As someone who suffered terrible verbal abuse at the hands of a family member for much of my childhood and teenage years, I can deeply relate with what New York singer-songwriter Rachael Sage is looking to achieve with her new single, “I Don’t Believe It”. Sage has created an uplifting and powerful piece of music that speaks to the pain caused to her from a young life filled with bullying. The song picks you up, dusts you off and tells you that the bullies were wrong and aims to show one how much self-worth they have and how much they have to offer the world. “I Don’t Believe It” is an affecting pat on the back, encouraging one to pursue one’s dreams, put the negativity behind them and find success however that may be defined.
Sage says, “‘I Don’t Believe It’ is a song about rising above someone who is putting you down—whether it be a strict teacher, parent or other authority figure, or a bully. As someone who experienced bullying throughout my grammar school and later my high school years, and who also struggled to reconcile some of the harsher teaching methods during my ballet training, I wanted to write an empowering song that was fast-moving and literally compels you to shake off doubt.
“In the video, our young dancer/heroine (Kaci King) moves from a tentative approach to her accomplished dancing, to a more inspired, transcendent expressiveness, once she is able to overcome her own doubt and let go of trying to be ‘perfect’ for her teacher. We watch her embrace her own joy and power and as she does, other diverse, mature dancers weave in and out of the video, contrasting various dance styles including tap, ballroom and ballet, and celebrating the confident, liberated dancer inside all of us.”