With a playful wink and a sultry gaze, the music of Sarah Tracey embodies feminine power at its best. Inspired by film noir and the idea of the femme fatale, Sarah’s music proves that less can be more and sometimes, it’s what goes unsaid that is the most poignant. But, for those who dare to pull back the curtain and look a little deeper, a rich inner life shines through Sarah’s words.
Born and raised on Chicago’s North Shore, Sarah Tracey’s passion for music began early in life when she discovered the piano at age four. She counts classical training as instrumental in honing her musicality, but it wasn’t until she began singing soul, jazz, and blues that she felt like she had found her voice. A deep awareness of communicating through her music was nurtured when she began to write her own songs, a decision fervently encouraged by her grandfather, a cellist and Sarah’s musical mentor. “Songwriting is an experiment for me. I don’t censor myself in any way, but I express things with a raised eyebrow. I’ve used a lot of winking metaphors and euphemisms and double-entendres. It’s fun for me to get to explore expression in my own witty, quirky way. It’s my kind of poetry.”
But, while prolific in her writing, Sarah Tracey was deliberate when choosing the songs for her latest recording adventure, Cards On The Table. Sarah credits producers Eshy Gazit and Patrick Ermlich of NYC’s Cutting Room Studios for helping her leap to the next musical level. Easily described as a “modern torch singer,” Sarah finds the beauty in both subtlety and boldness on this collection of six songs that portray, as she explains, “the dynamics of power and how people use it,” regardless of which side of the coin your luck happens to land on. “Half of the songs are bold declarations and half of the songs are deepest darkest secrets,” she says with a hint of mystery.
Attracting the attention of AOL Music and having been featured as one of their “breakout” artists, Sarah Tracey performs regularly at venues in New York City like the esteemed Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. When performing live, Sarah believes in the art of the musical invitation and says, “I try to bring people into my world, to entertain them, take them out of their own lives, wrap them in my voice and serenade them.”
With a dash of Billie Holiday meets Judy Garland meets Jessica Rabbit, Sarah Tracey walks the fine line—in high heels—between surrendering to the inner good girl and indulging the inner bad girl in her songs.