Award-winning, UK-born, singer/songwriter, Sarah Lawton, has called Music City home since 2014; however, her music cred goes back much further than that. Sarah taught herself the basic skills of piano, started composing her own music at age 10, and began singing lessons at age 12. She spent her free time developing her skills and drawing inspiration from country’s leading ladies such as Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood.
Before she hit the stage of some of Nashville’s most famous Honky Tonks, she was performing in several of England’s renowned theatres. She held leading roles in productions such as “Annie” at the Crucible Theatre, “Babe” and “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Lyceum Theatre and “Mary Poppins” at Her Majesty’s Theatre. By the age of 15, Sarah had become a professional singer and musician performing for audiences across the UK. She has also opened for Motown legend Jimmy Ru n and eighties pop Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz on their UK tour.
Sarah was awarded the “Best Female Vocalist” of Yorkshire and won the Mercury Performers Award. She was also a semi- nalist out of over 15,000 applicants in the UK Song Writing Competition with her song “Superhero” which was added to Sony ATV’s pop catalogue.
As passionate as Sarah is about writing and recording she really comes alive when she performs. Being on stage is her “safe place” and where she feels at home.
“When I’m singing, I forget every single worry in my life,” she smiles. “I feel so uplifted and content especially when I’m on stage with my band. There’s this feeling of unity and teamwork. It’s an honor to get to share the stage with awesome musicians and really create a great show and perform songs that we all love.”
She released her EP Sticks and Stones in 2018 and is now back in the studio working on more music for 2019 and gearing up for a radio tour.
“I wanted something to show what I’d been working on since my move to America,” says Sarah. “I’d always wanted to be a country music singer/songwriter and it was hard to do that in the UK. From my first trip to Nashville I knew I needed to be here. I loved being able to write, play and record music every day and to be around like-minded people. I felt Nashville really let me be the person I was made to be and accepted me as part of the song writing community instantly.”
Sarah has a way of connecting with her fans through her honest lyrics that come straight from her heart and real experiences. She bears her soul through her music and during her live performance creating a connection with fans from all over the world.