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Sariah

How would you describe your music?

Urban Dance Pop!

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am a solo artist and I record all of my lead and background vocals. That is very important to me and I never hire someone to sing my backgrounds for me. I am involved in all of the business decisions, though I trust my incredible manager, Gary Salzman of BIG Management, with the final say.

Describe your gear.

I currently am rehearsing for shows this summer! I also use a cordless mic and my own TV tracks for live performance. I always have my male dancers with me, usually atleast two, and we perform anywhere from one to three songs!

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

"Yes, I do feel that there are distinct differences between being a female musician and a male musician. In my experience, women have to work harder to prove themselves whereas men often feel that they will automatically get a gig. When I was younger and participated in classical piano competitions, I always felt that my male counterparts were taken more seriously, even if they had fewer years under their belt. "

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes I do see differences between generations of women musicians. When I think back on the pieces I studied while taking classical piano, I cannot remember studying one female musician's work. Now, I am pleasantly surprised when I go to concerts and see all female orchestras, songwriters, bands, and conductors.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

My vocal teacher always tells me to respect myself and my values. She always reminds me that this industry is very challenging and I cannot lose myself or my goals while climbing my way to the top. I give every female musician the same advice whenever I have the opportunity. Every woman is so unique and deserves to have an equal chance in this record business! I always envisioned myself becoming the first female artist to own my own record label, make my own decisions, and create my own side businesses. I am so lucky to say that I am living my dream! I am so thankful for my incredible team and my supportive family. I would love to speak to NPR even further about being a woman musician in 2010. Please feel free to contact me at any time and I thank you for inviting female artists to reflect on this business.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

The piano is so expressive. It allows me to accompany myself in live performances. It is also a great instrument for me as a songwriter.

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