"When I write songs they are a product of my life experiences. When I perform them I am vulnerable. When you listen to them, they are yours. The lyrics express the past, present and future. Times you might relate to. Times you might wish to relive or forget. I write these songs for me and I share them for you." - Sarah Dearlove
Originally from Birmingham, the London based singer-songwriter Sarah Dearlove is passionate about electro piano driven songs and she plays with elegance and flair. Her performances are influenced by Tori Amos and Kate Bush and Sarah loves the theatre of David Bowie and Lana Del Rey. Picture this: a teenager dancing in a Birmingham kitchen to 'Wuthering Heights' feeling empowered and liberated. Transformed. Out of the proverbial domestic scene and into celestial bliss. Sarah Dearlove’s #CuriousSongStories take us on a journey through her mind, her highs and lows, love and loss and into a theatrical world of story telling through song.
Born and bred in Birmingham, as a child, Sarah performed regularly as a classical pianist and sang in choirs performing at many venues including the prestigious Symphony Hall. She moved to London with no job or anywhere to live and started her performance career as a singer-songwriter in Proud Stables, Camden. In addition to writing and performing her own songs, Sarah is a vocal coach, piano teacher and classroom music teacher. During lockdown, Sarah embraced livestreams and loved connecting with audiences all over the world on Instagram @sarahdearlovemusic and Facebook.
Music has helped Sarah to be kind to herself. She has been composing music and writing songs since she was a child and her teaching career meant her love of music was focussed on others and she put everything into helping children to feel the power of music. After 13 years of educating children in music, she decided to spread her wings and start a new chapter. Even though this has been a huge leap (and a global pandemic with lockdown happened!) this has been the most positive and exhilarating time of her life. This songbird has wings. Sarah Dearlove’s #CuriousSongStories have new feathers and she would like you to come fly with her.
Sarah's first single 'Marta/Martyr' was featured on the award winning podcast 'Women of Substance - Music with a Conscience Series.' During her lockdown online choir rehearsals, Sarah was introduced to a producer who wanted to work with her and help get her music out into the world. "I wrote Marta/Martyr about a girl called Marta but it's for anyone who has ever been in a coercive abusive relationship. The idea of carrying the weight of your partner's problems and putting yourself second in every way. All relationships require compromise and sacrifice and this song is about someone who didn't get the balance right."
Sarah's second single release 'Lines' told us about her experience with setting boundaries and creating barriers to success and happiness. "I wrote 'Lines' all about knowing your limits but also understanding when you need to push yourself. So much of the isolation I felt during lockdown made me realise what I need to do to be happier and more fulfilled but also how much of myself I am willing to give away in the process. When do you know to draw the line?"
Sarah released 'Brown Paper Bag' during Mental Health Awareness Week and it was played on BBC Radio Surrey alongside a 10 minute interview. She wrote this song over 10 years ago when she first moved to London. It's a popular song at gigs and it's finally had new life breathed into it by the award winning producer and all round awesome local recording studio owner, Andy Brook. "I wrote this song when I was feeling overwhelmed with the intimidating but amazing opportunities that the big smoke presented and often questioning whether I had what it takes. A global pandemic taught me to listen to my creative muses and get my music out there! This song is about panic, mental health and how some people deal with the highs and lows. I am so excited to share 'Brown Paper Bag' and I hope the song resonates with people and helps them deal with their darker moments. Music has certainly been a therapy for me and I hope this song resonates with people and if it helps them in a small way, I will certainly feel good about getting my music out there!"
Sarah is excited to announce that her debut album will be released in Spring 2022. She has had the privilege of collaborating with Josh Tyrrell at Telstar Studios (he worked with Lana Del Rey in New York) to record and produce three tracks on the album. Sarah wants to thank John Merriman at Crown Lane Studios for mastering the album and recording 2 songs. Andy Brook at the Brook Studios recorded and produced 3 songs and provided endless encouragement. Sarah released the single 'Perfect (two left feet)' in October to combat 'toxic perfectionism' and that unreasonable voice of self doubt that creeps in from time to time.
The next single release will be 'Little Misery' which was produced with Josh Tyrrell. This song was inspired by the idea of a strong force that controls our moods, cycles and tides. Sarah is fascinated by the history of women's mental health, the word 'lunatic' and the idea of the moon influencing the tide in all of us. We have come very far in our understanding and empathising with this unique feminine energy but we still have a way to go. 'Little Misery' will be released in the same week as Mind's campaign 'Time to Talk' which encourages people to reach out and talk about their mental health. Look out for Sarah's next single release on Friday 4th February 2022.