Jun 12

Sarah Kinsley + Gatlin

Sarah Kinsley,

Union Stage All Ages
Doors 6:30PM | Show 7:30PM

About the event

Sarah Kinsley

New York’s Sarah Kinsley doesn’t need much to make a lot. A young but positively old-school musician in her approach, Sarah sculpts smart, era-less pop music and drops it into a very modern world. Her introductory recordings from the magnetic Karma to the cinematic Hills Of Fire, sound bold, bright and curiously fully formed. Glacial yet warm, flamboyant but intimate. Everything you hear is made by a collective team of one; from the layered instrumentation and sultry vocal, to the razor-sharp DIY production. Sarah is an independent bedroom-pop artist in its most literal sense (dreamt, composed and recorded within her student dorm), and is making light work of creating songs that burst at the seams with heart, melody and soul.

With two EPs to her name (The Fall EP and 2021’s The King EP), Sarah has quickly accumulated a passionate young fanbase all swooning for these ethereal disco-kissed indie songs, pulsing in technicolour. Snippets of these songs and short self-filmed videos that pull back the curtain to document the song-writing process are regularly shared with a rapidly growing audience on social media. A time-lapse played out in real time of a bright young star being born.

Raised in Connecticut but studying at Columbia University in New York City, Sarah initially found solace in the sonic flamboyance of Kate Bush and the hushed directness of Joni Mitchell.  You can find these influences referenced readily elsewhere, but Sarah takes these touchstones and makes something uniquely her own. A storyteller, a romantic, a realist and a dreamer.

And if the somewhat tawdry statement stands that only two percent of so-called ‘women in music’ are producers, and fewer still produce their own music, Sarah competently joins this unique stable of self-produced indie-minded pop artists, and let’s hope she holds that door open for others.

Now, as she moves out of the bedroom and onto the stage, the songs are translating. Backed by a band, Sarah’s already wowed SXSW in Texas, and sold out her debut headline show in New York. Hand-picked by NME and Amazon as one of their artists to watch for 2022, and picking up kind words much further afield, Sarah Kinsley is at a crossroads looking up. 

A singular new talent for these strange, fascinating times.


Gatlin combines instinctual humanity with daring vulnerability to craft musical moments of meaning and melody. Originally from Orlando, Florida but now splitting her time between Los Angeles and Nashville, Gatlin’s versatility stems from the wide variety of musical scenes that she has immersed herself in. From themes of nostalgic love in “What If I Love You” to feelings of isolation in “Talking To Myself”, Gatlin provides an emotional safe haven for any and all listeners.

Nobody has a more natural poise on stage than Gatlin does when she is performing. Her electrifying shows engage a crowd like no other and have earned her opening slots for artists such as Michigander, Bre Kennedy, Jordy Searcy, Vacation Manor, and Okey Dokey. She recently completed a tour as the opening act for The Brook and The Bluff and capped off February opening for Dashboard Confessional in a sold-out show in Los Angeles.

Gatlin released her debut EP, “Sugarcoated” in summer 2020. The EP features the single, “Talking To Myself”, which has garnered over 5.7 million streams to date. Gatlin’s first releases quickly earned her support across all DSPs including placements on Spotify’s “Fresh Folk”, “Indie Pop”, and “Fresh Finds”. Her sophomore EP, “To Remind Me Of Home” was released in the summer of 2021 featuring breakout track, “What If I Love You”. Gatlin’s upcoming single, “2000 Miles” released on March 16th.

This show is at Union Stage

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