6 Things I Love About Sara Groves
Last week, I had the honor of spending a couple of days with one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, Sara Groves. On August 14, she headlined a benefit concert in Elmhurst, Illinois which I helped to organize. On August 15, Sara, Troy, & friends hung out with us in Palos Heights, Illinois in the Under The Radar studios for an interview and private concert. It was such a rich experience that I could probably type 60 things… but I’ll limit myself to SIX things I love about Sara Groves, based on our recent time together.
1) Family. Sara & Troy made a conscious decision to keep their kids with them while they travel, if at all possible. As Sara told me, “We are very much TEAM GROVES – that’s the way we approach our family, life, and marriage.”
2) Humility. I searched and searched, but couldn’t find 1 ounce of “diva” or “celebrity” in Sara. She is kind, understanding, friendly, and gracious. I walk away from time with them, thinking, “Boy, I wish The Groves could be my next door neighbor.” Their down-to-earth presence was completely refreshing.
3) Vulnerability. She is a real person who is not afraid to share the struggles and challenges she faces in her journey. At the concert in the UTR studios, she shared about how she’s had to deal with panic attacks for the last 3 years. She then played the song she wrote on the subject (yes, vulnerable songwriting too) called “From This One Place.” Watch a video of that Story & Song HERE.
4) Funny. On stage and off, you can tell that she loves to laugh and really enjoys life to the max. She put a smile on the face of everyone she interacted with.
5) Visionary. The Groves would have every right to enjoy the status quo of a recording/performing ministry that touches tens of thousands. Still, they make it clear that they are following God’s lead. This has allowed them to be a leadership example when it comes to serving the poor and oppressed. They are also moving one town over to St. Paul, MN, to establish Art House North – a place to foster community among artists.
6) Music. On the 14th, I was “Martha” – juggling way too many details as the organizer. On the 15th, I could be a little more like “Mary” – just sitting and soaking in the melodies and lyrics and stories. I was completely refreshed and edified by the experience. I was also again reminded at how deep and rich her entire catalog of music is. She can play a 10-yr-old song “Conversations” or her 6-yr-old song “You Are The Sun” or her 2-yr-old song “Joy Is In Our Hearts” – and they all showcase a depth of spirituality and a strength of creativity.
We were also happy to learn that Sara has just finished her 10th album, Invisible Empires, which will be released this October. We have other exciting things lined up for fellow Sara fans, including a special interview episode on Under The Radar, and this fall we’ll also have a contest to giveaway her entire discography.
How about you? What’s your take on Sara the person or Sara the musician?