Sarah Darling has been put in the category of "One of The Stars to Look out for in 2017". She's been praised by one of the biggest names in Country Music ( Brad Paisley) and her songs have reached 1/2 million downloads worldwide. Sarah's has left her mark on the country music scene with her performance in the hit reality show The Rising Star and with songs like ‘Home to Me’ that did super-well on the Billboard charts.
In conversation with The Foodager, she talks to us about her new album, her inspirations, what drives her to write music, and her love for baking.
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Hi Sarah, welcome to The Foodager, let me start by asking you, what musicians inspire you?
Sarah: Joni Mitchell and James Taylor have been big inspirations for me as a songwriter. I am drawn to the story teller with the sweet voice. I’m also a huge fan of Chris Martin!
F: - Ooh! Chris Martin, that's interesting, you participated in one of the biggest reality music shows in America (The Rising Star), tell us something about your journey on the show?
Sarah: Rising Star was such a crazy experience. I was in an interesting place in my career when I decided to go on the show and said what the heck! I think there's a lot of hype and pressure that goes into filming these types of shows, that all of the contestants get caught up in this world that’s been created. I told myself I would never cry on the show, but they totally got me. I met some incredible friends through the process and got to sing a duet with Brad Paisley at the Grand Ole Opry! I’m a big believer that everything is part of your journey and I wrote some good tunes about it.
F: - Speaking about The Grand Ole Opry, you’ve done quite a few shows at the historic and iconic venue, what is it like to perform there?
Sarah: Playing the Grand Ole Opry is magical in every way. I debuted in 2011 and had always dreamed of getting to play there. Growing up, my grandpa told me that you’ve really made it once you get asked to play at the Opry. I’m so grateful he got to be in the audience that first performance. There’s something about knowing all the greats who’ve graced the stage before you that makes it incredibly special. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I’ve played over 80 times!
F:- What are some of the things that inspire you to write such amazing lyrics?
Sarah: Traveling to new places really inspires my writing. There’s something about going somewhere with a big open sky that inspires me to no end. I have a track on my new album called “Where Cowboys Ride” that literally is my love letter to Wyoming. Take me somewhere beautiful and I’ll write a song about it! Another song to check out is “Montmartre.” I’m sort of obsessed with France and would move there in a heartbeat.
F:- You’re going a launch a new album ‘Dream Country’ in mid-February, can you tell us a bit about the album?
Sarah: “Dream Country” is an album that takes you on a journey, and was written for the dreamer in all of us. The idea of the title is really my idea of Country Music, and what I love to write about. I dive into the wide open spaces, shoot to the stars quite a bit, and add lots of strings on top, and you feel like you are in a mini movie. It really makes you feel and escape, which is exactly what I wanted to do! I’m really excited to put it out into the world.
F:- We also hear that you love to bake, and that you run your own macaroon bakery; can you tell us a little about that?
Sarah: I am a French macaroons maker and musician. A very unlikely combination! I started a company called Sweet Darling Patisserie 3 years ago in Nashville. My now husband took me to Paris where we first met, and I fell in love with macaroons and him of course! This experience is all written in my track “Montmartre.” I had returned to Paris several times and took classes to get better at the art form. I wanted to keep that story alive and was always passioned about being in the kitchen. Now we have a small patisserie cart we roll up to Farmer’s markets and sell beautiful boxes at high-end boutiques. I love bringing a little Paris to Nashville.
F:- Lastly, what tips would you give to budding musicians, in this day and age of high competitiveness?
Sarah: My advice for budding musicians is to always trust your instinct and be yourself. It’s so important and it leads to happiness!