At 22 years old, Ottawa native Sarah Alena (nee Scriver) is turning heads and winning over hearts of all ages. Her sophomore EP "Mind over Matter" demonstrates not only Sarah's wide vocal range, guitar and piano playing skills, but also her incredibly mature song writing abilities.
As a survivor of head trauma, mental illness, and profound hearing loss, Sarah has become a beacon of hope and an advocate for not only troubled teens, but anyone who has been through these extreme hardships. "The human body goes through 5 stages of grief after a trauma: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and hope. Mind Over Matter is a mantra I've lived by since I was a little girl" explains Sarah. "From the denial in Hushed, the anger in Flare, the bargaining in The Story Of Us, the depression in Karma's Gonna Get You, to the hope in House Of Cards" this EP is for anyone going through this cycle".
After losing her hearing, Sarah was devastated and confused about how she could continue to create and perform music, while missing an integral part of the experience. After some experimentation, she's discovered by taking off her shoes to feel the vibrations of the music through the stage and the use of in-ears, she's grown an appreciation for music unlike the one she had before.
Sarah is currently writing and recording a full length album about her experiences being a flawed human learning to heal.