Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Hathaway.
Sandy, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Sandy Hathaway’s songs reach back in time and deliver stories that touch the heart. Her music can be described as a soulful blend of Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Patty Griffin. Sandy’s live performances are filled with emotion and expression. Her own songs contain vivid descriptions and metaphors that transport the listener to a country garden or a dirt road. Sandy plays nearly all genres of music and has about six hours of songs in her cover song library.
Sandy is a daydreaming artist from West Michigan lakeshore. She taught herself to play guitar at eight. She took every opportunity she had to play on stage at 4-H events, and school talent shows. Early influences were her aunt Jean and uncle Pat who both helped her learn. Sandy studied Classical Guitar as an adult at Meyer Music in Grand Rapids. She moved to Arizona and became a full-time singing guitarist.
Sandy has studied Songwriting at Berkley online and voice with Ree Boado. Her songs are emotionally engaging for the listener; whether walking the cow back home or dancing on her father’s shoes. Sandy was a Top Ten Finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival songwriting contest in 2004, 2016 and 2017. She placed second in 2017 for a country songwriting contest by West Valley Country Music Association. Sandy has recorded three CDs: Edge of Twilight 2014, Red Sky at Morning 2015 and a children’s CD Milkweed Seeds 2016.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have always written songs about my own childhood, my past, wishes, and experiences. Some songs almost write themselves, and others are rewritten and shaped until they become works that I am ready to share with my listeners. I write in multiple genres and so I prefer to use the terms Indie, Folk, Country, Blues, Rock and Americana to describe my songs.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I know that some artists catch easy breaks if they are good already, but this isn’t the normal avenue for local artists. The more live shows you do, the more you realize where you want to be in the big picture. I love being a local artist, booking live shows, recording, teaching, and learning. I play original music and cover songs depending on what the venue needs. My repertoire contains over six hours of music.
I advise new artists starting out to gain as much experience playing live shows and recording as possible. The weather in Arizona is warm year round, and so live music venues are not seasonal. If you can work a day job and be a musician, this will help when you need to make demos and during the dry spells. Music can be feast or famine for the first few years. I don’t do it for fame. I genuinely love being a local artist.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Listeners can always purchase my CD’s at a live show or all online sales venues. If they prefer a signed CD, I am happy to mail the CD. I play many of the finest venues and festivals in Arizona. I have a current show list on my website that is linked to ReverbNation. This is the most up-to-date listing of live shows they can find.
- Website: http://SandyHathaway.com
- Phone: Hathaway_Music@yahoo.com
- Email: Hathaway_Music@yahoo.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandylhathaway/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandyHathawayMusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sandy_Hathaway
- Other: https://www.reverbnation.com/sandyhathaway/songs
Scott Schauer Photographs 2014