Story-telling through music has always been the heart of the matter for New York-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Kervin. Schooled in jazz, classical, and everything in between, this Atlanta native came to New York with a soulful sound and inspired writing that blends modern and classic influences to “take you to the place where your heart is smiling” (MuzikReviews).
Sarah’s musical love affair began at age four, playing old Appalachian songs on piano with her dad on the fiddle, all the way to Beijing, China, performing at the 2008 Olympic Pre-Game Ceremonies. Equal parts Ella Fitzgerald and Sara Bareilles, her music has history, soul and the optimism of a small town girl making her way in the big city. With strong, soulful vocals, dense textures, and driving rhythms, Sarah’s sound embodies the depth of self-exploration, discovery, and independence.
Into the City, her 2015 sophomore album, tells stories of the shared human experience: trying to making it through life without totally screwing everything up. It’s about coming to the big city with stars in your eyes and pulling yourself back up when it doesn’t turn out like you thought it would. Her music is influenced by the complex harmonies of jazz, the inspired messiness of gospel, the melancholy passion of the blues, and the frankness and openness of storytelling.
Sarah has received international recognition as a soloist, guest artist, composer, and bandleader, including the NewSong Music Competition, six Downbeat Student Music Awards, the Jazz Education Network Composition Award, and research grants in Vocal Pedagogy from the Magellan Foundation. She has performed with great artists such as Jon Hendricks, the Manhattan Transfer, Ben Folds, the Fort Worth Symphony, and Afro Blue. Sarah also teaches voice both in the New York area and as a member of the voice faculty at the renowned Berklee College of Music.
As the recent winner of the 2017 Recording Festival, Sarah is in the process of finishing up a brand new record recorded at Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath, Ireland with the legendary Cameron Craig. Coming soon!