From the beautiful melancholy of "Storm
Warning" to the intimate warmth of "...To
Hold You," both self-released CDs by vocalist Sarah
Morrau, you will be drawn in to a listening experience of
intimate songs ranging from pop to jazz to folk.
Sarah Morrau's warm style and vocal clarity
illuminate the themes of relationships, loss and longing in the
songs she has chosen. "I know how music has touched me and
been a healing force--my hope is that people who listen to this
album might experience this as well."
A wide range of life experiences are reflected
in Sarah Morrau's performance. From a childhood spent living
in far-flung locales including New Zealand and Texas to a career
that has included jazz radio broadcasting and counseling as well
as singing, Sarah draws on a deep and empathetic understanding
of human emotion to infuse her songs.
You," released in 1999, presents
ballads and jazz standards, inserts Morrau's soulful interpretations,
and for the first time, mixes in some of the Fargo songstress's
original compositions. An outstanding roster of regional musicians
contributed to the tracks on jazz guitar, acoustic guitar, piano,
saxophone, upright bass, cello, percussion, adding the rich texture
of supporting melody.
This stunning collection of ballads and jazz
standards by Fargo songstress Sarah Morrau includes two original
songs ("Hold You" and "Voices" featuring
Sarah accompanying herself on keyboards), jazz standards ("Summertime,"
"Autumn Leaves," "They Can't Take That Away From
Me"), and pop ballads (Leonard Cohen's "Song of Bernadette"
and "Suzanne," Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now").
"Storm Warning," Sarah's 1997 debut CD, presents a delightful variety
of musical styles. Whether it's the haunting ballad "Fare
Thee Well" written by the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers or
a tongue-in-cheek blues rendition of "Steamroller"
written by James Taylor, Morrau brings her distinct clear voice
and sensitive interpretation to each song. Musical styles range
from jazz standards "Lover Man" and "Come Rain
or Come Shine" to a spunky version of Billy Joel's "New
York State of Mind" complete with acoustic guitar, upright
bass and finger snaps.
Sarah and her performing partner, pianist
Rebekka Schumacher, have appeared often throughout the Fargo,
ND region including outdoor music festivals, informal in-store
performances, museum showcases, college concerts and summer theatres.
Hold You" were recorded at Raptor
Studios in Fargo and produced by Mike
Coates and Sarah Morrau.
Barking Dog Records & Raptor