Sara Beth Hackney (born January 4, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Greensburg, Indiana, she first started singing at her dad's band practices and shows before the age of two. Hackney first gained the attention of a choir teacher in fifth grade and was approached to compete in a state vocal contest, three years before the normal participation age. After appearing in numerous school musicals and continuing to compete in the state contests, she auditioned for her high school's show choir and would continue to perform until graduation. Hackney moved on to college to continue her education and experience a broader world view after a sheltered childhood. After joining a sorority and performing on the dance team at football games, she decided it was finally time to return to her roots. At the age of 20, she picked up her first guitar and wrote her first song. She would teach herself piano in 2009 and never looked back.