Ahead of her 12-date UK & Ireland tour, Nashville’s Sarah Darling will release the single ‘Wasted’. Produced by Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascall Flatts) and written by Sarah with country hit songwriters Josh Osborne (Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt et al) & Marc Beeson (Blake Shelton, Leann Rhymes), ‘Wasted’ is the first music to be released in 2018. Damian Robinson caught up with Sarah to hear about her tour and new material.
Your new single ‘Wasted’ sounds fantastic, perhaps a perfect encapsulation of Nashville’s famous ‘High Lonesome’ imagery. For our readers still to hear the song, can you say a few words about what it’s about?
Thank you so much for the kind words! It’s one of those haunting country melodies that you feel lucky to be part of. This song touches upon addiction and how it affects the people we love. I wrote it 7 years ago after a late night call from a family member saying their marriage was being destroyed by alcoholism. They felt completely invisible. Of course, I had to write a song about it the next day. It’s brought a lot of healing which is so special as a singer-songwriter.
The track was written with Josh Osborne and Marc Beeson, two legendary songwriters. How does working with other contributors affect the writing of a song which is clearly so personal?
It’s amazing how personal you have to get when you are writing a song. I joke that it’s a special time when I truly get to say how I really feel! It was an honour to work with Josh Osborne and Marc Beeson; they really let me tell my story and experienced it with me.
Mark Bright produced ‘Wasted’ and we’ve heard that you’ve done some more work with him. Can you say a few words about what you’ve been working on and what might be coming soon?
Honestly, making new music in the studio is one of my favourite aspects of what I do! The waiting to release it is very hard! I am honoured to have recorded a few tracks with Mark Bright towards the end of the last year; he’s got such an amazing ear, but also allowed me to be me. There is a track that talks about finding Diamonds in the rough that I can’t wait for everyone to hear as well as not losing your shimmer and shine.
Is the sound of ‘Wasted’ a good indication of what the new material with Mark sounds like?
‘Wasted’ is a perfect introduction to the sound of where I’m going and the other tracks are even more cinematic. I want to continue to send the audience to a beautiful place in their mind.
You’re releasing ‘Wasted’ as part of your 12-date UK and Ireland tour. Which element of being a singer-songwriter do you prefer?
The live performances (‘singing’) or the songwriting? It’s such an equal love for me. I feel like it goes in waves or seasons really. I like those full-on writing and creating times and then I get excited and want to share it all with the world! I’m also a girl who loves to travel and experience a place.
‘Wasted’ is out now. Sarah will play Sage, Gateshead on March 13th and tickets can be purchased from sagegateshead.com.