Rising country star Maggie Sajak recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to her. We chatted about everything from her hot new single “Wild Boy” to her love of Carrie Underwood to her impressive school-music balance.
Maggie recently released a video for her new single, “Wild Boy,” which is a song that she loved immediately upon hearing. (Us too!) While most girls deal with a wild boy or two, the song has a unique twist on the typical tale. “I love the song because it’s powerful for a lot of people. A lot of girls end up having a boy like that in their life at some point, for better or worse. Sometimes they stick with us, sometimes they don’t,” Maggie says. “What’s cool to me is that the song doesn’t just focus on the guy, but it’s more about a girl making the decision about the guy and whether or not to put her heart on the line.”
On first listen to “Wild Boy,” Maggie immediately connected with the lyrics and knew it was a perfect fit. “When I received it, I definitely got the chills the first time I heard it and it really touched me, so I was thinking that it would touch a lot of other people. That’s the most important thing to me, always, the lyrics and the impact it has.”
Although Maggie didn’t pen her current single, she does write much of her own music and uses a similar method whether writing or choosing songs. “When I hear a song on the radio, I know if I like it immediately. I figure when I hear a song to record, I really want to like it immediately,” Maggie tells us. “If it’s important to me and meaningful and comes from the heart, then hopefully it’ll mean something to others as well.”
Fans of CMT’s guilty-pleasure dating show Sweet Home Alabama first heard Maggie’s song, “First Kiss,” played as Devin Grissom chose Adam Moyer to be her final suitor. Although that TV romance was short-lived, it was that single that took a then-16-year-old Maggie’s talent from a hobby to a career path
Having grown up singing, performing and playing instruments, she was always enthralled with music, but when she picked up the guitar at age 13, she really began to hone her craft. “I started playing guitar more seriously at age 13, and that’s when I started writing more songs and doing more local performances.” Those live performances empowered Maggie with a different type of energy and inspired her to pursue music more seriously.
In addition to guitar, Maggie also plays the piano, mandolin and ukulele. And while she’s on a quest to become the female version of Hunter Hayes, she hopes to eventually add drums to her musical repertoire. “I would love to learn drums. I think that’d be amazing because everything that I play is kind of similar so I think that the drums would be a little different.”
While balancing a musical career may be tough for any 18-year-old, Maggie is currently laying the ground work for a “pre-med” path at Princeton. The hard-working teen, whose dad is Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak, tells us that education is just as important to her as music. “Education is really important to me, music is obviously very important to me.” She tells us. “I think I’d have both in my life no matter what, to some extent. Now, I’m working in music and I love them both. I don’t want to give either of them up.”
Maggie looks to another famous blonde for inspiration, both in finding a balance and life and in music and fashion. “I really love Carrie Underwood and for a few reasons. Obviously, she has an amazing voice and amazing music, but I also love her sense of style. I like the way that she incorporates fashion into her performances and everything,” Maggie says. “I like the way that it seems like she really balances her personal life and her professional life really well because you don’t really hear about scandals and things with her. I think it’s great she can stay really grounded and that’s the thing I’m always going to try to do, no matter what.
While she may admire Carrie’s music and style, it’s the boys of country music that Maggie would most like to tour with, naming Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean & Hunter Hayes as her top three dream tour choices.
Although Maggie Sajak may not be a household name just yet, she’s well on her way and working on a full album. “I care about each of these songs, and I’m putting together a full album and looking forward to writing more about my personal experiences. I know in your teenage years, it’s when’s a lot is happening, the songs mean a lot to me,” Maggie tells us. “And I just want to get good messages out there. And I think it is important for younger people too and for girls to be able to look up to me. That’s important to me. That’s one of my biggest priorities.”
Keepin’ It Country Lightning Round:
Favorite country song: “Long Hot Summer” by Keith Urban
Dream Duet Partner: Scotty McCreery
Favorite Junk Food: Cupcakes
Favorite Song to Cover: “The Rose” by Bette Midler
Last song listened to: “Red Hands” by Walk Across the Earth