Today we’d like to introduce you to SARRA.
SARRA, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started performing and studying classical piano when I was 6 years old and never wanted to do anything else with my life but music. I started writing when I was 12 and became enamored with storytellers like Fiona Apple and Sarah Mclachlan. I had a brief stint with a record label in Nashville out of high school but some heavy disappointments led me away from music for about 6 years. One of my biggest regrets was letting my insecurities take me off the path that fulfilled me the most.
I got my degree and dipped my toes into the corporate world but I was miserable. I felt completely out of place outside of music and my fears kept me from really going for what I wanted. I auditioned and made it through to Hollywood Week on American Idol Season 10. Even though my stay was brief it reignited a confidence and purpose back into my talent and love for music.
In 2013 I finally made the leap and started doing music full time. I worked with a few producers, got back into writing, released some music, and opened for a few Grammy nominated artists, but it wasn’t until I met my mentor Cari Cole that my career started to shift in the right direction. Cari helped me to explore who I am as an artist and to not be afraid to speak my truth through my music. I started writing with Jay Stolar in 2015 and over a two-year period we wrote over 50 songs resulting in a 14-track concept album that will be coming out later this year!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
For so long I suppressed who I was and what I wanted out of life because I was trying to make other people happy first. I did what I thought I was supposed to do and was happy with my life, but there was an aching inside of me that never went away. Denying who I truly was created pressure inside of me that just built up over time. Eventually it came to a head and my world blew up.
This project is my journey dealing with the aftermath and finally discovering and owning who I am as an artist and a woman. The pain I endured and the mistakes I made don’t define who I am but my decision to use them to empower me is the message I want to get across. If someone else can listen to my music and let it be fuel, to help push them towards the life they’ve always wanted then I’ve succeeded.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Doesn’t give up and find a support system that fuels your passion. I wish I had a mentor or someone pushing me when I was young to never give up. I didn’t know how to navigate the industry and was too naive to push through my fears and insecurities. I started living for other people and what other people thought I should be doing with my life. Our inner voice is so powerful, pay attention and don’t silence yourself. Go for what you want with gusto because time is fleeting.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My new single “Kerosene” is now available on all digital music outlets. Follow me on social media (@sarramusik) to stay updated on upcoming releases including the full-length album SARRA coming in early 2019.
- Website: www.sarramusik.com
- Instagram: @sarramusik
- Facebook: @sarramusik
- Twitter: @sarramusik