Sarah Elizabeth Burkey's honest and pure songs are a voice for people whose stories need to be told but are lost, forgotten, silent. The title track of Sarah Elizabeth's album, When The Redbuds Bloom, begins with the lyrics: "There's a place I remember, a time I often recall, before the countryside was overtaken by suburban sprawl." Sarah wrote several of the songs for this album while hiking 325 miles across Kentucky backroads, railroads, forests and fields for 19 days.
Sarah's music and writing embodies many elements of her ancestry including Native American, Celtic, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues, Oldtime, and Spirituals. Sarah plays 11 instruments and has work on 15 CDs. Her literary works have been published in the USA and Europe. When not touring Sarah lives in Kentucky and the Cherokee Indian Reservation on the Qualla Boundary.
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"Sarah Elizabeth is amazing. God, what a voice! She is the real deal! Amazing!”~Mark Reese, filmmaker, LosAngeles, CA
“Sarah Elizabeth’s voice always sounds amazing and true.”~Jim James, My Morning Jacket, www.mymorningjacket.com
"Sarah Elizabeth has a haunting stage presence...absolutely lovely."~Chad M. Horn, Kentucky
"Sarah Elizabeth's sweet soulful deep charcoal smoked honey bee voice weaves circles around, intertwines, breathes new life. Her singing is a godgiven gift."~Michael Pollock, Reykjavik, Iceland
“Sarah’s voice is deep and seductive stunning and gorgeous…majestic, elusive power…literary sensibilities…a true Kentucky original.” ~Stephen George, LEO
"Sarah Elizabeth's voice soars with earnestness. I would like to express my deepest thanks to her for letting that voice into darkest Durham. She truly touched my heart."~David Kelly, Durham, England
"Sarah Elizabeth has the truly inspirational voice of an angel.”~Alex Cleckner, Durham, England
"Sarah Elizabeth's voice is sweet as a Devonshire morning in spring! I'd describe it as Alison Krauss with alot more feeling. Beautiful Magnetic Gentle and Stirring!"~Colin Shaddick, Devonshire, England
"Sarah sings and plays from her heart to create something beautiful for others. She is a true singer."~Brian Heflin, musician/songwriter, Cincinnati, Ohio
"Sarah Elizabeth truly radiates a wonderful spirit, and her singing is only part of that radiance."~Sister Mary of St. Joseph's, Bardstown, Kentucky
"Sarah Elizabeth's voice is the soul of music itself."~Cinda Crull, Bloomington, Indiana
"Sarah Elizabeth has the most beautiful singing voice I've ever heard in my life--deep, sweet and compassionate. She sings from her soul. As I listen God stirs my soul and my spirit meets God's Holy Spirit and I feel like I'm being transported to heaven by God's holy angels."~Sherry J. Miller, Louisville, Kentucky