Sarah Jebian | Love Songs & Lullabies

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Love Songs & Lullabies

by Sarah Jebian

Ushering in a new genre of kid-friendly music created especially for adults - re-imagined favorite contemporary rock songs that reflect all aspects of being a parent. In other words, parent-rock!
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1. You Got It
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2. In Your Eyes
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3. Sweet Child O' Mine
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4. Baby Baby/Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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5. Love Song
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6. Lullaby
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7. Shameless
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8. Isn't She Lovely
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9. My Smallest Friend
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10. I'll Stand By You/True Colors
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Love Songs & Lullabies” began as an act of desperation and love on the part of new mom, Sarah Jebian. After her daughter was born, Sarah realized that she didn't know any 'classic' lullabies. Desperately wanting to sing her little baby to sleep, she sang the first song she could think of that might work as a lullaby - Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine". It worked! The baby fell asleep and Sarah began a three-year odyssey into the world of creating an album.

“Love Songs & Lullabies” is a musical expression of Sarah's experience of parenthood. It's as if you're reading the journal of a new parent – the love, the fear, the elation, the exhaustion, the overwhelming emotion you feel for the tiny person that is part of you. From the joyful abandon of Roy Orbison's "You Got It", to the serenity of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely", the songs will transport you to a time of peace and nostalgia. Listeners both young and old will be moved by Jebian's rich, emotionally charged performance and the wonderful new arrangements of so many old favorites.

In a career that spans over 20 years, this award-winning singer & actress has been seen by audiences from New York to Alaska and everywhere in between. Sarah Jebian has played the New York Stage, performed in four National Tours, and has crooned in clubs across America. Sarah was named Best Dramatic Actress at the National Showcase Awards, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the New York Spotlight On! Awards. She also won first place at the San Francisco NATS Music Festival Competition.

When she isn't busy raising her kids, Sarah continues to perform in and around the Washington DC area. Her favorite role to date is lullaby singer to her beautiful little girls.


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Andrea Guy, Mossip

Certain to Have Universal Appeal
Sarah Jebian's Love Songs & Lullabies is a collection of pop songs that pretty much sum up the title of the record. This album was conceived "pun intended" as a way of having pop music that was enjoyable to the little ones, as well as for the moms and dads. Sarah is a mother of two. You could compare this album with Jewel's 2009 release Lullaby, but the only similarities you'll find is that both did versions of "Twinkle, Twinkle," and that both albums are meant for parents and their small ones.

The songs Sarah chose for the record are impressive. The first three songs are tracks by Roy Orbison, Peter Gabriel and Guns N' Roses! These are songs that most artists wouldn't think of covering because they are such a part of the original artists.

"In Your Eyes" is one of those songs. Who doesn't know Peter Gabriel's fabulous love song? Sarah's take is fresh and full of longing, but what it is lacking is the energy of the original. That is one of the pitfalls of covering such well known and well loved songs. Yet, Sarah's version still reminds us that this is truly one of the best love songs of all time.

The most surprising of the covers is "Sweet Child O' Mine." Sarah has sweet, gentle sounding voice, which means this song now has a totally new sound. Gone is the rocking ballad, GNR took to the charts, in its place is a lullaby.

It is hard not to make comparisons to the originals when listening to this album, but Sarah has made these songs her own. She's changed arrangements, so that when you hear Sarah, you hear something new and different.

She does a lovely version of The Cure's "Love Song." She takes the new wave out of it, and turns it into a heartfelt love song. Some of the other songs Sarah covers, "Isn't She Lovely," "You've Got It" and a fabulous medley of "I'll Stand By You/True Colors."

The two medleys on the album are the most fun. The first is "Baby, Baby/Twinkle Twinkle." It might not be easy to think of mashing up, Amy Grant's hit with “Twinkle, Twinkle”, but it works well. Even better is "I'll Stand By You/True Colors." The messages of the two songs seem to make this mash up work.

Sarah's years of musical theater shine through in these songs. There is a huge difference in the way a pop song is sung and the way a song is sung for the Broadway stage. The lyrics come across crisper. When Sarah sings, she dots her Is and crosses her Ts. That is a big part in why these songs have a totally different sound to them and it isn't a bad thing, because it is taking these fantastic songs to a new audience.

Sarah's voice is made for love songs and lullabies. This album is certain to have universal appeal. It will fit into the collections of people looking for a great pop vocal album. (Who couldn't love Sarah's voice?). It will fit into the collections of people that love cover songs. (Face it this album has some great covers).

Sarah Jebian displays bravery in her choice of material for this album, especially as this album is meant to be enjoyable for listeners of all ages. Her re-imagining of some of the songs might not satisfy purists, who don't like classic songs to change from their original arrangements, but for those that like a little something different, this is a great album.

Paul Myrvold, Out & About Magazine

Great arrangements and a diamond solitaire voice
As with every terrific album, Sarah Jebian’s debut Love Songs and Lullabies reveals more witheach listen. At first, one might think, “…certainly pleasant and tuneful…fine voice…nice
selection of covers.” A second listen: “…hmmm…these songs really say something personal,
here… the smoldering passion of physical love (Billy Joel’s “Shameless”)…babies, the
product of that love…the indomitable overwhelming love of a mother (Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet
Child of Mine”). Then with each successive hearing it becomes apparent that these songs arebrilliantly arranged and produced, each one with its own musical hook. Marco Delmar
(named Producer of the Year for the past twelve years by Washington Area Music
Association) surrounds Ms. Jebian with great musicians setting off her diamond solitaire voicelike a jewel. She invests each song with detailed phrasing and dynamics that together with
her deeply felt emotion leaps to connect with the listener. When her small daughter and a
friend join in briefly on a couple of tunes, this daddy’s heart gets tugged hard.

Included on the album are “In your Eyes” (Peter Gabriel), “Isn’t She Wonderful” (Stevie
Wonder), “You Got It” (Roy Orbison), “Love Song” (The Cure) and “I’ll Stand By You /True
Colors” (The Pretenders/Cyndi Lauper) and more.

Those who know my writing and reviewing of the arts understand that as far as Out & About
Magazine goes, editorial policy does not permit negative reviews. I don’t shred performers
and I don’t damage theatre companies. If I don’t like a show, I don’t review it. The meter must
point to at least “good…you’ll enjoy this.” Think of it as the letter grade B (okay, maybe B-).
For Sarah Jebian, let’s call Love Songs and Lullabies an A. It is not a disclaimer to acknowledgethat Sarah is my friend. I first did a show with her twenty years ago when we participated in a
staged reading of the musical version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 at the Western Stage
and in 2002 she was my beloved Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha for the same
company.