BBH Presents...Sarah Sellers


Dallas-based singer-songwriter Sarah Sellers has a voice that’s silken but with swagger. Her phrasing and vocal melodies are steeped in classic R&B and soul, but her songwriting, and overall vibe, evokes the intrepid realm of soulful electro pop. In addition to her appearance on American Idol: Season 10, other career highlights include appearing on the same stages as Grammy Award-winning artists Paula Cole and Monica, and gracing stages from Brazil to New York City.

Sarah Sellers Beats By Her Dallas

 

SARAH SELLERS

How would you describe your musical style? Defining my music has been a work in progress over the last five years. I’m heavily inspired by electronic, pop, and R&B music. Five years ago, the music I was writing had more of a blues-pop sound, but a lot of what I’m listening to now has inspired a new Soulful Electropop sound. 

Who inspires your music? I get so much inspiration from exploring new music on Spotify. My roots are in blues, pop, and R&B but artists like Alina Baraz, RKCB, Charlotte OC, Jarryd James, Banks, SZA and so many more have found their way into my daily writing. There’s some incredible music being made right now and the further I dig the better it gets. 

When did you discover that you wanted to become a performer/artist? I’ve never wanted to do anything else but be a performer. I started singing when I was three years old and performing competitively at the age of six. I come from a very musical family so I guess you could say it’s in my bones. It hasn’t been the easiest journey and for a time I didn’t think a career in music was possible, but I’ve never been more clear of my path than now. 

How would you describe the Dallas music scene? I’m more and more impressed by the Dallas music scene every day. There is so much talent in this town and it’s amazing to see so many people doing their thing and going for it. The more artists I discover and meet, the more I’m realizing how eclectic the scene really is. 

When it comes to style, what would we find in your closet right now? Black, black and more black! I’ve had pink hair for a little over two years now. When I first dyed my hair I was still wearing a lot of color and I started feeling like a cartoon character. So black definitely became a staple in my wardrobe. I’m very introverted but also quite a romantic so those dark, moody tones in my personality definitely influence how I dress. 

 

Sarah Sellers Beats By Her Dallas 

If you could choose an artist (here or passed) to perform with, who would be your selection? I recently did a fun article for a music blog about my “Dream Tour”. The current musical landscape is influencing me so heavily right now so I would love to perform with those influencing this new music. Alina Baraz, Banks, RKCB, and Jarryd James would be a few of my picks.

What has been a highlight on your musical journey so far? It took stepping away from music and going through a really difficult time in my life to realize that my soul is in music. No matter how far away I tried to go that voice in my head never diminished. I’ve been pulled to music my entire life. When I made the decision to never give up again something happened and I’ve never felt more creative and aware of what I want. I’m thankful for everything I’ve experienced that got me to where I am today.

What challenges have you faced? I’ve faced quite a few obstacles over the years but the most substantial and influential challenges were losing a record deal when I was 19 and losing my marriage when I made the decision to no longer run away from music. It took going through these experiences to realize how important it is to stay true to who you are at your core. 

Once I lost my record deal and a few other opportunities at a young age I really battled my insecurities. Without a solid support system around me I wasn’t self-aware enough to keep pushing forward. When I gave up on that part of myself I tried to move forward but there was a falseness that existed that completely ate me up. Unfortunately that resulted in an even larger loss with my marriage but what I’ve learned in life is that no matter what, you have to be true to who you are. Because of these challenges I feel like my music is much more authentic than the music I was writing before. I’m no longer afraid to dive in and really explore who I am as an artist.  

Advice to new artists just getting started? Just go. Put one foot in front of the other and your path will start to reveal itself. I had no idea what I was doing. I just started creating and collaborating with people better than me and the pieces started to fall in to place. And of course…be you! There’s nothing more simple and more powerful than just being who you are. 

What can we expect to see from you in 2017? I’m working on finishing my new EP and lots of performing! I’ve been writing new music for almost two years now. So I’m ready to get it out there! 

Sarah Sellers Beats By Her Dallas

 

See Sarah Sellers live on 2/15 inside the beautiful Foundation Room. Grab your tickets here.