Garland, Texas hometown of Lee Ann Rimes and our next Swag Spotlight, SaraBeth. “Growing up she was what every singer in town aspired to be, if she could do it you could do it too,” SaraBeth explains of Rimes in a recent chat about growing up in Garland. As a shy kid who sang in her church choir, Sara was in elementary school when she started performing at the Garland Opry. As she grew up she explains that her biggest influences were definitely Shania Twain and The Dixie Chicks. As her tastes matured, she found a true love for traditional country music such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. Her parents listened to light rock and Christian music, so those genres also shaped her influences today. Originally going to Baylor and pursuing entrepreneurship, SaraBeth realized after graduating that she truly loved singing and did not want to look back and wonder “what if”. She headed to Nashville to pursue her music career and hasn’t looked back since.
Releasing music as a solo artist since 2012, but realizing that it was always a group effort, she is now switching gears and working with two others to make up the SaraBeth trio. Glenn Mitchell and Vicky Vaughn play and lend their voices to her latest single, “Something About It”. “I’ve never been more excited about a chapter in my music career, mainly because of all of the people I am working with and the music itself,” she tells us. “I was just SaraBeth but I’ve never played my own instruments, I was singing and writing the songs but I wasn’t writing them alone, I wrote a lot with my guitar player Glenn, who is now in the trio, so I was always sort of part of a group” Working with a new producer who has also worked with some heavy hitters like Dixie Chicks, Big and Rich, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, The Band Perry and Martina McBride, SaraBeth describes Paul Worley as “the most wonderful person to collaborate with”.
The SaraBeth Trio is heading to New York this week. SaraBeth is running a half marathon, something she started getting into a few years back. “I woke up in 2011 on New Years Day and said this year I am running a half marathon,” she explains. Since then she has run four full marathons and a bunch of half marathons and is looking forward to Sunday, running with her aunt and uncle who reside in NYC. We talked about how training for running long distances and the actual race is a lot like the music industry. “It is one of those things that is a lot about persistence and it is about doing things you don’t want to do. If the weather isn’t right or in the music industry people tell you that they don’t like this song or you don’t fit this mold, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it, it just means you have to keep training and pushing yourself and eventually you’ll break through,” she explains.
After the marathon, the trio headed to meet up with NYCountry Swag on early Tuesday (Mar. 20) for a LIVE Swag Session in the video above. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, they are excited to get into the studio in the next few months to record some new music. They have a bunch of tour dates scheduled overseas in the fall, something SaraBeth says she can’t wait to get back there to perform. “They obviously do like to have the party scene from the country artists, but they are an amazing audience to just be quiet and listen, they soak up every word you say,” she says of the experiences she’s had there. For a full list of dates and more info check out www.sarabethmusic.com and be sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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