Singer and Cancer Survivor Sasha Friedman Brings Happiness to the Limelight with Latest Single, “Free to Be Me”
By: Nadia Sobehart
Eleven-year-old singer, recording artist, and cancer survivor, Sasha Friedman is here to tell the world that happiness is for everyone—and not reserved only for memorable events. Her new pop single, “Free to Be Me,” is an upbeat, vibrant song that reminds listeners to be themselves and find the joy in life, no matter what comes their way.
Released on June 9, 2023, “Free to Be Me” debuted at #7 on iTunes Pop Charts within the first 24 hours of its release.
Compassionate and caring, Sasha Friedman is driven to spread messages to help everyone around her. “I want people to be happy even when they’re sad, hurt, or broken. I want them to know they can be happy every day, not just on special occasions.” This compassion led Sasha to record a song that’s not only relatable but meaningful, too.
Sasha’s purpose is about “being true to yourself and living your dream.” Her music is an outlet for spreading happiness and positivity. “Free to Be Me” is a collaboration between Sasha and her production and writing team. “I came up with the story, and they came up with the lyrics and beat,” explains Sasha of the writing process. “Then I asked them to change the words and improve it in my own way. It’s so fun to make music. I get to enjoy making it and watch my music grow.”
Life hasn’t always been kind to Sasha Friedman, yet she continues to show us all what it means to find the silver lining and keep going. At age 10, Sasha began feeling a neck pain that led to the discovery of a massive tumor that revealed metastic Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer that spread to her neck, arms, legs, and lungs. No child should ever have to face the physical and emotional pain of cancer. Sasha did so with grace and resilience. She turned to music to transcend the pain and loneliness of the hospital where she underwent a major surgery and chemotherapy. Fast forward to today—Sasha is in remission and excited to spend time doing what she loves: creating heartwarming music and sharing meaningful messages through her art.
Sasha’s passion for music began from a very young age—in fact, she began to sing around the same time she learned to speak. As she grew older, she found inspiration in artists such as Queen. When she began writing music, Sasha often turned to the themes of self-worth and resilience in honor of her personal experiences and consideration for others. By the time she turned nine, Sasha caught the attention of producers Cory and Julia Shuman of Little Bird Big Sound. With the help of Cory and Julia, Sasha began recording music, leading up to the release of her first single, “Free to Be Me.”
Sasha is excited to grow her music and continue to hone her skills. “I play a lot of instruments, but I want to try making my own beat or tune. I think it’s cool to make up your own. Music made me happy even on days when I was being poked and prodded—when I listened to music, it took me away from the hospital to somewhere else, somewhere where I felt free. I want to help people dealing with hard times to feel like that, too. I want to make people happy.”
Through her music and story, Sasha Friedman hopes to raise awareness for all the hospital patients who are undergoing similar experiences, whether fighting cancer or undergoing a major surgery. “Everyone goes through a hard time. I think and hope my music will help them get through it. I want to help make people happy even in the hardest of times.”
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