Sarah Dashew

Sarah Dashew

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Relentlessly honest and soulful, singer-songwriter Sarah Dashew has that magical combination of confidence and restraint that just draws you in. “When I heard this new singer’s voice, chills ran down my spine. I thought to myself, My God, what a great voice. ”-HUFFINGTON POST

Biography

With her smoky vocal style and signature blonde curls, Sarah Dashew is rapidly carving out her own niche in the independent music scene. Her music is highly relatable – balancing strength and vulnerability, depth and whimsy – and exudes Dashew’s spirit and personality in every lyric and melody. Drawing upon influences as diverse as James Taylor and Prince, her unique style walks a fine line between folk, pop, country and soul.

Dashew (pronounced like “cashew” with a “d”) most recently released her sophomore album Where I Belong; a ten track set which blends her personal journeys of love, place, and belonging. A quick glance at titles like “Call Me Your Girl,” “Take Me In,” and “Everywhere You Go,” allude to the thematic nature of its content. The title track — and the album’s first single — is a light, sweet love song with a spirited horn solo that sets an upbeat tone for the rest of the album. In addition to writing and performing every track on the album, Dashew also co-produced the project with Los Angeles based producer Eric Peterson.

Sarah grew up sailing around the world with her family (her dad is a boat designer), listening to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Van Morrison, and Janis Joplin – references recognizable in Dashew’s voice today. Inspired by song since her early childhood, Dashew acknowledged music as her calling after watching a soulful gospel performance in college. She joined the choir and later moved to Austin, TX where she learned to write and perform alongside local favorites.

Dashew’s first album, Jealous Girl, debuted in 2006 and was produced by Chuck Plotkin (of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan fame). Jealous Girl was applauded by reviewers, who called her work “rhythmic and super fresh,” and said it was “full of content, passion and sweetness.” Two singles off the album were featured on the hit NBC show My Name Is Earl and another was included on the celebrity playlist of ABC’s Ugly Betty.

Dashew has toured throughout the United States and Europe, and continues to play local gigs throughout the Los Angeles area. In her live performances, she has that magical combination of confidence and restraint that just draws you in. She often does something truly unique to close her show – she calls it a “love rant” and it falls somewhere between a free-style rap and a preacher’s sermon.

Sarah currently resides in West Hollywood with her beautiful, goofy standard poodle, Luca.

“When I heard this new singer’s voice, chills ran down my spine. I thought to myself, My God, what a great voice. Why haven’t people heard about her? That’s why I had to tell you all about new singer/songwriter, Sarah Dashew. If you like a folksy-style of singing and really good quality music, I highly recommend her.”-HUFFINGTON POST

“Sarah Dashew is an amazing musician. She’s like Janis Joplin meets Sheryl Crow, but with better hair! On stage, she’s 100% rock, and controls a room better than a Baptist Preacher…” -CWG

"With her authentic sound and straight from the heart lyrics,
singer/song writer, Sarah Dashew, is a rare gem among the many carbon copies found in the music industry.“ -REVIEW FIX

“Yes, she freestyles. And to slip into hip-hop parlance, I have seen her do it, and it’s not only ‘dope,’ but also ‘off the chain.’” -THE REGISTER-GUARD

“Like any musician, Sarah Dashew is looking for fame and fortune. But the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter is the kind of artist possessing the talent and dedication to actually achieve her lofty goals.” -SELF MAGAZINE

Lyrics

Take Me In

Written By: Sarah Dashew

If I go too far out into the night
Bring me in bring me in
If I come to you looking for a light
Take me in take me in
Hold me rock me
Kiss me knock me down
Take me in
If I am crying and I don’t have my words
Speak for me speak for me
If I am spinning down into the ground with a hurting
Comfort me comfort me
Hold me rock me
Kiss me knock me down
Take me in
I got this tether around me
Will you tie one end to your waist
And hold it so it surrounds me
So I don’t float away
If I’m on fire with a burning
Bring me water bring me water
If I am frozen down with a shivering
Make it hotter make it hotter
Hold me rock me
Kiss me knock me down
Take me in.

Discography

- Where I Belong (released 2010, available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby) has 10 tracks. "Take Me In" was featured on Ugly Betty's celebrity playlist.
- 5 Holiday Songs EP (released 2008, available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby)
- Jealous Girl (released 2006, available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby) has 12 tracks. "Jealous Girl" and "Hash It Out" were featured on the hit TV show My Name Is Earl.

Set List

1. Call Me Your Girl
2. Texas
3. Jealous Girl
4. Take Me In
5. Almost Here
6. When Doves Cry (Prince)
7. Traveling Moon
8. Where I Belong
9. Everywhere You Go (plus the love rant with lots of improvising and rhyming and thoughts on life)