In a style reminiscent of Dolly Parton, Kathy Mattea, and Nanci Griffith, singer/songwriter Sara Morgan writes and performs poignant, thoughtful, and hilarious tunes which cast back to the timeless country tradition of the second half of the 20th century. Her themes of love, loss, courage, introspection, and irony are a drastic contrast to the current pop-influenced/cross-genre/multi-writer Country Music found on the market today.
Sara is one of a handful of recording artists working hard to make sure country songs that tell stories never disappear from the musical landscape. Drawing on her own life experiences, Morgan has a catalog of songs about heartbreak, love, growing old, faith, making hard choices, loss, strength, independence, being proud of your heritage no matter where you may come from, perseverance, being thankful, -- all of them steeped in pedal steel.
Sara is blazing her own musical path and has developed a very identifiable country sound that she describes as the crossroads "where classic becomes current"
From her first unplanned public performance at her uncle's wedding when she was a toddler, to being invited to sing in an arena for thousands at Missouri's state FFA convention two decades later- Sara Morgan is making an ever expanding ripple in the country music scene.
A gifted songwriter and neo-traditional country recording artist, Sara has played with/alongside or been a supporting act for Randy Rogers Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sara Evans, Loretta Lynn, Eli Young Band, Hal Ketchum, Jim Lauderdale, Ryan Adams, John Michael Montgomery, Dallas Wayne, BJ Thomas, Radney Foster, Casey Donahew, Craig Wayne Boyd, Rodney Crowell, Michael Martin Murphey, John Corbett, Ben Taylor, Sean Rowe, Chuck Mead, the Rainmakers, and many others.
Sara currently has multiple songs in rotation on independent radio stations across the country,
Sara's work also caught the ear of film director Morgan Dameron (Different Flowers, 2017). Two of Sara's original songs, "Already Wrecked" and "Walk Me Through", along with her cover of "Moon River" appear in the motion picture that made its way through theaters across the country and can now be seen on pay-per-view networks worldwide. In addition to Sara's radio and film credits, LA recording artist and Mouseketeer, Brianna (Mazzola), has recorded two of Sara's songs: "Can't Put Out the Fire" and "Get Back at You".
Originally from a small farm town in Southeast Arkansas and now based in Kansas City, Sara is a performing songwriter who always captivates her audiences -- whether she's in the spotlight at a songwriter showcase, playing with her trusty sidekick, guitarist Pastor Carl Butler, or entertaining at large events with her band.
Sara is a natural story teller and her southern roots are evident the moment she speaks and one hears the twinkle and shimmer of her Arkansas drawl.
Choosing to take a road less traveled, Sara does not co-write her songs. When she creates a new work, the lyrics, melodies, and arrangement come to her all at once. "I can be talking to someone and they can say something that gives me a song idea -- and from that point on I'm checked out of the conversation and hearing an entire song in my head".
Sara comes from a musically diverse upbringing. "You'll hear influences from multiple genres when I sing," she says. "I grew up hearing country, rock and roll, soul, jazz, blues, bluegrass, pop, classical, instrumental, gospel, and adult contemporary. The list of music I was exposed to is immense. I don't think there was much music my family didn't listen to. But, you'll definitely hear vocal influences from Loretta, Dolly, Reba, and Norah Jones...and sometimes Emmy Lou Harris, Janis Joplin, and Alison Krauss." Her vast collection of music is as eclectic as her songwriting.
A trained saxophone player, Sara learned to pick the guitar at the age of fifteen after a friend showed her a few chords and she began exploring the various melodies she could play with single strings. She later taught herself piano, and began writing complete songs while still in college. "I was always writing poems, but when I realized I could put those words to music, my life changed. I sent my first song to a friend who said she loved it. Of course it was terrible. But, a mentor, Jason North (who also producer Sara's earliest works) told me I should pursue that path -- and I have been writing nonstop ever since."
Sara's songs never fail to make a statement about who she is, where's she been, what she's observed, or where she's headed next.
While the songwriting comes naturally, the performance of her songs does not. "I never planned to be on a stage -- I thought I would sit in my studio, write music, send it out and other people would cut it and perform it. But right now I'm the one singing it. Being on stage in a spotlight is way outside my comfort zone." But the sell out crowds at listening rooms seem to indicate that her performances are just as sought after as the stories in her songs -- and some of those stories and performances have happened while traveling many a highway mile.
Sara, a fully independent artist, has released two EPs (Let Me Get There and Easy to Dream), and an all original 11-song full length LP, Average Jane, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard regional heat seekers charts. Average Jane also hit the iTunes Top 100 Country Albums chart in the first 24 hours of release. LA Music Critic, Robert Leggett, said Sara "brings a freshness to country music that hasn't been there since the debut of Reba, Shania Twain, and Carrie Underwood." According to Robert K. Oermann, reviewer for MusicRow Magazine, the album's lead single, "The Boots", is "cleverly written and sung with spunk, moxie and verve" . Jeff Jones, on-air radio personality for The Moose 92.9 FM said "the whole album deserves (radio) spins."
Sara's new single, "Church in a Bar", releases on May 3, 2019 and is available for presale now.
Although Sara's live performances and recordings contain a definite country flair, her songwriting catalog reaches across multiple genres. Sara writes and composes an eclectic mix of songs ranging from folk, Americana, bluegrass, and country, to rock, pop, and contemporary Christian. Her versatility as a singer/songwriter is as undeniable as her unaffected, crystalline vocal sound.
Sara plays several instruments including saxophone, guitar, banjo, bass, ukulele, piano and last but not least, No. 2 yellow pencils. She also loves mustard. If you want to know what pencils and mustard have to do with Sara Morgan, come see her at a show and ask. She'll be happy to explain. Sara is signed to River Delta Records.