Sara Niemietz is a fan of the third person. If you were to bump into her in real-life, she would sing and strum you a tune, but for now, she’ll write you a sketch of her life.* * *
Sara was only four years old when she was pulled out of the audience to perform with classic country and pop artist, BJ Thomas. Most toddlers would have been intimidated to be performing in a theatre full of cheering adults, but Sara Niemietz found it thrilling... and even more... it ignited something in her that has never died. Now over two decades later, she still finds it exhilarating to be able to communicate her emotions through music.* * *
The Chicago-native moved to California over a decade ago, in search of creative opportunities. Since then, she has starred on Broadway (Carol Burnett’s Hollywood Arms), appeared in television and film (Akeelah and the Bee, Glee), recorded vocals for many scores and projects, released four albums, sang in Times Square before 50,000 people, and spent countless hours honing her craft.* * *
The last few years have been full of new ventures. Sara’s heartfelt songs and highly interactive approach to social media have garnered over twenty-eight million views and over one hundred and fourty thousand YouTube followers and additional subscribers across various new media platforms. In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres saw one of Sara’s videos and invited her to sing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. That year, Richard Marx and Sara began a series of collaborations. She appeared on his A Night out with Friends CD/DVD set, as well as his Christmas Spirit record.* * *
In 2012, Sara collaborated with Emmy-award winning composer, W.G. Snuffy Walden, and released a new EP, Push Play and recorded a collection of Christmas songs, Christmas Favorites, which became available later that year. A few months later, BJ Thomas invited Sara to Nashville to record on his new album, The Living Room Sessions (released in Spring of 2013). Her writing and singing also appear in the end titles of several recent films (Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy, In the Key of Eli, and Stetson: Street Dog of Park City).* * *
In 2013, Sara was thrilled to return to the Mark Taper Forum to play the role of Wanda in Enter Laughing, a one-night production, fundraiser, and tribute to Carl Reiner. That year, she was also invited to sing with BJ Thomas at the Grand Ole Opry. Her songs were heard on Delta Airline’s in-flight Singer-Songwriter channel for the duration of the summer. Sara’s rendition of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” was heard in the 2014 season of Under the Dome.* * *
Sara was honored to reprise the role of Wanda in the sold-out run of Enter Laughing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in 2015. Melissa Manchester and Sara recently co-wrote “Feeling for You,” the first single from Melissa’s new album, You Gotta Love the Life. Sara’s rendition of “At Last” was featured in ABC’s Scandal Season 5 promo and her newest EP of original songs, Fountain and Vine, was released.* * *
Sara was excited to join Postmodern Jukebox for two European tours, performing in over thirty countries, and their US tours of over thirty states. Her videos with Postmodern Jukebox have garnered millions of views. Sara is a featured artist on ten of Postmodern Jukebox's Billboard Top Ten charting albums.* * *
In 2017, Sara released her newest single, “Monroe”. "Monroe" lives on the Travel Light album with nine other songs and Sara began traveling to spread her own music in live shows.* * *
The songwriting and traveling continued with the release of Get Right in 2019.* * *
In 2020, Sara and the full band (aptly named the full band), recorded a live album at Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, California. The two night session wrapped in what seemed like moments before Covid-19 lockdown protocols were implemented. Tour dates were postponed or canceled and release dates pushed back, Sara began a weekly live-stream (Weekly Wacky Wednesdays) to keep herself and a few thousand of her closest friends entertained.
With the release of the twentytwenty live album in October of 2020, Sara’s music landed on the Billboard charts and everywhere else with weekly live-streams, online benefits, public service announcements and countless videos. twentytwenty is a sixty-nine minute album of original music and four cover songs.
Looking back on the year that turned the world upside down, the release of twentytwenty was twice postponed and the international tour was canceled, Sara recalibrated and used technology to connect like never before. “Touring stopped, gatherings stopped, but music doesn’t sit still. It’s alive and has a lot to say during these times.” When twentytwenty was finally released, fans got to hear four new songs that had lived in the heart of Sara for quite some time and band's favorite songs that have had the time to grow and be nurtured.* * *
Sara enjoys playing guitar, bass, and piano, and is often engaged in both singing and writing sessions. She can be frequently found in her natural habitat: live shows. Now that you’ve read her story, Sara hopes to tell you more some day soon – perhaps in the first person.