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When she was pregnant with her first daughter, one of Sarah Hart's many creative collaborators brought her a set of juggling balls, and taught her how to use them. Between singing and songwriting, recording and producing, traveling and parenthood, Hart's friend figured she'd benefit from the skill.
Over years of balancing a family and a multi-faceted musical career, Hart's become a seasoned and grateful juggler, with a list of accomplishments that attest to her commitment to keeping all those balls in the air.
Hart most recently has been in the studio working on her eleventh full-length recording, "And Lovely It Is". Sarah has been sitting in the producers chair for this collection of songs, along with co-producer Stephen Leiweke. This collection comes during a fruitful songwriting season for Hart. Amy Grant, Celtic Woman, Matt Maher, Laura Story, Audrey Assad and The Newsboys are among those who’ve recorded her songs, and Grant's recording of "Better Than a Hallelujah" earned Hart a Best Gospel Song Grammy nomination.
A Mark Award winner, Hart has had many song placements in film and television. She has scored music for several animated features, and is an ALA Odyssey Winner for her work in animated scores. Her songs appear in hymnals all across the world.
Hart continues to hit the road steadily, too, helming concerts, keynoting and speaking, leading faith-focused women's, musician's and parish events, and performing from coast to coast and abroad. In October of 2013, Sarah was invited to perform for Pope Francis and a crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter's Square.
And avid writer, Sarah has also just published her fourth retreat book, "The Fruit of the Spirit", which she presents across the country.
Hart's resume lists a lot of work, and a lot of different work - but she sees a thread running through just about everything she does.
"It's all about life," Hart says. "It's all about faith and the human experience, the beauty and the messiness, and offering whatever allows people to relate. You have to be vulnerable, in touch with the human experience as an artist, to have fearlessness and deep honesty. Being able to write, sing and speak from that place of vulnerability is, to me, the key."
In her travels, the reward is meeting people, sharing her stories, and having them share their own experiences, too. “To be able to do this work and offer a little bit of an oasis to people – a little time to delve in and have fun and look deeper into their faith or life or relationships and be encouraged - that's really rewarding to me. I’m incredibly grateful to meet such amazing folks, to have them be a part of my journey, and grateful for them allowing me be a part of theirs."
As Hart navigates an increasingly busy time in her own journey, she's taken as many pointers as she's given. And her friends and collaborators continue to share important lessons, too: that juggling isn't a skill so much as a process, and that doing it successfully means you only have to keep moving.