Sarah Barrios
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Sarah Barrios

Torrington, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Torrington, Connecticut, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Pop




"Top 40 Under 40 in high achievers to watch in 2015!!"

Sarah Barrios, 20, Torrington
Why she’s on the list: One of Connecticut’s brightest rising stars, Barrios started her career in music just two years ago and with her vulnerable, haunting voice quickly made a name for herself as the girl to watch. She’s the New England Music Award’s 2014 winner for Best New Act of The Year, and is nominated this year for Female Performer of the Year. Awards will be presented at Showcase Live in Foxboro, Mass., on April 18. - Connecticut Magazine

"Sarah Barrios - "One To Watch""

Twenty one year old Sarah Barrios from Connecticut is one very talented young musician! She was awarded Best New Act of The Year at The New England Music Awards last year and this year she is a nominee for Best Female Performer. Sarah is also a finalist for The CT Music Awards for Best Singer Songwriter. Definitely one to watch! Love her voice! - She Makes Music - UK

"Proclamation of Achievement"

Upon being a nominee for The New England Music Awards & auditioning for Idol (She will be on in January of 2016 - I received a document of proclamation from the Governor of CT)
This is what was shared on their website at that time but is no longer on there:
"I am incredibly honored to announce I have received a "Proclamation of Achievement" from CT Governor Dannel Malloy & The State of CT in recognition of my achievements & representing the CT music industry including my recent nomination for The New England Music Awards & being named one of Connecticut Magazine's "40 under 40 high achievers to watch in 2015". I am incredibly blessed & proud to have been born in CT & to live here while following this dream. I truly hope to make all of you proud. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!" - Governor of CT Danel Malloy

"Sarah Barrios TOP 5 Guitar Center Singer Songwriter!"

Torrington musician Sarah Barrios will perform March 4 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.
Torrington musician Sarah Barrios will perform March 4 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Noelia Ortiz — The Register Citizen
By Noelia Ortiz, The Register Citizen
Sarah Barrios during a recent show.
Sarah Barrios during a recent show. Contributed Photos
Meet Sarah Barrios, the 21-year-old small-town girl chasing her dream. Music has always been a part of her life.

In their college days, Sarah’s parents, Trish and Eduardo Barrios, were a part of a band called Masquerade, where they performed all covers for about six or seven years.

Sarah always wanted to take music to the next level, she just didn’t think anyone would take her seriously. She just wanted that chance, and finally an opportunity came knocking on her door.

Sarah Barrios is one of five finalists picked to perform on the West Coast in the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Competition, with all expenses paid. The event will take place March 4 at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. The competition will be in search for the next great American songwriter. What makes this really special is that Barrios was chosen by Ariel Rechtshaid himself. A producer-song writer, Rechtshaid has worked with Usher, Adele, Vampire Weekend, Beyonce, Madonna, Major Lazer, and many more, according to his Twitter account.

“He chose her over 14,000 people, that is a huge accomplishment. It’s just such a great honor and accomplishment and we’re just so proud of her,” said her mother, Trish.

Trish Barrios is also Sarah’s manager.

“It’s been a learning experience, we’ve been doing this now for about three years. The business is about building relationships,” her mother said.

Sarah Barrios was born on April 6, 1994, and was raised in Winsted. She started playing guitar at 13 and that’s when she started writing music. At that point she said she really didn’t know what to do with her music, so she decided to focus on school. She attended Torrington High School, then Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted, where she studied elementary education and photography. It was during college she realized she really loved music, and it was what she was passionate about.

Barrios started participating at Infinity Hall’s open mic competition, which she ended up winning. From there she decided to focus on her music career and dropped out of college. Her parents were supportive of the idea, and told her she only had one shot so she should take it, and she did.

Barrios got to open for Melanie Martinez at the beginning of this year. The show was sold out, with a crowd of about 1,500 people, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, according to Barrios.

“I’d never played to that many people.” Barrios said. Martinez has been her favorite person to perform with so far. She hopes to work with singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran in the future.

Barrios describes her music as “bluesy/pop” that is radio-friendly. Her favorite song to perform to is “Name in a Song.”

“‘Name in a Song’ is a song about a boy that decided cheating on me was a good idea; it wasn’t,” she said, chuckling. “So I wrote a song about it. I like it because it has a nice groove to it, it gets everyone to like a sassy mode.”

On the day of a show, Barrios and her mother/manager have a pattern they go through to prepare.

“We talk about it days before, but on the day of its more of, ‘what are you wearing? Do you have your guitar? Do we have to stop for food?’ About a week before she’ll be practicing and rehearsing over things,” her mother said.

“I practically practice all the time. Sometimes I even change what songs I’m performing depending on the crowd; you get a feel for it,” Sarah Barrios said.

The hardest part about this journey for Barrios has been being taken seriously, as a teenger who dropped out of college to pursue music as a young female artist. The best part has been connecting and meeting people, according to Barrios.

On a typical day Barrios works part-time doing graphic designing with her father, Eduardo. After that she spends her time writing music and updating her social media accounts and website.

“She writes every day,” her mother said.

Sarah Barrios enjoys reading books in her free time. Her favorite books are “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Along with reading she likes to watch “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Vampire Diaries,” eating, and hanging out with her friends.

Barrios is inspired by everything around her.

““Books I’m reading, sounds that I hear, shows that I watch. Sometimes I just pull from whatever I’m hearing,” Barrios said.

The advice Barrios lives by is, “Be you, be different, who cares about the rest.”

“Be yourself, dress the way you want,” Barrios said. “As long as you feel comfortable doing what you’re doing, and you feel that you can be happy and you respect yourself, that’s all that matters. The important thing is stay true to yourself.”

The winner of the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Competition will receive a four-song EP with Rechtshaid, mentoring songwriting session with City & Colour, a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” $25,000 cash, performance showcase at the 2017 Winter NAMM show, and experience the 2016 ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” Expo. To stay posted on all Barrios news, follow her on Twitter @SarahElizB or her official website, - The Register Citizen


Still working on that hot first release.



Recording Artist/Songwriter, Sarah Barrios, is a quiet storm that has been taking over the music scene throughout New England & beyond! This young lady and her Pop/Indy/Blues vibe, is a unique voice that has won her many accolades from music awards, to television appearances that has captured the attention of many.

Recently, Sarah was one of the TOP 5 out of over 14,000 artists to be named to Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter Grand Finale. She was flown to LA & performed at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood to a full house of music industry executives & earning her recognition at a national level.

Connecting through her music to her fans has always been her main focus. "I want people to feel something or feel a connection when they hear my music. Music is a universal language that can reach many no matter where you live in this world. I hope that I can share what's in my heart & on my mind in a way that people can connect to it"

Currently working on new music to be released this year, 

Sarah continues to watch her career take off as she tours as a headliner, as well as, opening for some of America's biggest names in music while sharing her style of music with fans from across the globe!

www.sarahbarriosmusic.com & follow her on twitter @sarahelizb and on Instagram at Sarah Barrios MusicCheck her out at or on Facebook: & follow her on Twitter: @sarahelizb

Sarah has opened for: Charlie Puth, Melanie Martinez, Haley Reinhart, American Idol Winners Nick Fradiani & Kris Allen, and many more!!!

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