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Newcomer Sage Harris Lands Major Supporters

Newcomer Sage Harris, managed by ScoreMore’s Sascha Stone Guttfreund who handles the career of fellow Canadian Tory Lanez, has just released the video for his soulful "Girlfriend" pop single, which

Newcomer Sage Harris Lands Major Supporters

By Karen Bliss

Newcomer Sage Harris, managed by ScoreMore’s Sascha Stone Guttfreund who handles the career of fellow Canadian Tory Lanez, has just released the video for his soulful "Girlfriend" pop single, which, according to the opening credits, is based on a true story.


Produced by YogiTheProducer (Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Keshia Chante, Rich Kidd), mixed by Harris and mastered by Mike Smith, the Toronto singer says he wrote the song because he was “pretty much fed up with this girl I was seeing acting like she was my girlfriend. This song was written as a nice way to say, ‘Back off. We’re not together — or at least I think it is,” he tells FYI.

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Don’t tell me that you love me/I can’t stomach all these feelings,” he sings oh-so-soulfully so that it doesn’t sound quite that mean.

Harris shot the video over five days at Time Square Diner in North York, a suburb of Toronto, with director Irving De Jong, a.k.a. The Brightest Hour, as well as behind the wheel of a classic 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo.

“The music video is a visual extension of the song,” Harris says, explaining the storyline as follows: “I brought the girl I was seeing to a diner to let her know that we’re not officially together and that her controlling actions need to stop. That didn’t go over as well as I thought. We leave the diner, and then she starts yelling at me in the car. I end up losing control and crashing my classic 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo. I expect her to stay around and help me out, but she pretty much follows up with ‘I'm not your girlfriend, remember?’ Guess the jokes on me.”

Harris plans to release a mixtape in early 2019 and possibly tour. He also presents his shows locally under ICON events to showcase other rising talents.

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The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024

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