Sarah Jarosz

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Sarah Jarosz
Sarah Jarosz 2014.jpg
Jarosz in 2014
Background information
Born (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 27)
OriginAustin, Texas, United States
GenresAmericana, Country Folk, Bluegrass, Folk
InstrumentsMandolin, banjo, guitar, octave mandolin
Years active2009–present
LabelsSugar Hill
Associated actsI'm With Her

Sarah Jarosz (/əˈrz/ jə-ROHZ; born May 23, 1991) is an American singer-songwriter from Texas. Her first album, Song Up in Her Head, was released in 2009[1] and the tune "Mansinneedof" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance.[2] Her second album, Follow Me Down, released in 2011, received a Song of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Associations 2012 Honors and Awards. Her third album, Build Me Up from Bones, was released on September 24, 2013 through Sugar Hill Records. Build Me Up from Bones was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and its title track was nominated for Best American Roots Song.[3] In 2016 Jarosz released her fourth album, Undercurrent. The album won two GRAMMY awards (Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance for the song "House of Mercy").

Early life and education[edit]

Jarosz was born in Austin, Texas,[4] and raised in Wimberley, Texas. Her parents were teachers. Her last name is Polish.[5] She began learning the mandolin at age 10 and later began learning to play the guitar, clawhammer banjo, and octave mandolin. During her senior year of high school, Jarosz signed a recording contract with Sugar Hill Records and released her debut album Song Up in Her Head in June 2009; it was produced by Jarosz and Gary Paczosa. Guest musicians on the album included Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, and Jerry Douglas. Jarosz enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music in 2009, and graduated with honors in 2013 with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation.[1]

Sarah Jarosz performing at Old Settler's Music Festival – Driftwood, TX (2012)


In 2010 Jarosz recorded the album Follow Me Down and again shared production duties with Gary Paczosa. The album was recorded in Nashville and features guest musicians Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, and bandmates Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith. A session with the Punch Brothers in New York produced a cover of the Radiohead song "The Tourist". An American Songwriter reviewer wrote that "Jarosz invites us along with her into a growing sonic space of collaboration and artistry at this the second step in what will surely be a long and productive musical journey." In 2011 Sarah performed at Jerry Douglas' the Transatlantic Sessions in Scotland. She performed Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells."[6]

In 2012, Jarosz appeared on Kate Rusby's album 20, collaborating with Rusby on the song "Planets".

In 2015, Sarah toured extensively with Sara Watkins (a founding member of Nickel Creek) and Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still fame) as well as going on tour with Garrison Keillor on The America the Beautiful Tour – A Prairie Home Companion.[7][8]

Together with Watkins and O'Donovan, Jarosz is a member of the bluegrass trio I'm With Her. They released their debut album, See You Around, in 2018.

Her fourth studio album, Undercurrent, was released on June 17, 2016.[9] It won the Grammy for Best Folk Album along with the song "House of Mercy" winning the Grammy for Best American Roots Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[10][11]


Sarah has been called "a songwriter of uncommon wisdom" by the Austin Chronicle.[12] Jarosz has been interviewed by NPR and Rolling Stone and described as a contemporary-bluegrass prodigy.[13] A New York Times reviewer wrote that Jarosz is "widely regarded as one of acoustic music's most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success." [14] Her 2013 release, Build Me Up from Bones has already been dubbed by Stereo Subversion as an "organic masterwork...a warm, nuanced collection that wraps and enchants the listener", as well as "her boldest work yet" by WNYC Soundcheck.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Grass

US Indie

US Rock
Song Up in Her Head 1 158 3 21
Follow Me Down
  • Release date: May 17, 2011
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
2 98 16 4 26
Build Me Up from Bones
  • Release date: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
101 6 30
  • Release date: June 17, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
1 117 6 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Live at the Troubadour
  • Release date: June 11, 2013
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records


Year Single Album
2012 "Annabelle Lee" Follow Me Down
2013 "Over the Edge" Build Me Up from Bones

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "Run Away"[22] Adam Hall
"Broussard's Lament" (live)[23] Bruce Keen
2013 "Over the Edge"[24] Bill Filipiak
2014 "Build Me Up from Bones"[25]
2016 "House of Mercy" Sasha Arutyunova/Jacob Blumberg

Awards and nominations[edit]

Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Sarah Jarosz Emerging Artist of the Year Nominated
2011 Sarah Jarosz Instrumentalist of the Year Nominated
2012 "Come Around" Song of the Year Nominated
2014 Build Me Up from Bones Album of the Year Nominated
2018 I'm With Her Duo/Group of the Year Pending

Grammy Awards[26][edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "Mansinneedof" Best Country Instrumental Performance Nominated
2014 Build Me Up from Bones Best Folk Album Nominated
"Build Me Up from Bones" Best American Roots Song Nominated
2017 Undercurrent Best Folk Album Won
House Of Mercy Best American Roots Performance Won


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  2. ^ "52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List" Grammys. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ " - The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Build Me Up From Bones". Austin Chronicle. October 4, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "All That Jarosz". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ernest Troost". Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "I'm with Her Tour: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan". Folk Radio UK. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "The America the Beautiful Tour". A Prairie Home Companion. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Announces Her Fourth Album Undercurrent For June Release". Paste Magazine. March 1, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Past winners search".
  12. ^ Moser, Margaret. "Texas Platters: Sarah Jarosz" Austin Chronicle. June 12, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "A Bluegrass Débutante, A Highschool Graduate". NPR June 13, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  14. ^ "Singer, Songwriter, Prodigy, All at 19" NY Times. May 7, 2011, retrieved December 3, 2014.
  15. ^ "Sarah Jarosz". Discogs. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  17. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard 200. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  18. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  19. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  20. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  21. ^ "Sarah Jarosz Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Run Away". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Broussard's Lament (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Over the Edge". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sarah Jarosz : Build Me Up From Bones". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  26. ^ "Sarah Jarosz". May 22, 2018. Retrieved June 3, 2018.

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