Just an Iowa girl, living in a Cali world...
Sarah grew up in the small, rural, one-stop light town of Granger, Iowa. As a kid, she was an avid member of the local 4-H club and enjoyed baking, showing her horses, rabbits, and cats, and playing classical piano. She also got into the school basketball team and the local softball league, beginning an experience with athletics that would come back into her life many years later.
She attended K-8 at a small local private school, where graduated eighth grade with her five classmates.
Sarah showing her pony, Princess, at a local county horse show.
Once she was in high school, her love for music from piano helped her begin to form a love for singing. She joined the school a cappella choir her freshman year, and by the time she graduated she was also in the show choir, jazz choir, madrigal choir, and of course, the school musicals. She continued to study piano as well, and would accompany herself and her best friend, Charity, in the school's one rehearsal room after school, singing along to their favorite performances from American Idol and out of Sarah's piano pop/vocal books.
Sarah with Charity, her choir teacher Mr. Rohwer, and other classmates during their choir trip to Rome
Although she had planned her entire life to become an equine veterinarian, once she began her freshman year of college she knew she had to give music a chance. She ended up changing her major from Agricultural Studies to a double major in Vocal Music and Theatre. Sarah still pursued a minor in Equine Studies and was on the university's equestrian team, even winning first place at the Kansas State Horse Show her senior year. She went on to get her Bachelor's in Classical Vocal Music and Theatre.
Sarah with her first and third place ribbons at the
Kansas State Collegiate Horse Show
Sarah in her senior voice recital
After attending multiple auditions at the end of her fifth year of college (yes, it took five years in order to get two degrees and a minor...she is admittedly a mild overachiever), she moved back to Des Moines, Iowa, where she began working a 9 to 5 job. She continued to do musical theatre at the well-established historical Des Moines Playhouse, where she continued to hone her skills as a singer and actor in shows such as The Sound of Music, The Wedding Singer, and Ring of Fire.
Sarah as Linda in "The Wedding Singer"
After two years in Des Moines, Sarah finally got an offer from a company she had dreamed of working for - Holland America Cruise Line. She proceeded to become a lead singer for the ms Zaandam, where she performed their shows Love Broadway, On The Air, Southern Nights, and Unforgetttable. During her contract, she sailed to the Mexican Riviera and Hawaii.
Sarah in "Southern Nights" aboard the ms Zaandam
After completing her contract with Holland America, she was hired as a lead singer/dancer for Universal Studios Singapore in their flagship show, "Monster Rock!" She spent a year there, where she played the Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy in the glam-rock stage show.
Sarah as The Bride of Frankenstein in "Monster Rock!"
Sarah as The Mummy in "Monster Rock!"
Sarah was then offered a contract by Carnival Cruise Lines, where she went on to work aboard the Inspiration and the Sensation as a lead singer/dancer in their Playlist Production Shows Studio VIP, Motor City, and 88 Keys. After completing these two contracts, she knew it was time to make a career change - one that would allow her to continue to pursue her passions as a singer, but also provide a more stable home life and the simple pleasures she had come to miss after traveling for the past few years.
Sarah in Playlist Productions'
disco show, "Studio VIP"
She decided to move to LA. She began exploring all the auditions and groups she possibly could, and landed work with well-known cover bands in the area. She began to further hone her skills as a musician by learning to learn both lead vocals and harmonies by ear (a foreign concept to someone who grew up in a classical and choral environment). Over the years, she has played with many great groups and events - from singing backgrounds for Michael Devin of Whitesnake to performing at galas with American Idol's Pia Toscano. She even began to break into other areas, including voiceover and - wait for it - professional wrestling. To say there hasn't been a dull moment in her life in LA would be an understatement. Although she has much more she wants to yet achieve, she is very grateful for all of the opportunities she's been given in her time in Los Angeles.
Pop Vocal workshop with
industry pro Windy Wagner
In the booth at a VO workshop directed by video game voice artist veteran, Gwendolyn Yeo
At the training ring for
WOW: Women of Wrestling
Here's to the great experiences we've had, and to those yet to come!