Sarah Popejoy's bio

It was a family secret. Only, one that wasn’t kept from those outside the family. No, this family secret was never talked about inside the family.  Sarah’s grandmother, Gwen Popejoy Bonnell, was in a very successful singing trio that toured all over the state of Oklahoma. Upon settling down and raising a family, it never came up at holidays or family cookouts. Sarah’s Dad, Brad Popejoy, played bass guitar for a band called Front Page News that was released on Dial Records. Soon though raising a family and selling his bass, those stories were lost for years.  

In a suburban city with views of hayfields and cattle, as a teenager, Sarah had been bitten by the music bug. A passion for lyric writing turned into guitar playing which in turn, turned into singing her own songs. Influenced by songwriters like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kim Richey,  Rosanne Cash, and Iris Dement, Sarah did what many songwriters before her did which was move to Nashville.  

Upon arriving in Nashville in her black Ford Escort with a suitcase and guitar in the back, within a week Sarah landed a job, an apartment, and performed at Bluebird’s open mic. Building upon her music roots she eventually recorded two studio albums and a live album. A song from her last album, ”Real Action with Words” was voted honorable mention winner for the Billboard Songwriting Contest. A few notable vocal contributions included those from Gwen Sebastian and Sara Beck and piano performances by Matt Rollings.  

Sarah began touring and also had some radio airplay in the Northeast with her debut album. She performed at small staple listening rooms like Cambridge’s Club Passim and Nashville’s Bluebird’s Café to larger venues opening for Debbie Campbell at Summer’s Fifth Night a record crowd of over 10,000 people. Eventually, Sarah also landed a Borders Books and Music tour to cities all over the Midwest including St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston with several performances in each city.  

It might seem like an odd choice for Sarah to move back to the Tulsa area if it weren’t her roots and if Rolling Stone hadn’t named it the next Austin. That's where the prestige of the story begins to circle back into its own resolve. Currently, Sarah is creating a project that is the first of it's kind. The docualbm will bring Oklahoma history's story to life. The project is set for release in January 2021. Where will you be when the prestige is revealed? Read more about the project here

 

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call 'The Prestige'.”

the movie "The Prestige"