Sarah Arenella

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Sarah fell in love with jazz when her childhood vocal coach, Mr. C, introduced her to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald when she was thirteen years old. Mr. C had grown up a piano virtuoso in midcentury Chicago, where he played in many famous clubs with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Debbie Reynolds. He had endless stories of his time as a youthful musican that Sarah never grew weary of hearing (and Mr. C never tired of telling).

When it was time for Sarah to attend college, it only made sense for her to study Vocal Jazz Performance at University of North Texas (which is what she did). It was here she discovered some of her most influential jazz artists: Chet Baker, Julie London, Beverly Kenney, Astrud Gilberto, Chris Connor, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie…just to name a few.

She moved back to Austin after college and dabbled in a few various careers (vintage shops, of course, to hone her unique retro style)  before being drawn back to her love of singing. In 2012, she finally began persuing a career as a jazz vocalist in the Live Music Capitol of the World. It didn’t take much time for Sarah to be performing regurarly at Austin institutions such as The Elephant Room, East Side Showroom, Frank, The Highball and presitgious events such as AMOA’s La Dolce Vita, Ballet Austin’s Fete, Tribeza Magazine’s Lawn Party, and many more. In 2013, she met accomplished pianist, arranger and composer, Kevin Lovejoy, a veteran of the Austin jazz scene, who assisted her with creating her first EP, Trust In Me. Trust In Me is a compilation of tunes both contemporary and standards, arranged to capter Sarah’s uniquely classic, yet modern, sound and style.