Sarah Elizabeth Burkey (Songbird) is a Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Storyteller whose work has been featured on over 17 albums including Door of the Moon, When the Redbuds Bloom, Don’t Die Yet, and Honeysuckle Vine. She has toured 19 countries and earned an international reputation as an authentic voice for Roots Music and Cultural Arts. Songbird is deeply committed to the preservation and continuation of traditional knowledge and the vital role it plays in health, healing, and well-being. She worked for the Cherokee Historical Association for 5 years as a Historian, Heritage Arts Crafter, Assistant Music Director and performer for Unto These Hills, craft teacher at Oconaluftee Indian Village, and member of the Tsalagi Touring Group.
“The creative arts have taught me to dig deep, plant my feet firmly on the ground, and believe in myself. I look forward to sharing my love of the natural world, music, and culture with the MDCS community. Let’s go on an adventure!”
Songbird earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Literature, Summa Cum Laude from Campbellsville University. She lives down a dirt road deep in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, Wes, and their sons, Stone and Sky.