She’s been named a ‘River Rising Star’ by WXRV, Boston’s Independent Radio, 92.5 the River. Southcoast247.com has coined her, “A shining light in the local music scene,” and she’s regularly called, “the perfect blend of Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald.” At age 17, Sarah Blacker spent sleepless nights yearning to learn how to play the guitar. After two months of attempted lessons, her teacher told her to forget about lessons as she wasn’t practicing technique, she was writing song after song after song. She eventually taught herself a boat-load of strange chords and rhythms which she now crafts to fit her every whim. A classically-trained vocalist, pianist by ear only, and ballet dancer since age 8, Sarah has always kept her sights set on the stars.
Berklee College of Music in Boston accepted Sarah early, and there she engaged in intensive Music Therapy studies, (now a Board-Certified Music Therapist for children with special needs) spending upwards of 7 hours/day cradling her black Martin guitar in the corner of a tiny practice room. As a vocal major, Berklee also taught her vibrato, swoops and jazzy vocal inflections to add to her box of vocal tools. Sarah’s approach to music is that of an artist inspired by each passing nuance and minute detail. She admits, “Life is too complex to even begin to understand, so I make sense of life through song.” She now writes almost daily, finding a place for her unique voice in a variety of different Sarah Blacker styles. “I always believe the songs that are meant to stick around will stay, and some will fall by the wayside,” Sarah explains, “Some songs might find their life-span to be but a sketch, and others may disappear for a while, and then resurface.
But some just write themselves in a few minutes, and stick hard. Some just want to stick around.” Similar to her songs, Blacker has done quite a bit of traveling and moving around. She's moved 7 times in different parts of Massachusetts, twice in Lawrence, KS, and once in upstate New York. She follows her heart, her music, her intuition, and the words of Joni Mitchell, "I get the urge for going," and sometimes she packs up everything she owns and goes- even if to later return with a big black lab named Beasley. Currently, Ms.
Blacker, lives in Cambridge, MA and is touring both solo and with her band, in support of her debut full-length album, ‘The Only Way Out is Through.’ This collection of finely crafted, unique jazzy/folk-rock songs was recorded and co-produced by Rob Loyot of Noise in the Attic Studios- Scituate, MA, mixed (and additional recording) by Sean McLaughlin of 37′ Productions- Rockland, MA, and mastered by Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering, Boston. The album will be released to radio and press in just a couple of weeks, with regional touring throughout the summer, and CD Release shows in the fall at esteemed venues such as One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME; the Hard Rock Café, Boston, MA; and more! 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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