English born and Australian made pop-jazz musician Sarah King will be officially launching her self titled debut EP at The Wheatsheaf Hotel this Sunday with a full band and string quartet. Sarah King is a classically trained musician and an emerging artist in Adelaide. Inspired by 70s pop, Motown and life itself with influences as diverse as Kate Bush, Feist and Nina Simone Sarah’s music reflects her musical journey.

Sarah started writing and arranging the music for her project after relocating herself and family to Adelaide four years ago and through a successful crowd funding campaign was able to record the EP. Sarah has also been a strong voice behind women who are risk of homelessness and Umbrella Winter City Sounds was a significant event in building the awareness. Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles did a very quick Q&A with Sarah only days out from the launch.

How exciting has it been in the lead up to your EP launch?
It’s been a busy and productive time which is wonderful, writing charts and getting musicians together for the launch on Sunday. It’s come together really well.

Is it a feeling of relief knowing the EP is done?
It’s more of a feeling of completion rather than relief. I feel ready to move onto some new musical projects.

What is the story behind the song Back Home?
It’s a song about what and where home can be. A story of longing, reminiscing, reflection, acceptance and gratitude.

How would you describe your style?
Warm, vintage piano based pop-jazz.

Biggest musical influence and hero?
My father, watching him over the years continuously create, communicate and share music within his community.

What has been your most valuable lesson learnt so far?
Don’t be scared, do it push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Umbrella Winter City Sounds is a great cause – is the awareness get out there about women experiencing homelessness? 
Umbrella Winter City Sounds was a great opportunity to put an event together to raise awareness for the rise of homelessness in women through music.

Where to next for Sarah King?
More writing, more playing, more performing and collaborating.

Interview by Rob Lyon

Don’t miss Sarah King and band this Sunday at The Wheatsheaf Hotel from 4pm – entry is FREE.