Sara Groves

Folk

Singer/Songwriter,Contemporary Christian,Pop

www.saragroves.com

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Before Sara Groves debuted in 1998, she was a high school teacher in her hometown of Rosemont, MN. Through God's directing and leading, Sara Groves left that job to pursue what had been a joy and a passion of hers since she was a little child. Since the release of her first independent album, Sara Groves has experienced many ups and downs in her walk with Christ that have ultimately formed her into a stronger and more confident woman of God.

Sara Groves had been teaching high school for four years when an opportunity came up for her to sing at a fund-raising concert for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Afterward, some of her students asked her for a CD, but Sara Groves did not have one. It was at this point that she realized that it may be beneficial to have something recorded for her to witness with. In 1998, Sara Groves recorded an independent album entitled Past the Wishing, and she also began singing at various places on weekends. It soon became evident that she could not do both so Sara Groves decided to take a year off of teaching. By the end of the year, she was traveling full time with her husband, Troy.

Sara Groves' sound is generally thought of as pop/folk/inspirational/worship. In 2001, she released Conversations through INO records. All Right Here followed in 2002.  The Other Side of Something was released in 2004.

The Other Side of Something is an album that means a great deal to Sara Groves. It represents her struggles through a mid career spiritual journey, but more importantly, the freedom and victory she eventually found in Christ that enabled her to place her whole life in His hands and rely on Him completely.

Sara Groves' struggles began when she gave birth to their first son. She hit the road with him when he was just five weeks old and felt as though her life was out of control for the three years following. Sara Groves was consumed with feelings of worry over her children and desperately wanted a guarantee from God that her kids would always be safe and that they would turn out perfect.
A turning point finally came when Sara Groves took a year off the road and intensely focused on the Word. She had decided that she could no longer live the way she was and Sara Groves released her entire life to the Lord. Much of The Other Side of Somethingreflects Sara's feelings of defeat, but also her new confidence and optimism about the future.

The Other Side of Something has been writing songs for as long as she can remember. It is very therapeutic for her and is something she believes she will never stop doing. Sara Groves desires to write music that will minister to herself and others for many years to come, instead of just for the current audience. Her musical influences include Fred Hammond and Keith Green. Other influences include her parents and her producer, Nate Sabin.

In September 2005, Sara Groves, her husband Troy, her father-in-law, a neighbour, and a Minneapolis ER doctor delivered a tour bus and trailer load of baby supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Slidell, Louisiana.

Sara Groves was chosen as the subject of a film released in August 2006, titled Sara Groves - Just Showed Up For My Own Life, the first installment of a new reality film series called Nomad: The Show With No Home produced by Fearless Films Inc. Included in this film were video of the Katrina relief effort by Sara Groves in 2005 and a subsequent trip to Rwanda, Africa with Pastor Rick Warren and a group from Saddleback Church to learn about the challenges of reconciliation and economic development 11 years after the mass Rwandan genocide. Bonus features included Sara's live set from the 2006 Jars of Clay Tour, Nomad vignettes for small groups and more.

INO Records released the album Tell Me What You Know on November 6, 2007. Tell Me What You Know held the #1 sales spot for Christian music on iTunes for one week and landed at #2 for iTunes album of the year. .Sara Groves ended 2007 in the lineup with Andrew Peterson on his Behold the Lamb of God Tour in November and December 2007.

In 2008, Sara Groves toured throughout the year to promote her new album Tell Me What You Know and to benefit several Christian ministries. Sara and Troy Groves teamed up with Charlie Peacock, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and Brandon Heath in September and October 2008 for the Art*Music*Justice Tour to benefit both the International Justice Mission and Food For the Hungry.

Sara Groves released her first Christmas album, O Holy Night, in October 2008. The album contains both Christmas standards and newly written material. Sara Groves was in the linup in December 2008 of the Love Came Down Tour: A Christmas Pageant with Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer and LeelandSara Groves ended 2008 with a free concert at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. The USMCFP is the same prison that Sara's grandparents, Lloyd and Nita Colbaugh, have visited for 39 years and to which they took her as a baby at Christmas-time 1972. Sara Groves said later about this concert, "More than anything I wanted to say something of encouragement, something to remind these men that they are the art of God, especially in this place. Like always, I left encouraged myself."

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Discography

Album Title Year Label
Past the Wishing1998Independent
Conversations1999INO Records
All Right Here2002INO Records
The Other Side of Something2004INO Records
Station Wagons: Songs For New Moms2005INO Records
Add to the Beauty2005INO Records
Tell Me What You Know2007INO Records
O Holy Night2008INO Records
Fireflies and Songs2009INO Records
O Holy Night Tour: Live The Prison Show2010Independent
Invisible Empires2011Fair Trade Services

Category:

Location:

Burnsville

Minnesota

United States

Record Label:

Fair Trade Services

Christian Label:

Yes

Years Active:

90's

00's

10's





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