Sarah Vanell
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Sarah Vanell

Gilbert, Arizona, United States | SELF

Gilbert, Arizona, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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“With all of the talent available in the Valley, we are hiring her again for the 2010 Convention. I would highly recommend her!”

- Karolyn Kiburz, CMP Convention Coordinator (AZ State bar)


“Lyrically, melodically and in most other ways Sarah Vanell is all but Emotionally Discharged! This young talented singer/songwriter is just getting started on what is sure to be an amazing career filled with hit songs.”
- Platinum award winning producer/engineer Otto D'Agnolo


“Sarah is an incredibly talented and versatile musician. The commitment and passion she has for music is easily heard in every chord she plays and verse she sings.

I have booked her repeatedly for events and she has always exceeded expectations with her ability to play virtually any covers or offer a taste of her own lyrical magic.

She has been a pleasure to work with and a great success at all our events.”

- Luke Kircher, Meeting and Event Planner


"I listened to less than two bars on Sarah's ‘Fickle’ CD and had to have her on the show. Every note is deliberate, crystal clear. Her lyrics are thoughtful and her vocal range, playful. It's a magnificent combination. We prerecorded a song and some teases before the show and the entire crew was mesmerized while she performed, both in the studio and the control room. I've never seen anything like it before. I've been listening to ‘Fickle’ and ‘Icarus’ ever since, one set for the house and one for the car."
- Lee Hill (Television Writer/Producer)


"Sarah Vanell is an up and coming star to keep an eye on." - Tara Kissane (Director of the Arts, Higley, AZ)


“Sarah is the one the most talented singer/songwriters I’ve come across in years!” - Platinum award winning producer/engineer Otto D'Agnolo


"Sarah Vanell's performance is outstanding and nothing I have ever encountered before. Her voice gracefully pierces through her audience, capturing everyone's attention!"

- Lara Gladstone, Promotions and Booking at Club Red in Tempe


Ms. Vanell is unequaled in vocal talent in the Valley. - Scott Kelton, Food and Beverage Director Troon North Golf Club

"Listener's Review"

"Sarah, My family was on vacation in Scottsdale this week and we caught your show at Kierland resort where we were staying. You are fantastic. I couldn't believe the peacefulness of your voice. You have a wonderful talent. Just wanted to let you know that if you ever get to play in the Monterey, California area please e-mail us and let us know. We will pack the place for you."

-The Collins Family - Patrick Colllins

"Listener's Review"

"WOW! I heard you for the first time yesterday at the Arts Festival. Incredible voice, really nice CD. You're the best new artist I've heard in a long time. I'm thrilled to find you. Please stick with it - the world needs you."

-Bree Humphrey - Bree Humphrey

"Listener's Review"

"Sarah, I saw your performance at the Scottsdale Art Fair. You were FANTASTIC !! I purchased both of your cd's. Keep up the Great Performances. Maybe someday I'll hear you sing in my home state of Minnesota .Looking forward to more cd's !!! "

-Ward Hamlin - Ward Hamlin


"Olly, Olly, Ox I'm Free" 2010
"Emotional Discharge" 2008
"Fickle" 2007
"Icarus" 2005 (debut album)



Phoenix singer/songwriter, Sarah Vanell, has just finished recording her fourth album, Olly, Olly, Ox I’m Free. Armed with her piano and natural talent, she has truly mastered her own recipe for songwriting. Her inspired, unpredictable melodies mixed with witty and decisive lyrics, are all balanced out with her bold and candid performance. Vanell’s latest work takes listeners on a musical journey of ethereal tones and theatrical tendencies as she portrays each of her “characters” with conviction. No two songs sound alike, and that is part of Sarah’s charm. Listeners never know what they are going to get, but they are always pleasantly surprised.

Sarah comments on the final track of the album: “’Say When’ is the last song I wrote for the album, literally two weeks before heading into the studio. This is the closest I’ve come to writing a lullaby, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time,” Vanell references the birth of her first child. “I wrote more than half of my album while pregnant, and I remember wondering if having a child would change my writing, and I can answer that now…absolutely! I am more myself than ever. I have a greater confidence in my songwriting. As a mother and a songwriter, I try not to question my instincts. It is when I am open to the unknown that great things happen. That is how I feel about “Olly, Olly, Ox I’m Free.” It is my way of saying “Here I am world! I want to ‘play,’ but on my terms and in my own time.”

In 2005, Sarah entered the world of music with the soft-spoken and angelic debut album, Icarus. The soon to follow sophomore album, Fickle, would validate Sarah as a true songwriter in 2007, and as television producer Lee Hill describes, “…every note is deliberate, crystal clear. Her lyrics are thoughtful and her vocal range, playful. It’s a magnificent combination.” Then came her 2008 album, Emotional Discharge, and as Otto D’Agnolo (platinum award winning producer/engineer) describes, “Lyrically, melodically and in most other ways Sarah Vanell is all but Emotionally Discharged! This young talented singer/songwriter is just getting started on what is sure to be an amazing career filled with hit songs.”

And now with the release of her fourth album, Olly, Olly, Ox I’m Free, Sarah waits anxiously to see how her audiences will respond: “This album has been in the works for over a year and it feels so wonderful to finally share it with my fans. My only hope anytime I release an album is that my listeners make the songs their own. People often ask me ‘what or who is that song about or ‘what did you mean by…’ and I find it very hard to answer. For one, the meaning of a song for me changes all the time depending on what is going on in my life, but more importantly I would never want to deprive my listeners the experience of discovering what it means to them. I want them to feel like every song is truly theirs and that it too can change with their own life experiences.”

Notable Performances:

* P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
* Whisky a Go Go (L.A, CA)
* 2nd place in the Rogue Bar Electric Battle of the Bands
* 2009 BuFest (Malibu, CA)
* "AZ Chicks With Picks" Festival (Tempe, AZ)
* Chandler Ostrich Festival
* Opening for Atlantic Records group Love Arcade
* Opening for national recording artist David Pack
* Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
* Featured Music for ArtFest of Scottsdale
* Good Morning Arizona, Local Channel 3
* Arizona Midday, Local Channel 12
* SanTan Village Grand Opening
* Tempe Arts Festival
* Scottsdale Sunday A’Fair
* Chandler Culinary Festival
* Scottsdale Spring Arts Festival
* ArtFest of Scottsdale (Featured Music)
* 18th Annual Sedona Arts Festival
* 4th Ave. Winter Street Fair (Tucson, AZ)
* Arizona State Bar Convention
* Chosen member of 'Armed Forces Entertainment'


Kathy Renae