Sarah Mae Chilton is an indie-pop artist with a musical style similar to that of Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds. Her mantra: The best things are possible. The best things are here. Her music’s aim is to promote positive messages of self-love, fun and healing.
Sarah Mae’s musical background began with the study of classical piano at age nine. At fifteen she taught herself guitar, and began songwriting. During this time she played keys and sang vocals in her local church band and formed a rock band known as, As Is. Both band’s played in local gigs around the community such as battle of the bands and high school carnivals.
In college Sarah Mae received degrees in Music Composition and Anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill. There she was mentored by professional guitarist Billy Stewart and vocalist Dr. Bobb Robinson.
Her time in Chapel Hill marked a critical period of artist development. Joseph Terrell; lead singer of successful bluegrass band, “Mipso,” (whose album rose to #8 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts in 2013) produced two songs off her first EP “Sunny Side.” The demo was finished in former Building 429 drummer, Saul Johnson’s studio Underground Sound with Nick Jacobs.
In collaboration with UNC TV producer Lana Loraine Jordan Sarah Mae released a music video for, “We are a Miracle.” This project was her way of celebrating Chapel Hill and the friendships made during this period.
Post-graduation May 2016, Sarah Mae moved to Nashville with hopes of further developing her artistry and making critical connections.
She since planned and executed two mini-tours through Nashville TN, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Chapel Hill NC. Many of her gigs have been played as “Sarah Mae and the Chill-tones,” collaborating with Nathan Spears (cello) and Brendan Macie (banjo). Both tours were highly successful and built her connections, social media presence and image. The next tour’s goal is to extend to Asheville, Raleigh, and Wilmington. She predicts that fan base growth will be successful through utilizing her designed tour route through I-40 East from Nashville into North Carolina.
In the following months, Sarah Mae plans to record an EP co-written and produced by professionals in Nashville. Her dream is that with the combination of a new demo and solid tour route, she will reach the full potential of Sarah Mae Chilton the music artist.
Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina
Local 506, The Cave, Open Eye Café, 2nd Wind, Johnny’s Gone Fishin’ and the Honey Suckle Tea House, The Station, and Linda’s Bar and Grill
Winston-Salem/Greensboro, North Carolina
The Beer Growler, Muddy Creek Café, Fourth and Trade, Studio Seven and Music at Big Purple.
Blue Bar, Bootleggers, Millennium Maxwell House and Bobby’s Idle Hour.
Awards and Recognitions:
Featured Artist in Forsyth Woman Magazine
Mildred Brown Mayo Scholar granted money to visit music festivals like Bonnaroo and study “silent,” disco.