Lady Gaga
2. Collaborate with Zac Brown Band, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Wyatt Durrette, Emily Weisband and Liz Rose
3. Play at the Grand Ole Opry, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden