CMA New Artist Spotlight: Sarah
BY KRISTIN BARLOWE
Street recording artist Sarah Buxton.
2007 CMA Close Up News Service
With a playful attitude
and an irresistible rasp in her voice, Sarah Buxton has a distinct
sound. Lyrically, the singer-songwriter is dedicated to painting
a picture of her own life. Growing up in Lawrence, Kan., playing
piano and flute and writing music was dominating Buxton's free time.
At age 12, she got involved with the Lawrence Children's Choir and
quickly realized she was a part of "something that was truly
beautiful." Later, during her junior year in high school she
sang solo for the first time at the school's talent show and here
she knew she'd found her true calling.
"I stood backstage
with that cordless mic, listening to the crowd," Buxton said.
"I thought, 'I love this, and why am I not nervous?'"
Growing up, she was seduced
by the sounds of Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and George Strait, but
it was Stevie Nicks who captured her heart and inspired her to begin
crafting lyrics. After graduating and actually meeting Nicks, she
became more determined to make the move to Music City and chase
Buxton enrolled at Nashville's
Belmont University and quickly formed a jam band, the regionally
popular Stoik Oak. The band spent three years recording and touring
before calling it quits. Buxton's music took a back seat when she
met and fell in love with a local guitarist. They were married and
moved to a rural cabin close the Cumberland River. After a lot of
housekeeping and some serious soul searching, Buxton came to realize
she was unhappy in the marriage and made the move back to Music
City, set up in a small apartment and began to pursue her dream
She met with friend John
Rich of Big & Rich, who encouraged her and told her she could
do anything she wanted to do if she put her mind to it. Buxton signed
with a song publisher and was soon co-writing with some of Nashville's
top tunesmiths, who spread the word about the feisty newcomer with
the amazing voice.
One of those co-writers,
Craig Wiseman ("Believe," "Live Like You Were Dying,"
"The Good Stuff") co-produced her self-titled Lyric Street
Records debut album along with veteran producer Dann Huff (Faith
Hill, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban). Buxton co-wrote 10 of the album's
11 songs, including the leadoff single, "Innocence," written
with Dave Berg, Georgia Middleman and Jeremy Stover.
"These songs are
the pictures in my head," Buxton said. "They are my own
feelings and memories and they ring true for me today as they probably
would have if I had heard them when I was 8 years old."
IN HER OWN WORDS:
Who is your musical
"Peter Gabriel. I love his sound but it's really about his
authenticity as a performer."
Which song would
you secretly like to cover?
"I'd love to add Steely Dan's 'Fire in the Hole' when I start
touring with a full band later this year. It's got the best steel
solo I've ever heard."
What CD is on your
"I've really been into Steely Dan lately. I've been listening
to the whole catalog, starting with their last release and working
my way up to the first. Right now I'm listening to Can't Buy a Thrill."
What book is on your
"The Devil and Mrs. Primm by Paul Coehlo."
Who is your dream
"Lowell George of Little Feat, may he rest in peace. He's probably
got one of the sexiest and most soulful voices ever."
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