Rachael Sage to Release New Studio Album 'Blue Roses' 11/4
Rachael Sage announces the release of her new studio album, Blue Roses, out November 4, 2014 on 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 later this season, for a total of an unprecedented ten placements. As a former student of The School of American Ballet, 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, Jamie Cullum and Judy Collins. Collins makes a guest appearance on Blue Roses, dueting 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.
Ramone was not alone in his admiration for Sage's qualities - she was accorded the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, claimed the Outstanding Producer accolade for "Hope's Outpost" at the OutMusic Awards, is a 4-time Independent Music Award Winner and was named one of the top 100 independent artists of the past 15 years by Performing Songwriter magazine.
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."
On the title track, "Blue Roses", Sage depicts an unusual relationship in which two people who won't ultimately stay together connect in a way that is permanently transformational. "Salvation from my point of view is when you can look another person in the eyes, have no regrets, and know you are both better people for having known each other."
The theme of transformation recurs on several other tracks, including "Wax", featuring theremin player Armen Ra (Antony & The Johnsons). Over hypnotic drum-loops, Sage muses bittersweetly over prior risks and current dangers in loving someone who can't commit, while acknowledging the element of her own karma in the situation ("if you break one heart it'll boomerang back / where was I when they taught that lesson").