Her songs sound like long-established pop classics- and it’s no wonder. When it comes to singing and songwriting, 22-year-old Sarah Close is practically a veteran.
Originally gaining a mass following on YouTube by performing covers, Close signed an exclusive deal with Parlophone Records back in July. Her musical story, however, goes back even longer. “I started officially writing songs when I was 14,” says an audibly gleaming Sarah, “but I have a cassette tape I recorded when I was five, which I introduce as my “first album!” I think I’ve always been writing songs without consciously realising it. I grew up surrounded by music; my parents played in a band throughout my whole childhood. That environment definitely influenced me.”
Sarah is pleased she now has the chance to share her songwriting with the world. However, there remain some songs that she wished she’d written- so much so, that she’s dedicated a Spotify playlist to those tracks. “It has a lot of songs on now, but my top picks would be ‘New Romantic’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ by Shania Twain, ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Strong Enough’ by Sheryl Crow, ‘There She Goes’ by the La’s and ‘Halo’ by Beyonce. I really wish I’d wrote that song. What a tune!”
As well as working towards the release of her debut album, Sarah hopes 2018 is the year she becomes a better cook. “I’ve recently got into cooking and I’d love to really improve the presentation of my food. It would be amazing to give out branded cookies at my live shows! I’m going to be writing more songs and piecing my album together. I’m in no rush for releasing it, however; I want to take my time in working out the record’s direction.
“Going on tour this year, and hearing my songs live really helped me in deciding what I want to take forward.”
Read more on Sarah’s new year plans and her musical journey so far in volume 22 of tmrw magazine.
Words by Paige Tracey