by Dave Carew
Let’s face it: often “the singer-songwriter playing at the local coffee shop” is nothing to write home about. That’s why I was so pleasantly surprised the night I saw Sabrina Toole gigging at Village Vibe. The moment Sabrina began singing I thought to myself, Wow, this is another level. This is going to be cool. And it was. Performing everything from originals to a Radiohead cover (yes, a Radiohead cover in Nashville), Sabrina and her backing musicians delivered a stripped-down yet powerful show that channeled Adele and Joss Stone, while perfectly showcasing Sabrina’s uniquely compelling voice.
We recently learned Sabrina is working on her debut album. We asked her about it, and here’s how our conversation went:
UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What is your vision for your upcoming album? How will it differ from your previous work?
SABRINA TOOLE: My vision for my debut album is that it will be a fun and energetic sound about all the things I have experienced in my 22 years of living. My hope is that people will be able to listen to this album and relate, and identify with the songs I’ve written. This album is about just living life and enjoying the good with the bad. I’m very excited to share it with my fans.
UN: To what degree is living and working in Nashville affecting your songwriting and performing?
ST: I had major writer’s block for almost 6 months before moving to Nashville. I wasn’t inspired by much of anything, but it was soon after I had moved to Nashville from East Texas that I was flooded with song ideas and melodies. The change of location and scenery definitely helped, but you begin to understand why they call it Music City, and how it came to be so legendary when you actually soak it all in yourself. Nashville will always have a piece of my heart no matter where this life takes me.
UN: As an artist, where do you hope to be three years from today?
ST: I dream to be playing stadiums for thousands of people in three years, but if I have to think realistically, I hope to be working on a second album and headlining a few tours. Any musician knows that great things take time and I am very excited to see what this year has to bring!
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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************
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Editor’s Note: Underground Nashville covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering thoughts from the shadows of a great American city. Dave Carew