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A woman in a turquoise dress leans against a painted brick wall. November 14th, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: AC Sapphire

AC Sapphire currently based in Portland, Oregon, creates ethereal folk-rock. Her cosmic sound blends disparate elements into an ethereal folk rock while her strong voice shakes listeners awake as she spins her passionate, dust-blasted tales.

A woman in a black dress holds a guitar in front of a blue evening sky.

NewSong Music: What sort of music was playing in your house when you were growing up?
AC Sapphire: Our father constantly played doo-wop and R&B music [when I was] growing up, like The Ravens, The Harptones, The Chantels, The Drifters, The Platters, The Flamingos. and many more! He was a record collector. 
What inspired you to become a songwriter?
I was home-schooled, and as part of that we did a Shakespeare play once a year. I fell in love with language and poetry. I think I was inspired because it felt like a way to express something to the world, to get out of my body and to sing and express my thoughts. It was powerful [to me] as a teenager. It still is powerful. Image of a woman in a red dress, seen from chest up, looking off to her right.
If you could partner with another living songwriter to co-write a song, who would it be?
Michael Hurley 
Do you have any recent or forthcoming projects to tell us about?
I recently formed a support band for my music: AC Sapphire & The Shoulderpads. We won the Relix Magazine Sonic Showdown Contest. We are hoping to record an album as a band this winter/spring!