With her smoky vocal style and signature blonde curls, Sarah Dashew has rapidly carved out her own niche in the independent music scene. Her music is highly relatable – balancing strength and vulnerability, depth and whimsy – and exudes Dashew’s spirit and personality in every lyric and melody. Drawing upon influences as diverse as James Taylor and Prince, her unique style walks a fine line between folk, pop, country and soul.
Dashew recently completed recording a new 5 song EP to be released spring 2014. It’s a soulful journey of healing and heart, featuring some of the best musicians in California.
Sarah grew up sailing the high seas with her family (her dad is a boat designer), listening to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Van Morrison, and Janis Joplin – references recognizable in Dashew’s voice today. Inspired by song since her early childhood, Dashew acknowledged music as her calling after watching a soulful gospel performance in college. From there, she moved to Austin, TX where she learned to write and perform alongside local favorites.
Dashew’s first album, Jealous Girl, debuted in 2006 and was produced by Chuck Plotkin (of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan fame). Jealous Girl was applauded by reviewers, who called her work “rhythmic and super fresh,” and said it was “full of content, passion and sweetness.” Two singles off the album were featured on the hit NBC show My Name Is Earl and another was included on the celebrity playlist of ABC’s Ugly Betty.
In 2010, Sarah released her follow up album Where I Belong to unanimous critical praise (The Huffington Post wrote, “When I heard this singer’s voice, chills ran down my spine. I thought to myself, My God, what a great voice. Why haven’t people heard about her?”) and successful tours throughout the Western United States.
Last year Dashew completed her third solo album, her most personal work to date. To emphasize that intimacy Sarah played every instrument on the album’s ten tracks and produced the self-titled work. The result was a stark, clear emotional journey that makes the leap from ear to heart in one fell swoop.
Dashew has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and continues to play local gigs in the Los Angeles area. She is touring the US in 2014 to spread the news about her new EP.
Sarah currently resides in Los Angeles with her beautiful, goofy standard poodle, Luca.