Fangirlish Talks with Country Star Sarah Darling

Many can agree, music is like a journey. The lyrics can rekindle memories, feelings and emotions you long ago forgot, and take you places you never thought of. It is a powerful medium, and for those who master it, they can attest that it is like nothing else.

Rising country star Sarah Darling knows this quite well. Her music, which infuses whimsical tenors of stars and dreams, strives to bring forward memories of romance and hopes for the same in the future. Her upcoming second album, Dream Country, is already available for pre-order with a release date of February 10, and the title is exactly how Darling describes her sound.

She has already shown she is a force to be reckoned with, performing with Brad Paisley at the Grand Ole Opry, and having #1 hits on CMT. She is a dreamer and a romantic, and loves nothing more than to share those feelings with listeners.

One sentence can describe the album:

From wishing on wandering stars, to never giving up, it really captures the spirit of the ones who love to dream.

Fangirlish had the opportunity to interview this upcoming hit maker, and we’re excited for you to get to know her better!

You’re getting ready to release your new album, Dream Country on February 10. How do you feel your sound has changed from your other releases?

It has definitely changed from my last projects.  The sound and writing subjects capture me being exactly me which is fun.  It’s very dreamy and cinematic with lots of strings!  I’m quite excited to see my fans’ reactions. 

Tell us a bit about your experience making this album. As it is your second, how did it feel different from the process of your first?

Making this album was the first time I had put together something independently.  From every detail of songs to production, I was part of the entire process.   It has made me attached to it and feels more personal.  My last project is wonderful.  I would say there is something magical about knowing what you would do, without anyone giving their opinions.  I truly made Dream Country for the love of it, and now the cherry on top is that I will be releasing it to the world.  I feel like my fans will get to know me even more. 

The first single from this album is called “Halley’s Comet”. Tell us a bit about the song.
“Halley’s Comet” is a personal story that came out when I was deciding to record this record.  I had just parted ways from a label I was signed with, and I had no idea where I was going. This song became a healer for me.  The lyrics capture the heart of a dreamer and what it is like to chase a dream.  I think we can all relate to the idea, that we are trying to find a place to shine in the big world. It’s a favorite to sing live! 
What draws you to country music as opposed to other genres?
Country music has always been all heart for me.  I love the stories and honesty.  My grandpa introduced me to it when I was a little girl, and I’ve loved it ever since!  There is something special about telling a real story in a song. 
If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would it be and why?
I have a dream of collaborating with Chris Martin! I love his style and find that we both have an obsession with writing about stars.

You grew up in a small town in Iowa. What made you take the leap and move to Nashville at the age of 19?

It’s definitely the small town, big dreams scenario.  I wanted to get to Nashville immediately and didn’t have any fears about it.  Looking back, it feels quite brave, and I’m thankful I made the leap without knowing anyone. 

Your music could almost be describe as whimsical, the focus on dreams, stars and romance. Would you consider yourself a dreamer, a romantic, or an adventurer?
Yes, I’m such a dreamer and adventurer.  I’ve always been that way, even as a kid.  My favorite thing to do is stargaze and travel to places I’ve never been.  “Where Cowboys Ride” and “Montmartre” are perfect examples of this on my album.  I want to hop on a plane every time I hear them!
You describe music as your escape. What is it about music that lets you let go?

I think life is going a hundred miles an hour all of the time. Dream Country has so much space in the tracks that allow you to escape for a minute and think.  Music is where i can write it and dream it up bigger.  


You started writing poetry before transitioning to music. Do you still keep some poems just for yourself? Or are you more of an open book, your writing making it in to the music realm?

I’m more of an open book type of writer.  When I started writing poetry, I had no idea I would even end up writing songs.  When I figured it out, it was like finding buried treasure! Now songwriting is one of my favorite aspects of music.  I love it.


You have had number one videos on CMT, as well as appeared on Conan O’Brien, and opened for Carrie Underwood. What has been your proudest moment so far in your career?

Playing the Grand Ole Opry with my grandpa in the audience was my top moment.  It meant so much to him getting to see me play there. 


If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing?

If I wasn’t a musician I would own a little pastry shop in Nashville called Sweet Darling Patisserie!


If you could give advice to others wanting to take the same journey as you and break in to country music, what would you tell them?

My advice is to always be yourself.  Don’t try and be something you’re not! Never stop trying and work hard. 


Describe yourself in one word?


Who is your biggest influence?
My husband James inspires me.  He’s so talented and a beautiful person. 
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
By then I will have toured the world, made a few more albums, and have a residency singing somewhere really beautiful. It’s on my bucket list to play Red Rocks Amphitheater one day!

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