Sarah Jahn

Sarah Jahn is an American Christian pop singer from Wood River, Illinois.

Sarah Jahn
OriginWood River, Illinois
GenresContemporary Christian
LabelsWarner Alliance


Jahn sang in a middle school choir, but did not consider a career in music until she switched to a major in Christian music as a student at Greenville College in the early 1990s.[1] In 1994, Jars of Clay, a band composed of Greenville students, won the Gospel Music Association Spotlight New Artist Competition[2] and subsequently signed to Essential Records. Jahn herself won the same Spotlight Competition later that year.[3] She toured Japan and self-released an album in 1995; after sending a demo to KPNT 105.7FM in St. Louis, she received radio airplay and was included on one of the station's compilations of local artists.[2] In 1996, Jahn appeared on a Petra tribute album called Never Say Dinosaur, covering the band's 1979 song "Yahweh Love".[4] Jahn signed with Warner Alliance and released the album Sparkle in 1997.[5] The album was produced by Glenn Rosenstein and includes performance and songwriting contributions from members of Jars of Clay and the group Plumb.[6] Sparkle received mixed reviews; Nashville Scene called it "among the freshest and most moving pop releases of the year"[7] and "one of the finest pop albums to come out of Nashville in 1997",[8] while Allmusic described it as "listenable, but unmemorable."[6] She supported the album with a tour as the opening act for Jars of Clay, and appeared at the Alliance Festival in the United Kingdom.[2] A song from Sparkle, "Drinking Water", was a hit on Christian radio in 1998.[3]



  1. ^ Feature: Sarah Jahn. CCM, 1997.
  2. ^ a b c Sarah Jahn: American singer/songwriter creates a buzz at Alliance. Cross Rhythms 41, October 1997.
  3. ^ a b Mark Allan Powell, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Hendrickson Publishers, 2002, pp. 441-442.
  4. ^ Review of Never Say Dinosaur. Cross Rhythms 35, October 1996.
  5. ^ Review. Cross Rhythms 41, October 1997.
  6. ^ a b Review of Sparkle. AllMusic
  7. ^ Rocking God's House. Nashville Scene, June 5, 1997.
  8. ^ Review of Sparkle in Nashville Scene, quoted in Powell, p. 442.