"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Sarah Harralson
Thank you for chatting with us Sarah! What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why? The one that means the most to me is actually a song I released when I was 18, called, "Granddad". I wrote it for my Granddad after he passed away. He was a bluegrass musician and inspired me to pursue music. After he passed, I received his accordion and used the accordion in the recording of the song. It means the most to me because it reminds me of him and was also a stepping stone into pursuing music on my own.
You recently released your new single, "Put a Rock on This Rolling Stone" that you also co-wrote. Tell us about the writing process and where the idea came from. One of my co-writers had this title in his phone, and when he said it, it really stuck with me. I can definitely relate with feeling independent and feeling like a rolling stone in life, but also wanting to settle down someday. I think a lot of young people can also relate with that, so I knew it was a song I would want to write and record.
You are returning to the studio to begin work on new music. What has changed in your life between recording your last album and this one? My last EP, 'Watered Down Whiskey', was recorded with a different producer, and I was only 22 when that was released. I love that EP, but I do think my music and my craft has tremendously grown and become more mature in the past few years. I love the sound I am creating with my new producer, and I think even my voice is more controlled now. We go through different phases in life, but the experiences I've had in the last few years has led me to write better songs, and I am excited to share these new songs with the world.
Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it? Growing up, I was always surrounded by music and knew I wanted to pursue it in some form. I wrote my first song when I was ten, and moved to Nashville after high school. It was a short move from my hometown in Knoxville. A few years into Nashville, I had already released a couple EPs as an artist and knew I at least wanted to pursue the music industry as a songwriter, but began having doubts of being an artist. I felt that Nashville was already too saturated with female country artists and that maybe I should just be pursuing song cuts. It was around that time that my current producer, Johnny Garcia, said to me, "If you don't continue being an artist, you are making the biggest mistake of your life." And he was right. I'm glad I took that advice and it goes to show that it only takes one person to believe in your talent.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? At the end of the day, I just want people to take what they need from my music. Whether it's happiness or sadness or healing, I just want my music to make some sort of impact on someone. I write music for others, not just for me. I believe the whole purpose of music is to heal, so if people are talking about emotions and connections they felt with my music, then I know I am doing my job.
Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up? Definitely! Everytime my mom and I would cook a nice meal, she would usually have one of her CDs playing- everything from Elton John to Neil Sedaka to country classics.
Best food that comes in can? So normally I think canned chicken is disgusting, but if you are in a hurry and need something quick, just mix up the canned chicken with some mayo and shredded cheese, and make a grilled chicken & cheese sandwich out of it! It's absolutely delicious served that way.
If I was a bartender, what would you order? A whiskey ginger is always my go-to drink
What do you think is the most important meal of the day and why? Breakfast, for sure. It gives you so much energy for your morning, and also, I don't think I could live without breakfast food. From egg sandwiches to yogurt parfaits to souped-up oatmeal, how could you not love it?
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Right now it would be Jameson whiskey! I mention the brand in my new single, "Put a Rock on This Rolling Stone" and also love whiskey a little bit too much!
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