It all started when...
When Sadie Gustafson-Zook was 9 months old and mid-diaper change, she surprised her mother by humming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and she hasn’t stopped singing since. Today as a singer, fiddle and guitar player and songwriter raised in northern Indiana, Sadie continues the tradition of using her sweet voice to address less-than-sweet circumstances. In her writing, her pacifying voice balances with blunt lyrics to create cheerful yet honest music.
Through Sadie’s musical odyssey, she has been exposed to old time fiddle tunes and storytelling folk singers with her family’s band (Gustafson-Zook Family Band), classical opera and musical theater at school, and indie folk along with a heavy dose of 70’s pop during car rides. Her genre is a jumble of these influences, leaning in the direction of offbeat folk-pop.
In September 2017 Sadie released her first solo album of original songs entitled, "I'm Not Here," produced by her friend and long time collaborator, Ethan Setiawan, who also played mandolin on the album. "I'm Not Here" also features Goshen, Indiana-based drummer, Sonny Carreño, Joel Pontius on electric bass and Jay Lapp (of the Steel Wheels) on the steel guitar.
Sadie has toured with New Branch (now known as The Leafless- an instrumental trio made up of Ethan Setiawan, Jacob Warren and Grant Flick), as well as the Theory Expats (Ethan Setiawan, Gustafson-Zook and Andrew Pauls), of which she was a founding member.
In 2015 Sadie sang a duet with Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion. Later that year the Theory Expats were featured performers at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. She has also shared the stage with Americana roots band, The Steel Wheels. Her songwriting hasn’t gone unnoticed either, winning the 2011 Newsong Showcase with her original, “Unless I Loved,” as well as the Anabaptist Songwriting Competition with her hymn, “You are the Love.”
Currently pursuing a Masters in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Longy School of Music of Bard College and working at history folk venue, Club Passim, in Harvard Square, Sadie spends her days scatting, learning to play 7th chords on the piano, listening to music, and trying out new pens.
Her recordings include her most recent solo album of originals, "I'm Not Here," the 2015 Theory Expats EP, "What a Way to Start Your Day", an online TE 2016 release entitled "Three Beautiful Ponytails," as well as her 2010 solo album "Mélange".