A songwriter and a scientist, Sarah Beatty is full of surprises. Deftly occupying the space surrounding blues, jazz, country, and soulful styled roots music, her music shines brightly with dynamic vocals, imaginative lyrics, and sing-song melodies. She's a versatile performer who can stomp a deep groove and deliver a Regina Spektor-esque quirkiness, all while simultaneously summoning the ache of Billie Holiday. She takes audiences to other worlds, and brings them back home slack-jawed and cheering for more.
Sarah Beatty is a Hamilton, ON, Canada based artist who grew up with two hometowns and many addresses on both sides of the border. She cut her musical teeth singing in public school choirs and playing the french horn in band in Rochester, NY. In Parry Sound, ON and St. Catharines, ON she developed primarily as a singer, collaborating songwriter, and recording artist in various local and regional acts (The Marantz Project, My Son the Hurricane, Mike Lynch, The Screaming Black Cadillacs).
Then, in late 2011, she decided to record the first tracks of what would become her debut solo album, Black Gramophone (released May, 2012). In just a few short months, the live-off-the floor recording garnered support from local and international press and radio, national audiences, and generated an invite to audition for the Mariposa Folk Festival and a Roots Recording of the Year nomination from the Hamilton Music Awards in 2012.
Since the release, Beatty and her songs have toured Canada, the US, and Europe.... winning over audiences and building a reputation for her dazzling and down-home performances all along the way. Highlights include having shared stages with international touring and local artists alike. Ani Difranco, Vance Gilbert, Corinna Rose, Ariana Gillis, Lori Yates, Mary Simon, Matty Simpson, Shawn William Clarke, Kyp Harness, Scott Cook, and Tomi Swick. In addition to her regular performance schedule, Beatty has also quickly become a festival regular, with appearances at Mariposa Folk Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival, Winterfolk, Festival of Friends, Illuminaqua, In the Soil, Harrishire Folk Festival, and other regional gatherings.
Throughout her musical life, Sarah has concurrently pursued an interest and creative bent in Environmental Science. She is accredited in Geographic Information Systems and Hydrogeology and is an experimentalist by training. Her original research is published in peer-reviewed international journals and has been presented at international conferences. She received her PhD in Environmental Science from McMaster University in June, 2016.