Drawing from a great host of influences it’s impossible to compare her music to any one artist. Sarah Rogo is undeniably unique, unmistakable and unforgettable. That’s why artist manager and label owner Michael Lembo found himself intrigued when he stumbled across Rogo earlier this year at the Durango Songwriter Expo in Ventura, CA, where they had an immediate connection.
Sarah Rogo has long blond hair, loves to surf and play the blues on her National guitars. The 25-year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter was born in New England and moved to the beach town of Encinitas, CA, less than two years ago. A nominee for Best Singer-Songwriter at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, Rogo first picked up a guitar at 13 as a way of performing the songs she’d already written.
Growing up, Sarah spent hours listening to music in the local public library, where she discovered a live album recorded by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Alone and Acoustic, which she says changed her life.
“The whole thing is in the key of E and you just know they’re making up the words as they go along, but it totally captivated me,” she enthuses. “That’s the kind of music I wanted to play. I knew the blues had to come from the soul. That’s what made it so magical, what moved me, that authenticity, the mojo, even though I had no idea what those words meant until later. The blues just overwhelmed me.
“Sarah’s fearless and talented, and I was drawn to her personality without even hearing her play,” said Lembo. “When I heard her sing and play guitar, I recognized an old soul.”
Watch Sarah perform “It’s Gonna Be Alright” live here: https://youtu.be/NjXFKRbolck
Rogo is currently writing the songs for what will be a proper debut album, working with possible collaborators and auditioning producers. She’s paying her dues and is ready to ride the wave into a promising, exciting future.