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Student releases second album

staff writer

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 22:02

Sarah Olsen, a senior in majoring in music therapy, recently performed in the Taggart Student Center auditorium to promote the release of her second album. Olsen is a singer and songwriter with a passion for music.


“My mom will tell you I was born singing,” Olsen said. “She and my dad talk about me as a small child out on the swing set in our back yard, swinging and singing at the top of my lungs. I started taking piano lessons at age 8 and started guitar when I was in seventh grade and wrote my first song as a freshman in high school.”


Rebecca Olsen, Sarah’s sister, said Sarah has always been very involved in music and had a lot of talent.


“Sarah would sing to me in my crib when I was a baby and put on shows dancing and singing on our window seat,” Rebecca said. “Many of our home videos have her singing songs in the background.”


Olsen said she started writing music in high school, but raising awareness hasn’t been easy.


“Getting recognized as a performer is a process,” Olsen said. “I think what I’ve learned is that unless you can devote your life to ‘making it’ as a performer, you probably won’t. There’s a lot of time that goes into crafting your music, your sound, recording, playing, rehearsing, traveling and promoting. It’s a full time job.”


Olsen said she writes for her own sanity. If she is not writing about something in her own life, she is writing about someone close to her.


“I heard William Fitzsimmons say in an interview once that there’s a difference between what he writes and music that is ‘entertainment,’” Olsen said. “That’s what I’ve always tried to do. My goal is to move my audience, to help them feel something, not to be entertained.”


Olsen said she enjoys performing and writing.


“It’s something I do to help me work through things and share what I’m learning with others,” she said. “It’s a lot of work though and very emotionally taxing.”


She said the best advice she’s received was to learn as much as she could about the artists she wants to emulate.

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