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Sarah Harralson

Sarah Harralson presents honest, bare-boned recordings that are authentic,” stated Music Connection Magazine after hearing her debut singer-songwriter EP, Finally Found, in 2014. Her authenticity lies in her lyrics based on true stories followed by melodies that will be stuck in your head hours after hearing them. An authentic storyteller and straight shooter, she is not afraid to tell it like it is in her music. This Knoxville native began writing songs when she was ten years old, her bluegrass musician grandfather being her biggest musical influence. She was surrounded by genres such as country, rock 'n roll, soul, and pop growing up, but the storytelling aspect of the country is what ultimately drew Harralson to pursue that genre.

After her grandfather passed in 2011, Sarah decided she would move to Nashville two years later to pursue music at Belmont University. A year after releasing her debut EP in 2014, she was discovered by Scotty Schultz, drummer of Shooter Jennings (Waylon Jennings’s son). Scotty opened up his publishing company, Raindrop Music LLC, in 2015 and after hearing Sarah’s original song “Watered Down Whiskey”, he knew he wanted to sign her right away. This would be Sarah’s first publishing deal. Scotty decided he would produce her first country EP, Watered Down Whiskey, of all original songs that Sarah has either written or co-written. "This EP will help many people and hopefully some will have their heart healed by her emotional lyrics," stated Music Update Central after hearing the release of her second EP in February 2018.

One of the tracks on the EP includes the song, “Radio Static” that was co-written with Johnny Garcia (lead guitar for Garth Brooks). Over time, Sarah began writing and working with Johnny, which evolved to the point where Sarah would sign her next publishing deal with Busy at Play Publishing (Johnny Garcia’s company) in February 2020. During 2020, she has released singles, "Put a Rock on This Rolling Stone", "Get Lost in Some Rock 'N Roll", and holiday single, "Frosty", since signing with Busy at Play Publishing. Her 2021 singles include, "The Chance", "The America I Knew", "Love on Lease (Reimagined)", and "Bottom of the Glass", which will be released on October 22nd.

For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!

Country, Authentic, Relatable

What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.

It's so rewarding to be able to create art in general that people can enjoy. I love taking a new song and turning it into a masterpiece in the recording process and then playing it live for everyone to hear and react. The feeling that someone can relate to your story and your art never gets old.

Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?

The recording studio is my happy place and my safe place. I feel like I can experiment with endless sounds, and every experience in the studio is different because each song is different.

Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?

You'll probably find me playing fantasy football, cooking, or hiking!

Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?

I have really admired Carly Pearce this past year. She is breaking barriers for females in country music and is so authentic and relatable with her music.

Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?

"The Chance" is definitely one of the most emotional songs for me that I've written. I had the line, "some people never get the chance" written in my phone for years. I knew it could be an impactful song, but wasn't sure how to write to the idea, so I waited. Once COVID happened, I felt like I had more to say about the idea and wrote it with Bill DiLuigi. The song is about how many people never get the chance to fulfill their dreams. It's a reminder that we should take every chance we have in life to fulfill our dreams if we have the ability to do so.

Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?

I'm always working on new material! I have plans to release something special in the new year, and before that, people can stay tuned for a Christmas surprise!

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