FEM147 From Label Deal To Blazing Her Own Trail As An Indie With Sarah Darling
Sarah Darling, an established country singer/songwriter from Nashville, talks about her life as a musician.
Growing up in a little farm town in Iowa to Nashville at age 21, Sarah has been singing since she could talk and started playing shows at age 14. She got her first label deal in 2008 and in 2012 her breakout single, Home to Me, first aired on Sirius XM’s The Highway. It became the top selling single by a female artist in 2008 and sold over 8,000 copies in the first week. This led to appearances on Conan O’Brien and opening for artists such as Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.
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Branding before the label deal
Branding is important
Figure out what you’re trying to say
Really trust your instincts because you’re never going to go wrong when it’s you
Felt like she had a mission statement when Dream Country was released
Does all her own booking in the US
Has a booking agent in the UK
Believes booking your own shows is great experience
Booking your own shows expands your comfort zone
Streams of Income
Find merch that is unique to you
BMI Royalty checks
Multiple streams of income keep her afloat
The Importance of Community for Independent Artists
Surround yourself with people that are not only your friends, but that can give you great advice
Has learned a lot from other independent musicians
Being in a community that makes you want to be better is important
Living in Nashville makes her a better musician and forces her out of her comfort zone
Bree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007. She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic