Dirty Dozen: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic & Kyshona Armstrong

Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic & Kyshona Armstrong 2016One of the things Nashville does best is ‘in the round’ a chance to see high quality songwriters up close and personal.  You may not know the names but the format leads itself to seeing the mechainics of the art in action, three of Nashvilles best exponants speak to AUK.

Tell us about yourselves and what you do?   

We’re three singer/songwriters based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kyshona is a roots artist with a blues, gospel and soul sound, writing songs that reflect the stories of people she meets everyday. Jenn Bostic is a soulful emotive pop artist, most well known for her hit Jealous of the Angels, a tribute to her late father, which has led her to a life of touring internationally. Sarah Darling’s smooth, cinematic sound will take you on a journey with songs about stars. She has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry over 80 times.

How did you get together/start out?

We’re all been singing for as long as we can remember, but our path’s collided in the Nashville songwriter circuit where we frequently write together and perform at places like the listening room.

What is your current release/future release?

Sarah’s first single in the UK, You Take Me All The Way, will be available September 23rd, with a full length album to follow early next year. Jenn just released a brand new single What Love Feels Like (Radio Edit), on September 2nd, and it is currently playlisted on BBC Radio 2, Kyshona’s brand new album The Ride, released worldwide on September 6th.
What is the best part of being in a band/singer/song writer?

Currently on the Night in Nashville Tour, we perform songs-in-the-round. The beautiful moments we share on stage connecting with an audience and adding textures to each others’ music is an unforgettable experience.
What is your most significant (musical) moment yet?

Sarah says that making her new album Dream Country, is the most fulfilling thing she’s done in her life.

Kyshona’s most significant moment was performing for the inmates on Rikers Island Prison in New York.

Jenn’s most significant moment was performing Jealous of the Angels, on BBC Breakfast and watching it climb to #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in the UK.

What are your biggest musical influences?

Sarah: Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks, Coldplay & Norah Jones

Kyshona: Etta James, Tina Turner & Tracy Chapman

Jenn: Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi & Sarah Bareilles

What venue/gig do you most want to play?

Jenn and Sarah dream of performing at Royal Albert Hall while Kyshona has her heart set on the 02.

What is your best/favourite song you have written?

Sarah: Haley’s Comet

Kyshona: Cornelius Dupree

Jenn: Jealous of the Angels

What is your favourite album of this year?

Sarah: Cold Play : Adventure of a Lifetime

Kyshona: Beyonce : Lemonade

Jenn: Adele: 25

What does the next six months have in store for you?

Sarah: Preparations for launching dream country worldwide early 2017.

Kyshona: US tour with Nashville artist Shannon Libre to promote the new album.

Jenn: US tour, including a support date for Richard Marx.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Sarah: Performing in beautiful venues, enjoying my loved ones and continuing to travel around the world.

Kyshona: Happy and still writing music.

Jenn: Performing in theatres around the world and making memories with my growing family.

What is the best thing about Americana-UK?

They invest in up and coming artists and take the time to get our stories heard.

Author: Rudie Humphrey

Rudie is the weekly host of the syndicated radio show - The Horseshoe Lounge Music Session - playing the best American Roots and hosting terrific live guests.

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