Sara Carter biography

Sara Carter

Gospel music, Composer

1898 – 1978

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Who was Sara Carter?

Sara Carter was an American Country music musician, singer and songwriter. Remembered mostly for her deep, distinctive, mature singing voice, she was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. In her earliest recordings her voice was pitched very high.

Born in Copper Creek, Virginia, she was the daughter of William Sevier Dougherty and Nancy Elizabeth Kilgore. Sara married A. P. Carter on June 18, 1915, but they were later divorced in 1939. They had three children: Gladys, Janette, and Joe.

In 1927, she and A. P. began performing as the Carter Family, perhaps the first commercial rural country music group. They were joined by her cousin, Maybelle, who was married to A. P.'s brother, Ezra Carter. Later she married Coy Bayes, A. P.'s first cousin, and moved to California in 1943, and the original group disbanded. In the late 1940s, Maybelle began performing with her daughters Helen, June, and Anita as The Carter Sisters.

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Born
Jul 21, 1898
Copper Creek
Also known as
  • Sara Dougherty Carter
  • Carter, Sara
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Jan 8, 1978

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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