SARAH DARLING ‘DIAMONDS’ – SINGLE REVIEW – PLUS UK DATES

Photo credit Cameron Powell

Celebrating the announcement of 5 UK Festival dates this summer, including British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park on July 15th, country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling releases her new single ‘Diamonds’ on Friday June 15th. The single is her second released in 2018, following the soul-stirring single ‘Wasted’ this March.

Diamonds, much like most of Sarah’s music is enchanting and mesmerising. Sarah sings with such delicate beauty that you can’t help but feel captivated. Sarah is one of those artists that live, you just want to sit there and soak it all in. The detail to the melody is really stunning with each instrument standing out, making an impact but the closing piano instrumental makes the song that little more special.

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As with ‘Wasted’, the new single was inspired by real life events and has deeply personal significance for Sarah. Through her masterful storytelling ‘Diamonds’ holds a tone of relatability for the listener… as Sarah puts it, “the song is a reminder that life is a journey with a lot of ups and downs. It’s the struggles that bring out the beauty. I’ve been to the bottom and literally had to pull myself back up, and I’m grateful for the whole adventure, not just the fun glittery parts. I think of how many wonderful things just need a little time and patience.”

Sarah’s musical output in 2018 has been pushing her beyond the realms of country, and further developing her sound. With pop sensibilities and clear-cut hooks creeping into the mix, fans have been delighted that Sarah has managed not to lose the cordial nature of her lyric writing, and the gravitas of her stories have not lost their weight.

Enlisting some of music’s brightest minds for this release, ‘Diamonds’ was recorded at state of the art Starstruck Studios in Nashville. The single was written with Jessica Sharman (songwriter for Ward Thomas), produced by Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) with additional mixing from Ash Howe (1D, Dido, Ellie Goulding) and mastered by Nigel Walton (Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Richard Ashcroft).

Stateside Sarah has played the CMA Festival in Nashville, toured with stadium fillers Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Gill and Tim McGraw, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 80 times. In the UK, as well as her own headline concerts, Sarah has toured with her signature ‘Night in Nashville’ shows, opened for the chart-topping Ward Thomas and performed at the C2C: Country to Country festival in 2016 and 2017.

Sarah plays select UK dates and festivals this summer:

JUN 24 SUN – Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells,
JUL 15 SUN – British Summer Time Festival, Hyde Park, w/ James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ward Thomas
JUL 22 SUN – The Sage One, Gateshead, w/ Sam Palladio & Striking Matches
JUL 23 MON – St George’s, Bristol, w/ Sam Palladio & Striking Matches
AUG 26 SUN – Cottingham Folk Festival, Cottingham

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