Music is Medicine.


  • Songwriter, Recording Artist, Storyteller, International Performing Artist 2000-Present
  • Mountain Discovery Charter School K-8 Music and Cultural Arts Instructor 2018-present 
  • Junior Appalachian Musicians Instructor
  • Traditional Arts Programs for Students


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and English:  Summa Cum Laude, Campbellsville University 2002
  • Storytelling Fellowship:  Kenan Institute for the Arts, University of North Carolina in collaboration with Native Voices at the Autry, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian 2016

Film and Soundtrack Credits: 

  • Family Squares (2021) 
  • PBS Series:  Diamonds Along the Highway
  • Burgoo:  Legendary Stew of the South
  • Red Velvet Cake


  • Calliope Stage "Sediment" and "Grimshaw's Post Office" 2021 
  • Co-composer and vocalist for the production soundtrack of "And So We Walked: An Artist's Journey Along the Trail of Tears" 2017  
  • Unto These Hills 2013, 2014, 2015


  • "You Shall Sing" written by Sarah Elizabeth Burkey is displayed in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian 2016
  • Assistant Director of Music for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cherokee Historical Association 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Oconaluftee Indian Village:  fingerweaving, beadwork, pottery, historian Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 2014-2018
  • Tsalagi Touring Program:  dancer, craft demonstrator, cultural preservation Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 2014-2018
  • Commissioner for Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission:  Appointed by the Governor of Kentucky 2012-2016