Sarah Buxton Biography
Last updated: 03/12/2010
Hi guys, I'm Sarah Buxton. Welcome to my brand new, updated biography! If you didn’t already know, I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. I started singing when I was 2 years old, when Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" came out. From then on my musical tastes expanded, of course, but I still always had, and still have, that passion for the radio and my favorite records. I studied piano, flute and rang bells in the bell choir at church, but my first love has always been singing. I used to wake up in the morning and see if I could find a middle C and hit the note on the piano on my way out the door to check myself! Nerd.
I grew up listening to the radio and playing my favorite records over and over ? but I never considered these songs were written by a SONGWRITER. I guess I just figured Whitney Houston was like an angel somewhere stuck in a radio tower singing "I Will Always Love You" straight into my boom box. All of that changed when I discovered Fleetwood Mac. When I was 16, in my high school talent show, a group of kids performed a song called "The Chain." I didn't know who it was by and I had never heard it before, but it struck me like a bolt of lightning. That night, my mother bought me Rumours and Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits and from the second I pushed "play" on my little stereo I knew I wanted to write songs. There was something about Stevie's lyric writing in particular that I identified with and I GOT IT--she is singing us stories about her life. I wanted to do that too.
A year later, I moved to Nashville all by myself. I didn't know a soul. When people asked me what I did, I told them I sang. I started a southern rock/ jam band with my then-boyfriend and our best friends and we toured all around the southeast. It was fun. I learned how to sing when the monitors suck. We had a smoke machine. Need I say more? I guess the band broke up when I started getting more and more into the actual craft of songwriting. Before I knew it, I was writing my own songs about life with some of the greatest country songwriters of our time, including Craig Wiseman. It was Craig Wiseman who introduced me to Dann Huff and it was Dann Huff who introduced me to Randy Goodman, President of Lyric Street Records.
I had a whole plan mapped out for myself when I signed with Lyric Street Records in 2005, but, what’s the old adage? "If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans?" Yeah, well, I told Him. My plans were to IMMEDIATELY release my 1st record and have it go platinum with one hit after another. It didn’t really go that way. I connected with a lot of people through country radio and performing live, but no matter how hard I worked, there was no record in the stores for people to buy. After every show was over, so many people would ask me where they could buy my record and I just had to tell them to wait! It felt awful.
Still, with no record out yet, I miraculously got (by some random stroke of grace) two consecutive ACM nods for Top New Female Vocalist in 2008 and again in 2009. I couldn't seem to get my own songs to fly up the charts, but my phone kept ringing with other established artists who wanted me to collaborate with them: Dierks Bentley "Sweet & Wild," Martina McBride "Sunny Side Up," Kenny Rogers "Someone Somewhere Tonight," John Corbett "Good To Go," and Keith Urban "Tu Compania" (yes, that was me beat boxing with him at the 2008 ACMs -- YouTube it, that’s me boppin’ around behind him in the rainbow shirt).
I'll never forget talking to Keith Urban backstage at one of his shows. I asked him how he kept going all those early years, before all of his success. He put his arm around me and said, "When you do it for the love of the MUSIC, the rest works itself out." He was so right.
I’ve started to truly embrace my career for what it is: UNCONVENTIONAL. I’m having more fun with my music than I’ve ever had before. With the support of my label, I started producing my own music. "Outside My Window" is a song that went right along with this theme. It’s a lyric about how, in the middle of all the chaos in the world we live in, it’s still possible to keep tradition alive and cling to what’s dear to us – our friends, our family, the music we love – while still embracing the inevitable: constant change. This track is one of four I produced ("For Real", "Love Like Heaven", "Space") on the record. I’m very proud of it, but even more proud of the music video, which was directed by my co-writer, Mark Hudson. Holy cows we had fun making this video! He shot the whole thing with home video and Flip cameras. He edited the entire thing on his laptop, and I have to believe it’s the first video ever made for less than $100 to grace the television screen.
I joined up with my longtime buddy, Jedd Hughes. He is an Australian, singing, songwriting, guitar-playing freak-of-nature. I met him years ago when my fiancé, who was producing him at the time, had me sing background vocals on his record. Immediately we discovered our voices together and with this new embrace of the "unconventional," we started writing more songs and playing around Nashville together.
I teamed back up with Dann Huff. When he heard Jedd and I sing together, he absolutely insisted that Jedd be a part of our recording process, so we recorded "Radio Love" and "Wings" together. It was so fulfilling to go through this process with my friend and co-writer. I think you can HEAR how much fun we had! To put a little bow on the album?and tie everything up, past and present, I decided to make "Big Blue Sky," a song Jedd co-wrote, the very last track. This is one of my favorite songs in the universe to sing. I love the harmonies and the message, its a one take recording of Jedd and I, singing and playing together in a small room. Dann added mandolin and accordion and it was done.
And this record is coming out, people! It’s coming out! February 23, 2010.
This spring, I'm going on tour with Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. Jedd's coming with me and we’re hitting it old-school, in a van. I can't wait to get my hands on some gas station coffee with powder creamer ... tried and true rocket fuel for the road. In May and June we’ll join the Country Throwdown tour with Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Emily West, Jamey Johnson, Dave Pahanish, and soooo many other friends I’ve met along my journey. I just got a new phone with a camera so I can actually document the whole thing and share it with you!
I guess I had to grow up a little to put the meaningless stuff behind me, but hey-my life right now – it really is all about the music. I hope you guys enjoy this unconventional, perfectly long and winding amalgamation of who I am to date. I am so excited to know you can finally be able to physically put it in your car and jam. Thank you for waiting. I feel like it was worth it and I hope you do too. As my good friend, Al Anderson, says, "It took a while to get here, but I’m right on time."