Sarah VonderHaar Releases Debut Album

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Sarah VonderHaar
Sarah VonderHaar was a contestant on cycle eight of America's Next Top Model. Now, she's a budding solo artist.

The former hopeful model recently released her solo debut album.

"I've been writing songs since I was 12," Sarah told the Shaumberg Review, a local newspaper in her home state of Illinois. "You know how you get the guitar in a boxed set with a little amp and a book? I learned a few chords and would sing along and play my guitar, really poorly."

The name of Sarah's album is "Are You Listening Now" and the title track was written about her father, who died of a drug overdose.

"He started doing drugs when I was about 14 and died when I was 17," she said. "It took me four years to get ready to write that song, and when I finally did, I wrote it in 20 minutes."

The former reality TV star still lives with her parents and holds down a job at a local Pizza Hut. She also refuses to call music her day job.

"I never consider music a job," she said. "I love creating something from nothing."

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