Singer, songwriter, producer, aspiring comedian, ambassador of good vibes. SassyBlack is all that and then some. Her innovation and empowering approach to life mesh seamlessly with Seattle’s vibrant music culture – all in a pioneering style that transcends the ages. SassyBlack’s doing it her way, on her terms, in a cool, collected fashion. There's no telling what she’ll do next.
The many sides of SassyBlack
An eclectic trailblazer, she’s ever unique in all her style-bending, label-defying superhero glory.Play the many sides of SassyBlack
SassyBlack was mesmerised by the artists and songs on the video compilations her brother sent her.Play early inspiration
She absorbed the world of jazz in college and weaves its frenetic power through her captivating soundscapes.Play jazz stance
She didn’t know much about it before moving there, but Seattle quickly became her muse for unlimited inspiration.Play Seattle influence
Who is SassyBlack?
Maybe she’s that kid still listening to Mariah’s “Butterfly”. Or the jazz singer-songwriter charting her course through university. Today she’s one to watch as she transforms Seattle music with her multi-layered musical flow and genre-defining cool. SassyBlack’s fully stepped into the spotlight and she’s never been more self-assured.
“It’s taken a long time, like, pretty much all my life to be this empowered and comfortable,” says SassyBlack. “But yeah, I’ve always probably been this person internally to an extent. I’ve always been someone who likes the spotlight, someone who wants to be on stage, someone who likes to talk.”
“And so now, with this persona as SassyBlack, I’m able to be all of the things. Be someone who’s acting and writing, and singing, and producing, and telling awkward jokes and dressing as I want. I get to be all the sides of myself at once, by myself.”
Literally wearing her influences on her sleeve (check out the reference to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” tattooed on her left forearm), SassyBlack draws inspiration from musical giants as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and the Eurythmics. Blending silky-smooth vocals with a mesmerising sonic landscape, she casts her spell from uniquely curated genres she calls hologram funk and psychedelic soul.
“I say psychedelic soul because I am going to take you on a trip, a spiritual and physical and emotional trip. When people attend a SassyBlack show, sometimes they think they’re gonna get hip-hop, or R&B or soul, not realising that I have my own interpretation of that. You might get a song that's more of a bossa nova and then you might get something that’s definitely like more Cameo funky.”
“You could get anything from me at one of my shows. It really depends on my mood and where I’m at, but it will always be soulful. It always comes from my spirit and my soul, no matter what kind of music I’m amplifying.”
Identifying as queer also gives SassyBlack a confident calm that keeps her grounded for whatever life throws at her. In her words, queer is about being “unique, and weird, and beautiful and outside of understanding”.
“I identify as queer because it embodies all of me, every single side of me,” she says. “For me it works perfectly. It works perfectly for my orientation, my identity – it just wraps me all up.”
Process and tools
Power and possibilities
SassyBlack taps into Surface to amplify her creativity, using it for everything from running Ableton music production software to orchestrating her live shows.Shop for Surface
Created on Surface
Surface is the perfect complement to her one-woman band aesthetic, arming her with unlimited possibilities and the confidence to create her way.Play created on Surface
Building community with Teams
SassyBlack works with people from all over the country, and Microsoft Teams chat software keeps them connected in a mutually beneficial way.Play building community with Teams
A little help from Cortana
Her own personal assistant, Cortana keeps SassyBlack organised and on top of her day-to-day activities with timely reminders, alerts, and more.Play a little help from Cortana
The power of Pride
Queer, proud and living out loud, SassyBlack uses Pride to showcase the beautiful diversity that’s alive and prospering within the LGBTQIA community.Read more Pride stories
Tune in to the sounds and styles that inspire SassyBlack – everyone from Michael Jackson and Toni Braxton to Babyface and Hi-Five.Listen to her playlist
Becoming a musician
She relied on her childhood instincts for the strength to transform from vocalist to full-on musician.Play becoming a musician
Style and influences
SassyBlack blends a lifetime of musical influences into a style all of her own for a sound that always comes from her spirit and soul.Play style and influences
She writes with the intention of performing live, building from a drum pattern and adding elements she can easily sequence when on stage.Play songwriting process
Enter her world
Get a closer look at what she’s been up to and where she’s been, from her latest adventures and upcoming gigs to new projects she’s working on.Have a look