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Special to The PREVIEW
Singer, songwriter, Sarah Wood, a 17-year-old high school senior from East High School in Pueblo, wants to unite people and music. She hopes to be an inspiring role model for both kids and adults.
Pagosa Cowboy Ministries is pleased to sponsor Sarah Wood during the Easter weekend, March 29, 30 and 31. Everyone is invited to come for all or any of the events. There will be no charge. A love offering will be taken to help support Sarah’s music ministry.
Please make a note of the following dates:
• Good Friday evening, March 29, at 6 p.m. at the Pagosa Cowboy Church, Sarah will sing and play different instruments.
• Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Quality Resort, formerly the Pagosa Lodge, Sarah will perform in concert.
• Easter Sunday, March 31,10:15 a.m., at the Pagosa Cowboy Church, she will sing during the worship service.
Pagosa Cowboy Ministries is located at 2017 Eagle Drive north of U.S. 160, next door to Pagosa Express Lube and Mountain View Plaza. For further details, please contact Jack Moore, pastor, at (719) 778-4013.
Sarah has performed 100 shows in the last year. She has written over 60 songs and recorded her first demo album, “So It Is Written,” in 2010 and recorded her second album, “Waking Up Breathing,” in 2011.
Her first music video “Harmony” was released in 2010 and her second, “Little Red Balloon,” was released in August 2011. Sarah has been co-writing with some of the top writers in the Christian music industry and has been working with Cindy Wilt-Colville, one of the top song developers in the industry.
In addition to writing, Wood plays piano and guitar, and sings, and keeps a performance and school schedule. She’s a familiar name at area festivals and has opened for several successful artists, backed by her five-piece band. Most recently, she opened for country singer Lucas Hoge. Still, she remains a typical high-school senior.
She has recently won the Silver Award for best solo artist at the Pueblo’s Best awards and was featured on the National PBS “Need to Know” documentary. In 2011, Sarah won runner-up at the national vocal competition and in 2012 she was in the top five for the National Songwriting Competition. Both took place at the National GMA IMMERSE conference in Nashville Tenn.
Taylor Swift, Regina Spektor, Death Cab for Cutie and Sufjan Stevens are all influences for Wood.
“I like a lot of different styles. What I’m into at the time is reflected in my music,” she said.
What influences her most, however, are her relationships with family and friends, as well as God. She is open about her Christian faith and its prominence is evident in her life and writing; a career in Christian or gospel music obviously is a possibility.
Wood doesn’t want to confine her message to one genre, however. She believes songs about hope and resilience aren’t specific to a particular group of people.
“That’s the way I like to live — optimistic,” she said. “I want my music to give people the message without them feeling (preached to). Since I have that ability, I think it should mean something: I should make something people can hold on to or use to change their lives.”
For now, it will be summer vacation, music lessons (next instrument: mandolin), saving gig money for a car, performing, planning for college and writing lyrics at every opportunity — with a single purpose in mind.
“Music brings all my different friends together,” said Wood. “I want my music to be that, too. I want to bring people together.”
Admission is free. Join Pagosa Cowboy Ministries and enjoy the music of Sarah Wood.