Sara Melson grew up in a small town in Indiana in a house with books covering nearly every wall from floor to ceiling. Fed a steady musical diet of Beatles, Stones, Dylan, The Band, Bowie, Neil Young, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Simon and Garfunkel, the Velvet Underground, and Van Morrison, as well as a huge swath of classical and jazz, Sara grew up classically trained on piano and self-taught on guitar, wedding chords to the lyrics filling the pages of her many journals. She lives somewhere between genres, with timeless songs that blur boundaries between folk, rock, pop, and country. Insightful lyrics and her unique, distinctive voice – always solely her own – led Yahoo Music to choose her as their “New Buzz Artist,” calling her “one of the most fearless singer-songwriters on the planet.”
Sara’s self-produced debut full-length, Dirty Mind (Nettwerk Records, 2008) was selected for an iTunes “What’s Hot” feature, and placed high on the iTunes pop chart. Her songs have been featured in numerous film & TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, and as the theme of a recent Chevy campaign.
Sara has shared the stage with Ben Folds, Juliana Hatfield, Ben Lee, Silversun Pickups, Jill Sobule, Inara George, Neil Halstead, West Indian Girl, and the BRMC, among others. She’s sung backing vocals for Mojave 3 and the Dandy Warhols on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and for Moby on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She has just completed recording her second full-length record, A Million White Stars, to be released in early 2013.