Sarah Pound is a singer-songwriter who writes on both the piano and guitar. Born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec and raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Sarah began writing poetry as a young girl, songs as a teenager and now has dozens of originals to her name. She is passionate about singing, and it has been her focus for most of her life. Sarah spent her early years singing and acting in local community groups, until she needed vocal rest and vocal cord surgery in her late teens. She fully recovered and there started her passion for Music Therapy, helping people of all ages who live in long-term care. She has an undergraduate degree in the field and she also pursued classical vocal training at the same time.
Alongside her Music Therapy career, Sarah keeps her songwriting and performing schedule alive. Her material is thoughtful and uplifting, and her stories relate to her life experiences. Sarah's voice is strong, yet warm. She can belt, and equally, she can swoon listeners with a tender bluegrass ballad like Angel Band or Etta's infamous At Last. Her harmonies can give you chills and her vocal expression might move listeners to tears. Sarah's eclectic style is tricky to name, for it has many influences and is probably best described with the umbrella genre of Americana. She has performed at The Halifax Jazz Festival, Deep Roots Music Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, to name a few. Sarah brings a contagious energy to the stage whether she is performing solo or in The Sundries with fellow musicians Michael Reese, Jeff Hennessy, Nicolas D'Amato and Mark Adam.
Being a citizen of both Canada and The United States, Sarah spent her younger years travelling between Nova Scotia, Quebec, Maine and California. Her father was originally from a small mill town, Millinocket, Maine; her mother, from a tiny rural community in Nova Scotia called Old Barns. Sarah's love of music started from a young age. Her maternal great-grandmother played piano as a side-job, her maternal grandmother dreamt of singing professionally and her paternal family in California and Maine also influenced the young artist. Sarah's paternal grandmother had been recruited to be a broadway chorus-line dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies, but when her mother became ill, Sarah's grandma Lorraine retreated home to Maine to care for her.
Sarah fondly recalls spending time in California growing up, visiting family and following her aunt's and uncle's musical careers. Her aunt, Jill Warren, hard-rocker singer-songwriter, was one of Sarah's biggest influences, along with her uncle, Leo Savalas, pianist and musical director for various shows in the Southwest.
Sarah now resides in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia with her two young daughters. She has something exciting brewing, so stay tuned for her upcoming recordings and videos on Social Media!!
"Pound has a knack for drawing the audience in... She gave the impression that we were more than faces to whom albums are sold, indeed she wanted to share with us her most carefully constructed thoughts and feelings. Storytellers are often a powerful bunch, and Sarah Pound can count herself as more than a musician; she's a performer. Her capable hands seemed equally comfortable strolling across the guitar neck as they did twiddling the valves on the trumpet, and effortlessness was the polish that made her voice and stories shine."
- Joshua Fraser, The Grapevine