She may be a Texan girl who lives in the home of country music, Nashville, but part of SaraBeth’s heart belongs here in the UK.
The singer-songwriter first came here on a school trip before spending more time studying at Imperial College in London as a student.
And now she’s back for her biggest UK tour to date.
‘That school trip’s where the love affair with the UK started. I absolutely love it. It’s kind of like a second home – yeah, I’ll claim that’, she laughs.
‘The first time I played there was visiting family in London, and my guitar player Glen was visiting as well – because he’s from London – so it was kind of a spur of the moment thing.
‘We thought, seeing as we’re both there at the same time, let’s put in a show and that turned into coming back last October and doing five shows, which has turned into 12 shows this time.
I said I don’t want to wake up in 10 years and think: what if? That’s when I decided to do this music thing full-time and head to NashvilleCountry singer-songwriter SaraBeth
‘It’s amazing what social media can do for you – that’s how my fanbase has grown in the UK. It’s really exciting.’
With a pro-baseball playing brother and a father who writes motivational books, SaraBeth comes from a family of high-achievers. Although she has a business degree under her belt, she decided to pursue her passion for country music instead.
‘It’s kind of crazy, I have a very motivating and inspirational family, they kind of dream big and think anything is possible.
‘When my little brother got drafted, it was kind of a wake up call.
‘Only one in a million actually make it, and the self-doubt starts to kick in – so-and-so’s more talented, I don’t know what I’m doing, and you kind of let yourself get in your own way.
‘I said I don’t want to wake up in 10 years and think: what if? That’s when I decided to do this music thing full-time and head to Nashville.’
SaraBeth released her debut album Anything Is Possible last year, and a self-titled EP in April this year.
And as a bit of an Anglophile, she’s been watching the UK fall for country music with interest.
‘I had my first top 10 album on iTunes in the UK, that’ll tell you something right there,’ she says. ‘Coming to the UK, I follow what’s going on quite closely.’
SaraBeth plays The Railway in Winchester, supported by Glen Mitchell, on Sunday, August 16. Tickets £10. Go to railwaylive.co.uk