Singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton made her first official mark in the country music business in 2006 but has had an unconventional road since then. She has achieved four singles in the top 40 Billboard Country charts, written songs with several notable songwriters, recorded with some of country’s top artists, and has been nominated twice for ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist- all before releasing a debut album. Although her album has just now debuted in Feb. 2010, the release has been coined the best-selling female country debut since 2008.
Sarah Buxton- The Road That Lead to Lyric Street
Born in Lawrence, Kansas just twenty-nine years agoBuxton involved herself in music as a child by joining the children’s choir, and learning to play the piano and flute. The more music became part of her life the more smitten she was with the idea of songwriting. After graduating high school Buxton got the chance to meet Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks one of her musical inspirations, whom encouraged her to pursue music and move to Nashville. Buxton took the advice and shifted to Nashville by her lonesome, where she enrolled in Belmont University while also continuing on her musical pursuit.
Buxton started a southern rock/jam band named, Stoik Oak which toured around the southeast for three years. At 22, Buxton had a short marriage with Christopher Robin of the Christopher Robin band. After the divorce, she concentrated more on her songwriting, as well as singing background vocals for Kenny Rogers and John Corbett. Eventually she found herself writing with country songwriting great Craig Wiseman, who introduced her to some other country music big wigs, which ultimately lead to her signing a deal with Lyric Street Records.
Almost a Record
After signing in 2005 with Lyric Street, in 2006 Buxton released her first single titled, “Innocence,” which reached #31 on the Country Billboard Charts. Singles, “That Kind of Day” and “Space” followed, both of which are featured on her Extended Play CD, entitled Almost My Record, which contains more music than a single, but isn’t long enough to be considered an official record (LP). “Love is a Trip,” also featured on Almost My Record, was used by ABC to promote its drama Men in Trees.
Teaming Up with Others
In 2005 Buxton sung duet vocals on Cowboy Troy’s “If You Don’t Wanna Love Me” track. Even though she couldn’t seem to get her own songs to climb the charts, other well-known artists were calling her up asking to collaborate. Buxton contributed to Martina McBride’s “Sunny Side Up,” Kenny Roger’s “Someone Somewhere Tonight,” and John Corbett’s “Good To Go.”
Buxton found here biggest success collaborating with Keith Urban whom she co-wrote both “Tu Compania” and CMA Song of the Year nomination, “Stupid Boy.”
Finally a Record
With the support of her label, Buxton started producing some of her own music (“Outside My Window”, “For Real”, “Love Like Heaven”, “Space”). She worked for years and was finally able to release her debut self-titled album on Feb. 23 2010, which sold 8,000 units in the first week. Her first single, “Outside My Window,” has become a top 30 hit on country radio, and has had over 12,000 paid downloads in its first week of release. Buxton is currently opening for Martina McBride and Trace Adkin’s, “Shine All Night Tour” through May.
Sarah Buxton’s Albums and Singles
· 2007 (EP) Almost My Album: “Innocence”, “That Kind of Day” and “Space
· 2010 (LP) Sarah Buxton: “Outside My Window”
Sarah Buxton’s Awards & Recognition
- 2006 CMT Song of The Year Nominee (Co-writer, “Stupid Boy”)
- 2008 ACM Top New Female Vocalist Nominee
- 2009 ACM Top New Female Vocalist Nominee
Sarah Buxton Fun Facts
- Buxton has appeared on The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as the pages of People, Redbook and Country Weekly.
- She became engaged to guitarist Tom Bukovac on December 20, 2009.
- Her music video for “Outside My Window” was shot by her co-writer, Mark Hudson, with home video equipment and flip cameras, costing less than $100 to make.
- She claims she started singing when she was two-years old and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released.