Raised where wild huckleberries grow, Sara originally hails from Sumner, Washington – a tulip farming town southeast of Seattle. She grew up riding in her Dad’s seaplane and on the back of his motorcycle. Her mother raised a trio of women and a son, and gave each of them a strong backbone and sense of self.
Being called everything from “Outlaw country” to “AAA singer-songwriter,” Petite’s songs revive fond memories of history, home and travel. She has toured Europe 6 times and played various clubs, festivals and venues all over the United States and Europe.
Her third independently released CD, Doghouse Rose, debut in the Americana Charts at #33 and rose to #22, and held in the charts for 14 weeks. It also rose to #9 in the Roots Rock Report. Locally in 2009 she was the Best Americana Country Band in San Diego.
No stranger to Europe, Petite was first introduced across the pond when her song “Coming Home” from her 2005 debut album of the same name was featured on the compilation CD “Country,” from Universal Music in France. The song and Petite were featured alongside legendary artists such as Tim McGraw, Reba McIntyre, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, with whom she’s been compared.
Not just an original voice, Petite is a natural songwriter, evidenced by the fact in her first-ever songwriting competition, three of her songs advanced in the International Songwriting Competition in 2005, with two making it to the semi-finals. Since then, she has been honored in the West Coast Songwriter’s Competition; Great American Songwriter’s Competition; Great Waters Folk Festival Song Contest (Top 5 finalist); San Diego Music Awards (2nd). In 2006, Petite earned the Grand Prize in the 2006 Portland Songwriting Contest.
On stage, Petite has opened for such major headliners as Marty Stuart, Josh Turner, Shooter Jennings, Dave Alvin, Richie McDonald, John Eddie, Todd Snider, Ralph Stanley, Rhett Miller, Railroad Earth, Steve Poltz, Trent Thomlinson, Lance Miller and Bert Jansch.
Selected Press Clips
Sirius Radio – Outlaw Country
“She could sing a buzzard of a slop wagon!” – Mojo Nixon
Alternate Root Magazine
On her third album ‘Doghouse Rose’ the twang meets the punch. A rock edge anchors the rhythms as bent and distorted riffs playfully float by while Sara’s voice pushes through the tracks like a freight train barreling out of the smokies.”
"She is one of the new crop of female/singer songwriters that are Americana traditionalists, with a Gonzo twist, a rocking attitude that make you want to jump out of your chair." - Jessie Scott
(Show Review from the Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA) ....But it's not just her voice, or her award-winning songwriting, or her band. It's the whole package. And on top of that, you can just tell how much fun she is having performing from the moment she hits the stage (Crazy) to the final note of the final song (Promiseland). Her smile is infectious. Just looking around, everyone in the crowd is doing something. Some dancing, some nodding their heads with the music, some singing along, but everyone is smiling. She has that effect....
Show Review in Brighton U.K.: "Sara is an incredibly gifted artist who defines what country music should be. No frills, no gloss, great songs, great singing and great playing. One of the best gigs of this century so far....." Full review www.sarapetite.com/press.cfm
Doghouse Rose Review: "Stellar line-up, extraordinary talent and award-winning winger-songwriter... can't get better than this for a bluegrass/country-rock album...."
Full review go to www.sarapetite.com/press.cfm
"We can not recommend this strongly enough"- Aaron Wodoveau