In so small part thanks to the viral success of her breakup anthem, Remember That Night? RIAA Platinum-certified singer-songwriter Sara Kays very quickly amassed 677M worldwide streams and close to 2 million TikTok followers. Two years on and the Nashville-based musician is steadily building upon her success with her new emotionally vulnerable track, Show Me Off. In this Emerging Headliner interview powered by JBL, the rising singer-songwriter delves into body image, going viral on TikTok, situationships and new music.
Kays’ breakthrough EP, Struck By Lightning was propelled forward by the runaway success of Remember That Night? in 2021. Speaking to Headliner from her Nashville home just days before embarking on a US tour, the introspective singer-songwriter reveals that she was surprised that people were connecting to the personal things she revealed on the EP.
“I was writing about things that I wanted to hear songs about when I was younger,” she reflects. “I had a lot of trouble finding songs about body image and certain things I was going through. I would Google search for songs about stuff [like that], so it was a nice surprise that the songs about certain topics were actually reaching more people than I thought,” she says humbly.
Check out her socials and you’ll discover that amongst the posts about her music, Kays is disarmingly raw about everything from body image to mental health. Feeling songs that addressed these issues were scarce when she was younger when she sought to turn to music for guidance and reassurance, Kays makes sure to funnel these topics into her own work for a new generation of fans experiencing similar issues.
“I definitely wish I had more [of that growing up],” she nods. “It took a lot of digging to find songs about certain things, where it's easier now. That is a lot of the reason why I started writing, because I was interested in music at a really young age, but writing came over time. That's part of what drew me to it so much; realising I can make songs about things I actually like, want, or relate to.”