SW Sounds: Sarah Smith

London rocker Sarah Smith releases new album, Unveiling.

"Nothing changes, if nothing changes": personal growth inspires new album

Sarah Smith is playing a string of CD release concerts across southern Ontario to celebrate her new album, Unveiling. (Supplied by Sarah Smith)

SW Sounds is a weekly feature that profiles a southwestern Ontario artist and their new music. Listen for it Mondays on Afternoon Drive between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on CBC Radio One.

With more than 14 releases and countless shows under her belt, Sarah Smith is a staple in the London music scene. She's known for making raw music that bares all emotionally, and her latest might be her most raw yet.

Unveiling was largely inspired by substantial life changes following the end of a long-term relationship. It was a way for Smith to take a hard look at various forms of love, and what they mean to her.

Unveiling is being sold at Smith's many tour stops in southern Ontario this month, including a show Saturday night at the Mary Webb Centre in Highgate, Ont. and December 5 at London Music Club. A wider release is planned for the new year. Meanwhile, the album's lead single, 'You Don't Get My Love,' is already available on streaming sites.

Tell us a bit more about what inspired your new record.

Unveiling was inspired by my life experiences the last few years, which has been a whirlwind of some painful times and lots of change and discovery. I had to dig really deep into myself during this last few years to find out who I really am and what I'm about - what makes me tick and what makes me happy.

I was in a long-term relationship. I wasn't sure if what was happening in that relationship was making me happy anymore, and I had to realize that I have to make myself happy. Something I kept hearing was 'just do you.' 'Find out what makes you happy.' And I started to find my routines that made me happy: yoga, meditation, gym, eating healthy. I also...very, very gratefully, was able to get clean and sober.

So, for the past few years, I've just been doing me. When you do that, you have to go through some of the painful things that have happened in the past and actually deal with them. It takes a lot of courage, and I didn't understand what courage was until I actually had courage. Dealing with things can be very painful. But remember that where there's no pain, there's no gain (laughs). I also heard this other saying the other day: 'nothing changes, if nothing changes.'

The album's lead single is called 'You Don't Get My Love'. It's about misunderstood love. The way that you give love sometimes isn't accepted that way. And that can be very frustrating.

This interview was edited and condensed. Have a listen to 'You Don't Get My Love' from Sarah Smith's new album, as part of her SW Sounds profile:

London folk-rocker Sarah Smith takes us behind her new single "You Don't Get My Love", in this week's edition of SW Sounds. 6:25

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Chris dela Torre

Host of Afternoon Drive

Chris dela Torre is the host of Afternoon Drive on CBC Radio One in Southwestern Ontario. He's worked as a host, reporter and producer in several cities across Canada, and has hosted several CBC network programs, such as q, DNTO and The Story From Here.