SARAH COLLYER has been warned. Love gets messy when you skew its rhythms and pluck at its raw emotions. But given the Sarah Collyer treatment - everything has the potential to become a jazz song.
The sumptuous songstress has released her debut album Yesterday’s Blues, showcasing her sassy originals, her lush take on jazz standards, and most surprising of all - her transformations of songs by Blondie and Paul Kelly - sounding like they were born to be swung. Slinky and seductive, Yesterday’s Blues has been described as “perfect red wine music”.
With a luxurious voice and elegant approach to music, Sarah Collyer has been influenced by jazz greats like Nina Simone and Miles Davis, but finds inspiration in contemporary artists like Melody Gardot, Diana Krall, and even Tom Waits. Born in Brisbane, Australia, she studied classical and jazz voice at James Cook University and the Queensland Conservatorium, discovering early that jazz was the genre for her.
“My voice just seemed to feel more at home singing jazz than anything else. It just feels natural and really resonates with me. I don’t think I had much control over that!”
After a three-year stint living in Melbourne, working as a pastry chef and gigging, she returned to Brisbane to completely immerse herself in music, teaching singing by day and singing jazz gigs by night. In 2009 she released her debut EP “This Way” - a piano-driven collection of her jazz/adult contemporary originals - drawing much acclaim. The title track was shortlisted for a QSong Award; the song “I Wait” was selected for a national “Sounds Like Cafe” compilation; and the full EP has been receiving radio airplay around the country.
Since the EP’s release, Sarah has been performing regularly, most notably with a tour of Japan in 2010, singing with a jazz band in Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto. On home soil in Australia, she has performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Noosa Jazz Festival, the Valley Jazz Festival, Warwick Jumpers and Jazz and the Gold Coast Arts Centre.
In 2011 she held a residency at Brisbane’s iconic Cloudland lounge bar, and performed regularly at the Brisbane Jazz Club. She also was a finalist in the 612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocal Awards.
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