“Anything Is Possible” – SaraBeth
It has been a busy summer here on the blog and it has been a busy summer again for Country music over here in the UK. Back in June at the beginning of festival season I caught up with SaraBeth to discuss her music. Now with her new record Full Speed Ahead out and performing well both over here and in the States and with a successful UK tour completed, here is the interview we did to chase those post gig blues away! Complete with some inspiring words for aspiring writers, the Texas born Country Singer-Songwriter talked us through her writing process and shed some light on the stories and inspirations behind her songs. Read on to find out more and if you saw her on tour let us know what your favourite moment of the tour was!
Can you tell me about your journey into Country Music?
Well I grew up in Texas so for me Country music is something I grew up on anything from Merle Haggard to Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, I listened to all of them and then it was just an instant love affair when I was really little. I remember my Great Grandma gave me Alan Jackson’s greatest hits on cassette tape and I was probably about five years old and I listened to that; there was a three hour car ride from my Great Grandma’s house to home and I listened to it non stop and from there I listened to Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain and it was always just a big part of me.
Where do you take influence from in your songs?
Kind of from everywhere, so for me it comes from real life experiences or maybe something I hear from a movie, I was watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and they said something and it just really inspired me to write a song so you honestly never know where inspiration will strike. Honestly, Glen Mitchell was talking to me and he said you never turn off as a songwriter as you’re always thinking could that be a song? That’s exactly what I think in my daily life everything’s taken down on my notepad or my iPhone.
What’s the strangest thing that you’ve ever written a song about?
Guacamole! I wrote a song called Holy Guacamole with an amazing artist called Maddie and Glen Mitchell. Glen and I also wrote a song called Girl Scout Cookie Monster, that one’s actually out there for the World to hear, you know girl scouts of America they sell cookies every year, it’s a big fundraiser but it also teaches girls about business and selling and social skills and things like that so I was at a radio station and we had to write a song in an hour and they gave us a topic and it just happened to be girl scout cookies so we wrote the song Girl Scout Cookie Monster. That’s the strangest and Guacamole, it’s like the food diaries of SaraBeth.
Can you talk us through your songwriting process or does it vary every time?
It does there’s no right or wrong way to write a song and that’s something that I really had to learn when I got to Nashville because I thought you know there’s going to be a right and a wrong and i’m doing it wrong, I’m saying too much or I’m saying too little and you realise really quickly that it’s a creative process and everyone does their own thing. Some people like to talk a lot, some people don’t like to talk at all, some people like to start with melody and some people like to start with words.Every day is a new day when it comes to writing songs.
What are your mid-gig thoughts?
Sometimes in the middle of the song I start to think, do I know this? What are the words? What’s coming up next? You get lost in the moment like in the guitar solo I’ll start thinking what are the words for the bridge? There’s lots of times when I think of what I’ve got to do after the show, most of the time I’m really focussed and I’m enjoying the crowd and sometimes I get self conscious like, what am I doing with my arms? Do I look exciting, do I look happy, am I smiling? It’s a mix of everything.
We always ask our artists for a quote, can you give us one?
Yeah so the title track off my latest record is Possible, anything is possible because I think it’s really important not just in music but if I didn’t believe in myself and believe in my dreams I wouldn’t be doing music but I think it’s so easy because the World can be very negative, we get fed a lot of negativity every day, on the news or even people just being rude so I just always tell people anything is possible. If you’re willing to go out there and work hard for your dreams then you can do anything you want to.
What’s next for you?
I’m filming a music video for You Rock My Rodeo and the new EP Full Speed Ahead is out now.
If you’re new to SaraBeth’s music, go check out the links below and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Full Speed Ahead!