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Sarah Darling's Emotional Song 'Wasted' Takes A Look At The Other Side Of Addiction

"I know that the story has now taken on a life of its own."

Sarah Darling shares with A Plus how her new single "Wasted" came together and what it means to listeners.

"Wasted" was actually written about a family member of mine who was going through a difficult time in their marriage, and the root of the struggle in their relationship was alcoholism. One night, this family member shared their whole story to me in tears and I felt like there was nothing I could do. I happened to have a co-writing session the next day with Josh Osborne and Mark Beeson and, after sharing with them what had been weighing on my mind, we ended up writing this truly amazing story of someone who feels invisible in a relationship as a result of addiction.

The best part about country music is that you can tell a story that's straight from the heart — and that really touches home for me. Addiction affects so many different people and, because the story in "Wasted" affected me directly, I was also impacted by my loved one's malaise. To have the opportunity to write this song, play the song at shows, and release it as a single over seven years after it was written has been truly healing for me. Furthermore, when fans come up to me after a show and say, "I've been the person who's been invisible," or when an individual who has battled addiction tells me that the song has touched them personally, I know that the story has now taken on a life of its own.

From conception to performance, "Wasted" has been a form of healing for me over the past decade and it's encouraging to know that it helps others on their own journeys, too. I'm blown away daily by the courage that others have to share their deeply personal stories and my wish for fans is that they find comfort in knowing they are not alone. To see the connections others make and the stories being shared is exactly what I hoped for when I released this song. My hope for "Wasted" is to continue to see others make impactful connections because that is the ultimate purpose of music and that is what I strive to accomplish every day as an artist.

You can listen to "Wasted" below:

You can also stream Sarah Darling's "Wasted" on Spotify or buy it on iTunes.

Cover image courtesy Marbaloo

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