SARAH JAROSZ is a 22-year-old, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Wimberley, TX, just outside Austin. A recent honors graduate from the prestigious New England Conservatory, she released her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, for Sugar Hill Records in September 2013. The album quickly garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song, adding to her earlier nomination for her song “Mansinneedof” from her debut album Song Up In Her Head. Jarosz has also been nominated for Americana Music Association Awards for New/Emerging Artist of the Year (2010), Instrumentalist of the Year (2011) and Song of the Year (2012).
Once described as Gillian Welch’s “long-lost daughter” by Rolling Stone, Jarosz’s music fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. She grew up playing mandolin in weekly bluegrass jams in her hometown. Her musical interests and talents blossomed as she attended, and later performed at, music camps and folk and bluegrass festivals all over the country, where she had opportunities to play with her musical heroes, soaking up a variety of styles and developing lasting musical bonds with her contemporaries. From there, Jarosz crafted her own unmistakable sound adding guitar, octave mandolin and banjo to her repertoire. In the summer of 2007, following her first official performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Jarosz was approached by Gary Paczosa, Vice President of A&R for Sugar Hill Records; she signed a contract with the label at only 16.
Her years at New England Conservatory exposed her to countless styles and approaches to music, helping her to further refine her style. Throughout her college years, she continued to tour extensively in the US and overseas, broadening her audiences through live performances, radio and television. In addition to two appearances on PBS’s legendary Austin City Limits, she made her late-night television debut in January with back-to-back appearances on Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was also a guest artist on the highly-acclaimed BBC series The Transatlantic Sessions, which was recently reprised with a Transatlantic Sessions Tour. Like her two previous albums (Song Up In Her Head and Follow Me Down), Build Me Up From Bones is a critics’ favorite, making several “Top Ten” and “Best of the Year” lists in 2013 for radio and press alike, including NPR, Sirius XM, Pop Matters and American Songwriter Magazine.
Jarosz is currently supported on the road by stellar musicians Alex Hargreaves (fiddle) and Nathaniel Smith (cello). Hargreaves recently completed the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been tapped to perform and record with such musicians as Jerry Douglas and jazz master Danilo Perez. Smith has toured for years with renown Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and, more recently, in various configurations with Jeremy Kittel. Jarosz, Hargreaves and Smith, who met at various music camps when they were much younger, have been performing together since 2010. The sheer joy they express together is contagious, translating from stage to studio.