Nashville has been taking notice of Sarah Darling for some time now, despite the fact that the winsome blond star-in-the-making hasn't even put out a full-length album yet. She has released an EP, appeared on ABC's hit reality show "The Bachelor" (as a performer, not a contestant!), toured with "American Idol" Scotty McCreery, and even served as a spokesperson for everyone' favorite Southern sweet snack, Moon Pies.
Still, the singer insists that she's not going to put out her full set until she's got everything just right, and this is a promise she appears to be working on steadily. Having split with her original label, Black River Entertainment, earlier this year, Darling is currently exploring her options--but not resting on her laurels. She's just released a summery new tune, "Little Umbrellas," accepted a proposal from her boyfriend, and is busy planning both a wedding and her next strategic career move.
We at Our Country had the opportunity to sit down with the busy bride-to-be and ask her about her decisions of late. Despite the title of her latest single, there appears to be very few stormy clouds overhead in this gal's life.
Our Country: Can you talk about your decision to split with your label? You had quite a bit of momentum going with Black River Entertainment, so I am sure some fans will be surprised by your move.
Sarah Darling: My decision to leave Black River was a mutual one between the label and I. It had been on my heart for awhile to make a change, and sometimes it takes just that to get you to the next level! It was the right time for me to leave. I always feel that everyone and everything has a place in your life at the right time.
Are you planning a new musical direction? Your song "Little Umbrellas" has a crossover feel. Would you consider going into pop music?
Honestly, I feel like I have a lot more creative freedom now that I've left my label. It's a chance to really showcase who I am. I think "Little Umbrellas" shows a different side of me. It's much lighter than a lot of the songs I've written/recorded in the past, but it allows me to let loose and have fun! Plus it's really fun to release a summer song. As far as changing directions, I'm exactly who I am still -- the same artist I've always been. But I hope to show my fans more of myself now that I have the true freedom to completely express myself.
I understand you are also planning a wedding! How are you managing to stay balanced and focused with all these important things currently going on in your life?
Thank God for a wedding planner and an amazing fiance! I couldn't do it without them. I try and put aside days to plan for the wedding when I'm not touring or promoting the new single. It's all about balance!
Can you tell us a little about your fiance? Is he an inspiration for your songwriting?
My fiance's name is James Muriel. He is the most wonderful man, and ironically after we met I stopped writing my heartbreak songs! That's what happens when you find true love. I'm very thankful for him and I'm also absolutely enamored of any word he says to me because he's British. Love that cheeky accent!
When can we expect the new full-length album?
The next record I make will be the one that defines me…and I'm going to make sure it does, no matter how long it takes. I do know I will always be releasing new tunes to my fans all year long, regardless if I find a new label home. I even plan on making a Christmas EP!
Will you be on tour this summer?
I have a very full summer of private parties, festivals, and a few dates where I will open for the legendary Alan Jackson, which is quite an honor. Can't complain at all!
Finally, you receive a lot of attention on social media for your pretty dresses! Can you share some of your favorite places to shop?
I do love pretty dresses! I am a big fan of Free People and Betsey Johnson. I definitely have an eye for those girly party dresses... if you saw my closet you would pass out! Lots of puff!