Sara Petite was born and raised in the countryside of Sumner, Washington, later relocating to San Diego. Her rural youth helped shaped her songwriting, which often incorporates accordian, pedal steel guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and accordion.

Her song "Coming Home" won the "Best Song Award" in the Country/Americana category in the 2006 Portland Songwriting Contest. The song turned up on a French Country Music compilation CD (Universal Music of France) and on Petite's 2007 album, The United States of Americana (Shut Eye Records).

Her 2009 album features the Sugar Daddies and the Tiger Mountain Boys. In September of that year, she won Best Americana or Country Artist at the San Diego Music Awards.

Sara has a wide range of influences such as June Carter, Iris Dement, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, John Prine, Shelby Lynne, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Steve Earl, Patty Griffin, Tom Petty, Madonna, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen, and Roseanne Cash.