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Sarah Swanson

Sarah Swanson's current CD THIS SIDE OF MADNESS (Feline Zoo Music) quickly gained national radio play with the first single "Tell Me You Love Me" and the follow-up single "This Side of Madness." The CD climbed into the Americana Music Association charts, Top Selling CD charts, and the Roots Music Report for Americana and Michigan. The 7 minute blues song "You Should Have Told Me" charted at #37 for the 2012 Countdown on Women of Substance Radio and made the Top 10 Songs twice in a row.

Sarah began writing songs as a child and embarked on her lifelong journey, often influenced by her parents’ 70's music collection laced with an edgy and often haunting alternative rock sound of today. In high school and college, Sarah played in cover bands to make a living and gain stage experience. Her true love, however, was being a songwriter.

She released a self-penned 10 song collection entitled STORIES with topnotch West Michigan players. Gaining moderate local attention, Sarah began working on her second release ONE MORE GIFT FROM THE CAT GODS, a CD that never materialized. Eventually disenchanted with the music business, Sarah turned her attention to other interests for a number of years all the while quietly writing new songs on the side.

After a chance meeting in Ann Arbor connected Sarah with rock guitarist Patrick Thomas, the two started collaborating. Patrick's rich background in music started at 16 when he played late night gigs around his hometown. Patrick recorded with producer Jack Douglas of Aerosmith and John Lennon fame where he also worked with Geoff Michael, the engineer and co-producer of DARK SUNSHINE and THIS SIDE OF MADESS. Patrick also played with the band Black and White signed to Atlantic Records and toured with a renewed version of Humble Pie fronted by well-known vocalist/guitarist Charlie Huhn.

Sarah and Patrick eventually decided to record Sarah's songs for DARK SUNSHINE at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor owned by Geoff Michael. Their intent was to record simple guitar and vocal tracks. However, Sarah and Patrick quickly realized their songs were coming together in ways they never dreamed~ dark, personal pieces that inspired them to work even harder to get the sound they wanted. Patrick, Sarah, the musicians, and Geoff found the exact sound they wanted by striving for raw, emotional intensity without turning DARK SUNSHINE into an overpolished gem.

With contributions from skilled drummer Chuck Mauk who has played with bands including the notable All Hail Me; bassist Rod Capps of the successful Annie and Rod Capps group; and drummer Billy Adams of Sponge, Sarah and Patrick completed the story of DARK SUNSHINE which quickly hit airwaves across the country. Radio stations nationally picked up the first single "Free" with other songs from the CD also gaining airplay.

Back in the studio from 2011 to 2012 with drummer Chuck Mauk and bassist Rod Capps, Sarah and Patrick recorded 10 new songs for their latest release THIS SIDE OF MADNESS. Released in late 2012, this CD gained the attention of radio stations across the country with standout songs like the Tell Me You Love Me, This Side of Madness, and the bluesy nod to Zeppelin You Should Have Told Me, which made Women of Substance Radio's TOP 10 LIST immediately despite clocking in over 7 minutes long. THIS SIDE OF MADNESS was nominated for 3 Jammie awards including Best Americana Album, Best Song (Tell Me You Love Me), and Best Album of the Year.

The Sarah Swanson Band is currently rocking their energetic live shows with the following line-up: Sarah Swanson (vocals), Patrick Thomas (lead guitar), Jim Gillette (guitar), Dave Wolff (bass), Paul Koch (drums), and Jennifer Buehrer (backing vocals/percussion