When you think of karaoke in Philadelphia, there’s truly only one name that comes to mind-the fabulous Sara Sherr of Sing Your Life Karaoke. For almost a decade now, Ms. Sherr has been running her karaoke business all over town and has taken over a handful of city bars like 12 Steps Down, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar and Philly staple Bob and Barbara’s. Sara’s schedule is always jam packed, so when she agreed to have a little chat with me, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. The two of us gabbed about her humble beginnings, which singers she thinks are due for their grand comebacks, and which songs she wishes people would just STOP attempting to sing on karaoke nights. Check out my fun interview with Sara below and for all things ‘Sing Your Life Karaoke,’ go right here.
PM-Hey Sara, thanks so much for taking time out of your crazy schedule to chat with me! So, tell me how you got started doing “Sing Your Life Karaoke?”
SS-My father has been a DJ and karaoke host for almost 30 years. In 2006, when I was between jobs, I entered the family business and in 2010, I was fulltime, and I came to Tabu in April of that year. I currently have 5 regular nights a week, plus private parties.
PM-I just have to know, in all of your time doing karaoke, was there one performance that completely blew you away?
SS-It’s hard to remember just one. Some people are incredibly talented, and others don’t have great voices, but are very entertaining. I’ve witnessed both marriage proposals and impromptu stripping during performances so anything’s possible. (As fun as it its, I am not suggesting you strip, or you’ll get thrown out at most of my bars).
PM-Are there any songs that you absolutely get tired of hearing?
SS-It’s a tie between John Legend’s “All of Me” and “Let It Go” from Frozen. I prefer to not hear a lot of slow songs at karaoke. It brings the energy level way down.
PM-How about any songs or artists you don’t think you hear enough of people singing?
SS-Anything from David Bowie…
PM-Okay, so you pretty much know what people like to sing, so I want to pick your music brain for a minute. If you had to name one album that you absolutely can’t live without, which one would it be?
SS-I would say “Germ Free Adolescents” by X-ray Spex.
PM-How about, in one word, describe Madonna..
PM-Which singer do you think is in dire need of a comeback?
SS-I’d like to see it happen to George Michael, but it’s a tough call with his health issues. For more recent artists, I don’t think Amerie ever got a fair shake.
PM-Lastly, what was the last concert or festival that you went to?
SS-I just went to the Oddball Comedy Festival with Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Burress, and many others.