Hello Sarah, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? I actually started songwriting when I was only seven years old, so there wasn’t much time in my life before I began to dream about being an artist/songwriter. However, I did not start pursuing my dreams professionally until high school. Before high school, I attended my neighborhood elementary school in Tampa, FL (where I lived my whole life before moving to Nashville) and took piano lessons starting in kindergarten. My first big inspiration was Hannah Montana (haha, keep in mind I was seven years old at the time) and she inspired me to start writing songs and dreaming about becoming a performer! I was also inspired by the songs I grew up listening to on country radio. Then, when I was ten years old, I had to do a school project on a public figure and I chose Taylor Swift. For this project, I read books and watched videos on Taylor’s life and career. This was the first time that I started learning about the music business in Nashville and I decided when I was only ten years old that Nashville was the place for me. At this point in my life, I had been writing all of my songs a capella or with a piano because I had not yet learned guitar. I started guitar lessons at the same time I started middle school and that was a big time in my life because I began attending performing arts school in Tampa. This was a great step for me because I felt out of place at a “normal” public school because I was writing songs all the time and no one else around me really had the same goals as I did. However, at a performing arts middle school, I was surrounded by other kids my age who wanted to pursue creative careers which provided great support for me at a young age. Throughout middle school, I continued to work on my craft of songwriting and performing. The summer between middle school and high school, I was accepted into Grammy Camp Nashville 2015. This was my first time going to Nashville to work on music. This camp was eye opening to me because I got to meet other kids from all over the country who specifically wanted to pursue a career in the music business. I also got to meet and work with industry professionals on music row for the first time. When I went back home after the camp ended, I began playing live regularly in Tampa, releasing music, and working harder than ever on my career. After high school, I finally moved to Nashville, which is where I am now!
What was the first country album you ever bought? Wow, that’s a tough question! I am going to say that it was most likely Fearless by Taylor Swift.
What is the background story behind your brand new single “Drive Fast?” I wrote “Drive Fast” shortly before moving to Nashville, so I have had that song for a couple of years. When I was writing “Drive Fast” it was the summer between high school and college, so I was reminiscing a lot on life at home because I knew that was going to be ending very soon for me. In high school, I had a boyfriend who didn’t live in my neighborhood, so I always had to take the interstate to get to his house. However, I also had a curfew, and instead of cutting down time with my boyfriend, I would try to cut down on the drive time between my house and his. As you can probably guess, this resulted in a lot of speeding (which I do not recommend! but it’s still a fun memory I have from high school). There is a behind the scenes video from when we filmed the “Drive Fast” music video and I explain the song in that video, as well. Here is the link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbenbyoXPlM
Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020? Yes! I have so much more music coming very soon that I can’t wait to share with you all! You can follow me @sarahmoreymusic and sign up for my mailing list at https://sarahmoreymusic.com to get the latest updates!
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Story-telling, country, and catchy!
What are a few of your favorite events or venues to play at? One of my favorite places I ever played was Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, FL. The crowd was so much fun and they were all so into it! Another Tampa venue that I love playing is The Attic in Ybor City. That venue has a really cool energy and the crowd is always there for the music. So far my favorite venue in Nashville is Live Oak (I have a show coming up there very soon…). However, I’ve heard that The Listening Room is a lot of people’s favorite venue to play in Nashville and I also have a show coming up there very soon!
What made you want to become a country musician? I wanted to become a country musician because I love how it is a story-telling genre. Country music allows me to say what I want to say in the way that I want to say it. Country music is also the first thing I turn to whether I’m having my best day or my worst day. It is my go-to genre and makes me feel better no matter what. I also have always had a slight twang in my voice that makes almost anything I sing sound country.
What is one of your favorite quotes? This is another hard one! Quotes have always been a big source of encouragement for me, so there are a lot of quotes I love. However, the quote from Theodore Roosevelt that says, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” is something that has had a huge impact on my life and I try to always remember that.
Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you so much for taking the time to read my answers! If you’ve gotten this far and want to know more about me and my music, follow me @sarahmoreymusic 🙂
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