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Life & Work with Sarah Jane Irwin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Jane Irwin.

Hi Sarah Jane, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started playing guitar a few years ago and learned by copying my favorite folk artists like Elliott Smith. I’ve always had a taste for the sad. Now I write my own sad music and just released a self-titled EP!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The only challenges come from my own mind and living with bipolar disorder. Suicide attempts have certainly slowed me down, but I’m on a wonderful cocktail of medications that keep me stable. A lot of my stability came from the help of the rooms of AA and Al-Anon too. Those programs paved the road for me to even attempt to release any music out in the wild.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I play simple guitar, sing, and write folk songs, and I wouldn’t say I’m really known for anything yet. I’m proud of the EP which wouldn’t have been possible without my friend/producer Rob Maile so he could have a portfolio to get into Musicians Institute. It was symbiosis, baby!

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I’m literally colorblind. I’ve always loved visual art, but music was easier because I didn’t have to match anything except harmonies I guess.

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