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Sara Elizabeth is a 22 year old indie singer/songwriter, musician, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist based in Western New York. Sara picked up her first guitar on her ninth birthday, at which point she began 8 years of classical and jazz training before turning to songwriting full time. She has since added ukulele, piano, banjo, and mandolin to her repertoire to help support her alto vocals, and is also a 2012 graduate of the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music. Often backing Sara Elizabeth is the talented bassist and fellow UB alumni Tom Varco, as well as a variety of talented percussionists.
Sara Elizabeth’s musical influences range from The Beatles, to Ingrid Michaelson and The Avett Brothers, to P!NK. According to Sara, she takes “the heart of folk music, the soul of the blues, the brain of classical, and the energy of modern indie rock and uses them to tell stories no one has ever heard before.” This is evident in her releases “Darling, I’m Not Yours [EP]” (2011), “On the Rise” (2012), and “Be Well” (2014), as well as in her intriguing live performances with her rhythm section.
According to Artvoice’s Kellie Powell, “Buffalo indie artist, Sara Elizabeth’s tender sweet voice could shred Lennon’s mellow ballads like, ‘All You Need Is Love.’” Best of WNY’s Bob Silvestri has noted, “The key to being above everyone else in the singer songwriter mélange is obviously to write good songs, and this talented girl has a few.” He later calls her a “mature artist…aware of herself, her craft, and her direction in life.”