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NPR Features Indie Sarah McGowan Alongside Legendary Dolly Parton, on 51% ‘Women In Music' Podcast -- McGowan's ‘Molly' "Has Been Called a Modern-Day ‘Jolene'"
(Published: May 26, 2016)

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May 26, 2016

NPR Features Indie Sarah McGowan Alongside Legendary Dolly Parton, on 51% ‘Women In Music' Podcast

NPR: McGowan's ‘Molly' "Has Been Called a Modern-Day ‘Jolene'"

McGowan Wins Both the NY and National Music Choice Awards for New Artists, Makes Two TV Appearances

Debut Album ‘For Whom They Sing' is "On par with recent efforts by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson"

Indie Pop/Rock/Folk singer-Songwriter Sarah McGowan had the honor of being featured alongside the legendary Dolly Parton, in a recent episode of NPR's 51% Podcast, focusing on Women in Music. In the segment's introduction, seen below, NPR says McGowan's haunting song ‘Molly' "has been called a modern-day ‘Jolene'."

By Allison Dunne 5/5/16
Listen to the full segment, here:

On this week's 51%, we look at women in music - from a young musician praised for her lyrics, vocals and willingness to experiment to a veteran country star who's taking it on the road. Plus we hear from a woman who plays the drums in a Republic where it's men who usually pick up the sticks.   51%'s Ian Pickus introduces us to a woman who began writing songs at the age of 14, performing her first original piece at a high school composition concert in her hometown of Darien, Connecticut in 2007. 51%'s Ian Pickus speaks with musician Sarah McGowan. Her debut album is "For Whom They Sing." We transition from a relatively new musician on the scene to a veteran. Dolly Parton, one of country music's all-time superstars, is launching her first major tour in more than 25 years. The first leg kicks off in North Carolina June 3 and, as 51%'s Jim Levulis tells us, includes stops in Massachusetts and New York.   Parton is a member of the country music hall of fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country charts. One was "Jolene." And Sarah McGowan has a song from her first EP of original songs that has been called a modern day "Jolene," a song called "Molly."

McGowan's acclaimed debut full-length album ‘For Whom They Sing' has also drawn favorable comparisons to "recent efforts by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson", and Huffington Post, Elmore Magazine and other outlets gave a taste of McGowan's engaging, sundry sound via exclusive premieres, below. In recent weeks, McGowan has won both the PulseMusic New York and National Music Choice Awards for New Artists, and has made multiple television performance appearances. See links, below.

Inspired by such diverse artists as The Strokes, Amy Winehouse and The Ronettes, McGowan says  "My goal with this album was to have every song sound unique and have a little "edge", whether it is through a quirky lyric or an unusual instrument in the mix."

WAMC - Interview Feature Segment
by Ian Pickus 4/13/16
(Note - this is the segment that preceded McGowan's inclusion on NPR's 51% Podcast - listen to it here:)

BETTER CONNECTICUT WFSB-TV - Performance and interview http://www.wfsb.com/Clip/...

Performance and interview

PULSE MUSIC - Winner of both the New York and National Music Choice Awards for New Artists - Spotlight here:

The Record-Journal - (Meriden, CT) -
Cd Review, By Jim Pasinski 1/15 http://jpsmusicblog.blogs...

ELMORE MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE: Sarah McGowan Shares Two Tracks off Co-Produced New Album 12/2/15 FULL ARTICLE HERE:

IN A NEW YORK GROOVE - Sarah McGowan hones her craft and debut album in Gotham By Chris Junior
‘FULL MOON KIDS' PREMIERE: https://soundcloud.com/sa...

HUFFINGTON POST - Exclusive Video Premiere
9/29/15, by Michael Ragogna

AXS/EXAMINER - INTERVIEW  By Laurie Fanelli 10/22/15
Q&A: Sarah McGowan talks 'For Whom They Sing'

As Co-Producer of her debut full-length album, McGowan reveals an array of strengths, ranging from her exploration of diverse musical styles to her technical savvy, to her thoughtful approach to the overall concept. Ultimately, it's an impressive ten-song collection that evokes the self-assuredness, intelligence and melodic craft of Natalie Merchant's breakthrough solo CD, ‘Tigerlily'. From the stark "A Good Man" to McGowan's ‘bitch rock' track "Desperate as You" (inspired by Amy Winehouse and Har Mar Superstar)...from the heavy truth of "Young Bride" to the indie-pop werewolves of "Full Moon Kids," to the Apache Native American-driven "For Whom They Sing," McGowan's album is a deep, diverse statement from a witty artist with talent to spare.

McGowan's keen eye for style and fashion are on display in her visually arresting clip for focus track ‘When I Come Home'.  YouTube link is here:
More About Sarah McGowan:
Sarah began writing songs at the age of 14, performing her first original piece at a high school composition concert in her hometown of Darien, CT in 2007. She continued to write and perform locally. In 2010, Sarah began attending New York University, pursuing a B.A. in Music and Spanish. In the fall of her freshman year (2010), she made her New York City debut, playing at The Red Lion. Sarah played there 2-3 times a year between 2010 and 2012.
In 2013, she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 months and studied Latin American music, as well as how to play the charango, a South American stringed instrument. Living in South America was a huge inspiration for Sarah's music.
When Sarah returned to the US in the summer of 2013, she began interning under producer J Chris Griffin at Engine Room Audio in Manhattan and learned music production and engineering. Around this time, Sarah started to evolve her musical style, graduating from the pop, Taylor Swift-inspired music of her teens to an edgier rock/folk style. She describes her sound as "sweet with an edge". Sarah's songs are heavily inspired by such musical acts as Florence + the Machine, Feist, Regina Spektor, and Joni Mitchell.
Sarah released her first EP of original songs, Indian Summer, on January 27th, 2015 and continues to play NYC venues such as Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Arlene's Grocery, and Pete's Candy Store.
When not playing music, Sarah enjoys cooking vegetarian food, baking, reading, and chilling with her cat, Pancake.


More Information: http://www.sarahmcgowanmusic.com

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