THREE SAMA nominations is pretty respectable for a band that has been around for only three years.

The Plain Truth consists of 11 members including 3rd year dramatic arts student Sarah Jackson who balances her time between studying, rehearsing and touring.

When asked how she manages her busy schedule she says, “When we are on tour I take my laptop and write essays on the bus.”

Her formula has paid off as The Plain Truth was nominated for two South African Music Awards last year and one in 2009.

Last year they were nominated in the categories Best Global Chart DVD and Best Contemporary Christian Album after releasing their second album Only One God. They also performed live at the awards show alongside famous gospel singer Solly Mahlangu.

The Christian band has been featured on TV channels including SABC3 and One Gospel. Jackson explains how she feels when she is recognised because of her band’s publicity:

“Somebody at Wits recognised me and said, “’Sarah I saw you on T.V. last night’… It was random.”

The Plain Truth also includes two other ex-Witsies, Bruce Jooste and Gareth Lee, who studied quantity surveying and publishing respectively.

Jackson describes the theme of the band’s new album as “taking a stand [in what you believe].”

Her message is “to reach young people. The Bible says we are all sinners… If you want that relationship with God then ask him for forgiveness and grace to live a better life [for Him]. God is loving and waiting for you to come to Him”.

The band’s latest album we are the shining ones was mixed in the USA and released this past weekend. The Plain Truth is scheduled to tour in the USA for two weeks starting on June 22 next month.

TIME-OUT: Sarah Jackson balances her time between varsity and touring with her band