I am a prolific songwriter with placements on TV and Netflix shows, video games, and international commercials. I work with several music libraries and boutique synch licensing agencies (APM, BMG Australia, Kobalt, etc.). I also have a home studio and cut/edit/arrange my vocal projects.
Hey there! I graduated from NYU in 2014 with a BA in Music. I worked at Engine Room Audio in NYC for several years and became proficient in ProTools and mastered vocal production and editing. Once I moved to LA, I started working as a professional songwriter/topliner in the licensing world. I've worked with APM Music library since 2016 and was commissioned to write an album for their sub-library Pop Machine in 2019. My personal catalogue is currently signed with boutique agency Sweets & Pop and I recently sold a song to BMG Australia. Some of my placements include: Life is Strange: True Colors (video game), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), Superstore (NBC), Cable Girls (Netflix), Mistresses (ABC), Hellogoodbye (CBC), and many sports synchs on Fox Sports, MLB Network, NHL Network, Big Ten Network, NASCAR on Fox, WWE, and the PGA Tour.
This past year, I've been utilizing my home studio in LA to cut vocals for licensing projects and demo songs. I've released 2 EPs and 1 album in the past 5 years, and am working on more original material to be released in 2021. Don't hesitate to reach out--I would love to work with you!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Really fantastic experience working with Sarah. I was blown away with the vocals she provided. She's super attentive to detail and has an absolutely incredible voice.
Amazing to work with, amazing voice. Everything was delivered in a perfect state. Will be working again with her.
Very accommodating and professional.
Sarah was wonderful to work with! Her amazing voice and songwriting really took my track to another level. Would definitely be working with her again on future projects!
It was an absolute pleasure working with Sarah. A five star performance, recording and communication. A total pro!
Would defiantly recommend :)
Interview with Sarah McGowan
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work with you to deliver you a project we can both be proud of!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as a professional songwriter for about 7 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm very inspired by catchy pop artists like Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Bring in a new sound--whether that is a vocal part, instrument, or sound--every 10 to 15 seconds to keep your track interesting. This is especially useful for music supervisors, since they have more distinct parts of the track to work with (and increases your chance of having a song synched!).
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop music, which can range anywhere from synth Carly Rae Jepson vibes, to soft ukulele tracks.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am skilled at writing hooks, especially in toplining projects. I also am great at recording background vocals and arranging harmonies. I record my vocal tracks on a professional set up and will deliver you a professional quality project.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can write catchy melodies and hooks for any type of project. Making a song memorable is my #1 goal!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use ProTools and record vocals with a Rode NT1-A condenser mic. I edit vocals using Melodyne, Izotope RX7, etc. to create a clean sound that is ready for mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My biggest inspiration is Taylor Swift--she is an incredible songwriter and can write for so many different genres. I also admire Jack Antonoff's songwriting/production work.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am frequently hired to do toplining work for licensing projects. I also cut demo vocals and can edit/arrange all vocal parts I record.