Interview: Sarah Goldbloom, Singer/Songwriter/Police Administrator
Sarah Goldbloom will play Stella Blu in West Conshohocken this Friday, May 4.
"I love music that tells a story and connecting with my audience-- there's nothing like bringing a group of people together from different backgrounds and experiences and uniting them with one song."
By day, you can find Sarah Goldboom behind her desk at the Whitemarsh Township Police Department, where she works as an administrative assistant to lieutenants.
But by night, you can hear her sing at any number of local establishments and community events, when she graces the stage as a talented singer/songwriter.
And at just about any time, you're likely to see her singing for the sake of someone else. Goldbloom is a volunteer musician and counselor at Camp Can Do, an American Cancer Society camp for children fighting the disease, and will be singing at the organization's May 19th fundraiser at the Barren Hill Fire Company in Lafayette Hill.
Patch reached out to Goldbloom to learn more about her background, career, and her dreams:
PlymouthWhitemarshPatch: Where does your ability come from? Do you come from a musical family or were you trained in voice growing up?
Sarah Goldbloom: I've been singing since elementary school, and both my mom and dad play guitar and sing. My dad grew up playing blues and rock and my mom was the lead role in most of her high school plays, along with doing local theatre and winning awards for her beautiful voice.
My sister is an amazing piano player. I grew up playing music in church--my dad is a pastor and we used to go to different churches and sing for special events. We still all play together at church-- people always make fun of us and call us the Partridge family. I play guitar, piano, and I can keep a beat on the drums, along with singing and songwriting.
PWP: Are any particular musicians inspirational to you?
SG: I really loved Jewel and Jennifer Knapp growing up, but Adele has recently been a favorite of mine. I love music that tells a story and connecting with my audience-- there's nothing like bringing a group of people together from different backgrounds and experiences and uniting them with one song.
When you can feel the emotions, whether it be happiness or sadness from unrequited love, that a singer is singing then they have done their job.
PWP: Where might have local residents seen you perform, or where can they see you?
SG: I sing at Stella Blu in West Conshohocken about once a month. I played at Brittingham's Irish Pub in Lafayette Hill last September and was part of the Summer Concert Series last July at Miles park.
PWP: What do your coworkers around the station say to you about your night job?
SG: Many of my coworkers who have come out to see me play have been surprised, not realizing how serious I am when it comes to my love for music. I have a few faithful supporters from work who come out on a regular basis. It is really encouraging to see them out in the crowd!
PWP: What are your personal goals for your music? Any big dreams?
SG: My goal is to connect with people. I am happy whether it be a small coffee shop with 15 people or a stadium filled with thousands. With one voice you can captivate an audience and make a connection that could change someone's life... I want to spread that kind of hope!