Sada K. Jackson was 3 years old when she found her calling: singing.
On stage at Quindaro Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, Kan., she sang her little girl heart out. It started with an Easter song and led to her singing at Harvest Church in North Kansas City and then televangelist Joel Osteen’s church, and eventually moving to Los Angeles and joining Christian pop group Press Play.
This weekend, the songstress, known as Sada K., returns to Kansas City to share her music at the two-day “It’s Time to Heal” conference at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The event is dedicated to healing through faith, something she has a lot of experience with.
Press Play was enjoying successful tours and charted on Billboard. But one day four years ago, she woke up, took a step and her knee popped out of place and changed her life.
It wasn’t a simple fix. It would take many doctor appointments, two surgeries and months of not being able to walk on her own.
“Braces, a cane, a walker, I even used a wheelchair for a while,” Sada, 32, says from her Los Angeles home. “I had to take time and concentrate on me and heal. I could have been upset, but I decided to draw closer to God.”
Looking back, she’s thankful for the injury.
“It made me stronger and helped me to face all that has been going on since I got back on my feet,” she says. “My father was diagnosed with cancer. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. It’s been such a journey, and I know God gave it to me because he won’t give me any more than I can bear, so I must be strong.”
Her father is in remission, while her mother, whom she calls her hero, continues to heal. Sada set her family’s hurdles to song in her new album, “Long Story Short.” Here’s a bit of the song “Strong”:
Crying on the inside, but trying to hold my smile.
I know we all go through trials, but this one’s been lasting for a while.
And even though I’m weak, I’m still going to seek your face, God.
I need your grace right now to get me through this somehow.
I’ll hold on to all of your promises. I’ll trust you and I’ll rise up no matter where this road ends.
“It’s hard to tell your story in a three-minute song, but I wanted to be able to use my experience to inspire others,” she says. “It takes you on a journey from top to bottom, and hopefully it uplifts the listener. I know how powerful music can be. I’m thankful to create music that connects with the spirit.”
Sada credits her hometown and her family for her deeply rooted faith: “I am grateful to have grown up in Kansas City. I wear my Charlie Hustle and Square Bear to represent. I proudly cheer on the Chiefs and the Royals and drive people crazy.”
She even had a spot in the World Series T-Mobile commercial singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
“L.A. has its advantages, but there are also disadvantages and opportunists. I know who I am and where I come from, and that’s part of the reason I create the music I do. I want my family to be proud. I believe in my heart that my integrity and respect is more valuable than any dollar and any deal.
“And I know that’s because of my Midwest roots. I was raised to be nice and respectful. I am very thankful for my mom, dad, my grandparents and my marriage. We all love each other and I extend that love to others wherever I go.”
Long story short: Love and leaps of faith go a long way.
SING IT, SADA K.
Sada K. will perform at the “It’s Time to Heal” conference at the Penn Valley Education Center (3201 Southwest Trafficway) at 8 p.m. June 12 and 9 a.m. June 13. Tickets are $55 at the door and include a healing seminar and a copy of “Fixing Broken: You Can Live Past Your Pain” by conference host Kira McConico.