• John Byrum

Sarah Williams

“A Star is always a star no matter what stage they are on or at”Rasheed Ogunlaru

I have been around artists and musicians most of my life. The ones who are the most successful have a quality I can only describe as “it”. We’ve all heard someone say, “That singer is awesome! They really have it!”. No one can tell me what the definition of “it” is, but we all know “it” when we see or hear “it”.

During a recent Friday night date with my best girl, we were enjoying a great meal and a glass of spirits at one of our favorite restaurants when this attractive young woman came in and began entertaining the guests. It was just her and her guitar.

Normally, in these circumstances, I would continue eating and occasionally listen to the song being sung. Most of my attention was directed at my meal and the beautiful woman sitting across from me. However, this night would be different. As soon as I heard the first note of the first song she was singing, I immediately sat up and took notice. Suddenly, all of my attention was directed to the stage. As I listened with great intensity, I realized I was hearing someone with that “it” quality. This girl definitely had “it”.

This was the first time I heard Sarah Williams sing. My first thought was, “Where has this girl been?” My second thought was, “I’m listening to a star!”

Sarah Williams was born in Scotland and moved to the US when she was 13. She met and married the love of her life, Chris Williams, and eventually settled in Coker Creek, Tennessee, a small mountain community in rural Monroe County.

Sarah had performed in plays and musicals growing up and knew she had a God-given gift when she was young but was shy so didn’t really want to share her incredible talent.

It took a lot of persuasion from her loving and supportive husband, Chris, for her to realize that she had a voice worth sharing. It was his incessant urging that put Sarah on her path to stardom.

When I met Sarah, I asked her if she would allow me to interview her for She enthusiastically agreed to sit down with me and share her story. Before I left, she gave me a copy of her CD Every Last Penny for my listening pleasure.

Listening to this collection of songs was a turning point for me with regard to Sarah’s talent. It absolutely blew my mind. These songs sounded nothing like her live appearances. All the songs, save one, had accomplished musicians behind her. The selections had definite jazz and blues feels to them. But what astounded me was her range and the control she had over her “smooth as silk” voice. I listened to this CD over and over. I could not get enough of it. It was at this point that I concluded that I was listening to a bona fide star in the making. She definitely had “IT”!

I could write a book on what I think about Sarah Williams but to appreciate just how good this wonderful young woman is, you have to experience her firsthand.

Please do yourself a favor and go see her when she is playing near you. In fact, she is worth a long drive to wherever she is playing. And buy a copy of her CD. You will not be disappointed. Mark my word. We will all be seeing more and more of Sarah Williams. Her journey is just beginning.

John Byrum


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