McCracken began her musical career shortly after graduating from Belmont University, in 1999. She independently released two albums, The Crucible and Gypsy Flat Road, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. In late 2003, McCracken recorded Best Laid Plans with engineer, Ray Kennedy (Twang Trust) and world-renowned producer, Peter Collins. In the summer of 2004, McCracken signed the album to Shell Records in London, headed by UK music business legend Dave Robinson. Shell released the album in the UK, followed by two radio singles, "Last Goodbye" and "No More Tears," which received significant airplay and attention across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In 2005, McCracken released The Builder and the Architect, an album of hymns. The same team which worked on Best Laid Plans came together again in February 2006 to record album number five, Gravity / Love, which was released in September 2006.
Two years later, in September of 2008, she released Red Balloon in the style of a double-sided record with a side 1 and side 2. This collection of original songs was followed by a live performance recording of songs previously released, Live Under Lights and Wires. In 2010 Sandra followed-up with In Feast or Fallow and in 2013, Desire Like Dynamite. Her next album was based entirely on the selections from the book of Psalms from The Bible, and given the same name, Psalms.
Her 10th solo album came out the following year - God's Highway - landing at No. 49 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Once again, McCracken took the time to record a live performance with Steadfast Live. Songs from the Valley is a 7-song EP released in early 2018.
McCracken lists her musical influences as Joni Mitchell, Neil Finn, David Gray, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Collaborators include All Sons and Daughters, Ellie Holcomb, and Katy Bowser Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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