Born the daughter of Donna and the late Pastor Samuel Williams Sr., Sara has been singing since the age of 2. At the age of 11, she became a member of NANM Inc., and began to study classical music.
In high school and college, Sara discovered a love of jazz music, and began to study such notables as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. An alumna of Dartmouth College, Sara served as Gospel Choir Director, and was the featured lead in an original, Senior Thesis performance, “Lotus Blooming in a Sea of Fire”, written and directed by Mike T. Roberts.
She has performed for several events, including a host of galas, a celebration for San Francisco’s Japanese Consul General, the SF Public Defender Swearing in Ceremony, as part of the Inauguration of Mayor London Breed, the 1st African American Female Mayor of San Francisco, the SF Juneteenth Festival, and the SF Black History Month Closing Ceremony, as well as at many local venues including Level 13 Lounge, Q’s Lounge, and Yoshi’s, San Francisco and Oakland.
She is currently an international touring background singer for twelve time Grammy nominated artist, Ledisi, and can be heard on her “The Intimate Truth” EP. Sara also serves as the background vocal director for Dave Hollister and sings with many other esteemed artists, such as Ms. Anita Wilson, N’dambi, and Rahsaan Patterson.
Sara has performed on The Late Show w/David Letterman, The Queen Latifah Show, The Tonight Show, at the Essence Festival, and various shows on Vh1 and Mtv. She has served as the Background Vocal Director for many local and national artists, and for shows such as the Superbowl Gospel Celebration.
She also lends her talent in the studio, with such esteemed producers as Carl Wheeler.
Also a writer, you can find the recent stylings of Sangin Sara on her single, "Count on My Love", and on the track "Long Way from Here" from Mike Blankenship's cd "Living for the Future". You can find her background vocal arrangements on albums such as Agape Soul's "Conversations" and Maame Afon's "Bloom."
Sara has curated and presented many choir workshops, and works with various youth and religious organizations, serving as director and/or consultant.
Sara has been fortunate enough to grace the stage with artists such as D’Wayne Wiggins, Eric Roberson, Syleena Johnson, Jennifer Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Grammy winning song writer Gordon Chambers. She just completed a fall tour with Michael Franti and Spearhead, and was recently featured in the play “The Legend of Little Girl Blue”, curated by Ledisi, at the Beverly Hills Wallis Theater.
When not writing or performing, Sara lends her expertise in operations, administration, and event planning to the Santa Clara County Firesafe Council, and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
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