Sarah Tolle stays body-positive with her anthemic new synth-pop single Like It Or Not — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The perfect song to keep you grounded for beach season, Like It Or Not grabs you instantly with its unforgettable opening line — “Like it or not / This is how I look naked” — before taking you along on her relatable journey toward self-acceptance.
The idea came to her by accident, she shares. “I’m an actor, and one day while I was getting dressed after a shower, I started overthinking, ‘What if I’m on set one day, and I’m doing a naked scene, and a whole crew of people are all up close in my junk…?’ ” she recalls. “Then this voice in my head said, ‘Well, Sarah, like it or not, this is how you look naked. They’re gonna see what’s there. The rest of it is all a story in your head.’ ”
Another attention-grabbing line in the single: “And if you wanted / A beach body / Listen up / Step one: Take your body to the beach / That is all you have to do.” That one came from Tolle’s sister Anna and her stance on social media. “I remember she posted this photo of herself in a swimsuit on the beach and, let’s just say the photo was not chosen for being the most flattering,” Tolle says. “And she wrote something like, ‘Here’s how to get a beach body: (1) Have a body (2) Take your body to the beach.’ I like that no-nonsense sentiment.”
In creating the cover art and teaser video for the song, Tolle purposely went without makeup and didn’t comb her hair after her shower. “It was important for the integrity of this song’s message that I show up unadulterated and walk the talk,” she says. “Being confident in your body doesn’t mean you’re free of insecurities and shame … It means you experience all those things, and you also make room for celebration, nurturing, and gratitude. If you like some parts of your body but haven’t accepted other parts, well, that’s life. You’re on the journey.”
Vancouver singer-songwriter Tolle’s warm, energetic sound is an exploration of radiant self-expression and a loving invitation to sing and dance. Her music is marked by a trusting openness, delivering pieces that are simple and accessible, yet empowering and fiercely immersive. You’ll hear themes of encouragement, acceptance, tolerance, and peace in her eclectic pop compositions that blend house beats, sweeping orchestral sounds, old-time banjo folk, and more.
Tolle grew up on a beautiful old farm in Wisconsin in a family that played music for fun and supported artists. In this space where the lines blurred between work and play, creativity wasn’t so much taught as it was simply practised. Her mission with music is to revitalize and heal; to help people love themselves and the beings around them.