Sarah Barrios is a Boston based, self taught, singer and song writer who has gotten a lot of attention of late. She didn’t go to a music school and says if she didn’t learn it on her own, she learned it from her dad. Her very first EP is out on iTunes and she is busy writing new material for an upcoming release.
This year she was nominated for Best Female Performer of the Year at the 2015 New England Music Awards and in 2014 at the NEMA, Barrios won Best New Act. She was also nominated at the Connecticut Music Awards for Best Song and Best Singer Song Writer.
Also in 2014, Barrios made Round 2 and Up at the American Idol auditions before being eliminated. I’d say the future is looking pretty bright for this young performer.
Her motto, “Be you, be different, who cares about the rest.” This is what she says to her fans to remind them that it’s o.k. to be different because it makes you who you are.
Examiner caught up with Barrios at the 2015 New England Music Awards Show where she performed.
Examiner: You have garnered much praise of late for your vocal contribution as well as your song writing? How do you feel about all this?
Barrios: “I definitely feel extremely blessed and honored to know that I have so much support from so many people. I think having that support really just helps to make me feel as though I’m in a good place with my music and my writing and that my messages and stories that I’m writing about are impacting others.”
Examiner: What has been the biggest hi-lite of your career thus far?
Barrios: “I think winning Best New Act at NEMA last year was a big deal for me, as well as being nominated again this year. Both have really helped me further my career and brought me so much closer with those who have supported me.”
Examiner: How was your experience auditioning for American Idol? How far did you get?
Barrios: “Auditioning for American Idol was a really great learning experience for me in the sense that I was not only able to learn how the TV show worked from the inside out, but also gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of really incredibly talented artists and musicians.
I only made it just before judges table, but I think just being able to say that I auditioned and having that experience helped me learn how the format was for the show and it definitely helped boost my confidence a little bit.”
Examiner: What are your hopes for the future?
Barrios: “Definitely to get some new music out that best reflects who I am, in the short term at least. As for long term, I’m just looking to play out as much as possible and hopefully get signed to a label at some point.”
Examiner: How would you describe your sound? Can you compare yourself to someone well known?
Barrios: “I like to describe my sound as a combination of indie, blues and pop. I like my songs to have a good groove to them which makes them a little edgier than most pop music, but still radio friendly. And a lot of people ask me questions like this one, “who do you sound like?” but, I don’t like to compare myself to other artists because to me, I just sound like me, and that’s kind of what I’m going for.”
Examiner: Where have you been playing?
Barrios: “I’ve been traveling all over New England as much as I can, with stops in New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia and even Florida. I’m hopefully looking to expand from my travels.”
Examiner: Do you also play with a band?
Barrios: “Not at the moment, no. I’m currently just solo acoustic, but hopefully I can branch out to a band at some point in the future.”
Barrios has a show coming up on May 16, at The Middle East Downstairs with Voices Against Lyme. This is a charity event so all proceeds benefit lyme disease research. For more information on Barrios: http://sarahbarriosmusic.com/