Ahead of her performance at the picturesque Òran Mór, country singer Sarah Darling sat down with Family Life to discuss getting into music, her connection with the UK, and a passion for sweets around the world.
At the age of four, Sarah Darling knew she would be involved in music. By the time she was 13, Sarah was transfixed with country music genre listening to strong, iconic, female singers. It wasn’t long before Sarah found herself in the heart of country and western music: Nashville.
“The energy of being around such talented writers and artists is amazing,” enthuses Sarah.
“When I first moved [to Nashville] there were so many people happy to help me learn how to write music. It is such an amazing community and I think it makes you better as an artist, to be in a city which is so full of talent. You feed off the energy.”
Encompassed in the creative bubble of Nashville, Sarah learned and honed her craft, utilising her inspirations along the way. Naming Alison Crowe as just one of her musical icons, Sarah’s sound is ethereal, dreamy, and contemporary country.
This year saw Sarah release her latest album Wonderland bursting with the sound we’ve become accustomed to with Sarah, with a dash of up-tempo passion.
Having worked with writers on the album, Sarah has let her creativity flourish further ion Wonderland. And on every album, there is one song sure to stand out on top.
“There’s a song called Fire, which I’m really excited for people to hear,” says Sarah. “I wrote the whole album in the UK, which is really cool! Fire is the one that stands out because I love the story behind it.
“It’s written about a Van Goh quote: there is such a fire inside of all of us to follow our passions, but not everybody sees it. It is there and it drives us. I’m excited for everyone to hear that one because it is a really beautiful song.”
And fans can hear Fire plus many more tracks during Sarah’s upcoming UK tour, where she will be stopping off in Glasgow.
Preparing for the last seven months, Sarah is working on bringing her show to a live audience – with the help of a full band. “It will be as though you are listening to the record, Wonderland,” continues Sarah.
“My band is all from the UK, and we are preparing to start band rehearsals way ahead of time. And, if you want to be humoured, make sure to follow our Instagram stories,” laughs Sarah softly.
Feeling like the UK is becoming her second home, Sarah is working to bring a touch of country to every corner of the British Isles. One way to make sure she doesn’t get too homesick from Nashville is by finding the nearest sweet stores in every town she visits.
Sarah adds: “I love going to find something amazing in each place I play and try something different. New food is always on my list.”
Our top Glasgow foodie must try: a deep-fried mars bar, of course.
Away from the sweet teeth of the world, Sarah is bringing her sweet sound to Glasgow and we advise you to get along to her show.
Sarah says: “For people who come along they can expect a very high energy sound. Wonderland is a happier album than Dream Country was. You might want to dance, but I will take it down to a slower tempo where it’s just me and a guitar. I will also incorporate some of my favourite older songs, too.”
It’s sure to be a night not to be missed.
Sarah Darling will perform at Òran Mór on Tuesday 12 March 2019