Sarah Darling has already solidified her place as one of country music’s breakout performers and elite vocalists in the US.Now, following a sold out tour in England and Ireland and opening for the chart-topping Ward Thomas on their headline tour, the Nashville based singer-songwriter has set her sights on the UK. After 2 major label US releases, ‘Dream Country’ is Sarah’s first full-length transatlantic and independent release. Away from music, Sarah has underlined her remarkable creative versatility by launching her own French macaron company Sweet Darling Patisserie, bringing some of her Parisian memories back to Nashville. How do you combine music and baking? That is a very good question! It’s an unlikely combination. I consider baking an art form, just like making music. It’s quite soothing for me to be in the kitchen. 5 years ago, I went to Paris for the very first time with my now husband, James. I fell in love with all of the beautiful patisseries and the confections. I especially became attached to French Macarons. It’s possible that I only ate macarons, and drank champagne, whilst on my first trip there! I ended up going back several times and took cooking classes in Montmartre to learn how to make them. I decided to bring a little French culture to Nashville, by starting a company called Sweet Darling Patisserie, 3 years ago. It’s really just an extension of my love for Paris, my husband, and macarons. That story is really wonderful to share, and we have made a little name for our company here. I even have a song on my upcoming album (Dream Country) called “Montmartre” that takes you to my love affair with the city. Where did you first learn your baking skills? My mother and grandmother were always baking with me when I was a kid. We come from a French background, and they would always bake up incredible recipes. Every Christmas we would make Gaufrettes together in an old cookie press my great grandmother passed down. I have wonderful memories of this tradition. Where did your love for macarons come from? When I was little, I always had a fascination of going to Paris. To me, I was the girl who found the magic and wanted to fall in love there. Turns out I actually did! My first introduction to macarons, was at Laduree on the Champs-Élysées. Nobody could have prepared me for how much I was going to love the Salted Caramel Macarons. I love how colourful and petite they are, and they make people happy! How do you balance your work between Sweet Darling Patisserie and your music career? They are both something I genuinely love to do. Music of course is my heart and soul. I find that if I’m needing a break from the music business, making a batch of macarons actually takes the stress away. I find myself practicing guitar while my cookies are in the oven. It’s a good balance at the moment. That is until I have my own little patisserie in Nashville. One day I will! What’s been the most memorable part of your current tour? I Love traveling to places I’ve never been too before. This past year has been part of so many firsts for me. Whilst on tour with Ward Thomas, I saw parts of England I never thought I would see, and not to mention, shooting a music video in Paris on a day off touring. I truly love meeting people too.
What was it like performing alongside big names such as Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw? Honestly, I have to pinch myself that I’ve been able to open for artists like Carrie and Tim. One of the most memorable gigs, was playing my hometown at the Iowa State Fair grandstand, opening for Carrie Underwood. It was amazing!! Where do you get your inspiration for creating new designs/recipes? I am a girl who adores Pinterest! I get lots of ideas from there. Also, I draw a lot of inspiration from music as well. My new album is called “Dream Country” which talks a lot about stars and inspiration. I even made galaxy French macarons, because of this. I love experimenting, and creating something beautiful. Why do you think your business, Sweet Darling, has done so well? I think Sweet Darling has done well because of the story, and I also put a lot of hard work into it. I want a person to be transported back to Paris when they take a bite of my Macarons.
What does the future hold for Sweet Darling Patisserie? One day I would love to have my own little storefront! Until then we will be selling the boxes on www.sarahdarling.com ! This is coming very soon. It’s all quite exciting though. A brand-new album, and who knows maybe even a cookbook one day. The possibilities are endless.