Having recently moved across the pond to the UK, VerLin continues to tour in the USA and Canada when not performing in the UK. Combining intimate smoky vocals, hard driving rhythms and energetic performances, Sarana VerLin has developed a truly unique sound that leaves her audiences wanting more whether solo, duo, or stomping boots with a full band.
With classical training and a Detroit rock & roll history, her current style explores roots from both sides of the pond, pushing the boundaries of Folk Rock, Alt-Country, Celtic and Americana…where these lines blur is where she thrives!
Sarana VerLin's relationship to her music has defined her existence for decades. Her romance with music started when she began writing & playing multiple instruments at the age 10. She was performing internationally at the age of 12 on classical violin and performing in the International Youth Symphony, made up of youths from the areas surrounding Detroit, USA and Windsor, Canada. In her teens she started playing American folk music, in her twenties she fronted the rock group Natasha which won a Detroit Metro Times Music Award for Best New Talent.
She honed her skills with thousands of gigs in the EU, USA and Canada, and was thrilled to record her first solo album titled ‘Bats & Butterflies’ which won the Detroit Music Award for folk/acoustic recording of 2011. Her music has been heard on radio stations around the world.
VerLin has worked with Grammy award winners Don Was (everyone from Elton John to Rolling Stones) & Steve King (Romantics, Eminem) and producer Ben Grosse (Debbie Harry).
She’s in the Detroit Metro Times Music Hall of Fame alongside artists such as Aretha Franklin and Iggy Pop. She was one of the original members of Dark Carnival, a rotating supergroup of musicians including the late Ron Asheton (Iggy Pop & The Stooges), pop artist Niagara, and musician/poet Jim Carroll ('People Who Died').
More recently, after spending 4 years on the festival circuit with a celtic-rock group in the mid noughties, VerLin returned to the Detroit music scene to get in touch with her folky singer-songwriter roots. She teamed up with Americana singer-songwriter Billy Brandt in 2009 to form a duo that also performs with full band. Since then she’s recorded two albums with Brandt and toured extensively in Michigan and the UK doing over 200 gigs a year. In 2011 she and Brandt were nominated together and separately for 13 different music awards in multiple categories.
In late October 2011, VerLin embarked on an ambitious new journey and moved to the UK where she is performing in England and Wales. She continues to perform solo, as a duo with Brandt, a trio with ‘Iron & Oak’, or with full band ‘Shoot Out The Lights’.
Detroit Music Awards:
(with 2013 & 2014 nominations for Best Acoustic/Folk Recording)
2012 Best Acoustic/Folk Recording (with Billy Brandt)
2012 Best World Recording
2012 Best Classical Recording
2011 Best Acoustic/Folk Recording - Bats & Butterflies
2011 & 2009 Best Instrumentalist - violin
2010 Best Folk Act (duo with Billy Brandt)
2000 Detroit Metro X Music Hall of Fame
Some of the larger Michigan festival performances include Arts Beats & Eats (125,000), Dunegrass (8,000), Mackinac Island Music Festival (15,000), Detroit River Days (450,000), Motown Winter Blast (300,00), Top of the Park (75,000), Detroit Hoedown (400,000), Concert of Colors (100,000), & Woodward Dream Cruise (1,000,000).
She also had the honor of performing for actor Jeff Daniels 10th Comedy Golf Jam, raising funds for his theater.
She’s performed at a gazillion venues/summer series/concerts throughout Michigan, Ohio, Chicago, New York City, and Boston in the USA; Toronto & Windsor in Canada; Holland, London & Southwest UK ranging from intimate house concert and folk club audiences (40-50) as well as large festivals (1,000+)
In the UK you might have seen her at Bristol Folk Festival, Stroud on the Water Festival, Stroud Fringe Festival, Brisfest, Watchett Festival, Priddy Festival, Treefest, or Stroud Americana Festival (as performer and organizer).