Also, her cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” You’re welcome.
Sara Niemietz, actor and Postmodern Jukebox front woman first appeared on stage at age 4, when BJ Thomas helped her on to the stage to sing “Hooked on a Feeling” in front of an audience. Delivering Chicago and Broadway theatre performances, beginning at age 9, Niemietz continued her career in California with television roles, film roles, soundtrack productions, music videos and CDs. Known worldwide as Postmodern Jukebox’s striking frontwoman and for her solo YouTube music video releases (her recent Adele cover video has over 8 million views), we caught up with her on the way to Dubai for a performance with PMJ.
Cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.”
AMFM: In only a decade you’ve managed to forge quite a prolific music and acting career. What was the impetus to move from Chicago to L.A., and was it scary? A leap of faith?
Sara: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been singing 24-7. Early on, my family shared that passion for music and encouraged my love of performance. I started taking some acting and singing lessons in Chicago, which culminated in a showcase in LA. I got a manager there and moved out with my family. There was definitely nothing guaranteed, but the prospect of being able to spend more time singing thrilled me.
AMFM: It’s apparent you love to perform live, what kinds of venues are your favorite to perform in?
Sara: There’s NOTHING like live – that immediate response from an audience. I can’t say I have a favorite type of venue. I sang in Times Square during the Broadway on Broadway concert in front of 50,000 people. That was such a rush! I also really love small rooms where people come to listen and share more intimate musical moments.
AMFM: What kind of advice can you give young musicians trying to get noticed on YouTube? Is there any sort of advice you would give – i.e., do this, or don’t do that?
Sara: Make music that YOU love. The musical landscape and its trends change so quickly, that if you’re trying to chase something that seems popular at the moment, you’ll always be one step behind by the time you release your own project. My favorite music comes from people expressing themselves and making music that’s true to them. That never fails to resonate.
AMFM: What was your favorite acting performance so far, and why?
When I was ten years old, I had the honor of playing a young Carol Burnette on Broadway in her and Carrie Hamilton’s play, Hollywood Arms. Getting to work with her and an incredible cast, under the direction of Hal Prince was truly a once in a lifetime experience. It was a crash-course in professionalism and adapting to an 8 show a week schedule too! Another amazing experience was singing at the Grand Ole Opry with BJ Thomas a few years ago. My first concert experience was one of his shows in Illinois, where he saw me singing in the front row and invited me onstage. Total full circle!
AMFM: You’re going on tour with the Post Modern Jukebox, but what other projects do you have coming up?
Sara: Yes! I’m currently on a plane to Dubai as I’m typing this! I’m having a fabulous time with Postmodern Jukebox. My new EP, Fountain and Vine is out now, and I’m performing a lot in support of it. My YouTube channel has new videos very often, so you’ll find me in the studio a lot recording. Speaking of the studio, I’m writing a lot on the road (thanks,
backpacker guitar!) and will be recording some new tunes very soon!