Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started writing music at a very young age (at ten). I was a shy child and although I have siblings, they are much older than me, so it felt like I was an only child growing up. Songwriting was something that just came very natural to me as a way to express my emotions .
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Being able to work with Scotty Schultz (drummer, Shooter Jennings) and Johnny Garcia (guitarist, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood) has been such wonderful experiences, and I never would've imagined it happening. They have both taught me so much and I thank them both for helping me develop my craft and artistry.
What has been the high point of your music path?
This year I was invited to become a voting member of The Recording Academy as an artist and songwriter. It is a tremendous accomplishment, and I am thankful for everyone I have met and have been able to work with to get me here.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I always have a running list of song ideas. Country music is all about storytelling and authenticity, so it's always easiest for me to write about my life experiences or something that's relatable. I usually like to start with an idea or title, and then develop a melody. Some ideas can go in different ways, so I like to think about what is the best approach for the song, and that helps me develop the story and lyrics around my melody.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Streaming is great exposure for independent artists, but unfortunately it just doesn't pay much. There are so many signed songwriters today that can barely make a living on what they do because of how low streaming royalties are for songwriters and artists. We must continue to fight for change so creators can actually make a living on their music.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to share the stage with Brandy Clark. She is a songwriter I have always looked up to because she is a wonderful storyteller and her songs always provoke relatable imagery and authenticity.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
If it's acoustic, I will practice the songs on my own on my guitar. With live bands, I will prep for the rehearsal with a set list and charts. When I get into the rehearsal with the band, I like everything to be prepared for everyone so everything flows and we can focus more on how to amplify the performance rather than learning how to play the song.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
It was definitely "The Chance" as I mentioned in another interview. It wasn't necessarily challenging the night it was written, but the path to getting it written was challenging. I had the idea, "some people never get the chance", in my phone for years, but never felt I knew what to say on the topic. I tried writing it myself a few years ago, and didn't like what I came up with, so I decided to wait to write it until I had more to say. Once COVID happened, I felt that it was the perfect time to write the idea and I had more of a vision for it, so it all came together this past year when I wrote it with co-writer Bill DiLuigi.
What's coming up in the future?
Always making new music! After the release of "Bottom of the Glass", I have surprises in store for the holidays as well as the new year. I will also be performing at The Listening Room in Pigeon Forge, TN on November 26th. Tickets are on sale now.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Sarah Harralson
“Sarah Harralson presents honest, bare-boned recordings that are authentic,” stated Music Connection Magazine after hearing her debut singer-songwriter EP, Finally Found, in 2014. Her authenticity lies in her lyrics based on true stories followed by melodies that will be stuck in your head hours after hearing it. An authentic storyteller and straight shooter, she is not afraid to tell it like it is in her music. This Knoxville native began writing songs when she was ten years old, her bluegrass musician grandfather being her biggest musical influence. She was surrounded by genres such as country, rock 'n roll, soul, and pop growing up, but the storytelling aspect of country is what ultimately drew Harralson to pursuing that genre.
After her grandfather passed in 2011, Sarah decided she would move to Nashville two years later to pursue music at Belmont University. A year after releasing her debut EP in 2014, she was discovered by Scotty Schultz, drummer of Shooter Jennings (Waylon Jennings’s son). Scotty opened up his publishing company, Raindrop Music LLC, in 2015 and after hearing Sarah’s original song “Watered Down Whiskey”, he knew he wanted to sign her right away. This would be Sarah’s first publishing deal. Scotty decided he would produce her first country EP, Watered Down Whiskey, of all original songs that Sarah has either written or co-written. "This EP will help many people and hopefully some will have their heart healed by her emotional lyrics," stated Music Update Central after hearing the release of her second EP in February 2018.
One of the tracks on the EP includes the song, “Radio Static” that was co-written with Johnny Garcia (lead guitar for Garth Brooks). Over time, Sarah began writing and working with Johnny, which evolved to the point where Sarah would sign her next publishing deal with Busy at Play Publishing (Johnny Garcia’s company) in February 2020. During 2020, she has released singles, "Put a Rock on This Rolling Stone", "Get Lost in Some Rock 'N Roll", and holiday single, "Frosty", since signing with Busy at Play Publishing. Her 2021 singles include, "The Chance", "The America I Knew", "Love on Lease (Reimagined)", and "Bottom of the Glass", which will be released on October 22nd.
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