American country singer Sarah Darling is one of the most loved artists in the genre and the singer’s continuous love affair with the UK has made her a household name in the fast growing UK scene. In fact Darling’s deep affection for all things British has meant that she has based herself in London to record her eagerly anticipated fifth studio album.
The honoury Brit laid the early foundations for the album, with Mark Bright ((Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) in the city of Nashville where she now lives after relocating from her native Iowa aged 19. Sarah then relocated to London for the summer of this year where she has spent the past several months working with acclaimed writer/producers Ash Howes (Kylie, Gabriella Aplin) and Pete Hammerton (The Shires, Wandering Hearts, Shane Filan) and with songwriters including the likes of Shelly Poole (Paloma Faith, Mel C, Sam Bailey) and Jessica Sharman (Ward Thomas).
Speaking about working in Britain for her new record, Sarah says: “Over the past couple of years, I have spent an ever greater amount of time in the UK. While Nashville will always remain my musical base, the UK has become a second home to me, both musically and in spirit. I feel so fortunate to be working with such talented musicians and artists in the UK, and I am excited to share the new direction of my music with fans everywhere.”
So far, 2018 has seen Sarah Darling’s musical output pushing beyond the realms of country and further developing her sound. With pop sensibilities and clear-cut hooks creeping into the mix, the songs – some of which she has performed during her recent live shows and headline tour back in March.
The new tracks show that she is very much building on the massive success of her breakout album Dream Country which was released back last year.
Latest single ‘Diamonds’ is a clear indicator of what fans can expect from the new record which is due for release in January of next year. The stunning piano led track was mixed by Ash Howes and mastered by Nigel Walton (Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Richard Ashcroft), and was inspired by real life events and has deeply personal significance for Sarah. Through her masterful storytelling ‘Diamonds’ holds a tone of relatability for listeners all over the world as Sarah puts it, “the song is a reminder that life is a journey with a lot of ups and downs. It’s the struggles that bring out the beauty. I’ve been to the bottom and literally had to pull myself back up, and I’m grateful for the whole adventure, not just the fun glittery parts. I think of how many wonderful things just need a little time and patience.”
We at Belles and Gals cannot wait for the New Year to have Sarah Darling’s new album in our hands and on repeat.