Sarah Harralson - Holiday Interview
Holiday season has arrived! What do you love most about the holidays?
I love that it’s a time to unwind and be with loved ones without any distractions, and it’s also a time of reflection. I also love all the food and cheerful holiday decorations!
What inspired your new holiday release this year?
I’ve always had this alternate idea for the classic Christmas hymn, “Silent Night”. I came up with my own jazz version that really bring the song to life. People mostly remember “Silent Night” as a relaxing or slow song, but my version is more up tempo and makes you want to dance. I think it’s always fun to put your own unique spin on songs, and even though I am a country artist, I think my jazz version of this song shows how diverse I can be with music. “Silent Night” will be released on December 3rd.
What are some of your favorite holiday songs?
Surprisingly not “Silent Night” even though I’m releasing my own version of it, haha. I really love “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg, even though that song is heavily questioned for being a Christmas song or not.
Have you written a lot of your own holiday songs?
“Frosty” was the first original holiday song I wrote, even though it’s not your typical ‘holiday’ song. I released that last year, and since then, I have written more original holiday songs, which I am excited to record.
Reflecting on 2021, what are you most proud of?
I am very proud of becoming a member of The Recording Academy this year and to have my songs considered for GRAMMY nominations.
Favorite Thanksgiving dish?
It’s a toss up between au gratin potatoes and sweet potato casserole.
What is your favorite cover song to play on stage?
If I want to slow it down and play something romantic, I love playing “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan. For a fun time, I absolutely love playing “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp.
What has been your favorite song you have released this year and most memorable show this year?
“The Chance” was my favorite song to release this year, just because it holds so much meaning to me and took a long time to write. My most memorable show was my first full band show since before the start of COVID at Tin Roof in Nashville.
What are you looking forward to in the new year?
I’m so excited to share even more new music with everyone, record new songs, and travel to new places. I love seeing where music takes me each year.
Tell us where fans can follow you and access your music.
You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, & Tik Tok @sarahharralson, and please follow me on Spotify to listen to my music. You can also subscribe to my email newsletter through my website to always stay up to date on the latest from me.
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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