LIVE REVIEW: Sarah Darling @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire Opening for Jamie Lawson

Last night (Thursday, May 2nd)  US Country sweetheart Sarah Darling endeared herself to her growing British fanbase even more by flying in especially from Nashville in the morning in order to perform a five song set at the iconic, structurally beautiful O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue in London where Indie-Pop artist Jamie Lawson was headlining.

Darling who also toured with Lawson during a selection of his European dates last month was a special guest for one night only on the UK leg of his tour and the Iowa native blew the crowd away with her gorgeous, acoustic set where she was accompanied by British session musician Chris Smith.

Sarah kicked off the evening of live music with a performance of her hit ‘Call Me’ which is taken off her forthcoming LP ‘Wonderland‘ which drops on June 7th and promises to be one of the standout releases of 2019. The track went down a storm with loud cheers from the London audience.

Darling then launched into newest release ‘Fire’ which is an inspirational ballad about dream chasing. Something the multi-talented artists embodies throughout her music and was evident in the fact that she flew direct from Nashville for this show and one interview, all because of that fire that is within herself.

The sweet adopted Brit then took things back to 2017 with a breathtaking rendition of fan favourite ‘Where Cowboys Ride’, a song which the American stated she had always dreamed of “performing in a space like this”. The beautiful Shepherd’s Bush Empire is the perfect kind of venue for the dreamy sound of Sarah Darling and it made this gorgeous song even more beautiful.

It was then time for another taste of the ‘Wonderland’ record with the Nashville based artist performing ‘Shine’. A song which is now dedicated to her loyal UK fans and she was quick to thank the European’s for their love and support before delivering a note-perfect rendition of this sweet track.

Sarah then closed out her short but sweet set with a heartfelt rendition of ‘Montmartre’ which was dedicated to her British husband James Muriel. The couple recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary and Darling asked the audience to hold up their phones in order to create a city of lights within the Shepherd’s Bush. This made for a truly atmospheric end and despite a little feedback at the end, the song still sounded divine.

Sarah Darling’s angel like vocals were made to be heard on stage as beautiful as Shepherd’s Bush Empire’s and last night she no doubt won a whole host of new fans. She has an ability to transport listeners anywhere in the world and last evening she took the London crowd on a stunning 5 song journey.


Laura Klonowski

Qualified music journalist! Writing single/album/live reviews, feature articles, interviews, and news pieces. Portfolio: Twitter: @cherylssoldier1 Instagram: @musicandtournews Email: [email protected]

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