SaraBeth Swagerty

Savvy, fun, creative, adventurous, determined and delightfully unexpected are a good start, but adjectives begin to run out well before facets of SaraBeth’s artistrydo. A force-of-nature Texan who is already building a meaningful presence as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, she is a virtual lock to take the next step – if only because she hasn’t missed one yet.

Earning fans one show at a time, landing considerable regional media exposure, scoring two nationally charted singles, developing a base in her native Texas, expanding it nationally and even internationally with a successful U.K. tour in 2014, SaraBeth has made astounding strides in a very short time. And the release of her self-titled EP and aggressive first single “I’m Sick Of It” will surely carry her even further. Unusually, however, for someone who’s gone all-in as an artist, music wasn’t her life’s goal.

Raised in the Dallas area, SaraBeth found joy in music, to be sure. “I always loved singing,” she says. “My first song was ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and my mother says it wasn’t annoying at all when I sang it for the 500th time.” Not to mention Lambchop’s “The Song that Never Ends.” “Lord help my parents and grandparents,” she laughs.

Despite her appreciation for music and a good bit of education and practice through her childhood, it never seemed a likely destination. A self-professed nerd who loved school, SaraBeth attended Baylor majoring in entrepreneurship. “My thought was to go be a power business woman, which probably would have landed me in real estate. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to sit in a cubicle or behind a desk. From the age of 15 through college I was a waitress and being up, moving and talking to people seemed to fit me better. It was more fun.”

She paid her way through college and spent the summer after graduation teaching music in the Dominican Republic. “That was the best experience of my life,” she says. “There’s so much you can do with an entrepreneurship degree, but being fluent in Spanish gave me that opportunity. When the music teacher dropped out and they asked me, it was a nudge toward music. Then my brother got drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, and I started thinking. I realized I didn’t want to look back and wonder what would have happened if I had tried. Instead of spending the rest of my life wondering, I headed to Nashville and tried to learn as much as I could as fast as I could.”