Sarah Holgate

Sarah Holgate

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

We create something that is unique and engaging, best described as an eclectic mix of pop and rock with more than a hint of jazz and classical influence. My music ranges from dramatic orchestral ballads to funky beats and humorous, upbeat, feel-good, smiley music. Sing, dance, and have fun!

Biography

I’m gonna keep this simple because just like most people, I’m still trying to find my place and understand how I fit into this world. One thing I did learn early on is that music is a constant, a compass for me, and I love and connect with it more than anything else. I have had many amazing and wonderful experiences so far and I consider myself very lucky to have the chance to share what I love most with all of you. Thank you all for supporting me whether you’re just listening for the first time, or a die hard fan. ~Sarah

A little bit about me

I was Born in Scranton PA, Sept 12, the year of the dog.
I grew up in the small town of East Benton, somewhere between the farms, the post office, the fields, the church, and the woods.
I grew up in a very creative and musical household
I’m the third of six siblings (inevitable middle-child angst)
I started playing piano at age 7, learning by ear some tunes taught to me by my Dad. Then soon after began taking formal lessons with Ray Cramer in Dalton PA. Through high school I studied mostly classical and a little bit of jazz
I started singing as a very small child, but was way to shy to sing in public, but I got over it when I was about 14, and haven’t stopped since
I wrote songs all through high school, usually during math classes…
I studied piano for a while at both The Eastman School of Music, and Penn State University
I released my first album, “Welcoming the Night” back in June, 2004
For the next few years I spent time performing and promoting that album, then I took time off to go back to school, did more writing, did some travelling, finally came back to recording
I released my latest album, “Somewhere Past Distraction” in December, 2009

Music on my frequent playlists lately: Jason Mraz, Ani Difranco, India Arie, Joni Mitchell, Susan Graham, Amy Winehouse, Nancy Wilson, Chopin, Mozart, Maroon Five, Incubus, John Mayer, John Denver, Colbie Caillat, Jack Johnson, Harry Connick Jr, Billie Holiday, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple

Fun facts about me:

I’ve seen every single episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman many times. I own an “I love Sully” T-shirt you can get one too, by clicking here.
I’m creeped out by dolls, especially when they’re headless or heads without bodies.
I went to Australia, saw Kangaroos, then ate them. Delicious.
When I was about ten, my brother Eric (bass player), “accidentally” rode over my head with a BMX bike, leaving tire tracks.
My dog Matilda is very cute and she is afraid of mops.

Lyrics

Wrong Turn

Written By: Sarah Holgate

It’s nothing more than I had hoped for
Another turn around, carefully placed
Only seconds from my opening statement
I called it again, called it again
Call me uncertain
But I wandered in perfectly okay
It wasn’t till I hit the hallway that I felt it again
I felt it again
And I’m still running away

Oh why am I trying to adhere to such sentiments
That haven’t meant so much to me
Oh something has changed
My mind again seems to have it’s own agenda
Like a deficit to the attention
And I’m thinking about this and that and oh no

I think I made a wrong turn somewhere past distraction
Here I go again
Oh, it’s not quite good, not quite bad
But it’s definitely throwin me off
A wrong turn some overreaction
Seems to be all that I ever find
Yeah it happens every time

I’m crossing this street for the third time
Someone’s been moving my stop signs
But if you had any clue what starlight can do
To sadly affectionate eyes, you’d know why

My mind again seems to have it’s own agenda
Like a deficit to the attention
And I’m thinking about this and that and oh no

I think I made a wrong turn somewhere past distraction
Here I go again
Oh, it’s not quite good, not quite bad
But it’s definitely throwin me off
A wrong turn some overreaction
Seems to be all that I ever find
Yeah it happens every time

A wrong turn, somewhere past distraction
Here I go again
Oh, it’s not quite good, not quite bad
But it’s definitely throwin me off
A wrong turn some overreaction
Seems to be all that I ever find
Yeah it happens every time

Easier Done Than Said

Written By: Sarah Holgate

I hang up the phone and turn your picture over
I can’t think about this anymore
We’ve said too many words, can’t remember what I said
Or what I meant, or what you heard

It’s too much, too soon, too far away from you
Holding on with hello’s and goodbyes through telephone lines
Unravelling and fumbling through
Trying way to hard to get this right

When it’s so much easier done than said
I’m tired of explaining
And you’re too far away for me to make this clear
It’s easier done than said
So come here

I’ve never been good at this sort of thing
I always end up panicking
I tend to run away
And I feel the words falling from my lips
I know I’m sabotaging this with every word I say

