"Fastest-selling local independent artist" - Raves from the Grave
Hat by Marie-Louise
Sara Vian is a Great British singer/songwriter, born in Cardiff South Wales and currently living in the “independent” market town of Frome in Somerset, England. A versatile and dynamic singer/songwriter particularly adept at improvisation and harmonies; fusing folk, jazz, soul & blues to create a glorious vibe with a distinction of her own.
Growing up, Sara was exposed to an eclectic mix of music from Pink Floyd to Barry White by her mum, Pam and hippy-rocker older sister, Leila, who worked at Spillers Records in Cardiff - the oldest independent record store in the world!
In 1999 Sara wrote her first song, joined her first band and played at her first festival; going on to study Popular Music in the heritage city of Bath and attending a jazz/blues singing workshop where she was in her element, discovering a nature for harmony and improvisation whilst also teaching herself guitar.
After attending a few open mics in Frome and playing on Frome FM, Sara was impressed by the community spirit and humour of its people and found a flat in a converted church where she began to build a creative life for herself, having a go at introducing bands on Frome FM and Visual Radio Arts, writing reviews for Music Eye and hosting the Frome Music Network.
In 2015, Sara studied “Artist Development” with Access to Music in Bristol and released her debut EP, produced by Will Angeloro on Soaring Magpie Records which earned the title of “fastest selling local independent artist” at Raves from the Graves record shop. Then a year later, Sara went on to release her debut album, “Wild, Free and Beautiful”, which was celebrated at the Assembly Rooms in Frome with a full band and live studio audience, whilst being broadcast on Frome FM; and then followed with a tour of Mayenne in France (see blog). Then in 2017, the album was re-released as “Beautiful Soul” (title track) in time for a trip to the USA where Sara visited the Woodstock site and met Jon Bon Jovi at his “Soul Kitchen”. Read the blog
Sara has since released a couple of singles with guitarist, David Setterfield from Strange Folk and collaborated with the Graham Dent Trio. Songs are currently being written for a new project coming soon.