Is Sarah Staudinger the New Queen of Los Angeles?
Sarah Staudinger’s first big break was as the lead singer of an all-girl rock band called the Slendros, which toured the country in 1988. But it was in 1991 that she first stepped onto the music business scene as a solo singer, after recording a single called “Who’s Gonna Stop Me,” which cracked the Top 10 on Billboards Dance/Club Play chart.
Now she’d like you to know she’s not exactly a novice. A year before she was on the scene, she released a critically acclaimed debut album called “Til It Hurts.” She’s played over 200 shows since then — including a sold-out Carnegie Hall show with her band and a residency at New York’s legendary Mercury Lounge — but still has a long way to go before the public gives her the love and adulation she craves.
But not that long she has to wait. According to her manager, Staudinger is inching closer and closer to releasing her first full-length album, which is expected to be called “I Love Myself,” in just two or three months.
The singer recently talked to Billboard about her journey from slouching to pop star, where she’s been from 1991 to now and the people who have been a part of her evolution.
How do you feel when you sing “I Love Myself”?
It’s the most natural thing in the world. It’s like, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” But I think that people will get what I’m saying, they’ll be like, “Oh, yeah, I love you.” I just know it and they will love you.
How did you decide on the name “I Love Myself” and its meaning?
It’s not really a name. The only thing is it means I love all aspects of myself because, as humans, we all have a soul. So you don’t have to worry about if you’re a singer or whatever, you’re a person. You can love yourself as a person, you can love all aspects of yourself.
How did your manager and label come up with it?
I’ll tell you a funny story. When the label approached me, I was singing at a bar, and I had to use the bathroom, and