At only 1 year old, Micaiah Sawyer began showing the telltale signs she had a musicians soul by humming her favorite tunes. By 10 she had composed her first song.
“I’ve been drawn to music my whole life,” Sawyer said.
Sawyer is performing at the San Juan Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are available online at sjctheatre.org, or call the box office at 360-378-3210. Prices for adults are $19; student reserved, $10; student rush, at the door only, $5.
Islanders might recognize Sawyer, a native Olympia, Washingtonian, from her performance at the county fair last summer.
“I had a blast,” Sawyer said.
She performed with fellow singer-songwriters Maiah Wynne, David McGraw and Mandy Fer. A few highlights for her February show includes her newest song, “On My Way,” as well as what she calls her power anthem, “Flood.”
Sawyer has been called a rising star in folk music, and her agile voice, “a vibrant talent.” Last March, Sawyer became the first woman to win Seattle’s “Sound-Off” competition, sponsored by the Museum of Pop Culture and KEXP 90.3 FM. Her favorite composition, “Flood” was one of her winning songs. After the event, Martin Douglas of KEXP radio said, “You can feel her pain and resignation, her joy and boundless love, her longshot optimism.”
Sawyer said participating in the event was a rush.
“I loved all the other bands and made a lot of good friends and connections,” she added.
Competition, Sawyer explained, can be challenging – nerve-wracking even – but the experience of the Seattle event inspired her to grow creatively and work even harder.
While every aspect of music plays its role, melodies are particularly moving to her, Sawyer said.
“On multiple occasions, I’ve been nearly brought to tears by a beautiful melody, and I think there is something profound and mysterious about that,” she explained.
Classifying her genre as “Americana,” Sawyer’s musical roots are folk, blues, Rhythm and Blues and rock, primarily southern rock. She has been inspired by her favorite band Needtobreathe, as well as Heart, Queen and Ed Sheeran.
Although Sawyer plays an array of instruments, she always comes back to the sound of the grand piano, – and to her, lyrics are at the heart of her music.
“The best way to get to know me is to listen to all my lyrics. They tell my story better than I can with spoken words,” Sawyer said.
She has performed at numerous venues across Washington and the West Coast — including Bumbershoot, The Show Box and the Oly Underground. Sawyer has shared the stage with bands like Blondie, Phoenix and Tobias the Owl, and she is just getting started.
“I have a lot of things in the works and hope to release some good stuff this year, so follow me on social media and be on the lookout,” Sawyer said.
For more information about Sawyer, visit micaiahsawyer.com or her Facebook page at facebook.com/micaiahsawyer.
For more information about the San Juan Community Theatre, visit sjctheatre.org.