Singing Her Story.
Story-telling through music has always been the heart of the matter for BOSTON-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Kervin. Schooled in jazz and classical, this Atlanta native came north VIA New York CITY with a soulful sound and inspired writing that blends modern and classic influences to "take you to the place where your heart is smiling" (MuzikReviews).
Sarah's musical roots began to grow at age four, writing songs about Gus, the class hamster, at the piano. Equal parts Sara Bareilles and Bon Iver, her music has history, soul, and a inquisitive worldview balanced with the optimism of a small town girl making her way in the big city. Her music is influenced by the complex harmonies of jazz, the inspired messiness of gospel, the melancholy passion of the blues, and the frankness and openness of storytelling. Her strong, soulful vocals, hypnotic lyrics, and dense sonic textures mix with driving rhythms to embody discovery, independence, and self-exploration.
Sarah couldn’t decide between her love for piano, saxophone, and singing, so she attended school to study them all. She attended the University of South Carolina and the University of North Texas, where she studied and played a wide range of genres — from opera to jazz to pop to salsa. When she began writing songs, she realized that they didn’t fit neatly into any of these genres, so she embarked on a journey to make her own sound as a singer-songwriter.
Sarah has received international recognition as a performer and songwriter, including as winner of The Recording Festival in 2017, the Indie International Songwriting Competition in 2017, a finalist in the NewSong Competition at Lincoln Center, a semi-finalist in the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, six Downbeat Student Music Awards, the Jazz Education Network Composition Award, and research grants in Vocal Pedagogy from the Magellan Foundation. She has shared the stage with great artists such as Jon Hendricks, the Manhattan Transfer, Ben Folds, the Fort Worth Symphony, and Howard University’s Afro Blue, and performed as part of the 2008 Beijing Pre-Olympic Ceremonies. In 2015, Sarah collaborated with the Joyful Heart Foundation to create a special video for her single “The Least You Could Do” to raise awareness for survivors of domestic violence. Sarah also teaches voice as a member of the voice faculty at the renowned Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in order to rehabilitate injured singers.