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Born and raised on a small-town turkey and cattle farm, SJ McDonald has always held the values of country music as a core foundation in her life. She started writing songs at a young age and at just 15 years old, the singer formed SaraJane McDonald and Sweetfire. The country-rock band performed across Virginia and North Carolina at festivals and other venues, headlining and opening for country stars Jon Pardi, Runaway June, and more.
In 2017, SJ moved to Nashville and fully committed to writing and performing music. Within the first week of living in town, she had already landed herself weekly gigs on some of Broadway’s most notable stages. She currently continues these shows while balancing full-time school work with daily writes and gigs around town.
SJ was honored with the 2018 John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriters and Composers with her song, “Working Class Woman.” She is also a member of the Song Suffragettes, a writers round that highlights and empowers female songwriters in Nashville.
Everyone who meets SJ instantly falls in love, not only with her effortless talent, but also her charming and genuine personality. She prioritizes forming lasting relationships with just about every person she can. When she isn’t working on music, she can be found volunteering weekly at the 510 Foundation in Nashville or diving in on a fish taco at SATCO.