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16-year-old Victoria singer-songwriter has big plans for career

By APRILL BRANDON
Sept. 8, 2010 at 4:08 a.m.
Updated Sept. 9, 2010 at 4:09 a.m.

Victoria teenager, Sarah Rivas, is set to release two original singles soon. Sarah is  ready to take her fledgling music career to the next level.

Sarah onlineFor more information on Sarah and her music, visit www.facebook.com/sarahrivasmusic or see videos of her live performances at www.YouTube.com/sarahrivasmusic.

She may only be 16, but Sarah Rivas is no newbie to the music industry.

For years, the Victoria teenager has been performing, whether in her church, with a local band, or in talent shows.

And with two original singles set to be released soon, Sarah is now ready to take her fledgling music career to the next level.

"In five years, I'd like to see myself performing in front of thousands of people. I want this to be my career for as long as I can have it," said Sarah, who is a junior at Victoria East High School. "I want to make it big, which I know sounds cheesy. Right now, I'm learning as I go, which is cool that I'm starting early. That way, I won't be 25 and still trying to figure everything out."

Describing her sound as soulful pop, Sarah writes all her own lyrics and melodies, while her dad and manager, Ed Rivas, writes the backtracks. Her first single, "Sound of Love" will be released on CDbaby.com on Friday and her follow-up single, "Make Your Move," will be released on Sept. 28. Eventually, Sarah said she plans to compile all the songs onto an album.

"Right now, we're just recording and releasing the singles. With the way the music industry has changed, everyone is just downloading singles anyway," she added.

It was actually a performance of "Chain of Fools" at her seventh-grade talent show that helped Sarah realize her future lay in music. By the time she was 15, she was seriously writing music and began singing with local band 24-7, whose members ranged in age from 10 to 16. The band even got to open for the Los Lonely Boys concert in Victoria last August, but eventually, Sarah decided to part ways with the group to focus on her solo career.

"We both mutually decided to go our different ways. But we still help each other out, and we'll open for each other's shows sometimes," she added.

In addition to recording her songs at Nest Sound Studio and working with her vocal coach, James Meny, Sarah has also been busying traveling to Austin and other cities for live performances. Recently, she was invited to play Antone's 35th anniversary in Austin, which she helped promote by performing live during the noon broadcast of Austin's KXAN channel.

"I'd never done that before. It was a really big honor, not only to be asked to play at Antone's, but to promote it as well," she said.

As if all that wasn't enough, Sarah also has another project in the works that involves an all-girl musical group. Although she said she didn't want to give away too many details at this time, she does have high hopes the group will lift off.

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