How would you classify your music?
Feel-good sultry pop blended with Americana and R&B.
Who are your top 5 musical influences?
Life-long influences include, to only name a few: Amy Grant, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Radiohead. My latest musical inspirational influence is Lucie Silvas
What do you want fans to take from your music?
My dream is to bring everyone together to the present moment — to feel good and see that we are not divided, we just are not together. When we feel good we can be better together.
What’s the music scene like in Nashville?
Diverse! There is music happening everywhere — in homes, studios, bars, restaurants. Everyone is up to something and I have found everything from metal, pop, soul, jazz and beyond. Nashville, in my experience, is so much more than country music. Music city is forever growing and changing and more and more people are moving there all the time, chasing that creative mojo. Must be something in the water!
What is the best concert you have been to?
This is so tough! But the first “best ever” concert that came to mind was the time I saw The Mars Volta at 1 am at Bonnaroo maybe ten years ago. It was electrifying and kept my brain engaged the whole time! I’ll never forget it and the way Omar Rodríguez-López rocked that head of hair the whole time. SO GOOD!
What do you like most about playing live?
That there will never be another moment like it. Not the same time or place or group of people. It is magical. Cherry on top? I get to travel around the world singing songs and making people smile…pinch me is this real?!
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
Two of them actually: the instrumental called “Can’t Find the Words” and “Head Games.” The whole record feels so good to me — feels real — like the side of my heart I want to live in all the time. These two songs in particular though, made me work for them. These songs wanted to live and they had a specific idea of what they wanted to come out like. Production on these two was challenging because they came into the studio so raw — just a vocal track and some hacked together Garageband ideas I came up with. Thanks to the patience of my amazing manager, producer and band, we took the time to really let them show us what they wanted to be. You can feel it in the final tracks.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I would say yes, maybe way more than I can see. The past few years have been so magical. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by a team of supporters that believe in the sounds and have taken the time to write and explore different sounds and songs until we had those “ah HA THIS is it” moments.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
As far as play a gig with/hang/get dinner. Hands down Alicia Keys. Her message of love and peace and the way she carries herself is inspiring. It would be an incredible opportunity to collaborate with her on that feel-good mission.
What’s next for Sarah Clanton?
We just finished the record! On October 1, I am launching a Kickstarter pre-order campaign to get this “Feel-Good Machine” of an album, Here We Are, to as many listeners as possible. Everyone deserves to feel good! After that, we are taking this show on the road, and I cannot wait!
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