Sarah Blacker, Suzie Brown

Sarah Blacker

Just recently named, Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression. She is a full-time singer/songwriter on the verge of releasing her 3rd album, which has already begun receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB. Last year, Blacker was also nominated as New England Music Awards ‘Female Performer of the Year,’ and her music video for her single, ‘Knocked the Winds’ won runner up in the Limelight Magazine’s Video of the Year, wherein she was nominated as Singer/Songwriter of the year in 2012. She was the winner of the Radio 92.9 / Boch Subaru contest and became the face and voice of their New England ad campaign for “ooh ooh it’s love,” NE Subaru, and was also named ‘Artist of the Year’ by My Rural Radio in 2011. Her song, ‘Smell of Caramel,’ was recently featured on the MTV show, Jersey Shore, and she was an emerging artist at the historical Falcon Ridge Folk Festival this past summer. In just under 3 years, she has garnered these accolades, performed at SXSW, CMJ and a sold-out tour of Germany, and has shared the stage with America, Rusted Root, Paula Cole, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Jason Isbell, Carbon Leaf, Rusted Root, and Anais Mitchell to name just a few. Her entrancing voice, poignant and emotionally charged lyrics, and mature songwriting has this artist on pace to go nowhere but up.

While contemplating your goal of being a music star, it's smart to have something to fall back on. For singer-songwriter Suzie Brown, that meant getting her MD at Harvard, a Master of Science in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania, then practicing cardiology. That's right, Brown—whose first full-length, Heartstrings, drops May 24—is no slacker. And it's with that same resolve that she decided one day to defer her dream no longer. There's no disputing that Brown works hard, but her material isn't exactly a tough sell. The string-soaked "Heartstrings" is an ode to unrequited love that's a throwback to the work of Patsy Cline. The bluesy "What You Do to Me" is an end-of-the-night jukebox crooner. The jaunty "I'll Be Gone" sounds like a hand-clapping anthem out of KT Tunstall's catalog.
A chance encounter with Philly folk-jazz singer Amos Lee at the Newport Folk Festival would prove most fortuitous. In addition to being a source of moral support, Lee would introduce her to his producer, Barrie Maguire, who went on to helm Heartstrings. Her burgeoning career moved at a rapid pace. By early 2009, she sold out her first solo show at the Tin Angel. Before long, she was opening for Lyle Lovett at the local concert hall. In two years, she's gone from composing her first song to releasing her first full-length album. Says Brown, "I can't believe this is my life."

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Sarah Blacker, Suzie Brown

Thursday, October 24 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Evening Muse