Sarah Jory began to learn to play musical instruments at the age of five, when she obtained her first steel guitar.
In 1978, she was backed by the group Poacher when she was featured on the BBC Radio 2's Live from Golder's. Also at the age of nine, she joined the band Colorado Country after her father, Arthur Jory, secured her an audition. Jory played with the band for four years while completing her schooling. During this time, the band changed their name to Sarah and the Colorado Country. Jory's first album, Sarah's Steel Line, which she recorded with the band Poacher, was released by Crow Records in 1980, when she was eleven years old. After the album's release, she was asked to play at the Petersborough Festival of Music, having appeared earlier at Neil Coppendale's British Country Music Festival at the Brighton Centre.
At thirteen, Jory first visited the United States of America where she played at the Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis with Buddy Emmons.
Musical career and honours
From 1984 to 1992, Jory played thirteen steel guitar conventions in the US, appearing with Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green and Paul Franklinand worked with Ricky Scaggs, Porter Waggoner and Gene Watson.
...In 1985, the British Country Music Association voted Jory "The Most Promising New Act", followed by being voted the "Female Vocalist of the Year" for nine consecutive years by the BCMA. She also was voted "European Country Rock Entertainer of the Year". In 1995, 1996 and 1997, BCMA also voted her "British Female Vocalist of the Year".
In 1988, Jory worked in Bristol and formed her own professional band, opening for Eric Clapton in Dublin, among others and toured with Glen Campbell.
Jory played with the Van Morrison band during 2006 and 2011 and performed on his albums Keep It Simple and Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl and on the DVD Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Concert Film. In 2009, she performed with the touring production of, Essence of Ireland.
Since 2013, Sarah has been very proud to be part of Phil Mack promotions and live events where she holds the responsibility of being Musical Director.
She also has a busy touring schedule throughout Europe as well as America and Asia,and has recently been involved in playing shows for Cyndi Lauper and Imelda May, Duane Eddy and Albert Lee.
In March 2017, Sarah played at the Texas Steel Guitar Convention and in April 2017, headlined one of the nights at the famous Basel Blues Festival in Switzerland.
Despite an enviable music career, that has lasted for over 40 years, Sarah Jory is still very much top of her game and still commands large audiences, playing at prestigious music venues throughout the world!
Sarah has another immensely busy touring schedule for 2018 and has already accompanied the amazing Ray Scott on his European tour and shared the stage with Dale Watson in Switzerland.
Later in 2018, Sarah will be playing with the legendary Albert Lee in Poland and touring Europe with Darryl Worley and will be headlining 6 country festivals throughout Europe and the UK and with her own band.
2019 is also looking like another busy year, where organisers are booking Sarah and her own band, to headline festivals.....she even has bookings in for 2020, endorsing the fact that Sarah and The SJ Band are still very much in demand!
Sarah is also a session musician and has played on over 200 recording projects for other artists, including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé Orchestra and Van Morrison, to name a few.
She is fully endorsed by Mullen Pedal Steel Guitars, San Lorenzo Slide guitars from France, Jagwire Strings from the USA and Peavey Amps and Guitars.
Sarah was recently voted the Worlds Number One Female Pedal Steel Guitarist!
Sarah is also an active member, supporter and the Ambassador for the International campaign, Women In Music.