Western New York has a new entry to the indie female singer / songwriter genre, and she is making quite a splash in the industry. Sara Elizabeth picked up her first guitar on her ninth birthday and has since added piano, ukulele, and harmonica to her repertoire to help support her alto vocals. Sara’s debut album,On The Rise, showed off her sophisticated compositional techniques and was released to critical acclaim.
On The Rise was released June 8, 2012 and celebrated with a release party at Babeville’s Ninth Ward in Buffalo, New York. Sara has spent the time since then playing shows throughout Western New York supporting the album. Sara has also been writing new material, though no announcement on a second album has officially been announced yet.
On The Rise was named after its title track, an uplifting song that encapsulates the mood of the entire album—“Hey now, life’s on the rise. It shines so brightly in your eyes.” Other key tracks on the album include its opener, “I Think I Better”, and closer, “And That’s All.” For all the On The Rise recordings and supporting live shows, Sara was accompanied by Joe Thomas on drums / percussion and Anthony Rideout on bass.
Sara’s musical influences include The Beatles, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson. While getting her Bachelor of Arts in Music (concentrating on Composition and Music Technology) from the University at Buffalo, Sara met her eventual bandmates Joe and Anthony. Rideout appeared on Sara’s 2011 EPDarling I’m Not Yours before being joined by Thomas on On The Rise. She has already played performances at such notable Western New York venues as Babeville’s Ninth Ward, The Town Ballroom, Western New York Folk Festival, Nietzche’s, Water Street Music Hall, Music is Art, and live on CW23’s Winging It! Buffalo Style. Following the release of On The Rise, both Thomas and Rideout left to pursue postgraduate degrees. Sara is currently transitioning to Josh Schlabach on drums / percussion, whom she met through a mutual friend in the industry. She is still in search of a permanent bassist.
Best of Western New York’s Bob Silvestri 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.” Blogger Joey Tell raved, “Sara’s musical talents will take her places if she continues to grow and cultivate her many great talents through original music CD releases like On The Rise. The vocal harmonies and mandolin playing on this particular song are excellent.” With a strong set of experiences behind her and a bright future ahead, Sara is primed for years of success!