Sarah Aarons

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Sarah Aarons
Born (1994-10-04) 4 October 1994 (age 27)
Melbourne, Australia
LabelsSony ATV Publishing

Sarah Paige Aarons (born 4 October 1994, previously known as Paige IV and sometimes simply as Sarah) is a songwriter from Bentleigh, Melbourne, Australia.[1] Now based in Los Angeles,[2] Aarons is signed to Sony ATV Publishing. She co-wrote "Stay" by Zedd and Alessia Cara[3] and "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, which both went to #1 on Mainstream Top 40 and were each certified double platinum in the US. In 2019, Aarons was nominated for Song of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for her work on "The Middle".

In Australia, Aarons had acclaimed success with the breakout song "Keeping Score" by LDRU,[4] "Frozen" by Pon Cho and Cosmo's Midnight's "History," which in turn has become the most played song on Triple J in 2017. She has also received three ARIA Awards for her work with LDRU and has gone double platinum in Australia.

In 2017, Aarons was appointed one of APRA AMCOS Ambassadors[5] and was included in LA Weekly's 20 hottest current songwriters.[6] At the APRA Music Awards of 2018 she won Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year,[7][8] she was also nominated for Country Work of the Year for the track, "House", alongside co-writers Brooke McClymont, Mollie McClymont, Samantha McClymont and Michael Fatkin.[9]

At the 2019 APRA Awards, Aarons won Songwriter of the Year as well as Most Played Australian Work, Rock Work of the Year and Dance Work of the Year.[10]

In 2018, Aarons had her right leg amputated due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes pain and swelling of the joints.

Selected discography[edit]

