Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Word of mouth is truly powerful, and it’s what led a talented singer/songwriter to me. Sarah Martin’s music was introduced to me by a couple of longtime listeners of this station. They are fans of Sarah’s and often see her performing live. Now, I’m thrilled to share this artist’s music and story with you, by word of page.

A vocal dynamo with a heart as big as her voice. That’s my impression of Sarah Martin. She champions causes like she does notes. Take a look at her social pages (all listed with links below). You’ll see at work, donating blood, raising money for Autism Speaks and bringing awareness to mental illness. That is just scratching the surface.

What Makes Sarah Martin Stand Out?

To my ears, what makes Sarah Martin stand out is not just her voice, but her approach to a song. It’s as if she is breathing life into the lyrics when she sings. It’s the conviction that makes her powerhouse vocals so compelling. Anyone can belt one out. But, to connect with a song and, in turn, be able to incite others to do so, its truly special. And that’s exactly what Sarah Martin does.

Listen to Sarah’s original song, “Those Days” and tell me you don’t get strong vibes of country women of the 90s. That was a time that women ruled the country songs charts with messages of empowerment, humor, love, loss and social issues. Sarah Martin possesses similar qualities of fearlessness. Her fierce, fiery and thoughtful lyrics are delivered with determination and poise.

Listen, learn and share the art and the artist. Find out where she is performing live and follow her on social media. It’s all here. And when you like what you hear, be sure and get the word out about Sarah Martin. As she was introduced to me, you have the power to carry her music and message to others.

  • The Music

    “Those Days”

    Sarah wrote “Those Days”  back in 2020. She said she wrote it as “an anthem song to keep you going through the days that get you down. During that year, I had become unengaged, so needless to say, it was a challenging time. I remember I was trying really hard to stay positive and there was a day, I just couldn’t get above it. I told myself that it was just ‘one of those days,’ and the lyrics just started exploding into my brain until I completed the song 20 minutes later.”

     

     

  • The Story

    • From: North Plymouth, MA
    • Grew up in: Lakeville, MA
    • Current single: “Those Days”
    • What lead you to music: I sang Jessica Andrew’s “Who I Am” in a talent show at the end of 6th grade and was then asked to audition for a friend’s band the next year. I was a part of that group up until a few years into college when I learned to play guitar at 21 and started my solo career in 2012.
    • How long have you been performing: 22 years
    • First country song you learned: The first country song I ever performed was probably “Who I am” by Jessica Andrews. In general, I’m not sure; I grew up listening to country radio, so it could be any number of songs. It might have been something like ‘Finally Friday’ by George Jones. The station we listened to played it every Friday morning at 8AM when my dad was driving me to school.
    • How would you describe your sound: It has definitely varied over my career. ‘Those Days’ is more of a country rock sound, while my ‘Muddy Boots’ album is more of the 90’s country vibe. A lot of the songs I’ve been writing lately have a theme of self-growth and paying homage to the people who support me in my life, with a bit more of an americana flavor.
    • Who inspires you: As a music answer, Dolly Parton is inspiring in her songwriting, her voice, the way she can play the guitar with her long nails, and just the way she gives back to the world. I’m also really inspired by Lori McKenna, who is a local songwriter from Stoughton, because she has the ability to write these songs that just really hit you in the heartstrings. Also, Brandi Carlile is incredible. I saw her perform at Levitate Music Festival last summer, and not only is her voice incredible, but she put on an awe-inspiring performance with a command and stage presence that was just out of this world. As a non music answer and in the grand scheme of things, anyone who is striving to live their life by authentic, mindful design and lives in a way that promotes kindness and love for themselves and others. If someone can hurt you and you can find a way to meet that hurt by choosing to love instead- that is inspiring.
    • Awards/accolades : ProCountry Female Artist of the Year, Global Rising Song Grand Prize Winner, New England Music Awards “Country Artist of the Year” Nominee.
    • Dream duet partner: Dolly Parton: she has an angelic voice, meaningful lyrics, and is just wonderful in all aspects of her career and the way she walks in this world to spread love and kindness. She created her Imagination Library program which gifts books to children from birth to age five, every month, for free – I mean, she is just a beautiful soul.
    • Favorite country throwback song: “Austin” by Blake Shelton. I love the beautiful story of it and I think that’s probably the song that first made me fall in love with country music.
    • First country concert: Alan Jackson & Sara Evans, back when it was the Comcast Center – my mom took me and two of my friends Freshman year of high school. We sat on the lawn, and two guys peed in the bushes behind us – my mom was mortified. It was very memorable. lol
    • Day Job: Full time musician going on 10 years, although sometimes I’ll walk dogs for investment cash.
    • Most proud moment: Moving to Nashville, TN by myself and living there for six years, living off music and growing in my craft. I am also just proud of the person I am and how I choose to navigate through life. I am a pretty brave and go-getting individual, and when something goes off course, I always find my way back to a path I want to be on.
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: I have a few: I had the privilege of singing ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ to Randy Travis, twice; ‘God Bless America’ in front of Wynonna Judd; and I also won a contest, back in 2018, for writing a jingle for Kellogg’s Pringles, which paid for five of my music videos.
    • Other things you like to do: Being with family and friends, learning new skills and trying new things, reading for knowledge, hiking, camping, road trips, and anything where I get to work with my hands or challenge myself.
    • Fun facts: In 2021 and 2022, I went on an 81-day, and then a 68-day, cross-country road trip by myself in my Prius, and volunteered at 15 chapters of a non-profit organization called ‘National Angels’, which supports youth and their families in foster care. It was an incredible growth experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and who I am outside of music.
    • Mantra: I kind of live by mantras so we could be here all day, but I’ll name a few: I think the most life-changing quote I heard from a young age that helped shape my tenacity is ‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it’. ‘She believed she could, so she did.’ always helps remove fear from any challenge I come across, and I also try and walk through life with ‘The Four Agreements’ in mind. If you haven’t read that book, I highly suggest it; it changed my whole perception of the world. Finally, the ones I put in my senior yearbook still ring true: ‘One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching’ and ‘Life is too short to be cool.’”
  • The Shows

    Catch Sarah performing live in the up coming weeks at the following places:
    5/31:  Bistro- 781- Waltham, MA
    6/1:  Abington Alehouse -Abington, MA  & Liam McGuire’s -Falmouth, MA
    6/2:  Annual Brunch Show– Middleboro, MA (Tickets Available at www.SarahMartinMusic.com)
    6/7:  Liam McGuire’s -Falmouth, MA
    6/8: Bistro 603 -Nashua, NH
    6/9:  Abington Alehouse Abington, MA
    6/14:  Bistro 603 Nashua, NH
    6/21:  Bistro 781 Waltham, MA
    6/23: Crossing Nines at Granite Links- Quincy, MA
    6/27:  Weqausett Resort & Golf Club– Harwich, MA
    6/28: Crossing Nines at Granite Links Quincy, MA
    Full Show schedule can be found at www.SarahMartinMusic.com/shows

    Sarah Martin

     

     

  • The Social Network

    Stay up to date with Sarah’s shows, new music and happenings by following her social media sites. Make sure you like the pages!

    website logo instagrqam tiktok logo  facebook logo

  • Pics and Posts

    sarah martin

    @sarahmartinmusic

    For the days that suck something special! Like and share! Presave link in the bio #thosedays #newmusic2021 #countryrock #fypage #countryfan

    ♬ original sound - Sarah Martin

    Sarah Martin holding guitar on stage and belting out a song

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    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches. *Singer/songwriters with original music: Please submit for consideration on The Local Catch by emailing: [email protected] Mic - local catch

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