• Bryon Harris

Sarah Harralson - "Silent Night"

Review by Patrick Joseph

Harralson’s version of “Silent Night” is soulful and smooth. Jazzy influences and virtuosic musical expressions create something new out of something familiar. Harralson’s vocal interpretation of this classic song is fresh and powerful. Her embellishments are emotional and passionate yet always controlled. The overall sound of the song is driving yet sensitive. Listeners will love the unique space that this music occupies.

“Silent Night” takes a beloved holiday classic and infuses Jazz, Pop, and R&B influences. Harralson sounds in her element, creating a relatable and exciting spin on a standard. Her impassioned rhythmic delivery is a perfect fit with the cool, syncopated accompaniment. This is music that is somehow simultaneously new and familiar.

This arrangement of “Silent Night” is inspired and unique. The stripped-down rhythm section of electric guitar and bass creates tons of momentum while leaving massive space. Harralson’s vocals have plenty of room to roam, and she skillfully carves out intentional melodies. Through re-imagining this melody, this combo has created fresh vocal hooks which give the song new life. Harralson’s “Silent Night” is a must for your Holiday Playlist.

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About Sarah Harralson

“Sarah Harralson presents honest, bare-boned recordings that are authentic,” stated Music Connection Magazine after hearing her debut singer-songwriter EP, Finally Found, in 2014. Her authenticity lies in her lyrics based on true stories followed by melodies that will be stuck in your head hours after hearing it. An authentic storyteller and straight shooter, she is not afraid to tell it like it is in her music. This Knoxville native began writing songs when she was ten years old, her bluegrass musician grandfather being her biggest musical influence. She was surrounded by genres such as country, rock 'n roll, soul, and pop growing up, but the storytelling aspect of country is what ultimately drew Harralson to pursuing that genre. After her grandfather passed in 2011, Sarah decided she would move to Nashville two years later to pursue music at Belmont University. A year after releasing her debut EP in 2014, she was discovered by Scotty Schultz, drummer of Shooter Jennings (Waylon Jennings’s son). Scotty opened up his publishing company, Raindrop Music LLC, in 2015 and after hearing Sarah’s original song “Watered Down Whiskey”, he knew he wanted to sign her right away. This would be Sarah’s first publishing deal. Scotty decided he would produce her first country EP, Watered Down Whiskey, of all original songs that Sarah has either written or co-written. "This EP will help many people and hopefully some will have their heart healed by her emotional lyrics," stated Music Update Central after hearing the release of her second EP in February 2018.

One of the tracks on the EP includes the song, “Radio Static” that was co-written with Johnny Garcia (lead guitar for Garth Brooks). Over time, Sarah began writing and working with Johnny, which evolved to the point where Sarah would sign her next publishing deal with Busy at Play Publishing (Johnny Garcia’s company) in February 2020. During 2020, she has released singles, "Put a Rock on This Rolling Stone", "Get Lost in Some Rock 'N Roll", and holiday single, "Frosty", since signing with Busy at Play Publishing. Her 2021 singles include, "The Chance", "The America I Knew", "Love on Lease (Reimagined)", and "Bottom of the Glass", which will be released on October 22nd.

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