Sarah Buxton grew up in Lawrence, Kan., and became actively involved in music as a child by learning piano, playing flute, and joining a children's choir. She followed the music of Patty Loveless, George Strait, and Faith Hilll. As she learned more about music, she became interested in songwriters and began writing poetry. After graduation, she met Stevie Nicks, one of her musical idols, who encouraged her to pursue music, which meant a move to Nashville.
Buxton enrolled at Nashville's Belmont University and started a Southern rock band called Stoik Oak, which toured the region for three years. Her unique-sounding voice and songwriting ability gave her hope in the music business. She found her further encouragement from one of her friends John Rich of Big & Rich. Buxton's pursuit of higher education and the advice of friends paid off when the clever girl wrote "Stupid Boy," a hit single on Keith Urban's 2006 Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing album.