Currently promoting her new album Dream Country, Nashville-based Sarah Darling is a talent whose music crosses several genres including contemporary pop, Americana and, of course, country. Having achieved considerable success thanks to her 2012 Home To Me EP, this new collection showcases just how much she’s grown and matured as an artist and she kindly took time out of her increasingly busy schedule to talk to Thisisthelatest about musical influences, performance plans and her hopes and dreams for the future.
TITL: Please introduce yourself.
Sarah Darling: Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Darling.
TITL: At what age did you first realize you wanted to be a performer and prior to that, did you have any other career ambitions?
SD: There’s this video of me singing a solo in pre-school that shows I was quite serious at a very young age. It makes me laugh watching it now. I had all the moves going back then. I guess I was born wanting to perform! However, there was a brief moment I wanted to be an oceanographer.
TITL: Which bands and artists did you grow up listening to and have your music tastes changed much as you’ve gotten older?
SD: I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell and The Eagles. I feel like my musical style is still the same. I’m pretty pumped for Alison Krauss’s new album to release!
TITL: Hailing from Nashville, do you ever feel any pressure to live up to the success of artists like Taylor Swift and bands like Paramore or are you happy just to ride your own wave?
SD: There’s always the pressure because it’s constantly around, but I’ve learned over the last couple years that you have to ride in your own lane. As long as you trust your instincts, it makes for a happy life in my opinion.
TITL: Who or what most inspires your song-writing and with that in mind, which song would you say is the greatest ever written and why?
SD: I’m really inspired by landscapes and stars. I think there’s something quite wonderful about painting these pictures in a song. It’s dreamy and romantic. With that being said, I really love the track “Halley’s Comet.” I think it really inspires us all to shine bright.
TITL: Tell me a little about your new album Dream Country.
SD: Dream Country is a concept album that’s very inspiring for the dreamer. It takes you somewhere else which I love. I wrote a lot of the tracks as encouragement to myself, and I think a lot of people will relate to the honesty of that.
TITL: Could you pick your favourite track on the album and if so, which is it and why?
SD: I truly love a track called “Where Cowboys Ride.” It’s my love letter to Wyoming. I love it because I’m immediately right back there when I hear the first verse. I knew it was special when I wrote it.
TITL: How would you say the album differs from your previous collection, the Home To Me EP?
SD: This album is more experimental, I would say. I’m a country singer that writes about Paris and things other people don’t write about in my genre. I have always had a love for strings and they are in almost every track! I wanted each song to sound exactly like what I was singing about. It was really fun for me to explore.
TITL: Will you be touring in support of the album?
SD: Yes, I will be touring this year! Just keep checking the website sarahdarling.com.
TITL: You’ve opened for the likes of Carrie Underwood, but if you could share a stage with three other bands living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play?
SD: Coldplay at Glastonbury, Patsy Cline at The Grand Ole Opry and Alison Krauss at the Royal Albert Hall.
TITL: Are there any other plans/projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?
SD: There is a wonderful video coming that I shot last year that is associated with the track “Montmartre.” It’s quite epic!
TITL: How do you feel about social media and to what extent has it impacted your career? Do you think it’s possible for bands and artists to succeed without it?
SD: I think social media is our direct line with fans. I adore the chance to get to know the people who take the time to listen to my tunes. I think anything is possible these days, but I it would be quite sad to not interact when you can. We have to change as the world changes.
TITL: Finally then, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what’s your ultimate career ambition?
SD: In five years, I hopefully would have traveled the world! Of course, I’d like to record a couple more records, but I’d also like to own my own patisserie in Nashville. Big goals!