I was watching the American Country Music Awards last night, ( I know, it is only one of three country award shows and not really the top one, but the music was fun) and thought, "Music Friday does not have enough country music". There is so much good country and so much country that says good things, that I must make an effort to find those emerging country singers and musicians who will be tomorrow's stars and introduce them to my audience. Well, I found one, Sarah Darling. From a farm in Iowa to the beating heart of country, Nashville, Sarah has made it clear that she has the talent, the life story, the music chops and the determination to succeed in what is arguably a tougher competitive field than NASCAR.
And she is succeeding. With acclaimed releases through her former label, a new EP, and now a Christmas album that is both in and out of the red-ribboned box, you can see why she is called "Nashville's Darling". She has been described as “a sophisticated songwriter with a crisp, powerful voice,” by The New York Times and been featured in national campaigns with major brands such as MoonPie, Durango Boots, Crock-Pot, Viva paper towels and more. She also recently sang during a date on an episode of ABC’s The Bachelor. She has been invited to the Grand Ole' Opry dozens of times and has an show coming up at the Franklin Theater tonight with Mindy Smith, who joined us last week
Sarah says she has not yet defined herself or produced an album that does that, which is right where Music Friday likes to find its guests. If our experience is any guide, that definition will grow and change over many albums and concerts in a bright future.