Sable Breeze stood out from other youngsters for two reasons. First was by virtue of her pretty, lyrical name. The second was by the way she always answered the age-old question posed to children by adults.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends.
With wide-open, candid eyes, Sable consistently responded, “I want to be a superstar.” There was something about the tilt of her head and the lift of her chin that underlined her answer, giving it an air of valid confidence.
Sable’s parents never blinked when they heard their daughter’s answer. Instead, using that wordless and magical language between parent and child, they gave their silent pledge to support every step of her journey.
“There is absolutely nothing I could have ever done to deserve the kindness and generosity of my parents,” Sable, 25, of Flower Mound, said with obvious gratitude. “They are always there, no questions asked, and no answers needed.
“It’s like I always knew there were songs inside of me. I knew I needed to write them and to sing them. I needed to do that not to just become a superstar, but to help people through their own difficult and troubled times.”
Sable grew up listening to different types of music, developing an appreciative ear for all genres. “I think I’m the product of a lot of blending,” she said. “There’s folk, pop, country, and classic rock. For me, all the influences came together into what I refer to as mellow pop. I write all my songs and accompany them with a ukulele, an acoustic guitar, or an electric guitar. I choose whatever instrument best fits the mood of the song. The result is my music is more chill and more laid back than the style of other pop artists. I think it would be accurate to say I have a quieter pop style.
“I bought my first instruments when I was 17, after saving enough money from the retail jobs I worked. I taught myself to play them through YouTube.”
Sable learned early that just being good at something isn’t enough to achieve superstardom. There’s also the process of letting other people see your talent. It’s called marketing and, sometimes, it can be the most difficult part of the journey.
In January of 2019, a series of unplanned steps landed Sable in T’s Bar and Grill in Lewisville, where she met musicians J.C. Scars and Tim Naylor.
“Soon after we met, J.C. introduced me to James Greenlee, who owns Vetted Studios. Our personalities clicked and we started working together to record and produce my songs. Tim, who’s an accomplished guitarist, played lead guitar for my single Not Afraid.”
Sable has released three EPs this year. An extended play recording typically has fewer tracks than a long play or LP.
“They’re both pricey and time-consuming to put together,” she continued. “After that, the next step is to have them picked up and released by major online streaming networks. Most of my growth as an artist has come through live streaming. It’s called hustling! It’s also called work, but I love every minute of the effort.
“I play a lot of gigs throughout Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, and all points in-between. This is my main source of income and provides the money to finance everything else that goes into the process.
“I also devote a lot of time to maintaining a social media presence. It’s critical that I keep my schedule current and in front of people, letting them know where I’ll perform and when. It’s one of my most effective ways to advertise.”
The question of “What do you want to be when you grow up” changes with the passage of time. Frequently, it becomes, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
“I’ll be 30 years old,” Sable answered, “and much closer to where I wanted to be when I was five. I’ll be more successful than I am today, and that success will include inspiring others through my music.”