It’s too much, too soon, too far away from you
Holding on with hello’s and goodbyes through telephone lines
Unravelling and fumbling through
Trying way to hard
Trying way to hard to get it right

When it’s easier done than said
I’m tired of explaining
And you’re too far away for me to make this clear
It’s easier done than said
So come here

Come here, and make it all better
Tell me we’ve still got time
Forget about the words we said
And get here tonight
Some things are still uncertain
But one thing I know for sure
All this waiting is breaking us
I don’t wanna wait anymore

I’m tired of explaining
And you’re too far away for me to make this clear
It’s easier done than said
It’s so much easier done than said
So come here
Come here

Such Love

Written By: Sarah Holgate

So close, soft breeze, touching me skin
In tiny drops the mist of fog kisses me again and again
No hesitation, simple and real
I’ve been rescued by a faraway heartbeat
When to think, I thought I forgot how to feel

And I want this, such love
Such life-saving heaven, oh, more than anything
I want this, such love
Oh, the kind that changes everything
Oh, everything

So close, but not quite
Huddled in the clouds
The cooling waters wait to spill down
Unsettled, fall down
Fall down like you’ll never stop
And cover me up, cover me now
I’d give everything I’ve got
If raindrops could be enough somehow

Such love,
Such life-saving heaven, oh, more than anything
I want this, such love
Oh, the kind that changes everything

Oh we’ve had enough fighting, dying
Oh we’ve had enough hopeless tears
Is there any way that something new
Can happen here…..here

So close, but not quite
How much longer will it be
I know it’s near
Send it here
Please

Buttercup Tattoos

Written By: Sarah Holgate

Grass stains, muddy shoes
A small price for the chance to view
A tiny society underneath a stone
Ice cream, funny faces, silly races
So many places left to go

I still remember buttercup tattoos
And how kitchen spoons became guitars
That could play any tune
And flying machines were made of swings and sliding boards
And piles of leaves could catch you where you fall
Wonderin, “What was I so worried for?”

I can’t turn around, I’m too scared of falling down
Seeking smiles in pretty cages
Finding only upside-down frowns
Little ones, afraid to speak, afraid to laugh
Afraid to seek better answers when
“Because I said so’s” have worn themselves out

I still remember buttercup tattoos
And how kitchen spoons became guitars
That could play any tune
And flying machines were made of swings and sliding boards
And piles of leaves could catch you where you fall
Wonderin, “What was I so worried for?”

They say that love is blind, but I prefer it open-eyed
Broken minds and broken hearts still move in perfect time
People fall apart, still scared of the dark
Growing up and growing lost shouldn’t have to be this hard

I still remember buttercup tattoos
And how kitchen spoons became guitars
That could play any tune
And flying machines were made of swings and sliding boards
And piles of leaves could catch you where you fall
Wonderin, “What was I so worried for?”
I still remember, buttercup tattoos and now
Years have made me older, but can it still be true,
that flying machines are made of swings and sliding boards?
And piles of leaves, still catch me when I fall
So I won’t be scared anymore
What was I so worried for?

Hello My Heart

Written By: Sarah Holgate

Hello my heart, I know it’s been a little while since I opened up your pages
And I know you probably think I’ve been neglecting you all this time
Well I can explain
Locking you away and freezing you up
Icy cold I tried to hide
I was giving up on you, just giving up on you
I was giving up

Icy cold, oh don’t you know that’s no way to live
Overflow, oh let it go
I wanna know how much, you can give
I’d like to see what this lovely sensation is
High flying getting warmer, keep it coming

And don’t stop thinking about it if you feel the way I do
I’m not giving up on it
I just can’t believe I’m really here,
And all because of you
How long has it been since I locked your love away
Well I’m giving it back again
I’m givin it back again
I’m givin it back
And I’m never gonna be the same….no

Heartbeats, oh so sweet, bringing me back, loving me back to life
Who knows where I’ll go, following you, my heart, and taking my sweet time
So many people so many things, I just gotta let them in
So I’m givin it back again
I’m givin it back again
I’m givin it back

Don’t stop thinking about it if you feel the way, you feel the way I do
I’m not giving up on it
I just can’t believe I’m really here
And all because of you
How long has it been since I locked your love away

Well I’m giving back to you
I’m giving it back to you
And I’m never, never, never, never, never gonna be the same
Never gonna be the same

Discography

Somewhere Past Distraction (album)
Sarah Holgate
Longfooter Productions 2009

Welcoming the Night (album)
Sarah Holgate
Longfooter Productions 2004

Love is a Battlefield
MC Paisan