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Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2015 Smizzy The Cover "Problems Aside"
(featuring Paige IV)
Martin Brown, Luke Rundle, Timothy Carr, Paul Conrad
LDRU Sizzlar "Keeping Score"
(featuring Paige IV)
Drew Carmody
2016 Jai Waetford Heart Miles "Living Not Dreaming" Jai Waetford, Michael Fatkin
"Worlds" Jai Waetford, Michael Fatkin
PON CHO Non-album single "Lonely Walls"
(featuring Paige IV)
Kevin Kerr
Emmalyn "Hungover" Emmalyn Estrada, Brett McLaughlin, Jordan Palmer
PON CHO "Frozen"
(featuring Paige IV)
Kevin Kerr
2017 Cosmo's Midnight What Comes Next "History" Cosmo Liney, Patrick Liney
Lost Kings Non-album single "Quit You"
(featuring Tinashe)
Robert Abisi, Norris Shanholz, Sean Myer
Zedd TBA "Stay"
(with Alessia Cara)
Anton Zaslavski, Anders Froen, Jonnali Parmenius, Linus Wiklund, Alessia Caracciolo
Mabel Bedroom EP "Bedroom" Mabel McVey, Thomas Hull
LDRU Sizzlar "The Calling" Drew Carmody
Jessie Ware Glasshouse "Alone" Jessica Ware, Thomas Hull
Galantis The Aviary "Tell Me You Love Me" (with Throttle) Christian Karlsson, Linus Eklow, Jimmy "Svidden" Koitzsch, Henrik Jonback, Robert Bergin, Eddie Jenkins
Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me "Lonely"
(featuring Lil Wayne)
Dijon Mcfarlane, Niholas Audino, Lewis Hughes, Te Whiti Warbrick, Dwayne Carter Jr.
"Smoke & Mirrors" Demetria Lovato, Benjamin Abraham
Guy Sebastian Conscious "Drink Driving" Guy Sebastian, Bastian Langebaek
Madison Beer As She Pleases EP "Say It to My Face" Dayyon Drinkard, Frederik Ball
Camila Cabello Bright: The Album "Crown"
(with Grey)
Camila Cabello, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha
2018 Zedd TBA "The Middle"
(with Maren Morris and Grey)
Anton Zaslavski, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax
Whethan Fifty Shades Freed OST "High"
(with Dua Lipa)
Ethan Snoreck, Dua Lipa, Jonathan Hill
Bobi Andonov Non-album single "Smoke" Bobby Andonov, Samuel Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Dylan William
SeeB Nice to Meet You EP "Drink About"
(featuring Dagny)
Simen Eriksrud, Espen Borg, Joakim Haukaas, Alex Hope, Thomas Hull
Alina Baraz The Color of You "Tainted" Alina Baraz, Ajay Bhattacharya
The Rubens Lo La Ru "Never Ever"
(featuring Sarah)
Samuel Margin, Elliott Margin
Peking Duk Reprisal EP "Fire" Adan Hyde, Reuben Styles, Samuel Littlemore
Lykke Li So Sad So Sexy "Sex Money Feelings Die" Li Zachrisson, Ilsey Juber, James Ryan Ho, Dacoury Natche, Thomas Hull
Ruel Ready EP "Younger" Ruel van Dijk, Mark Landon, Larry Griffin Jr., JaVohn Griffin
Cosmo's Midnight What Comes Next "Talk to Me"
(featuring Tove Styrke)
Cosmo Liney, Patrick Liney
Ruel Ready EP "Intro" Ruel van Dijk, Mark Landon, Larry Griffin Jr.
Odette To a Stranger "Lights On" Georgia Sallybanks, Alex Hope
Zedd TBA "Happy Now"
(with Elley Duhé)
Anton Zaslavski, Jonnali Parmenius, Linus Wiklund
David Guetta 7 "Don't Leave Me Alone"
(featuring Anne-Marie)
Pierre Guetta, Jonnali Parmenius, Linus Wiklund
Gryffin Gravity "Tie Me Down"
(with Elley Duhé)
Daniel Griffith, Badrilla Bourelly, Aaron Forbes, Jussi Karvinen, Nathaniel Cyphert
Example Bangers & Ballads "Headlights" Elliot Gleave, Andy Sheldrake
Noah Cyrus Good Cry EP "Mad at You"
(with Gallant)
Noah Cyrus, Thomas Hull
Nao Saturn "Drive and Disconnect" Neo Jessica Joshua, Daniel Traynor, Ajay Bhattacharya, Jeff Gitelman
Khalid Suncity EP "Vertigo" Khalid Robinson, Ryan Vojtesak, Jamil Chammas, Jonathan Hill, Rogét Chahayed
Forever Neverland "I Want You" Karen Marie Ørsted, Ajay Bhattacharya
Louis the Child Kids at Play EP "Breaking News"
(featuring Raye)
Frederic Kennett, Robert Hauldren, Rachel Keen
Kelsey Lu Blood "Due West" Kelsey Lu, Jeff Kleinman, Michael Uzowuru, Rodaidh McDonald, William Boston
2019 Maren Morris Girl "Girl" Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin
Meg Mac Hope "Something Tells Me" Megan McInerney
"Head Away" Megan McInerney
Maren Morris Girl "Common"
(featuring Brandi Carlile)
Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin
John Legend TBA "Preach" John Stephens, Greg Kurstin
Khalid Free Spirit "Paradise" Khalid Robinson, Jonathan Hill, Dacoury Natche
"Outta My Head"
(with John Mayer)
Khalid Robinson, John Mayer, Jamil Chammas, Jonathan Hill
"Free Spirit" Khalid Robinson, Ryan Vojtesak, Jamil Chammas, Justin Scott Lucas
"Bluffin'" Khalid Robinson, Ryan Vojtesak, Jamil Chammas
Miquela Non-album single "Right Back" Miquela Sousak, Ethan Snoreck, Jordan Palmer
Ruel Free Time "Real Thing (Ruel song)" Ruel van Dijk, Mark Landon
"Painkiller" Ruel van Dijk, Mark Landon
Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins "Happy When I'm Sad" Nicholas Jonas, Joel Little
Mabel High Expectations "FML" Mabel McVey, Kelly Kiara, Marlon McVey-Roudette, Warren Felder
Hilltop Hoods The Great Expanse "Exit Sign"
Foster the People Pick U Up EP "Imagination"
"Pick U Up"
Kaskade Non-album single "With You"
(with Meghan Trainor)
Ryan Raddon, Finn Bjarnson, Richard Beynon, Thomas Shaw, Samuel Gerongco, Robert Gerongco
Ingrid Michaelson Stranger Songs "Pretty" Ingrid Michaelson, Alexandra Robotham
Gallant Sweet Insomnia "Crimes" Christopher Gallant, Ajay Bhattacharya, Benjamin Abraham
Cashmere Cat Princess Catgirl "Without You" Magnus August Hoiberg, Benjamin Levin, Kevin Esmenda, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Oscar Holter
Bea Miller Non-album single "Never Gonna Like You"
(featuring Snakehips)
Oliver Dickinson, James David, Joe Janiak
2020 Halsey Manic "I Hate Everybody" Ashley Frangipane, Noonie Bao, Peder Losnegård, Benjamin Levin, Magnus August Høiberg, Nathan Perez, Finneas O'Connell
SZA, Justin Timberlake TROLLS: World Tour

