Making her national TV debut via The Late Show, singer-songwriter Sasha Sloan performed her heartfelt single “Older” on Wednesday night (Feb. 6).
The Boston native wore a charcoal coat, black crop top, high-top blue jeans and white sneakers on the small stage, which was arranged to resemble a cozy room, with a vintage film projector that ran clips of old family home videos during the nostalgia-inducing performance.
“The older I get, the more that I see/ My parents aren’t heroes, they’re just like me/ And loving is hard, it don’t always work/ You just try your best not to get hurt/ I used to be mad, but now I know/ Sometimes it’s better to let someone go/ It just hadn’t hit me yet/ The older I get,” Sloan asserted, masterfully singing the sentimental lyrics.
The earnest coming-of-age pop song showcases Sloan’s lyricism as well as her soft, mesmerizing vocals. In an interview with Billboard last November, she explained that “Older” is one of her favorite songs off of her EP, Loser, as it depicts her realization that her parents were only in their 20’s when they had her. “I’ve been trying to write that song for years, and it was really hard to find the right tone and the right emotion without sounding too bitter,” she told Billboard. “You don’t realize your parents are just humans until you get older, and you’re like, ‘Well, I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing, so they didn’t, either.'”
The 23-year-old also helped pen songs like Charli XCX’s “Track 10,” and Camila Cabello’s “Never Be The Same,” among others.
Watch Sloan’s captivating performance of “Older” on The Late Show below.