Local Singer To Perform At The Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame
Harrogate-based singer Sarah Collins, will soon be jetting off to Cleveland, Ohio to perform on May 5th at a fundraising event at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
Sarah said, “An email came out of the blue. It was from the director of a US charity called Able Flight which offers people with disabilities a way to challenge themselves through learning to fly.
He said that he’d come across my music and my story of coming back from a life-threatening setback. He thought that I would be the perfect guest performer for an evening that’s a celebration of the success of those who face such challenges.
Sarah’s career as a professional singer came to an abrupt halt in 2012 when she collapsed at home, knocking herself unconscious. It wasn’t until her fiancé returned from work that she was found and rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain tumour which was immediately operated on.
It was touch and go whether she would make a full recovery and her doctors recommended music therapy as a way to restore her faculties. Her parents gave her their extensive collection of Northern Soul and Motown records and she immersed herself in the music.
In 2014, taking medication 3 times a day for epilepsy and unable to perform live, her father suggested that she should post a video of her singing to a backing track of one of his favourite songs on YouTube. The video received thousands of views and she has continued to upload them to this day. They have now clocked up nearly 5 million views. The videos led to invitations to appear at Northern Soul events, singing to backing tracks both in the UK and abroad.
In 2016, she felt able to return to her first love – singing with live musicians – and put together a 9-piece band, Sarah Collins and Keep The Faith. In under 2 years it has become one of the most popular Northern Soul bands in the UK, playing at festivals, theatres and corporate events all over the country and on June 9th, Sarah & the band will be making their London debut.
On this trip to the USA Sarah will be backed by the Tad Robinson Band who were nominated in 2016 for the US Soul Blues Album of the Year, but she’s received several requests for her own band to go to the States, and she’s hoping to firm up a tour while she’s there.
Sarah said, “I’m so excited to be performing on the same stage as so many legends of music and I’m so grateful to Able Flight for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”
Local Singer To Perform At The Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame, 16th April 2018, 16:21 PM