Austin Rising Star, Sahara Smith, Delivers New Music Video & Kicks Off Her East Coast Tour

Sahara kicks off an East Coast tour on Jan. 20 and plays NYC on Feb. 1 + 2! debuted Sahara Smith’s new video for her 2nd single, “Are You Lonely.” The gorgeous, sultry song is from her T Bone Burnett shepherded debut, ‘Myth of the Heart’. Of this video, Sahara says: “The theme of the video is remembering and letting go.”

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“We shot at different locations in downtown Austin, Texas … and at each location, I sit down with a piece of paper, write down a memory and fold it into a paper crane,” Sahara says, of the Rosalyn Rosen-directed video. “Then I light a candle, set it by the crane, and walk away. In the last shot, I wade out into the lake, float a crane on the water and let it drift away from me. It was a chilly evening — that water was freezing.”

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Following Letterman Performance and Critical Acclaim For Debut Album Sahara Smith Confirms January Tour


Sahara Smith

Photo by Erik Valind

22-year-old Sahara Smith is having a breakthrough year with recent performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and NPR’s World Café, a Glamour Magazine nod and plenty more remarkable critical acclaim for her debut album, ‘Myth of the Heart’ (Playing in Traffic Records).

In January, the “quickly rising starlet” (Austin American-Statesman) will hit the road on her third national tour (dates below) and release her second single, “Are You Lonely.” For a taste, watch her perform “Are You Lonely” live at the Discover Studio here …

Over the weekend, The NY Times’ Texas edition highlighted ‘Myth of the Heart’ as an indie record store favorite in her hometown, Austin, TX. John Kunz, owner of the famed Waterloo Records, says, “There’s a confident nature to her that comes through on the record and a real simplicity to everything that I think is unusual. She’s young, sure, but it takes maturity to distill a song down to its simple essence. I guess you could say she’s wise beyond her years.”
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Austinite Sahara Smith’s Late Night Debut on Letterman Wednesday Night (11/24)


Sahara Smith

Sahara Smith (Photo by Erik Valind)

On Wednesday, November 24, one of America’s most talented emerging artists, Sahara Smith, will make her late night TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35pm/10:35c). Smith, whose breakthrough debut album ‘Myth of the Heart’ was overseen by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile Kelman, will perform her sultry, smoky first single, “The Real Thing.”

At just 22-years-old, the now Austin-based “rising talent” (LA Times) has already generated incredible buzz around country. This performance marks her first national appearance after two successful tours. Watch the music video for “The Real Thing”:

‘Myth of the Heart’ features many of Burnett’s first-call session players, including guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist Dennis Crouch.

In January, Smith will release her second single “Are You Lonely” and announce her third national tour. Stay tuned for updates.

“Her voice hits angelic highs reminiscent of Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.” – LA Times
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