The Girl behind the beat...
Hey guys, my name is Sarah Elizabeth and I’m a singer/songwriter located beneath the arches in the heart of Classic City--Athens, GA. Music has given me more opportunity and life experiences than I can imagine: late nights on the road with great friends, hours of intense rehearsals, fostered an addiction (to coffee), the courage to aim high regardless of the outcome, and a work ethic that drives me to do just about anything (even if it means emailing Sam Hunt directly just to sit at the t-shirt table).
Music brings me joy. I was singing from the time that I could talk. Following the footsteps of my mother, I started playing piano at the age of 6. I picked up a 6-string at the age of 14 and taught myself to play. I wrote my first song when I was 15 and stepped foot into a studio for the first time when I was 17. At that time, I joined the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
My parents had a large influence in cultivating my passion for music. I give all the credit to my family for my eccentric taste: Cheap Trick, Run DMC, Biggie Smalls, Dr. Dre, Queen, The Doobie Brothers, Emmy Lou Harris, Aerosmith (my first crush was Steven Tyler), Led Zepplin, Bob Dylan, and all the way to 90’s alternative. I’ve always been known as the chatter bug, who skipped naptime in Kindergarten to “talk life” with my teacher and later serenade young boys on the playground. While riding around the farm, Daddy let me listen to classic country twang. This seemingly harmless entertainment led to numerous apologies in the grocery store for my vivid and theatrical performance of Reba’s “Fancy.”
Before moving to upstate South Carolina for a few years, I completed an internship for music in Texas where I was first introduced to casting for NBC’s “The Voice.” This was a spark to ignite the flame under my dream. Since leaving the Lone Star state, I have joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International, started co-writing with other local artists, and continued writing my own music. From wooden church pews to grungy bar stools, music has given me the opportunity to play throughout the southeast at a number of incredible venues, team with a fellow musician to open for Ben Rector (2014), open for Boyce Avenue (2015), and now share my music in the same city that REM got their start.
In the past year I've written, re-written, recorded, and launched an EP titled "A Taste of My Roots." I've been lucky enough to play a sold out Eddie's Attic along side Athens Country-Duo "Laughlin." I've gotten loud at the 420 Tavern, competed in a "shoot-out" of songwriters in EOP at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, and checked the historic "40 Watt Club" off my bucket list! I've held off the nervous butterflies as I took the stage of the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta, and I've watched my Daddy's eyes tear up as he saw me perform my first solo project on the stage of Live Wire Athens. It’s a long ride, but I’m finding joy in the journey. I couldn’t have made it where I’m today without the love and support that I have received from friends, families, and fellow musicians. I want my music to influence others the way so many others have influenced me.
This is where I come from.
This is me.
This is a taste of my roots.
News & Updates
First LIVE radio show appearance was one for the books! Missed it?? Check it out here!
Let's put it on the Map!
40 Watt Club || 6.18.16 || Athens, GA || w/Crystal Hopkins & Rex Norton
GZD American Sports Camp || July 24, 28 & 29 || Dabringhausen, Germany
Carolina Music Festival || 8.6 || Anderson, SC || Tickets Here!
Athens Writers Round || 10.26 || The Foundry || Athens, GA*
Hard Rock Atlanta II 2.24 II 8PM
Georgia Theatre II Athens, GA II 3.16 8PM
"The Song Remembers When" @ The Basement East II Nashville, TN II 5.10 8PM
*with Sam Burchfield, Drew Kohl, Kevin Whitfield, and Lily Rose