Edward Anthony James Sarley was born November 24, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio. He discovered music while in grade school, where he learned how to read music and how to sing. At 8 years of age, he began taking lessons on the accordion from Ed DiFiore, and through him, learned many techniques associated with being a good musician; including sight reading and melodic improvisation. He was encouraged in his musical pursuits by his two uncles, John “Dibby” Braidic and Joe Kostrek, who were professional musicians and played the guitar and accordion respectively. Ed’s mother, father and sister, Laura, were also good singers, while his younger brother, Greg, was a naturally gifted guitarist. Family get togethers invariably turned into all day concerts where Ed and the rest of his family would teach each other new songs, accompaniment “chords” and guitar “licks”. This provided Ed with a solid foundation of pop songs, standards and musicianship during his pre-teen years.
While attending the prestigious St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, he learned how to play the bass and electric guitar. He also played in his first bands while maintaining a rigorous academic schedule, which included the study of many sciences and languages. He played clarinet in the Marching and Concert Bands and sang in the choir. It was during this time that Ed began performing regularly around Cleveland, including playing bass and guitar at school dances and parties.
After high school, Ed enrolled at The University Of Dayton in southern Ohio as a Music Education Major. There he studied voice and piano along with honing his skills as an acoustic guitarist and songwriter. He returned home his junior year and continued his music studies at Cleveland State University before embarking on a full-time career in music. While a student at CSU, he sang and played guitar in the band S.R.O. with his brother, Greg, and schoolmate, George Sipl, at a host of concert halls and clubs, which includes the, now legendary, Cleveland Agora.
During the Eighties, Ed sang and played as a full-time professional musician in many northern Ohio bands while continuing to study the craft of songwriting. It was also during this time that he made his mark as a studio session guitarist on many music projects; including an extensive array of radio and television advertising jingles, and album releases.
Throughout the Nineties, Ed continued to front and play in many more bands while developing his original music style, which is a unique blend of Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues. In 1996 he released his first solo CD, "Beautiful Things", featuring 14 original tunes by Ed as the songwriter.
These days, Ed resides in Nashville, Tennessee; and is busy writing and recording the tracks for his new CD “From Nashville With Love”. He can also be seen and heard around town as a songwriter, performer, and session musician as he settles into his new lifestyle in the heart of Dixie.