Country star Sara Storer is not immune from 'real-world' challenges.
Country star Sara Storer is not immune from 'real-world' challenges. Max Fairclough

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WITH multiple Golden Guitar and ARIA awards and seven albums under her belt, Sara Storer is a name synonymous with Australian country music.

But being a country music star doesn't make you immune from 'real-world' challenges.

Storer and husband, Dave, have four rowdy, young boys, and while some may think this is not a conducive environment for writing and performing some of Australia's greatest country music, this former school teacher has proven it works just fine for her.

LISTEN: Get the full chat with Sara Storer here:

 

Matt Collins:

Four boys? Do you and your husband ever think, 'Really? Could we just get one girl? Is that too much to ask?'

 

Sara Storer:

It sort of went like that. We got to three boys and I've always wanted four, so I thought lets just try again and see if we can get a girl. You never know. I found out prior to giving birth I was going to have another boy. It's kind of cool. I think a girl would throw a spanner in the works. It's nice having four boys.

 

MC:

With five boys in the house, do you miss out on your choice of shows on the TV?

 

SS:

Yeah, it is a bit of that. If I go to put on My Kitchen Rules or something like that it is debated. But it kind of helps having two TVs.

 

MC:

How hard is it to balance four boys, being a mum, being a wife and also producing great music?

 

SS:

It has its moments. I can sometimes not even communicate with my husband, Dave and I'll say, 'Oh did I tell you I have to go on Tuesday?' Being so busy you forget to communicate. I think if your communication is really open that helps. But because my job is something I get such a high off and such a buzz, for me not to be able to go out and perform really affects the person that I am. So I have to do it to keep myself sane.

 

MC:

All your boys are under 10, do they fully comprehend what you do?

 

SS:

They are starting to understand what I do. Now they are at an age when they ask, 'Can we come? You never take us on a plane'. I say, 'Next week'. I always say next week.

 

MC:

Are any of the boys showing a talent or an interest in music?

 

SS:

They can all sing and they all love music. But there are different things I pick up on. We heard a musician play recently and he missed a couple of the notes. The kids all turned to me and said, 'Oh, he just made a mistake'. So they all have very good ears. I got my six-year-old a mandolin and, no joke, after 20 minutes he was playing a song.

 

MC:

Early on, was it country music you were listening to in the household?

 

SS:

Yeah, it was. My dad loved country so all the vinyl records were Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Don Williams.

 

MC:

What do you like about it? Because it is a different type of music. Why do you think you leant toward country so much?

 

SS:

I think I learnt to respect country because my dad listened to it. I remember getting picked on at school because I liked country. But my older brothers would buy albums from the 80s and that was allowed. Music was allowed, as long as it was a good song. You could play it at six o'clock in the morning and blare it, blare it away. There was no issue as long as it was a good song.

 

MC:

As an artist, what do you think of how we get our music these days?

 

SS:

It used to be really good. You'd make money out of music but now it is really, really hard. It is really easy to access and streaming pays hardly anything at all. You never see a profit from streaming, unless you are getting multi-million streamers. But in Australia with our population it is hard to make a buck.

 

MC:

Is there anyone who you have worked with that really stands out?

 

SS:

Yeah, there is a few. Paul Kelly is one. He is such a giving person, he is so kind with his time. I just love the fact I got out on the road with Paul. We have written songs and recorded together, that's a really cool thing. John Williamson is another one who I love.

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