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Sara Elizabeth is a 25 year old indie singer/songwriter, musician, and storyteller 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, and after earning her Bachelors in music from the University at Buffalo, she turned to songwriting full time. Often backing Sara Elizabeth is the talented bassist and fellow UB alumni Tom Varco, as well as local drummer Josh Schlabach.
Sara Elizabeth’s musical influences range from The Beatles, to Mumford and Sons, to Andrew McMahon and Sara Barielles. 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), “A Very Sara Elizabeth Christmas: the acoustic EP (2013),” “Be Well” (2014), and the upcoming “Twenty Something,” as well as in her intriguing live performances with her rhythm section.
In addition to numerous music venues around WNY and the Northeast region, notable performances include The Town Ballroom (opener for Bedouin Soundclash), Babeville’s Ninth Ward, Music is Art Festival, Artpark, Sportsmen’s Tavern, The Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV), Jedd’s (Nashville, TN), and Water Street Music Hall (Rochester, NY).
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.” Or as Jeff Miers (Buffalo News) has said, “Bringing an indie-rock mentality to the modern folk-based troubadour school is Sara’s deal, and it’s working…she’s become one of the more buzzed-about artists on the local indie-pop scene.”