Rachael Sage

  • Chicago, IL
  • 10/05/2014
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Rachael Sage is a soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist who has earned a loyal following with her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, expressive vocals and improvisational audience interaction. Joy!, Rachael’s first holiday EP, is a playful folk-pop collection featuring a cover of the classic “Joy To The World” – an uptempo re-vamp with a tinge of Americana twang. Other tracks include Sage’s original Hanukkah song “Tchatchkes & Latkes”, and her first Yiddish recording, “Umru Meine”. Sage has shared stages with Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Beth Hart, Colin Hay, and Ani DiFranco. She’s received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. A record-breaking 22 placements on Lifetime’s TV series Dance Moms have resulted in 10 million+ YouTube views. Look for Rachael’s forthcoming album Myopia, out this Spring on MPress Records/ILS/Caroline. 

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"Blue Roses" CD Release Show @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Rachael Sage will be performing at Uncommon Ground on Clark in Chicago, IL on Sunday, October 5th at 9 p.m. She is very excited to be back in Chicago with new material off of her upcoming 11th studio album, Blue Roses
Blue Roses, out November 4, 2014 will be released on her very own MPress Records. The NYC singer-songwriter, poet, actor, visual artist and record label owner has thrived in the indie songwriter scene since her self-produced 1996 debut, Morbid Romantic. Her new album, Blue Roses, is a perceptive rumination on the human condition. Her voice pulsates with soulful melancholy over her driving piano, augmented by string-soaked arrangements.
 
Sage’s music is prominently featured in the current season of Lifetime® TV’s hit reality series, Dance Moms, with eight of Sage’s songs serving as accompaniment to the Abby Lee Dance Company’s award-winning choreography. The show will be airing two more tracks from Blue Roses when the season resumes. As a former ballet dancer herself, Sage says “it’s been pretty thrilling to watch young dancers like Maddie Ziegler and Chloe Lukasiak perform week after week to my music. They’re incredible young artists, and have brought me back to dance in such a unique and unexpected way!”
 
Sage plays more than a hundred gigs annually with her band, The Sequins, and has shared stages with Marc Cohn, The Animals, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World and Judy Collins. Collins makes a guest appearance on Blue Roses, duetting with Sage on her elegiac cover of Neil Young’s “Helpless.” “She has a very unusual way of treating a pop song,” said Phil Ramone. “I admire her editorial and musical ability when it comes to crafting a tune.” Rachael Sage’s working methods reminded Phil Ramone of Bob Dylan – and he should know, having engineered the Blood on the Tracks sessions.
 
ABOUT BLUE ROSES
Blue Roses, the new album by Rachael Sage, is a collection of songs about the impact any single person can have upon the destiny of another. Sage has spent most of the last two years trying to channel evidence of compassion into her creative output.  "These are incredibly confusing, chaotic times we're living in, and the older I get, the more vital it seems to me to document unabashed, wholehearted empathy wherever and however I can as an artist."
 
"Happiness (Maddie’s Song)”, is the brightest and most hopeful track on the album,  with an upbeat piano melody and swirling string lines. "I wrote this song after seeing a performance that was so extraordinary that I felt I had met a soul mate - even though I was merely in the audience."
 
Produced by Sage with two-time Grammy nominee John Shyloski (Stephen Kellogg, Johnny Winter), Blue Roses features 13 chamber-pop gems, supported by an impressive lineup of musical guests including drummer Quinn (Daft Punk), percussionist/singer Everett Bradley (Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates) and guitarists James Mastro (Garland Jeffries, Ian Hunter) and Jack Petruzelli (Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright). Closing out the album with a cover of Neil Young's "Helpless" - reimagined as a duet featuring folk icon Judy Collins and accompanied by Charleston alt-rock band A Fragile Tomorrow - Sage comes full circle, imbibing the classic anthem with a warmth that is entirely her own.
 
ABOUT RACHAEL SAGE:
A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has been performing 100+ dates a year with her band, The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, and soulful vocals. The Sequins are drummer Andy Mac, cellist Ward Williams and violinist Kelly Halloran.
 
Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the Fame Soundtrack, and in the current season of Lifetime’s #1 reality series, Dance MomsBlue Roses  is poised for a November 4 release, available everywhere through MPress Records.  Rachael Sage and The Sequins will be touring the U.S. in support of the release, check out rachaelsage.com for dates.

 

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Concert Start Time: 9PM
Venue: Uncommon Ground on Clart
Venue St. Address: 3800 North Clark St.
Venue City, State: Chicago, IL
Venue Zip: 60613
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Ticket Price(s): $10
Ticket Phone: 773-929-3680
Ticket URL: Click here
Event Notes: Blue Roses CD Release Show
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