Sarah Darling

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Sarah Darling
Sarah Darling performing at Joe's Pub
Sarah Darling performing at Joe's Pub
Background information
Birth nameSarah Ann Darling[1]
Born (1982-10-04) October 4, 1982 (age 38)
Des Moines, Iowa, US
Years active2003–present
LabelsBe Darling Records (2013–present) Black River (2008–2013)

Sarah Ann Darling (born October 4, 1982) is an American country music singer and songwriter.


In 2003, Darling made her name first known to the public when she was a top four finalist on E! Entertainment Television's reality show The Entertainer, hosted by Wayne Newton. She missed out on winning the show as Newton believed she was not right for Las Vegas and he advised her to head to Nashville to focus on country music.[2]

Sarah Darling went into the studio in the summer of 2008 to record her debut album, Every Monday Morning, which was released on June 16, 2009.[3] Her single "Jack of Hearts" successfully made its debut on Country Music Television's top 20 countdown.[4] A second album, Angels & Devils, was released on February 15, 2011, following its lead single "Something to Do With Your Hands" and a digital single release of the U2 cover "With or Without You". To promote the single, Black River Music Group arranged for Darling to sing the national anthem for a Buffalo Sabres game in place of usual singer Doug Allen; the Sabres and Black River are both owned by Terrence Pegula.

In late 2012, a new single titled "Home to Me," was released to digital retailers on August 21, 2012 after being previously featured on Sirius XM's The Highway country-music station. It sold over 8,000 copies in the first week of release becoming the top selling digital single from a new female artist since May 2011 when Lauren Alaina released "Like My Mother Does".[5] "Home to Me" became Darling's first single to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, reaching a peak of number 34. "Home To Me" was issued to radio, in multiple versions, customized for different states.

However, after releasing a digital EP, Home to Me, on January 29, 2013, Darling and Black River Entertainment parted ways.[6]

Darling released "Little Umbrellas," independently on June 4, 2013 to digital retailers. It was also issued to country radio on June 24, 2013, though it failed to chart.

Darling has been featured on TBS' CONAN, FOX & Friends, HLN Morning Express with Robin Meade, ABC's The Bachelor, Better TV and many additional news outlets. She wrote the song "Knowing What I Know About Heaven," which was recorded and released by Guy Penrod, and has a passion for baking.

Darling was a contestant on ABC's Rising Star first season in 2014, and was eliminated in the fourth week.[7] However, after her elimination Brad Paisley, one of the show's judges, invited Darling to perform with him at the Grand Ole Opry.

On February 10, 2017, Darling self-released her Dream Country album, a compilation of songs that provided a glimpse into her new musical direction.[8] Dream Country was well received in both the US and UK with over 4 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music.

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Darling performed at the C2C: Country to Country festival, the largest country music event in Europe.

On February 20, 2018, Darling teased her new single "Wasted" ahead of an upcoming tour in the UK and Ireland.[9]

On June 7, 2019, Darling released her newest album Wonderland which climbed to the top of the official UK Country Artist Album Charts.[10]

On November 22, 2019, Darling released her single "Divide" featuring Ward Thomas[11]

Rising Star[edit]

Stage Song Original Artist Result
Audition "Merry Go 'Round" Kacey Musgraves Advanced
Duels "I Hope You Dance" (vs. Megan Tibbits) Lee Ann Womack Eliminated


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country UK Country
UK Indie
Every Monday Morning
Angels & Devils
  • Released: February 15, 2011
  • Label: Black River
  • Formats: CD, music download
Dream Country
  • Released: February 10, 2017
  • Label: Be Darling
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
Winter Wonderland
  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Label: Be Darling
  • Formats: CD, music download
  • Released: June 7, 2019
  • Label: Be Darling
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
1 19

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Home to Me[14]
  • Released: January 29, 2013
  • Label: Black River
  • Formats: CD, music download
Have a Merry Little Christmas Darling[15]
  • Released: November 19, 2013
  • Label: Be Darling
  • Formats: CD, music download
Campfire Sessions:
Wide Open Spaces
  • Released: July 10, 2020
  • Label: Be Darling
  • Formats: Music download


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US Country Airplay
2009 "Jack of Hearts" Every Monday Morning
"Whenever It Rains"
2010 "With or Without You" Angels & Devils
2011 "Something to Do With Your Hands"
"O Holy Night" N/A
2012 "Blackbird" Let Us In: Nashville
"Home to Me" 34 44 Home to Me
2013 "Little Umbrellas" N/A
2016 "You Take Me All the Way" Dream Country
"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"
2017 "Halley's Comet"
2018 "Wasted" N/A
"Diamonds" Wonderland
"Call Me"
2019 "Fire"
"Enjoy the Ride"
"Divide" (featuring Ward Thomas) TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2009 "Jack of Hearts"[16] Ryan Smith
"Whenever It Rains"[17] Scottsdale Community College
"Can't Call Love"[18]
"I Never Do What I Should"[19] Full Sail University
"It Don't Matter Now (Missing You)"[20]
2011 "Something to Do With Your Hands"[21] Stephen Shepherd
"O Holy Night"[22] Robert Swope
2012 "Blackbird"[23] D'Amico, Mayer, Ross
"Home to Me"[24] Becky Fluke
2013 "Little Umbrellas"[25] Stokes Nielson
2016 "You Take Me All the Way"[26]
"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"[27] Kris D'Amico
2017 "Halley's Comet"[28] Mike Halsey
"Where Cowboys Ride"[29] Benjamin Kutsko



  • UK & Ireland Tour (2018)
  • Wonderland Tour (2019)



  1. ^ "Sarah Darling – Jack Of Hearts Lyrics". Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sarah Darling Biography". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Cronin, Peter (March 26, 2009). "Black River's Sarah Darling Goes to Video School". MusicRow. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Sarah Darling at Morris Public Relations". Morris Public Relations. Archived from the original on September 29, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sarah Darling's "Home to Me" is the Highest New Female Digital Single Debut in Over a Year". Sarah Darling Official Website. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  6. ^ iDesign, Steven Boone. "Black River Entertainment". Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Sarah Darling by - Rising Star -". ABC. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Taste of Country, Cillea Houghton. "Sarah Darling Sings to the Dreamer on New Album Dream Country". Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Sarah Darling Teases New Single 'Wasted', GetToTheFront, retrieved February 20, 2018
  10. ^ Country Artist Albums Chart for 21 June 2019, Official Charts Company, retrieved June 21, 2019
  11. ^ "Sarah Darling Announces New Single 'Divide'". CelebMix. November 8, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  12. ^ References for peaks on UK Country Albums Chart:
  13. ^ References for peaks on UK Independent Albums Chart:
  14. ^ Wyland, Sarah (January 13, 2013). "Sarah Darling to Release Home To Me EP January 29". Great American Country. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  15. ^ Darling, Sarah. "Sarah's First Ever Christmas EP Released!". Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : Jack of Hearts". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : Whenever It Rains". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  18. ^ "Sarah Darling – Can't Call Love (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  19. ^ "Sarah Darling – Never Do What I Should (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  20. ^ "Sarah Darling – It Don't Matter Now (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  21. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : Something to Do With Your Hands". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : O Holy Night". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : Blackbird". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : Home to Me". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Darling : Little Umbrellas". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  26. ^ "Sarah Darling – You Take Me All the Way". YouTube. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "Sarah Darling – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want". YouTube. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  28. ^ "Sarah Darling – Halley's Comet". Vevo. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  29. ^ "Sarah Darling – Where Cowboys Ride". Vevo. Retrieved February 10, 2017.

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