Sarah Ellen Jarosz (/əˈrz/ jə-ROHZ; born May 23, 1991) is an American singer-songwriter from Wimberley, Texas. Her debut studio album, Song Up in Her Head, was released in 2009[1] and the song "Mansinneedof" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance.[2] Her second studio album, Follow Me Down, released in 2011, received a Song of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association's 2012 Honors and Awards. Her third studio album, Build Me Up from Bones, was released on September 24, 2013 through Sugar Hill Records. Build Me Up from Bones was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and its title track was nominated for Best American Roots Song.[3] In 2016, Jarosz released her fourth studio album, Undercurrent. The album won two Grammy Awards (Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance for the song "House of Mercy").

Sarah Jarosz
Jarosz at the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival in 2023
Jarosz at the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival in 2023
Background information
Birth nameSarah Ellen Jarosz
Born (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 33)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Years active2009–present
Member ofI'm with Her

On June 5, 2020 she released the album World on the Ground, her first solo studio album in four years. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album) with Jarosz winning in the Best Americana Album category.

Early life and education edit

Sarah Ellen Jarosz[4] was born in Austin, Texas,[5] and raised in Wimberley, Texas. Her parents were teachers. Her last name is Polish.[6] She began learning the mandolin at age 10 and later began learning to play the guitar, clawhammer banjo, and octave mandolin. During her senior year of high school, Jarosz signed a recording contract with Sugar Hill Records and released her debut album Song Up in Her Head in June 2009; it was produced by Jarosz and Gary Paczosa. Guest musicians on the album included Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, and Jerry Douglas. Jarosz enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music in 2009, and graduated with honors in 2013 with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation.[1]

Career edit

Jarosz performing in San Francisco, 2014

In 2010 Jarosz recorded the album Follow Me Down and again shared production duties with Gary Paczosa. The album was recorded in Nashville and features guest musicians Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, and bandmates Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith. A session with Punch Brothers in New York produced a cover of the Radiohead song "The Tourist". An American Songwriter reviewer wrote that "Jarosz invites us along with her into a growing sonic space of collaboration and artistry at this the second step in what will surely be a long and productive musical journey." In 2011 Jarosz performed at Jerry Douglas' the Transatlantic Sessions in Scotland. She performed Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells."[7]

In 2012, Jarosz appeared on Kate Rusby's album 20, collaborating with Rusby on the song "Planets".

In 2015, Jarosz toured extensively with Sara Watkins (a founding member of Nickel Creek) and Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still fame) as well as going on tour with Garrison Keillor on The America the Beautiful Tour – A Prairie Home Companion.[8][9] In 2016, she became a regular performer on the weekly NPR series Live from Here, hosted by Chris Thile.[10]

Together with Watkins and O'Donovan, Jarosz became a founding member of the progressive-folk trio I'm With Her. They released their debut album, See You Around, in 2018.

Her fourth studio album, Undercurrent, was released on June 17, 2016.[11] It won the Grammy for Best Folk Album along with the song "House of Mercy" winning the Grammy for Best American Roots Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[12][13]

In 2020, Jarosz returned to her solo career with her fifth studio album, World on the Ground.[14] This was followed 11 months later by the release of her sixth studio album, Blue Heron Suite. The previously-shelved collection was originally written and recorded between 2017 and 2018.[15]

On September 7, 2023, Jarosz released the official video of her song "Jealous Moon", from her album Polaroid Lovers, which was released on January 26, 2024.[16] October 10 saw the release of "Columbus & 89th", the second single off the album.[17]

Critical reception edit

Jarosz has been called "a songwriter of uncommon wisdom" by the Austin Chronicle.[18] Jarosz has been interviewed by NPR and Rolling Stone and described as a contemporary-bluegrass prodigy.[19] A New York Times reviewer wrote that Jarosz is "widely regarded as one of acoustic music's most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success."[20] Her 2013 release, Build Me Up from Bones, was dubbed by Stereo Subversion as an "organic masterwork...a warm, nuanced collection that wraps and enchants the listener", as well as "her boldest work yet" by WNYC Soundcheck.

Jarosz performing at Old Settler's Music Festival 2012

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Grass
Billboard 200

US Indie

US Rock
US Americana
Song Up in Her Head 1 158 3 21
Follow Me Down
  • Release date: May 17, 2011
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
2 98 16 4 26 4
Build Me Up from Bones
  • Release date: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
101 6 30 6
  • Release date: June 17, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
1 117 6 14 6
World on the Ground
  • Release date: June 5, 2020
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
Blue Heron Suite
  • Release date: May 7, 2021
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
Polaroid Lovers
  • Release date: January 26, 2024
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays edit

Title Details
Live at the Troubadour
  • Release date: June 11, 2013
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records

Singles edit

Title Year Album
"Annabelle Lee" 2012 Follow Me Down
"Over the Edge" 2013 Build Me Up from Bones
"Green Lights" / "When Doves Cry" 2017 Spotify Singles
"Johnny" 2020 World on the Ground
"Up in the Clouds" Non-album singles
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" / "My Future" 2021
"Jealous Moon"[28] 2023 Polaroid Lovers
"Columbus & 89th"[29]

Music videos edit

Year Title Director
2011 "Run Away"[30] Adam Hall
"Broussard's Lament" (live)[31] Bruce Keen
2013 "Over the Edge"[32] Bill Filipiak
2014 "Build Me Up from Bones"[33]
2016 "House of Mercy" Sasha Arutyunova/Jacob Blumberg
2017 "Green Lights"
2020 "Johnny" Grant Claire
2023 "Columbus & 89th" Jody March
2024 "When The Lights Go Out"[34] Bella Mazzola

Awards and nominations edit

Americana Music Honors & Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 Sarah Jarosz Emerging Artist of the Year Nominated
2011 Sarah Jarosz Instrumentalist of the Year Nominated
2012 "Come Around" Song of the Year Nominated
2014 Build Me Up from Bones Album of the Year Nominated
2018 I'm with Her Duo/Group of the Year Won

Grammy Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 "Mansinneedof" Best Country Instrumental Performance[35] Nominated
2014 Build Me Up from Bones Best Folk Album Nominated
"Build Me Up from Bones" Best American Roots Song Nominated
2017 Undercurrent Best Folk Album Won
"House of Mercy" Best American Roots Performance Won
2019 "Call My Name" (I'm with Her) Best American Roots Song[36] Won
"Call My Name" Best American Roots Performance Nominated
2021 World on the Ground Best Americana Album[35] Won
"Hometown" Best American Roots Song Nominated
2022 Blue Heron Suite Best Folk Album Nominated

References edit

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  10. ^ "Live from Here with Chris Thile: Performers and Staff". NPR. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Announces Her Fourth Album Undercurrent For June Release". Paste Magazine. March 1, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
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  17. ^ FEM MUSIC Staff (October 10, 2023). "Sarah Jarosz – Columbus & 89th". Retrieved October 15, 2023.
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  29. ^ Johnson, Tommy (October 12, 2023). "Sarah Jarosz Pays Homage To NYC With Latest Single "Columbus & 89th"". Ghettoblaster Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2023.
  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Run Away". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  31. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Broussard's Lament (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  32. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Over the Edge". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  33. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Build Me Up From Bones". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
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