Brushing shoulders with major country stars might become a routine occurrence for teen singer-songwriter Sara Ann Garrison after winning Nashville Universe's Shooting Star of the Year Award.
Brushing shoulders with major country stars might become a routine occurrence for teen singer-songwriter Sara Ann Garrison after winning Nashville Universe’s Shooting Star of the Year Award.
After she was nominated early this fall among 20 talented hopefuls from around the country, Garrison won the guitar-shaped Shooting Star of the Year Award in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 17 through the online voting contest. While at the awards show, Garrison found herself in the company of sizzling country rapper Colt Ford, as well as Todd Taylor, who is known as the Guinness Book of World Record’s fastest banjo player.
On Saturday, 14-year-old Garrison, formerly of Dover, will play a charity event, Cupids For Lindsay Stevens Benefit, with bandmate David Tarlecki. The two make up the new musical duo Maybe Abilene. The event will be held at the Marydel Fire Company Fire Hall, and proceeds from the event will benefit Lindsay Stevens, of Dover, who was involved in a car crash in November and sustained brain trauma and several broken bones. All funds raised will go toward Stevens’ hospital bills and any of her household bills. The event will include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, cake wheel and other foods.
The Dover Post caught up with Garrison, who now resides in Lewes, to discuss her music award, her future in country music and more.
Q What does it mean to you to have won the Shooting Star of the Year Award?
A I love country music and I thought it was kind of awesome to be able to go to Nashville to see if I’d actually win. It’s actually a big deal to me because this is launching off into me possibly getting an actual career in singing, because there were so many people there like producers and people that work in the business. And people know who I am now.
Q What was your experience like meeting Colt Ford?
A He was nice. I kind of feel as if famous people aren’t any different from normal people. He was cool, but I thought it was more interesting meeting the people [I was competing against] and becoming friends with all of them.
Q What accomplishments would you like to achieve in your music career?
A I want people to look up to me, kind of like Taylor Swift, because everybody looks up to her. She’s such an amazing person and she never does anything bad. She helps everybody and she cares about people.
Q From your perspective, do you find it overwhelming traveling across the country in pursuit of launching your music career?
A I don’t find it too demanding because this is what I want to do. In order to get to where you want to be, you have to start out younger because the older you are, the harder time you’re going to have to get to where you’re going. They’re looking for young people, so if I want to fulfill my dreams, I have to try my hardest.
Q What’s next for you?
A Probably more gigs around where I live, and eventually getting into singing in Nashville.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Cupids For Lindsay Stevens Benefit, featuring Maybe Abilene in concert
WHEN 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Marydel Fire Company, 110 Fire House Lane, Marydel
COST $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and younger
INFO Visit Cupids For Lindsay Stevens Benefit on Facebook or call (302) 222-5500 or (302) 257-0307