Local Musician Sage King Wins National Prize

Being chosen one of 17 finalists in the Jack Daniels Battle of the Bar Bands Contest this summer was a victory in itself for Enfield musician Sage King, following a defeating spring.

Since March, COVID-19 had forced concert venues, restaurants, and bars to close. Live performances, at first, ceased and then, through the phases of Connecticut reopenings, became few and far between, leaving bands and musicians scrambling to make ends meet.

“It made you feel like you didn’t have a purpose,” said the singer/songwriter who, like many musicians turned his creative focus toward writing more songs and streaming performances.

Then just as his sparse holiday gigs were, once again, getting cancelled because of the virus, Sage received word that his performance of  “Lay Down Your Guns,” had won the top $10,000 prize in the nationwide contest.

“I never thought I would win this competition with a song I wrote at 17 in my bedroom,” Sage wrote to his Facebook friends on December 8. “Just another reason to never give up and that hard work pays off.”

The winnings will help Sage record and release his new album coming in 2021.

By Laura B. Hayden

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