SISTER SARA

Band Members:

  • Chad Miller (guitar, vocals)
  • Michael Dunn (hand percussion, vocals)
  • Doug Webber (drums, percussion, vocals)
  • Alicia Crawford Elliott (bass)

Sister Sara founding members, Chad Miller, Michael Dunn, and Doug Webber, met in the early 1990's while performing in various bands for a company that toured schools throughout the United States. Shortly after the end of the tour in 1992, Miller, Dunn, and Webber decided to form their own band. Upon deciding what to name the newly formed band, The guys chose Sister Sara, named after Miller’s own sister who was visiting from Omaha, Nebraska that week.

In 1993, After a full year of writing, rehearsing and recording songs, Sister Sarah believed they were ready to take their show to the public. At issue though, was the fact that the group played only original songs and had no repertoire of cover songs. Due to this, the band found it extremely difficult to get booked at most of the local clubs. However, following a show opening for UROK at Killian’s Rock Café in Ybor City,  Jane Mckee, Killian’s assistant manager, decided to quit her job and go to work as Sister Sara’s booking agent. Two weeks later, Sister Sara was performing in Tampa Bay area clubs four nights a week, eventually becoming a mainstay in clubs, arenas, and musical events throughout the southeastern United States.

The addition of Alicia Crawford as Sister Sara’s bassist came several years later when Crawford performed with the band on stage during a show in St. Petersburg. The show was hosted by local radio personality, Mason Dixon, and Crawford played with the band at his request. Sister Sara was so impressed with Crawford’s performance that they asked her to join the band. Crawford was only 16 years old at the time.

Sister Sara’s music was a fusion of Latin rhythms, folk rock, R&B, and soulful harmony. For the lone melodious instrument Chad played an acoustic guitar, for drums, Doug played congas, bongos, timbale, cymbals, and a homemade kick-tom. Michael covered the rhythmic (hi-hat) parts using shakers, tambourine, cowbells, and wood blocks. The guys all sang in 3-part harmonies. Lyrically, Sister Sara’s songs were conservative in message.

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