Katherine “Hart” Sawyer (born 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Hart’s early life began in a small country town along the Kentucky River, where her parents introduced Hart and her siblings to natural beauty surrounded by country music melodies. At the age of eight, she began taking both piano and classical voice lessons. Before long, her interest in ballet & jazz began her eventual push beyond the boundaries of small town country girl to a performing artist who combined movements of the body with lyrics and musical expression. Her passion for music led her to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned a degree in musical composition and voice performance. Hoping to avoid the pigeonhole of a predominantly country music town, Hart moved from Nashville to Athens, Georgia, and then to Los Angeles, performing as lead vocalist and songwriter, producing a sound reminiscent of a mother’s lullaby merged with power rock ballads.
Love is a familiar theme for the artist who turned personal introspection into a deeper understanding of her perception of the world and her place in it. “I want to inspire others to fill themselves with genuine love and the experience of a clear heart. Sometimes we need to stop denying the things that hold us back and make energetic shifts in order to find balance and happiness.” Inspired by a diversity of fellow musicians including James Taylor, ColdPlay, Enya, and Shania Twain, Hart Sawyer is driven by positive messages of love & tales of the human experience, infusing orchestral ballads and ambient vocal harmonies to quirky pop/rock rhythms.
Sawyer describes her sound as diverse, ranging from her techno collaborations to her performances on the ukulele to playing piano and being accompanied by cello and violin. She has performed at festivals such as Lucidity, Envision, Libertyfest, and Athfest, with elicit comparisons to Alicia Keys, Adele, the Beatles and Coldplay.
However, the heart and soul of Hart Sawyer’s musical genius may best be described by the individuals she has touched. One fan wrote, “Your music is potent. Your voice and lyrics carry with it a very powerful combination of beauty and pain. You spoke to me in the deepest of ways. Thank you for capturing the contrast of this human experience. Thank you for giving voice to the often unexpressed emotion that I hold but don’t always honor. You sing for the underrepresented parts of my soul. You sing to the fragile, delicate, wounded places of my being. You turn a light towards the things that have retreated and need the most nurturing”.
Hart Sawyer’s hope of one day reaching for the stars may have already been fulfilled through a deep connection with the yearning human spirit and sometimes fragile heart.