Known as the “Pistol” in Nashville, Country Music Singer/Songwriter Sara Douga has been singing and writing songs since she was eight years old. On this episode of Discover Lafayette, Sara shares her experiences and aspirations with host Jan Swift.
In April 2018, the stars aligned for Sara when she released her debut album, “Boots, Bras, and Drawers,” music she had actually written years prior. You can listen to this album on her website.
Shortly after her album was released, she was invited to play at the 3rd Street Songwriter Festival in Baton Rouge. She made such an impact she was awarded a scholarship to participate in the inaugural South Louisiana Songwriters Festival (“SOLO”) Workshop, the first Buddy Holly Educational Foundation Writing Retreat in the U. S., which took place in Lafayette in May 2018.
While working with other SOLO songwriters, Sara wrote “Little Orphan Child,” which led to her attending the Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat in Glastonbury, England on a scholarship awarded by the Buddy Holly Foundation Board. In England, she made contact with many influential Country music professionals.
Last summer, she made her debut at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café and her songs were first aired in the UK by “Whispering” Bob Harris on his weekly BBC Radio 2 Country show.
She is currently working on a new Extended Play recording.
Sara lives in the Lafayette area with her husband and 2 young children. A graduate of McNeese University, she is a published wildlife biologist and you can see some of her writings at The Marsh Hen at saradouga.com. Her thoughts on science and the need for a creative mind are inspirational for young women and men alike.
Sara’s faith drives her love of performing. This interview provides an educational journey on what it takes to make it in the music industry. Sara’s advice: “Never limit by putting yourself into a ‘box’ of just one genre. The artist’s job is to write and perform from the heart, and the industry positions the performer where it believes is appropriate. Don’t worry about what people call your music….just do your thing!”