Sahara Rain

The singer and recording artist drew the attention of producer Biff Watson and some of the industry’s top vocal coaches shortly after her arrival. Now 14, Sahara Rain is writing and recording her own songs, the first steps in a career many believe will be noteworthy. 
“I was asked to accompany Sahara Rain on a recording and realized right away how talented she is,” said Watson, also a member of the Country Music Association Board of Directors, who met Sahara Rain at the famed Blackbird Studios. “She has the pure pitch and tone that a producer longs for in a singer, an emotional delivery, and a personality that makes her a joy to be around.” 
Watson has helped Sahara Rain record her first songs, poignant and introspective pieces that display a deep and empathetic understanding of life for someone so young. Taking cues from musical heroes as diverse as Karen Carpenter and Carrie Underwood she’s aiming for something more than la-la-la love songs and saccharine-sweet ballads that often dominate a teen singer’s repertoire


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Rock on the Road is an integral part of music education at Ohana Institute, a non-profit school located in Inlet Beach, Florida. The program is built upon the idea of experiential student-led learning. The music business is a very unique and ever-changing industry where experience is the key. Our students are not only encouraged, but expected to take initiative and dive into the music business, exploring many outlets that the industry has to offer.


When students join the program, they are given nine months to organize a fully-funded ten-day tour. During these nine months, they play gigs throughout the year at festivals, clubs, and schools in preparation for the tour. The goal of this unique curriculum is to ensure that each student is able to explore many aspects of the music industry from songwriting and performing concerts to booking gigs, managing artists, stage design, music production, and coordinating full-on music tours down to every small detail.


Founded by Jonathan Mitchell, the band director of Ohana Institute, Rock on the Road provides students with everything they need to explore the music industry and get a taste of what it is like to be a professional musician. Each year we write and record at least one song for a non-profit organization, and perform at several schools across the South in order to share our passion for music and education.