Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, and Actress, Sarah Elizabeth, has performed in 19 countries but has called Kentucky home all her life. Sarah plays 11 instruments and her work appears on 15 albums. Sarah Elizabeth is to Kentucky what Fats Domino was to New Orleans. Fats epitomized the sound of the Crescent City in his time, equally giving an honorable nod to his musical ancestry while carrying the torch on to his generation. Sarah does this too, but in our context and in our time. Her sound is deeply rooted in the Kentucky hills, with a voice sweeter than a honeysuckle vine in spring and old as the current of the Ohio River.
Sarah Elizabeth Burkey was born and raised on Rural Route 4, Kevil, Kentucky. Her unique musical and literary compositions are born of this rich history. Sarah's work has been published in books and literary journals in the US and Europe. In 2007 Sarah's work was featured in the book "reflections upon the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On the Road." 2007 found Sarah performing in Portugal, England, and across the US including a California tour.
The non-fiction book "Western Kentucky: Lost & Forgotten, Found & Remembered" by Sarah Elizabeth and Ron Whitehead, a travel book unlike any other, is a must read! Inspired by hiking 325 miles for 19 days across Kentucky forests, fields, backroads & railroads, it is the companion book to Sarah's album "When The Redbuds Bloom."
Ms. Burkey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Literature. She was the keynote speaker and featured performer at Ohio University's 8th Annual Women of Appalachia Conference in 2006. Sarah Elizabeth plays the lead in the independent feature film Red Velvet Cake, filmed entirely in Kentucky. This film has not yet been released.
Sarah recorded her latest album DON'T DIE YET immediately upon returning from the Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota where she spent a great deal of time with the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Grammy Nominated Musician, Tony Redhouse accompanies Sarah on this album with Native American flute and drum plus many other instruments from indigenous cultures of the world. Sarah Elizabeth's songwriting drips with passion and a sacred appreciation of life.
2013 finds Sarah performing in UNTO THESE HILLS: the story of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, where she serves as Assistant Music Director.