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

"The Other Side" Ludwig Göransson, Max Martin, Justin Timberlake, SZA
Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, Anderson Paak & Kenan Thompson "Just Sing"
Gracie Abrams Minor "21"
"I Miss You I'm Sorry"
Childish Gambino 3.15.20 "Time"
Whethan and Group Love Fantasy "Upside Down"
Tracee Ellis Ross The High Note (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) "Love Myself"
Tracee Ellis Ross & Kelvin Harrison Jr. "Track 8"
Kelvin Harrison Jr. "Like I Do"
The Chicks Gaslighter "For Her"
Wafia Good Things "Hurricane"
Joji + Diplo Nectar "Daylight"
Ruel Bright Lights, Red Eyes "As Long As You Care"
"Say It Over featuring Cautious Clay"
"Up To Something"
Eliza and the Delusionals TBA "Sentimental"
2021 The Rubens 0202 "State of Mind"
Zara Larsson Poster Girl "Need Someone"
Ingrid Michaelson + Zayn TBA "Begin Again"
Holly Humberstone The Walls Are Way Too Thin "Haunted House"
Miguel Art Dealer Chic 4 "Thinking Out Loud"
Peking Duk "Chemicals"[11] Reuben Styles, Adam Hyde
Tate McRae and Khalid TBA "Working"
Dillon Francis Happy Machine "In Case I Fall Asleep ft. Gracey"
Demi Lovato Non-album single "Unforgettable (Tommy's Song)" Demi Lovato, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Warren "Oak" Felder
Kito Blossom Skin & Bones ft. Winona Oak
Gracie Abrams This Is What it Feels Like "Better"
"For Real This Time"
"Wishful Thinking"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2016 APRA Music Awards of 2016 Best Music for an Advertisement Rio 2016 Olympics Nominated
2017 APRA Music Awards of 2017 Dance Work of the Year "Keeping Score" Nominated
2018 61st Annual Grammy Awards Song of the Year "The Middle" Nominated
APRA Music Awards of 2018 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Herself Won
Country Work of the Year "House" Nominated
2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition "The Middle" 2nd
APRA Music Awards of 2019 Dance Work of the Year "The Middle" Won
"Tell Me You Love Me" Nominated
Most Played Australian Work "The Middle" Won
Rock Work of the Year "Never Ever" Won
Songwriter of the Year Herself Won
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Songwriter of the Year Nominated
53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year "Girl" Nominated
J Awards of 2019 You Done Good Award Herself Nominated
2020 APRA Music Awards of 2020 Most Performed Country Work "Girl" Nominated
Most Performed Urban Work "Exit Sign" Nominated
Overseas Recognition: Los Angeles Herself Nominated
Songwriter of the Year: Los Angeles Won


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  2. ^ "For Sarah Aarons, illness was a 'turning point' on the way to a chart-topping song".
  3. ^ "Meet the 23-year-old Melbourne writer behind the biggest pop song in the US".
  4. ^ "The Secrets Behind How Australia's Biggest Pop Tracks Get Made".
  5. ^ "10 quick questions with Ambassador Sarah Aarons".
  6. ^ "The 20 Hottest Songwriters in Pop Music Right Now".
  7. ^ "Full List of Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Country Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Sarah Aarons, Amy Shark, Dean Lewis Win Big at 2019 APRA Awards".
  11. ^ Brereton, Greta (11 June 2021). "Check out Peking Duk's anthemic new single "Chemicals"". NME. Retrieved 11 June 2021.