JustJaredJr.com had the pleasure of interviewing up-and-coming country artist Maggie Sajak – check it out below!
The 18-year-old singer/songwriter opened up about what inspired her latest single “Wild Boy,” her obsession with fashion, what it’s like balancing college and a music career, her famous dad (Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak), and of course we got her to dish on her celeb crushes. Hint: One of them is recently single!
In case you missed it, be sure to also check out Maggie‘s music video for “Wild Boy”!
Click inside to read our full interview with Maggie Sajak…
JustJaredJr.com Interview – Maggie Sajak
Just Jared Jr.: Who or what inspired “Wild Boy”?
Maggie Sajak: I’ve spent a lot of long nights talking with my friends who were dealing with so-called Wild Boys, and I’ve definitely been in that situation, too. I tried to tell them that they needed to decide if they’re willing to put their heart on the line for these boys, and that’s the same message I think the song delivers.
JJJ: We love the “Wild Boy” video! Where did the idea for the music video come from?
MS: I thought the lyrics needed to be highlighted. Rather than try to tell a story visually, I wanted listeners to hear the words. We tried to create a mood that wouldn’t get in the way, and one that would represent the self-reflective nature of the song.
JJJ: Do you write your own music? If so, what’s your writing process like?
MS: When I began recording, I was lucky enough to find songs and songwriters that spoke to me. I have always written music on my own as well, and I’ve really been working on improving that skill lately. Now that I’m concentrating on writing, I’ll be featuring more of my own songs on my upcoming album.
JJJ: What usually sparks inspiration for a new song?
MS: I can only write about things that truly move me. As a listener, I love songs that are genuine and from the heart, not just catchy. Every little moment and interaction throughout the day could be a source of inspiration.
JJJ: When did you learn how to play the guitar?
MS: I started taking guitar pretty seriously when I was about 13 years old. That’s when I received my Taylor guitar, which I still play. I love learning how to play a new instrument, so lately I’ve been working on learning ukulele and mandolin.
JJJ: What’s your favorite song to perform live?
MS: I love doing “Wild Boy” live. It always seems fresh and relevant and moving to me. I feel the emotion in the song every time I perform it, and I know how important that is because even if I’ve sung a song a million times, it may very well be the first time a listener is hearing it.
JJJ: Your Twitter bio says you are “fashion obsessed” – who are some of your favorite designers?
MS: I love taking inspiration from high-end designers like Marc Jacobs and Chanel, then buying my clothes at affordable stores like Forever 21. That way, I can always try out the latest styles and mix and match with the staple items I already have.
JJJ: How would you describe your personal style?
MS: I wouldn’t say I have a set “style” because I love trying a big variety of fashions. Even day to day, my style changes. But in general, I always like to keep my looks classic and accessorized.
JJJ: Your dad [Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak] is a household name – what’s it like growing up with a famous dad?
MS: First of all, it takes a while to figure out that he’s famous! It all seems very normal to me, because he’s just “Dad.” As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the way he handles his notoriety. I think I’ve learned a lot from him about humility and gratitude.
JJJ: Was your dad surprised that you wanted to get into the entertainment industry?
MS: I don’t think he was very surprised because being a singer has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. However, I’ve always had a big variety of interests, so I’m not sure my family ever knew exactly which one I’d choose.
JJJ: What’s it like balancing college and a music career?
MS: Music and education are both so important to me that I wouldn’t want to give either of them up. Music has been, and always will be, a big part of my life, so now I just need to manage my time well to work on music as a career.
JJJ: Who are some of your favorite artists? Inspirations?
MS: Even though I sing country, I definitely listen to a variety of music. I love a lot of the current alternative bands, and there are some great guys in country right now like Jason Aldean and Jake Owen. I take a lot of inspiration from older country artists like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, and also from singer/songwriters like Jewel and Eva Cassidy.
JJJ: What do you like to do in your free time?
MS: In whatever free time I have, I spend time with my family and friends, work out or go shopping. Or sometimes I’ll just watch some Netflix and catch up on sleep.
JJJ: Last but not least – who are your celeb crushes?