By Bill Petzold
CARO — Caro native Sarah Overdier has spent quite a few hot summer evenings sitting in the grandstands at the Tuscola County Fairgrounds watching the Tuscola County Fair’s featured performers.
This year, the young lady who honored her hometown with the song “Caro” will step into the bright lights and have her moment to shine.
“This will be pretty much my first time as a singer/songwriter (to perform in Caro),” Overdier said. “I think this will probably be my favorite gig of all time because I’ve had so many good memories of the fair, sitting in the grandstand and watching entertainment. So now being on the other side … I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do.”
The 2008 Caro High School graduate is scheduled to perform shortly after 7 p.m. following the Remax balloon launch at the grandstand. She will be followed by Adam Cappa, a Christian recording artist who has traveled around the globe in support of his debut album The Rescue.
Overdier will have copies of her first album, Fewer Things, and other memorabilia for sale at the fair, and she said she looks forward to performing with Cappa because she likes his music and she hopes to get some career advice.
“I had not been familiar with him, and I checked him out and listened to his music,” Overdier said. “He’s 25, so he’s not that much older than me. I can’t wait to meet him and I hope he can give me some pointers. It sounds like (pursuing a music career) is something fairly new in his life. I hope we have a moment to chat and discuss how he got to where he is.”
Overdier, who recently graduated from Otterbein University in Ohio with a Music Business degree, has spent some time this summer working with The Dick & Jane Project, a Columbus, Ohio-based non-profit organization that pairs local musicians with middle school students to create “radio-worthy” songs.
Producing radio-worthy songs is something Overdier knows plenty about, although until recently she hadn’t heard herself on the air when “Caro” played on Mix 92.1.
“Actually, just the other day we were riding in the car and the song came on,” Overdier said. “It was the first time I had been in Caro and heard it on the radio. I’m still kind of shocked, it still hasn’t sunk in that I’m on the radio, that people have heard “Caro” and liked it. I’m glad that people support local music.”
Overdier is wearing out I-75 this summer, traveling between Columbus where she plays gigs every other weekend and Caro where she is helping her father, Frederick Overdier, campaign for Tuscola County’s 54th Circuit Court judgeship.
“I really like it, it’s really interesting,” Overdier said of campaigning for her father. “I’m meeting tons of people. I was a little afraid that, going door-to-door, people would be really mean … but they’re nice once they figure out I’m not (a salesperson).
“We’ve got a couple meet and greets scheduled. We’re doing everything we can.”
Overdier also is finding time to perform at festivals, weddings and private parties, but has delayed the release of her second album. She said a couple of tracks from that project possibly would be available on her website (www.sarahoverdier.com) by the time of her perfomance at the fair.
“I think it’s been great working with Jackie Diedrich, and she has gone way over and beyond what is required of typical promotion and advertising and keeping me up-to-date with what’s going on,” Overdier said. “I’m so honored to have been asked to perform, and I’m just really thankful for the continued support of the fair board and the people who are going to come to the concert.”