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NASHVILLE, TENN. (February 5, 2024) – Sarah Davison was honored with the esteemed Curtain Call Award from Belmont University on Wednesday, January 31st, recognizing her unwavering commitment to artistic excellence. The Curtain Call Award, presented in recognition of great achievement in the field of commercial music, has honored a Belmont University School of Music alum each spring since 1995. Sarah is only the second female to receive this honor.
Davison’s selection for this honor is a testament to her remarkable talent and significant contributions to the world of commercial music. A gifted pianist and vocalist, Davison is a piano performance graduate of Belmont University’s School of Music. She formed her highly successful all-female band, High Road, in 2011, garnering a GRAMMY® nomination for High Road’s work on the album, Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout. The band has received nominations in the Singing News Fan Awards (New Artist of the Year and Band of the Year) and the GMA Dove Awards (Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year). When not on tour with High Road, Davison has toured as a musician with iconic Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones on his final tour of Canada and is a frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry with ACM Award-winner and Opry member, Mark Wills, Opry member, The Isaacs, and Emily Ann Roberts. She is set to join Roberts on Blake Shelton’s 2024 Back To Honky Tonk Tour this spring.
"I feel beyond honored and grateful for being this year's Curtain Call Award recipient from the Belmont University School of Music, " says Davison. “I am only the 2nd female instrumentalist to ever receive this honor in the award’s history- wow! I strive to be a good musician and songwriter, not for awards or accolades, but to create songs that make a difference in the lives of the listener. I give all glory to God for my talent and any success I have achieved. Thank you to Belmont University for this amazing honor that I will forever cherish.”
Dusty Wells, Director of Artist & Label relations at Daywind Records and New Day Distribution, celebrated the award by stating, “We are absolutely thrilled for our own Sarah Davison to be awarded the 2024 Curtain Call Award from Belmont University School of Music. What a tremendous honor, one that is well-deserved for such a talent. Music is such a powerful gift, and as an artist, musician, songwriter and performer, Sarah is the perfect recipient for this award. We are honored to walk alongside her and her band High Road by helping promote their music to people who need to hear the message of Jesus and the hope He is for all of us.”
About High Road
Ask Sarah Davison what her favorite Bible verse is, and she’ll immediately quote Proverbs 3:5-6: “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” It’s a scripture that has accompanied the acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist through life’s highs and lows, and one she hand-copied—in a flowery cursive script—from her grandmother’s Bible. “That verse has been with me from my Iowa hometown of 150 people to Nashville, going after what I feel called to do, trusting that He’s leading me down the right road,” she reflects.
It’s not only a scripture that beautifully encapsulates Sarah’s own journey, but the ordained path of her Grammy®-nominated band that she formed in 2011, High Road, as well. A gifted pianist, vocalist, and piano performance graduate of Belmont University, Sarah often lends her talents to a veritable who’s who of leading country artists. She toured with iconic Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones’ band on his final tour of Canada, she performs regularly on the Grand Ole Opry with ACM Award-winner and Opry member, Mark Wills, Emily Ann Roberts, Grand Ole Opry members, the Isaacs, and will be touring on the 2024 Blake Shelton Tour. Sarah has written choral pieces performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and co-wrote High Road’s #1 Gospel song, “Christ My Hope, My Glory” which High Road performed with Grammy® Award and Dove Award winner, Jason Crabb. She has been the pianist for Gaither Homecoming series tapings featuring Bradley Walker and actor Dennis Quaid. Sarah was the musical director for the 2022 Dove Awards segment which paid tribute to women in Gospel music, arranging the old spiritual song, “Working on a Building.” THe performance featured 12 women across Christian, country, and bluegrass music.
Since High Road’s genesis, Sarah and her bandmates have garnered a Grammy® nomination for their work on the album "Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout", Singing News Fan Award nominations for New Artist of the Year and Band of the Year, and two Dove Award nominations for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year. They regularly perform at leading country, bluegrass, and Gospel music events including 40 Days and 40 Nights at the Ark Encounter, Singing In The Sun, Women of Joy, the National Quartet Convention, Dollywood, and more.
About New Day Records:
New Day Records is a division of Daywind Music Group and home to High Road, Lefevre Quartet, The Sound, and TrueSong. The label is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all major physical and digital outlets.