Dust off your boots, and warm up those vocal chords.. because it's TIME FOR TAMWORTH! This year's festival is set to be a good'n once again! I can't wait to play my tunes as part of the Tamworth Songwriters Association Showcases - I'll be on at the Albert Hotel THIS SUNDAY from 3:30pm, the Locomotive Hotel THIS WEDNESDAY from 12:30pm and the Post Office Hotel the following SATURDAY (24th) from 11:40am playing my original, acoustic tunes for you and giving a bit more of an insight into the songwriting process! I'm also performing some 2 hour gigs at the Post Office Hotel on FRIDAY 23rd from 2pm, and SUNDAY 25th from 4pm. These will be a mixture of my originals and some of my fave contemporary country covers... you're gonna love it! I can't WAIT to see ya'll at Tamworth. Looking forward to another fabulous festival! Yee HAA!
I'm SO excited to share with you all my very new film clip for my latest single, "Me and Jack". You can now check it out on YouTube, Vevo, or request on the Country Music Channel (CMC) in Australia. I had a really clear idea what I wanted with this clip, and once again the team at Filmery (lead by Duncan Toombs) executed my vision superbly. I was lucky enough to get in contact with the amazing Jo Cotterill (Lee Academy, Australia) who choreographed the dance for my song, and also used her dancers Danni Hegarty and Michael Stone in what is purely a breathtaking performance. I wrote "Me and Jack" with Byron Hill while in Nashville last year, and as soon as we finished it I knew it was something special. It's an alluring, dark ballad, that tells the story of one woman's struggle with relationships, dependence and alcoholism in a play on words and soulful performance. Big thanks to everyone who was involved in the production of not only this video clip but the song itself. It's definitely my favourite :)
Oh my gosh I'm excited! I've just finished shooting the next film clip, for my second single "Me and Jack" from my Nashville-flavoured EP, "Nothin' But Love". I can't WAIT to show you what I've got in store for this video.. it's top secret, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for the release date! It was shot on the Central Coast in Australia, by Duncan Toombs and the fabulous team at Filmery. I'll also be releasing the single to iTunes in the coming weeks with the pre-sale period starting this weekend. I wrote the song with the amazingly talented Byron Hill during my visit to Nashville last year. I just know you're gonna love it as much as I do!
I think Good Friday is a GOOD FRIDAY to release my film clip for "Gypsy Soul"! Can't wait for the youtube screening TOMORROW morning! I'll post the link on my Facebook page from 9am. I had SO much fun filming this clip around the streets of Sydney with Filmery - they've produced all my clips and I can't praise their work high enough. Seriously, excitement central! Stay tuned for the link! Visit www.facebook.com/sarahheadmusic for all the deets x
I had a fantastic day in Sydney a few weeks ago shooting my very new film clip for my single "Gypsy Soul" with the talented Filmery Crew! My producer Duncan Toombs is a golden-guitar winning director, and is also responsible for my previous 2 film clips, so when I had to make the choice about who to film with, there was no hesitation.
Luckily the weather in Sydney was absolutely perfect - and we had soooo much fun trekking around the city filming my inner gyspy spirit - I even busked on Pitt Street Mall, in front of the Harbour Bridge and on the Opera House Steps! It was an incredible experience, once again, and a day I'll never forget.
We're finalising the finished product at the moment, which I should be able to showcase to you all within a fortnight. I am so excited for you to see what the Filmery team have come up with on this song that's very close to my heart.
Gypsy Soul” was co-written by Sarah Head, producer B.James Lowry and songwriting icon Bob Regan (whose songs have been recorded by Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McIntyre, Tanya Tucker and Randy Travis) in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I do a lot of travelling with my music career, and I always joke that I have a gypsy soul, never wanting to settle for the ordinary, always pushing the boundaries and daring to dream. That’s where the idea for Gypsy Soul came from. It’s about that point in your life when you realise you’ve been underestimated, like you’re faking being happy with the mundane, and that you’re ready to show the world exactly who you’re supposed to be.”
“When I first walked into the co-writing session I was casually chatting with the guys about my experiences and travels. I said, it’s kind of like I have a gypsy soul and a wild heart. And Bob replied, “there’s our song”. It was magic. I can’t describe the emotion felt when a writer of this calibre takes on your ideas and song “hooks” with such spirited passion and confidence in you as an equal. It’s a feeling I’ll never get over.”
Gypsy Soul is about one woman’s journey of self-discovery. The scene is set describing the repetitive, dismal state of the woman’s current life, the “waitress apron”, “faking a smile”, and putting up with “Romeo’s who don’t understand.” After a moment of stark realisation, the woman emerges on a voyage of self worth and revelation, determined to show the world what she is really capable of; to chase her dreams and “stop waiting, start living”.
