Victoria was born in Fort Pierce, Florida to John and Edie Sadler. While young, the family moved to North Carolina, where Victoria grew up in a family full of creative people. Her father, John, was a radio announcer with a rich, wonderful voice. Her mother, Edie, was a classically trained soprano. Her brother, Gary Sadler, played guitar and grew up to be a successful Christian recording artist, songwriter and producer. Victoria herself was an accomplished pianist as a child and attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Victoria sat aside her musical inclinations to be married and raise a family, having two daughters who are the light of her life. But now that they’re grown and she’s older, wiser and able to, Victoria is returning to her musical passions with Windhaven.
Victoria also owns and operates an online store called Floozees Doozees, which specializes in custom, made-to-order t-shirts, eclectic jewelry, totes, and a pioneering art form she calls Musical Illuminations, in which she recycles used guitar strings into beautiful candle rings and jewelry.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I really can’t recall a time that I didn’t want to be a musician. I grew up in a musical family, centering around all types of musical influences. Whether it was my older brothers playing their albums… Alice Cooper, Led Zepplin, Cream, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc… or my parents listening to Herb Alpert, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, Broadway, Classical or Opera… music was a constant presence. Growing up I used to fall asleep listening to everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Uriah Heep and everything between.
Have you ever performed as part of an acoustic act?
No, I never have. I’ve performed in various capacities all my life, including a rock bank in the early 90’s (when I was in my early 30s with two small children, no less), but I’ve always wanted to be a studio musician. My passion lies in harmony, amazing melodies, and thought provoking lyrics. Windhaven presents a chance to realize these things, in a live medium.
Tell us about your musical background.
My mother was an amazing singer, so I have truthfully been singing all of my life, heavily influenced by her. I can remember sitting at the piano with her as she rehearsed for various plays and theatres that she was involved in. Arias from Madame Butterfly and La Boheme. I would always try to sing along. I starting taking piano lessons when I was 7 and eventually went to finish my high school education at the NC School of the Arts in Winston- Salem, NC, focusing on piano, voice and drama. One of my brothers is a self taught musician, amazing guitarist, and he and I used to sing with each other a lot. Elton John, The Beatles… I remember I sang Michael Jacksons “Ben” at a 6th grade talent show and he accompanied me on guitar. We were very priviledged to have in our small town (Rutherfordton, NC) a very active musical theatre and my mother, brothers and I were in several productions together. The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, etc. I feel extremely lucky to have had the experiences and exposures to music that I’ve had.
Who are your musical influences?
Primarily, I would have to say my mother. She’s been gone for many years now, but her influence on me lives on. She had an undying passion for music all of her life. She was a serious artist and perfectionist. She never really got on board with rock music, however. She never really got it. Haha… Other than her, I would have to say that my major influences growing up were Barbra Streisand and Elton John. Later, my influences were Heart, Stevie Nicks, Beverly Sills, Patsy Cline, etc. I love Broadway and show tunes with a passion. But mostly Heart. I worship at the alter of Ann and Nancy Wilson! Being that I love strong female singer/songwriters, around 15 years ago when I first became aware of Sarah McLachlan, I was hooked. I think she is an amazing artist.
Any interests or hobbies outside of the band?
I love creating art. Part of my living comes from this. Various handcrafted jewelry and I recycle guitar and bass strings into candle rings called Musical Illuminations. Using strings that were used to create music allows music to live on in another medium. This is still something I’m new at working with, and it has yet to catch on, but if you’re curious, you can find them on my website: www.floozeesdoozees.com (shameless plug)
What are your current musical favorites? What are you listening to?
Since joining Windhaven, I have become obsessed with listening to YouTube videos and various radio stations hoping to scope out songs for the band to play. There are really no current artists that have really reeled me in. I’m waiting for that next breakthrough female singer/songwriter that just knocks my socks off. And if we’re talking rock… Them Crooked Vultures more than fill the bill. Mostly, I do what I’ve always done… I revisit old favorites. It seems that all of those well loved artists and songs continue to teach me.
What are your hopes and aspirations for Windhaven?
To play in clubs, cafes, restaurants, festivals, etc… in venues that allow us to play our music, connect with people, share laughs, have fun, but most of all… MAKE MUSIC. Music is the universal language. It is the healing balm of the human spirit. It’s ALL about the music! Sure, we have to get paid… this is what we are doing for a living. But you’ll never hear me say “Show Me The Money”. As long as bills are paid, I’m good. I just want to sing and play with the boys.