Sarah Dash, Trenton native, songwriter, actress, cultural icon and one-third of the R&B and Funk trio, LaBelle, has been appointed as the city’s inaugural Music Ambassador.
Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson announced the honor in a ceremony at City Hall, praising Dash and her strong ties to her hometown as well as the world of music. The event included a performance by Dash and a local children’s choir and the unveiling of a photo exhibition chronicling Dash’s music career that will be on display at City Hall until Nov. 3.
“I am honored and delighted to appoint Sarah to this inaugural position of Music Ambassador,” said Jackson. “She has developed her incredible talent in the music scene over the last 47 years, and dedicated her gifts, achievements, and knowledge to Trenton as a way to expose our residents and children to the transformative power of the arts. Sarah is truly a music legend and we consider her a brilliant blessing for our city, whom we will enjoy working with in this new and exciting role.”
Dash will serve a two-year term to the newly created position, which will advocate for the expansion of musical performing arts and related cultural activities, and promote a better understanding of how music can impact and improve the lives of residents.
“Music changed my life,” said Dash, a resident of the city’s West Ward who continues to live in her childhood home. “I understand its potential to impact the intellectual, social, and emotional development of our city’s children, and I want to use my God-given gifts to teach them how to embrace the life-changing power of music.”
Dash started her music career with the New Jersey-based girl-group Del Capris, which included contemporaries Nona Hendryx, Sandra Mingo and Shirley Newkirk. That relationship led to her co-founding a longstanding creative alliance with Grammy award-winning songstress Patti LaBelle in the group Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. Dash has since performed with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and been featured in several television and film projects. In 1978, she released her self-titled debut album, which included the top-ten disco hit, “Sinner Man.” Then in 1988, she was signed to Manhattan Records (via EMI) and released the album entitled “You’re All I Need.”