Lesbian rocker Sarah Smith is a rebel – with a pension

Sarah Smith

(Photo courtesy of Cheryl Mazak)

BY CHERYL MAZAK
Curve

As I was prepping for a photo shoot with Sarah Smith, she took a glance down at her cell phone and casually mentioned, “Oh, I just won a London [Ontario] Music Award for Most Popular Singer-Songwriter.”

With a voice that is often, in fact almost always, compared to Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, or Janis Joplin, Smith makes you want to rock out and at the same time recharges your heart and soul. Her intimate cover of “Oh! Darling” by the Beatles is bucket-list worthy. Her own songs reflect the lives around her, and she hopes her shows bring people together, as an extended family. “I guess I just always felt like people who are watching and supporting my shows have become friends. Actually, the only social life I have is at shows, so I want to get to know as many people as I can, and what they’re going through in their lives. I try to listen, and I learn from everyone I come across. It’s kind of like Buddha, or God, or Jesus is in everyone you meet. So I try to listen with an open heart.”

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See Sarah perform live in paradise as she joins Sweet in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, September 21 – 28, 2013. For more information, visit Sweet online.

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