Worksop beauty queen’s Nashville move to pursue country dream

Worksop’s Sassy Vezay has used the heartbreak of losing her mum and dad during the pandemic as a reason to keep striving for her dreams.

Sassy first entered the world of performance after winning a talent contest as the Shania Twain Tribute Act shortly after qualifying as a fitness instructor at Rother Valley College.

Winning the talent show became the platform she needed to become a sought-after tribute artist — which later led to her aspiration to be a star in her own right.

Former worksop beauty queen Sassy Vezey has relocated to Nashville to pursue her dream of becoming a country music star

After touring around England in several tribute bands, her newfound confidence allowed her to become a solo artist in bars and clubs.

Then came the pandemic. Sassy said: “I lived in Sheffield during those two difficult years and faced the grief of death when both of my parents died within weeks and my relationship with my fiancé ended unexpectedly a few weeks later.”

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That same year, Sassy took the plunge and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to fulfill her mother’s promise to pursue her dream of living in Nashville. Sassy soon recorded her first album.

Sassy Vezay in the recording studio in Nashville.

Within weeks of releasing her debut radio single Slow Dance in January 2021, she entered the top 70 of the US Country chart and was soon nominated for the UK Country Awards.

She said: “The journey has never been a smooth road for me. Losing my parents was such a life changing experience.

“Although I kept working, it slowed me down mentally and physically. I’m still trying to find my way. I would have a hard time surviving without music – it heals my heart and soul.

“I’m so glad that I was able to take care of my mother in her last year of life, who died of heart and lung disease.

Sassy Vezay was runner-up in the Miss Worksop Guardian beauty pageant.

“It helped me process the pain of her death by writing long letters to my mother every day for the first few months after her death.

“These letters became my next song, Mom, which I co-wrote with artist-songwriter Stephen Wrench in Florida.

“I’m thrilled that Mom will be releasing the Nashville album with a full live band at OmniSound Studios in Nashville next year along with six more songs in the live sessions.”

South Yorkshire is at the heart of Sassy’s next release with the powerful ballad Doncaster and the Kingdom for veteran charity Victoria Cross.

The radio single Slow Dance reached the top 70 of the US country charts.

Doncaster and the Kingdom will be released later this month with the festive favorite I’ll be home for Christmas.

Sassy said: “I’ve worked really hard to get this far despite so many setbacks.

“People say I have my mother’s heart and my father’s drive and ambition. They were both so creative and passionate. I always rise above setbacks and believe that with talent and hard work I can achieve all my dreams.

“I will always be grateful that I was able to draw inspiration from my heartbreak and channel my loss and grief into writing and recording.”

The full Nashville Omni Studio Live Sessions will be released in early 2023.

Sassy pictured with her mother.

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