Sarah Sample
Gig Seeker Pro

Sarah Sample

Sheridan, Wyoming, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Sheridan, Wyoming, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
Solo Americana Folk




"A collections that feels both intimate and all-inclusive"

A collection that feels both intimate and all-inclusive. It also marks Sample's best effort to date. - Spencer Sutherland -

"Slices of Americana Pop"

Sophisticated songcraft and stellar musicianship...slices of Americana-pop both timely and timeless in their delivery. - Dan Nailen - Salt Lake City Weekly

"A memory I will cherish..."

I was inspired, so touched by her music and by her energy on stage with the band as well as with the audience. A lovely memory I will cherish. - Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season


"Watching Sarah sing is like watching a red-orange gerbera daisy grow through time-lapse photography---- thickening and lengthening before your eyes as sun and shadow flick over a slightly shifting flower." - Herald Journal

"Fierce Following"

"I am inspired by the talent of local artists like Sarah. Her fierce following and many avid fans can't be wrong."
- Blair Larson of Utah Public Radio program "Fresh Folk."

"Sarah Sample"

"Sarah's lyrics and themes personally resonate and reach deeply. She is a gifted guitarist and songwriter who holds much promise."

- Dr. Elizabeth York, Music Therapy Director at Utah State University

"She Has Arrived!"

“It’s the same feeling I got when I first heard Sarah Mclachlan or Natalie Merchant. I knew was listening to a singer filled with confident clarity. I knew I was listening to a singer that can make big things happen with a whisper, and do it all to material that was provocative, clearly crafted, and smart. Thanks, Sarah. It’s great when friends become heroes.” - Vance Gillbert

"Wonderful Songwriter"

"As a person, Sarah Sample exudes a positive life-force...a sort of smiling, crackling energy. And then you hear her music and find she's a wonderful songwriter with a fine sense of craft and a real breadth of emotion. And boy can she sing....just a great, great voice."

- Peter Mayer

"New Standard of Comparison"

In a fair and just world, any girl who plays guitar-driven coffeehouse rock should not have to endure any Jewel/Sarah McLachlan comparisons since countless talent has come out of that style—and Sarah Sample is no exception. There are the obligatory weepy melodies that pair well with a hot latte (“Never Close Enough,” “A Sunrise or Two”), but Sample works best when she turns her music up to 6 (that’s the folk version of 11). From the country-tinged opener, “If You See Me Walking” to the southern-rocker “You Make It Easy,” Sample uses a full band to complement her wispy voice, never drowning out its beauty. While, lyrically, her songs never stray from diary-entry fashion (“We dreamed of a house on the edge of the city/ Three-car garage to hold all our SUVs”), Never Close Enough should become the standard of comparison for other female folksinger/songwriters—whether they’re from Alaska or elsewhere. (
- Ryan Bradford-SLC Weely

"Lyrical Content that Cuts to the Bone"

Sarah Sample might reside in Seattle but her heart and—judging by the shout-out to Provo Mexican eatery Diego’s on her new EP Born to Fly—taste for life’s little pleasures belong to Utah. The incredibly sweet folk goddess has spent the past several years refining her craft in several states, soaking up all the lessons and experience that make Born to Fly her best effort to date. Sample’s raw, graceful voice is stronger and more self-assured, enhancing lyrical content that cuts to the bone, most notably on the gut-wrenching “Mercy Me.” The album is further strengthened by producer Scott Wiley (who also worked on the new Fictionist LP) and contributors including Paul Jacobsen, Ryan Tanner and Pat Campbell, among other all-star locals, many of whom might make an appearance at one of her Utah shows. This week, Sample will appear at a series of intimate house concerts open to the public including Friday’s performance in the East Millcreek vicinity. For more details and to confirm a seat:
- Jamie Gadette - SLCWeely

"Songs Done Right"

"You’ve probably heard this song or some variation of it before, perhaps even hundreds of times. But when a song like this is done right it’s still great to hear. It would work perfectly in shows like Grey’s Anatomy or Gilmore Girls; in venues like Hotel Cafe, Joe’s Pub, or Schubas here in Chicago. It would appeal to your mother-in-law, sister, or sensitive friend." - songsillinois

"Intimate Tunes"

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

From the way that Sarah Sample handles herself, one would think she'd been born on the stage. Her eclectic style not only plays into the coffeehouse tradition but shapes and redefines it. The songs played at Monday's show would have been equally at home in a steamy jazz café or old-time saloon.

Her guitar playing shimmered as she spent the better part of the night ambling her way through a set that included everything from the sultry "Dancing in the Kitchen" to her newest number, "Speak Your Name," that she described simply as "genealogical." Watching her ease on stage and deft genre-jumping, it is hard to believe that Sample was ever the awkward, "Ramona Quimby-esque 8-year-old" that she described to the audience. Throughout all the stories and styles her performance held its roots in traditional folk, thanks largely to the accompaniment of the very-talented Stuart Maxfield who joined her on mandolin and violin.
- Utah Statesman- Zach Pendelton

"Pure Talent"

There’s nothing quite like the dreamy beauty of good folk pop such as this. The songs here feature a fine, velvety mix of gauzy sonic textures (like pedal steel guitar), straightforward guitar strumming, and gentle percussion and bass. While some beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there’s no questioning the elegant and gorgeous songs and production at work here. Sarah Sample is a pure talent, as her albums continue to prove. - CD Baby Editor-Peter


Still working on that hot first release.



About Sarah Sample:

Sarah Sample is an award-winning songwriter with a “raw, graceful voice” (Salt Lake City Weekly) and beautiful songs that weave a trail of stories through folk, Americana, and country and have garnered comparisons to Sheryl Crow, The Weepies, and Bonnie Raitt.

Redwing, Sample’s sixth album, features more of her cut-to-the-bone storytelling, framed with empathy and compassion, and told with the best singing of Sample’s career. Produced by Sample’s longtime producer Scott Wiley (Elliott Smith, Bonnie Raitt), Redwing came to life over a few weeks of sessions at June Audio in Provo, Utah.

Redwing is—among other things and in the grand tradition of albums—a breakup album. But this was no run-of-the-mill romantic heartbreak; Sample’s breakup was spiritual. She left the committed religion of her upbringing (and its stringent rules and by-the-book lifestyle) to chart her own spiritual course, with all the starting over, unmapped question marks, and personal reconstruction that come with it. In the process, she landed in Wyoming where, in her words, “the wide open spaces felt like open arms to me—the endless skies and horizons leave room for anyone to belong.” Redwing tells that story. And more.

Sample’s last album, ‘Til The Morning, paired her with songwriter Edie Carey as the two sang their favorite lullabies and songs of comfort, both wanting to bronze a bookmark for their years as mothers of young children. And that instinct proved to be inspired, as the collection won Best Children’s Album in the 2014 Independent Music Awards, the 2014 Parents’ Choice Gold Award (highest honor), and 2014 NAPPA Gold Award (also highest honor).

Sample has played several prominent festivals—Merlefest, Cayamo, Folks Fest, Sisters, Telluride, Kerrville (not to mention winning songwriting contests at most of them). She has also warmed up stages for artists like Darrell Scott, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Marketa Irglova, and Over The Rhine.

As a kid she bounced across the country, from Santa Barbara to Austin to Salt Lake City, and that experience and wanderlust has seeped into all six of her albums. She’s also a founding member of the folk-gospel collective The Lower Lights, who take on gospel classics from old hymnals as well as Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and even Stevie Wonder. She lives in the welcoming, wild wide open of Wyoming with her husband and two daughters.


Band Members