For most of Sarah Turner’s life, all she knew personally lay within the horizons that surrounded Youngstown, Ohio. She accomplished a lot there as she grew up. People noticed her exceptional voice and love of performing when she began singing in church choirs and acting in plays at the age of 6. As a senior, she held the star role as Peter in her school’s production of Peter Pan. She also starred as “Maureen” in a local theatre production of Rent. Sarah heard a lot of older country music growing up, but she also loved the Beatles.
Soon, she became a regional celebrity. She performed the national anthem for the Youngstown Phantoms, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Youngstown State University football team and the Cleveland Indians.
As a teenager, Sarah co-wrote a song about her beloved hometown. This song, “Youngstown,” painted a vivid picture in just a few verses. “Youngstown, young girl, looking out the windshield at a big old world. I’m proud of where I come from, but I’ve got a full tank of gas and I’m ready to run … I’ve got a song to sing and nothing to lose.
That song she has to sing is now a story; one of faith gratitude, hope and overcoming adversity.
At 18, Sarah followed her dream and moved to Nashville where she collaborates with some of Music Row’s top songwriters. Her supporters back home predicted big things for her. Vindy.com lauded her “newfound Music City polish” and confirmed that “the budding country singer from Boardman … means business.” Valley24.com lauded her “undeniable vocal talent” and added “she has enough character and charisma to compete with any Top 40 recording artist.”
The country music industry took notice as she performed at the fabled Bluebird, sharing the stage with two other Youngstown natives, guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy and songwriter Kirsti Manna. She got called to open shows for major artists, including Lee Brice, Billy Dean and Trace Adkins, with whom she appeared at Youngstown Covelli Centre.
Turner returned to the studio in the spring of 2015 set to record the third song on her new album entitled, “It Get’s Better.” A few days after a hometown concert, back in Nashville she blacked out while driving. The crash was minor but she ended up at the hospital, in the neuro-ICU for almost a month. For much of her time in the hospital, Turner was unconscious. She had nine days of seizures and for for most of that time was in a medically induced coma. She was hooked up to a ventilator and fed through a tube. The doctors told her family they didn’t expect her to live, but her family never lost faith that God ultimately had a greater plan for her life.
Indeed He did.
At 24, Sarah is now healthy, strong and back in the studio finishing her album. That song she has to sing is now a story; one of faith gratitude, hope and overcoming adversity.