(WTNH)– Sarah McGowan performs on Stage 8 with Nick Rapley and John Stallings.
Sarah began writing songs at the age of 14, performing her first original piece at a high school composition concert in her hometown of Darien, CT in 2007. She continued to write and perform locally. In 2010, Sarah began attending New York University, pursuing a B.A. in Music and Spanish. In the fall of her freshman year (2010), she made her New York City debut, playing at The Red Lion. Sarah played there 2-3 times a year between 2010 and 2012.
In 2013, she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 months and studied Latin American music, as well as how to play the charango, a South American stringed instrument. Living in South America was a huge inspiration for Sarah’s music.
When Sarah returned to the US in the summer of 2013, she began interning under producer J Chris Griffin at Engine Room Audio in Manhattan and learned music production and engineering. Around this time, Sarah started to evolve her musical style, graduating from the pop, Taylor Swift-inspired music of her teens to an edgier rock/folk style. She describes her sound as “sweet with an edge”.
Sarah’s songs are heavily inspired by such musical acts as Florence + the Machine, Feist, Regina Spektor, and Joni Mitchell. In December of 2013, Sarah and her backing band of NYU musicians played her first NYC show in almost a year and a half at Ella Lounge. Her most recent show was in February 2014 at Pianos. Newly graduated from NYU, Sarah is currently recording an EP of original songs that reflect her new rock sound. The EP will be released this summer.