"Fastest-selling local independent artist" - Raves from the Grave
"Sara Vian sounds beautiful!" - Martha Tilston
photo by Martyn Payne
Sara Vian is a British singer/songwriter with English and Iraqi roots, born in Cardiff South Wales and currently living in the “independent” market town of Frome in Somerset, England.
Described as “alt-folk-blues” and fundamentally influenced by the counter-culture 60s and 70s folk-rock scene - with golden gospel tones and a no-nonsense performance which charms and disarms with a distinction all of her own.
Growing up, Sara was exposed to an eclectic mix of music from Led Zeppelin to Barry White by her “bare foot” 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.
In 2010, Sara moved to Frome and began presenting live music shows on Frome FM, which is ongoing to the present day. She now also writes reviews for Music Eye and hosts the Frome (and beyond!) Music Industry 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”.
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, broadcast on Frome FM and followed with a tour of Mayenne in France.
In 2017, the album was re-released as “Beautiful Soul” (title track) in time for a trip to the USA where Sara met Jon Bon Jovi at his “Soul Kitchen”, which catapulted her profile!
Sara is currently promoting her latest single “The Great Pause” which features David Setterfield from folk-rock outfit, “Strange Folk” on guitar, Will Angeloro on bass and produced by Stephen Bentley of Resonant Wave Studios – aiming this time for Artful Social Justice by highlighting the silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic and how it has given Humanity to breathe, be still and reconsider its lifestyle choices.