EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Reeves Talks A Christmas Heart Debut, Musical Interests, Christmas Track Inspiration, and more

Sarah Reeves discusses her feature debut in 'A Christmas Heart', working with co-stars, favorite holiday movies, Inspiration behind 'Christmas Feels Different this Year' and much more.
Sarah Reeves Photo. Image Credit to Overtime PR.
Sarah Reeves Photo. Image Credit to Overtime PR. /

Sarah Reeves is a multi-talented music artist who has captivated the audience with her melodious voice and relatable tracks, offering a sense of comfort to those going through challenging times and transitions. Following her passion for music from a very young age, she has immensely contributed to the Christian music scene and has also released her two independent studio albums. Additionally, her musical talent has also been featured across many famous TV networks, such as National Geographic's Welcome to Earth, starring Will Smith, and American Idol promos.

Throughout the years, she has honed her craft and explored the music world, while also wanting to get started in the acting world. Finally, her dream has officially knocked on her doors, as she is all set to make her debut in A Christmas Heart, featuring Kevin Sorbo and Bill McAdams Jr. The movie's synopsis reads: "A Christmas Heart follows Jack Gilmore (McAdams, Jr.), a decorated firefighter and man of deep faith whose wife and son are killed in a texting-and-driving crash three weeks before Christmas. In the wake of his loss, Jack is charged with a DUI and required to complete community service, during which he meets a young girl with whom he shares a conflicted and painful past."

McAdams Jr. serves as the writer and director of the film. The good news is that the film will also include Reeves' song "Christmas Feels Different This Year" from her album More The Merrier (Deluxe edition). A few days ago, I had the chance to do a Q&A with Sarah Reeves who shared some great insights on her upcoming movie, A Christmas Heart. Let's get straight into the interview.

Before signing up for this indie movie, was acting always a part of your career plans, or did you just want to give it a shot?

Acting is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, so I was really excited when the opportunity for this film presented itself. 

How was your overall experience working with your co-stars Kevin Sorbo and Bill McAdams Jr., and other cast and crew members?

Kevin is a multifaceted talent in the entertainment realm as an actor, producer, and director, and it was an absolute honor working alongside him. It was a pleasure watching him on set, and I definitely took some mental notes as I watched him act. He was very kind and quick to share some fun stories from his career and give me some great advice. 

Working with Bil was just as impressive. Not many people can write, act and direct with his level of excellence, but he somehow juggles all three and makes it look really easy. He’s a deeply caring filmmaker who puts his whole heart into his films.

Sarah Reeves Photo. Image Credit to Overtime PR. /

As it's your feature movie debut, did you face any challenges while filming A Christmas Heart?

Overall, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was naturally a little nervous at first not knowing what to expect, but once we got going, there was definitely an ease that kicked in.

You're playing Mary in the movie, the wife of Bill McAdams Jr’s character. Can you tell us what fascinates you about this character, and do you relate to any aspect of it?

Mary is not that far off from who I am in real life. Aside from being an actual wife and mom. Haha! But personality wise, this role is very similar to who I am – a singer/songwriter, aspiring wife, and overall peaceful person.

Do you have any favorite holiday movies that you have grown up watching or that you prefer to watch during the Christmas season?

My top three must watch holiday favorites are Home Alone, The Holiday, and Elf.

I have heard that one of your songs, “Christmas Feels Different This Year.” is about to be in the movie. What inspired you to write this song in the first place, and how do you think it will complement the movie’s storyline?

The Christmas after my divorce, I remember feeling sad, lonely, and honestly longing for the season to pass. The song resonates with the raw emotions many people experience during the holiday season, especially those who have faced personal challenges or loss. While it may not be the typical cheerful Christmas song, it carries a message of hope and unity. It serves as a reminder that even in the face of adversity and personal trials, the holiday season can still hold moments of beauty and magic.

When we, as an audience, watch Christmas-themed movies, it gets us pumped up about the festive season and gives off feel-good vibes. Except for the usual, what more does this new movie have to offer us?

It’s a holiday family drama about faith, forgiveness, and new beginnings. I’ve never seen a film with this storyline, so it immediately caught my attention. As I was reading through the script, it took me on a journey, and I never got bored. Tears of sadness and joy – it’s real, raw and no fluff like so many other family Christmas movies. As a person who is driven by authenticity, it was easy to say yes to this film.

Given that you are an incredible music artist, would you like to star and sing in any musical movie in the future? If yes, what would it be?

I’d love to write or collaborate on a NEW musical in the future. That’s a goal that maybe one day I’ll achieve. The Sound of Music was always a favorite of mine as a child. It would be a dream come true to star in a remake of the classic. 

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