Song from the heart

Singer’s ode to Caro has wide-reaching appeal
By Bill Petzold
Staff Writer
Caro native Sarah Overdier left her hometown, but Caro never left her.
The singer/songwriter, a 2008 Caro High School graduate, has enjoyed a fair amount of success with her first solo album, Fewer Things, released Jan. 1.
One song in particular, “Caro,” has generated a lot of appreciation and airplay in the area. Accompanied by acoustic guitar, Overdier delivers a soulful performance with her powerful, clear voice:
“It’s hard to leave the city / now that I’m settled in / But when buildings feel like mountains / Small-town fever kicks in and / Michigan summer never lets you go / Just like clockwork, the country calls me home. / I had to leave to see all the love it holds / headed north to Caro.”
“The song ‘Caro,’ I didn’t write that for anybody to hear,” Overdier said. “I didn’t think a lot of people would identify with it. It was this elephant of a feeling that I needed to express. Even in the Columbus area, a lot of people identify with it because they know what it’s like to grow up in a small town.”
In the fall of 2008, Overdier moved to the campus of Otterbein University, a small liberal arts college near Columbus, OH. The song came to her during a visit to Caro.
“I wrote it when I had come home for a few days for the first time in almost a year, and I was just overcome with love and pride for where I’d come from,” Overdier said. “It had been so long that I had just kind of forgotten about the things that are special about Caro, and it was something I couldn’t contain.”
But Overdier’s song has generated positive reactions after earning a spot in the daily rotation at Caro radio station Mix 92.1.
“(Listeners) like to hear a local girl, but they really like (the song) too,” Mix 92.1 program director Derek Bosley said. “We have people say, ‘We like what you’ve done with this Caro girl,’ but we don’t just do that for everyone. You have to have something there, and she has a lot of talent.”
Morning show co-host Bob Hughes interviewed Overdier on Jan. 26.
“The interview was great to talk to her,” Hughes said. “The nice thing about (the song) is it’s obviously written about Caro, but the allure of it, you could take the word ‘Caro’ out and insert any small midwestern town and it would work.”
As Overdier’s May 20 graduation date approaches, the Music Business major is hard at work recording an album called 3rd Time Around, which she expects to be released early this summer. She says she hasn’t found a career-type job to jump into but wants to give music a shot.
“I’m definitely going to try to continue as a performer,” Overdier said. “I realize that means I’ll probably need to have a day job, but I figure I’m 22, and now is the perfect time to go for it.”
Overdier already has the ear of music industry insiders. In October 2010, Overdier became the first winner of the Young Artists Initiative, a program designed to discover emerging talent. Overdier said the award put her in touch with agents and venue representatives who she plans to reconnect with.
A live performance in the studio of Mix 92.1 this summer also is in the works.
So what’s Overdier’s ultimate goal as a musician?
“I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. It would be super fun to be as rich and famous as Taylor Swift,” Overdier said, laughing. “The Caro community and Thumb community have been so supportive. It gives me encouragement to continue and try to do music as a career.
“I always want to top my last project. That’s what really keeps me moving. Three months ago I would have been blown by how well Fewer Things has done.
“I’m already ready to top it.”
Listen to tracks from Fewer Things, buy a copy of the album and learn more about Sarah Overdier and her music by visiting her website:
sarahoverdier.com.

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