“When I first met Bob I was overwhelmed by his talent, precision and knowledge of the craft of songwriting,” Sarah said. “Bob, B.James and I just seemed to gel, which was a fantastic experience. Every songwriting session is like wearing your heart on your sleeve; you have to be open to new ideas, to sharing your deep and darkest feelings, your experiences and your thoughts, to people you’ve only just met. It’s daunting, but equally rewarding. There’s no room for shyness, and there’s no room for egos. I absolutely love what we came up with in this track – it’s like taking a piece of me and creating a magical, musical moment to inspire others to their own path of self-realisation.”
With superbly crafted lyrics and a captivating vocal delivery, the mid-tempo song is perfectly suited for commercial radio. The Nashville musicians also work their magic with a beautifully crafted melody and instrumental harmony throughout the duration of the track. I can't wait to show you my brand new film clip!!
I'm so excited that this week will see the official release my brand new single "Gypsy Soul" onto iTunes, Spotify, JBHiFi online, Google Play, and a whole range of other online digital music stores! My first single from the EP Gypsy Soul was co-written with Bob Regan – who has penned tracks for Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McIntyre to name a few) and producer B.James Lowry. The track is about self-discovery, written around the story of a woman’s moment of realisation where she embarks on a voyage of self-worth and revelation, determined to chase her dreams no matter what. It’s about that point in your life when you realise you’ve been underestimated, like you’re faking being happy with the mundane and that you’re ready to show the world exactly who you’re supposed to be. I hope you love it as much as I do!
The second phase has been pre-production, getting everything finalised and ready for recording. After learning the new songs I’ve written during my time here, and also listening to outside songs that were pitched to me, I then had the important task of selecting, what I believe to be the best 6 songs to include for recording. I’ve just returned from my “pre-production” day, which I spent in the studio with my producer, confirming song selections for the EP, recording “scratch tracks” for the band to master, and finalising recording and production schedules from here on out.
As a result, I’ll be recording four of my original co-writes, one song written by one of the writers I worked with, Ben Daniel, and another from a publishing company that’s responsible for making the song choices for some very famous faces.
I can’t be more proud of what I’ve achieved so far, and I am so excited to start the next phase of my project on Monday… Hello recording studio!
Nashville, let’s do this!
The first phase of the project was song development, which meant co-writing with singer/songwriters Lauren Lucas and Ben Daniel, and leading industry icons Bob Regan (whose songs have been recorded by Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McIntyre, Tanya Tucker and Randy Travis) and Byron Hill (pictured, and who has written for Trace Adkins, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Juice Newton, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Adam Brand and George Jones to name a few). By far the most exciting moments of my journey so far, have taken place in these co-writing sessions. I can’t describe the emotion felt when a writer of this calibre takes on your ideas and song “hooks” with such spirited passion and confidence in you as an equal. It’s a feeling I’ll never get over.
Every songwriting session is like wearing your heart on your sleeve. You have to be open to new ideas, to sharing your deep and darkest feelings, your experiences and your thoughts, to people you’ve only just met. It’s daunting, but equally rewarding. There’s no room for shyness, and there’s no room for egos. Every single songwriter I’ve worked with here has been tremendously talented, professional and experienced, and I have walked away from every session with songs that I truly love and am tremendously proud of.
Woah, what a ride! I’m exactly half way through my stay here in Nashville, having spent the last four and a half weeks in the development phase of my recording project. And what a journey it has been so far!
I landed in Nashville after 19 flying hours - from a crisp early morning at Dubbo airport, to a sweltering short stopover at LA, to a mild summer’s evening at Nashville, some 28 hours later. Every single day I am here I feel like I’m floating on cloud nine, working with the world’s leading songwriters, musicians and production team. I cannot express my gratitude to the people that have supported me, and for the opportunities that have already come my way during this experience.
I have also been trying to experience as much of the Nashville lifestyle as humanly possible, and without eradicating the world’s supply of coffee beans. So far, I’ve strolled through the Honky-Tonk’s on Broadway, watched Blake Shelton perform live, visited the Parthenon (yes, really in Nashville!), went to an ice-hockey game (now THAT is seriously crazy fun!), watched the Monday Night NFL with avid footy fans, scored some bargains at Walmart, and tomorrow I’m off to see Kenny Rogers, Willy Nelson and Zac Brown Band perform on the river front. I’m living on a time zone somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific; it’s not Australian, and it’s not the US, but it certainly is a muso’s time zone, and I wouldn’t change a thing!
So happy right now! Today I had my first 'official' songwriting session in Nashville for my new CD with the extremely talented Lauren Lucas... It was soooo much fun!! I love the song we've come up with 😊 yaaaay!