TJ Smith of Southeast Performer reports on Beck's debut effort; "Sensual vocals that rival those of Sheryl Crow and Edie Brickell and well-orchestrated instrumentation come together in a beautiful meld on this six-song EP...whether folky or sexy, Beck's words paint a beautiful picture of life, love, and spirituality that is a welcome change."
At 25 years of age, Sara Beck is an artist who is already beginning to distinguish herself as an explosive vocalist, a thought-provoking writer, and a captivating performer.
Originally from the Baltimore area, Beck grew up performing with her family in the mid-Atlantic region and has been active in writing and performing in the Southeast since relocating to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University in 1998.
After spending some time living and studying in Madrid, Spain, Beck returned to Nashville in the summer of 2001 to release her debut self-titled EP, engineered and produced by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios in Nashville during the autumn of 2000.
Evident on her debut EP is a captivating vocal intensity and a gritty guitar style that has been grabbing the attention of Nashville fans for two years.
Beck's vocal style alternates between a sultry smoothness similar to that of contemporary jazz vocalist, Diana Krall, and a soaring clarity reminiscent of Alison Krauss.
A background in musical theater and a capella singing contributes to Beck's use of harmony as a key element in her music, resulting in a rich sound which ranges from ominous to exuberant.
Beck's songwriting has been recognized in songwriting competitions sponsored by Gibson Guitars and Tennessee Parks and Greenways, and her easy, yet captivating presence on stage continues to draw new fans with every performance.