OK, let us establish this right from the start. It's not a coincidence that Maggie Sajak shares the last name as one of America's favorite TV personalities. The vivacious beauty is the daughter of "Wheel Of Fortune" host Pat Sajak – a former Nashville disc jockey and weatherman.
The songstress has just started making the promotional rounds for her new single and video, "Wild Boy." She says that country music has always resonated with her. "It was my parents' favorite genre of music, so it was always on in the car. I love artists like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Faith Hill. I've always listened to other kinds of music. I have an older brother, and he was into Rock & Roll and alternative music. When I started thinking about doing this for a career, it just came natural that Country was the genre I was going to go into."
She tells Billboard that moment happened rather early in her life. "I knew when I was little, and someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say a singer. I also did dance classes when I was little, and got a little guitar when I was eight, and started playing around with it. Then, when I was 13, I got my Taylor guitar, which I still play now. Since then, I really knew this was what I really wanted to pursue as a career, because I would spend hours a day after school, going back to my room and playing guitar. It was always an escape for me, and turned into a passion."
In spite of her father's day job, she says her parents steered her clear of growing up amid the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. "I grew up in Maryland. I went out to California a decent amount, but went to school in Maryland. My family lives there, so I'm close to them, which is nice. I went to kindergarten there, and everyone went on from there to high school. It's a tight knit community."
Having spent much time in Nashville recording and writing, she admits that it can be a little bit intimidating at first, but those feelings break down pretty quickly when you realize how open and inviting the city is.
"It was surprising at first to see how things were so concentrated in the heart of Nashville. Everyone you meet is involved in music in some way, and everyone knows everyone. I think it can be a little staggering or intimidating at first, but knowing there is that many creative minds in one place, it all just works together, and everyone just finds the group that they are supposed to work with. Nashville has been a great experience."
She has just filmed a video for "Wild Boy," which she said is a song that many young women can easily relate to. "I think when I first heard it, you think of someone immediately. That's the kind of reaction I've been getting. Everyone has someone like that in their life – or still has them. I think everyone can relate to it, and it's relatable."
The video shoot was akin to a dream-like experience for the fashion-conscious singer.
"We did it at a studio in Brooklyn. That was cool, because it was fashion photographers, and this great make up artist I work with. Everyone was great, and they all came together for this project. It was so collaborative, and we didn't know exactly how it would turn out. We had an idea, but it wasn't a story video as much as it was a concept. It's an introspective video about a girl who is making her decisions about this wild boy -- should she put her heart on the line or not? It might be different than people expect because it's not focused on the wild boy, but it's fashioned based and a lot different. I like bringing fashion and country together."