Sarah Faith is a Nashville-based artist/songwriter newly transplanted from southeastern Michigan, about 45 minutes north of Detroit. She draws inspiration from a diverse musical background to make a sound of her own – classic rock, americana, and country music have all played a role in shaping Sarah as an artist and writer. Her warm, soulful vocal tone delivers songs written about close-to-the-heart true stories and she carries an energy that can only be described as contagious.
Sarah’s love of songwriting began when she was very young. She would journal and write poetry, using ink and paper as a tool to cope with her difficult childhood. Sarah has always felt that writing is one of the best ways to make sense of her life. Her mother was an abusive alcoholic and ultimately lost her life to addiction in February 2017. Having dealt with anxiety and depression most of her life, Sarah aims to show her audience that she is living proof of a bold choice to change a family legacy and a firm stance to turn imperfect circumstances into light and hope. Her ambitions are ever-evolving but one thing remains a constant; “I want to show people that no matter how dark your story is or how ridiculous and crazy your family is, you have the choice and the power to turn your struggles into good things.”
Sarah has always had a unique way of carving her own path, and music has been no different. At the age of 13, she began teaching herself the guitar and piano, learning “enough to be dangerous.” All the while, she was performing in any choir or honor’s choir she could participate in or audition for. Add to that her constant habit of journaling and writing poetry as an outlet, and songwriting has evolved into a very natural fit for Sarah Faith.
In 2018, Sarah Faith was given the opportunity to audition for Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, a Michigan-based country rock group. During her time with Alan Turner, she saw many stage lights, including The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan and numerous festivals around the Midwest, reigniting her childhood dreams of being an artist. “I think I was like a lot of seven year olds – don’t we all use our hairbrushes as microphones and make up dances in our rooms in front of the mirror?… Being on stage in this capacity really set my dreams on fire.”
Everything began to make sense over the two years that would follow – having taken up guitar more seriously, she paired musicianship with her writing skills and vulnerable storytelling and headed to Nashville to share her stories with Music City.
The choice to make the official move to Nashville came in 2019 when Sarah decided to put wheels in motion toward her childhood dream of being a musician. Sarah is currently recording music and will release a debut single in early 2020.
The Cliff Notes
» Featured in Lula 1892 blog twice for songs, “Jump” and “Gun Shy”
» Featured in Female Music Nation’s Acoustic April 2019 for “Sound
of Moving On”
» Re-located to Nashville from Michigan August 2019
» Performed as part of the Summer NAMM 2019 with Gibson Guitars on the Tootsie’s Welcome Stage
» Landed a performance spot on the Southeastern International Film Festival in November 2019 held in downtown Nashville at The Valentine
» Supported David Lee Murphy, The James Barker Band, and The Frontmen as part of Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band
» Direct support for The Gasoline Gypsies and Corey Dakota as a solo artist
» Performed at The Fillmore Detroit, Coyote Joe’s – Michigan, Hollywood Casino – Toledo, Blue Chip Casino – Indiana
» Since being in Nashville, has performed popular writer’s rounds such as Revival (Tin Roof), Nashville Tour Stop (Belcourt Taps), and Women Crush It Wednesday (Live Oak), to name a few.
Q & A
Q // Where does your musical influence come from?
A // Some of my earliest music memories are singing in the backseat of my mom’s car wherever we would go. both of my parents played a very contrasting yet important role in my love of music; mom was a country fan and dad taught me all kinds of stuff about classic and 90s rock and alternative. i love it all! i can rock out to Rush, Foo Fighters, and Arctic Monkeys one minute and then go completely old school with some Motown, or mainstream with pop music. i’m always adding new stuff to my playlists and gaining inspiration from lots of different things!
Q // What does music mean to you?
A // Music has provided me with outlets in good, bad, and mediocre times – it’s the best way i know to express myself where words fall short. i really believe that my life makes a whole lot more sense when i write it in a song.
Q // What’s your earliest memory of performing?
A // My first taste and love of performing came very young when my mom forced me into karaoke singing one of her favorite songs “Forever + Ever Amen” by Randy Travis – at first i wanted nothing to do with being on that stage, but about 30 seconds in, i never wanted to come down. i performed in choir throughout my middle school, high school, and college years, earning multiple opportunities in honors choirs and a collegiate vocal scholarship.