Sarah Tolar is an accomplished performer, vocalist, songwriter, producer & music educator. Sarah recorded two full-length albums of her original compositions, performed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Canada and appeared on several television shows including the Today Show & The Late Show with David Letterman. Sarah graduated with honors from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music in jazz performance. While in Texas, Sarah earned Downbeats prestigious Best College Female Vocalist Award and began performing with her jazz quartet throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth. Upon graduating, Sarah moved to New York City and began working as a live music producer. She directed a 15-piece ensemble giving performances in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and California, & had the opportunity to work with James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel among others.
During her years as a live music producer, she was Creative Director and Vice President of artist development at Starlight Orchestras then as a Music Consultant for Element Music, training band leaders & producing events. Sarah’s first album, BIG BLUE MOON, produced by pianist David Cook (Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson) features Sarah’s original jazz-folk compositions. While promoting BIG BLUE MOON, Sarah opened for Grammy-winner Christopher Cross, appeared on local TV & toured the East Coast, Switzerland & the Czech Republic. BIG BLUE MOON can be heard on radio stations across the United States & Canada & is available on all steaming sites. Sarah’s second release, VISION, is a a collaboration with drummer/composer Bill Campbell (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Meshell Ndegeocello, Snarky Puppy). VISION includes songs written with Campbell along with Sarah’s originals.
As a vocalist, Sarah has toured with electro-funk duo Chromeo, performing at Lollapalooza, Coachella, The Roundhouse in London, Canada’s Juno awards television appearances on Conan O’Brien on TBS & Jimmy Fallon. Sarah’s other television performances include the Joe Scarborough show, performing with Scarborough and Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett. Sarah sang on Broadway for a special performance of “Bombshell,” the live adaptation of NBC’s TV show SMASH. Sarah has recorded studio vocals for a number of television shows and commercials & worked with composers/writers Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, & Ned Ginsburg. Sarah is a passionate music educator, with a teaching studio that offers instruction in various vocal styles, piano, music theory, & songwriting. She is on the voice faculty of the School of Music at The 92nd Street Y in New York City.