Mary Sarah is best known to audiences for the success of her 2014 album Bridges, which hit No. 28 on Top Country Albums, and her 2016 run on season 10 of NBC’s The Voice. However, her just-released single, “Without You,” represents a new direction for the singer.
“It’s really the first time that I feel that I’ve explored myself and who I am in my independence,” the Texas native tells Billboard. “This is really a true story of my life. Fans have been wanting new music for a while. It’s really exciting, especially with it being a true story in my life. I hope that fans will connect with it as much as I have.”
Watch the “Without You” lyric video premiere below.
Of her time on Team Blake during The Voice, she said, “It’s all so crazy. You’re out there in a hotel the whole time, and they call it reality television, but it’s nothing like reality because you are doing these things that you wouldn’t normally do in your day to life. The whole experience was such a blessing. I looked at The Voice as something that was going to be a part of my life, and one of those steps that would take me closer to what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Since then, my life has been about performing and getting out and meeting the fans who supported me through out that journey. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
She’s grateful for the bond she has developed with fans on Twitter and Facebook. “Social media is so huge, because it allows you to connect with the fans that might normally get to see you in shows and at performances, I’m incredibly thankful for all of that, because I have fans that keep in touch. For me, they’ve become more like friends, and they encourage me to keep doing what I do. It keeps me going every day.”
The singer co-wrote the new song with Mike Walker, and her producers Bart Butler (Jon Pardi) and David Garcia. She says it comes from her reality. “This song was based on a true story in my life. I was in a relationship for three years, and it was long distance and incredibly hard. I gave a lot of myself to someone else in the relationship. The thing about a long distance relationship is that you have to have both people be equally invested. For me, I was the one investing a whole lot more than the other person, so it took a lot away from me. I lost a whole lot of myself through that process. To look at that process after the fact of the breakup, and having to find yourself again – it always looks like such a terrible thing, but it happened to me at a time in my life where something else was going on around me that was so big that I couldn’t allow myself to dive into mourning that relationship and feeling sad. I had to look at myself in the mirror, realize that I would find myself again. I started doing things like going to the movies by myself that I had never done before.”
She’s quick to point out there are no regrets. “I realize that he was just in a different place in his life than where I was. It was difficult for him to give any energy because he was trying to find himself. We’re human beings. We’re not perfect. I never intended it to be – nor do I want it to be bitter, because I would never take those years back. There were great moments, and I learned so much about myself. A lot of people have regrets in life, but I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am now were it not for them. Those things make you who you are, and you can’t be ashamed of that.”
She’s simply glad to be able to share her life with those that support her musically. “To find that humility and be able to share it with your fans is not always the easiest thing, but as an artist, I think you are called to share your experiences, and you are given a platform to do that. I never want to take that platform for granted.”