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Sarah VonderHaar


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Sarah VonderHaar is a young and blossoming singer/songwriter, who despite her age has already accomplished more than many of her peers. She has been a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” photographed her first Forbes magazine spread (as the shooter, not the subject) when she was 20, acted in a film and, at 21, has just completed her debut album, Are You Listening Now? She’s about to release its first single, “I Got Sunshine,” co-written by fellow Chicagoan Alice Peacock and VonderHaar’s producer, Marshall Altman. VonderHaar feels this song expresses her own sunny attitude. The song, she says, “describes how to deal with the troubled world we live in by staying optimistic and reminding yourself of all the wonderful things we have in our lives.”

Optimism is a trait that glimmers like a beacon from this go-getter. She started playing guitar at 12, but truly began to immerse herself in the craft of songwriting when she discovered the connection between her favorite poets, and the lyrics of many of her core musical influences. When Sarah’s father died after his long battle with drug addiction, she bounced back from her devastation by channeling it into her music and one of the results was the album’s incredibly inspired title song.

“It’s definitely the most personal song I’ve ever written,” she says. “It took me four years to build up the courage to write it, but it’s probably the song I am most proud of.”

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  • rainy-dog

    poor thing, it's like she's spread her talents and ambition so thinly that everything she does is mediocre.

    26 Jun 2011 Reply