“Versatile, soulful, melodic acoustic rock with lyrics that span vulnerability to empowerment, tricking the listener into thinking and feeling after being drawn in on the surface by hummable, radio-ready hooks.” - Gary Trust, Billboard Magazine
Three months after releasing her debut solo album in a basement bar in Columbus, GA, SESAC affiliate Sarah J has already established herself as a singer/songwriter to watch in the New York City area. She's consistently in the top 10 on the ReverbNation charts, playing regular gigs at PianosNYC – named the #2 venue in the nation for live music – and she performed at the legendary Whisky A GoGo in LA during Grammys weekend. Taking the stage with only an acoustic guitar or piano, she captivates audiences with her “haunting” melodies (Alex Vitoulis, Billboard Magazine), confident stage presence, and thought-provoking lyrics.
"Happier" sold out less than five months after its release in November, and Sarah J is gigging regionally both solo and with her trio while writing new material. She recently opened for Caleb Hawley - an American Idol finalist and a John Lennon Songwriting contest winner - at Urban H2O in Yonkers and will be playing her first show at the legendary Bitter End in May. She was also featured in Billboard.com's ChartBeat column in May.
“Happier” was released on 11/11/11 and is eleven songs about life, love, and the pursuit of individual happiness: Sarah J spent the previous three years in the precarious position of fronting touring rock band Ophir Drive in Georgia while being a military wife. Keeping a band together during frequent moves due to her husband's career was tough, and she ended up staying in GA with Ophir Drive when it was time for the fourth move in three years. At the difficult realization that their career goals were incompatible, the couple amicably ended the marriage so each could pursue their dreams. Add to this the untimely deaths of two close friends and one of her brothers, all in the same year, and the listener can truly feel her “lyrics that span vulnerability to empowerment” coming through on the album. Sarah J shows off her musical depth as well, playing all piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and strings on the album, along with the vocal arranging and layering.
The day after the CD release party, Sarah J packed a U-Haul and made the 23-hour move from GA to New York to start over and focus on her new solo career. Since the move, multiple tracks from “Happier” have been featured in internet radio and TV shows. She has also been interviewed on and performed live for BalconyTV in Nashville and RevolverUnderground radio.
Sarah J is a proud SESAC affiliate and Daisy Rock Guitars artist since 2009, and a member of the Recording Academy since 2011.