Born: July 22, 1973 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
New York City-based vocalist Sarah Lynch brings much more to the microphone than just a great set of pipes. She and music have been friends since she started studying piano at age five. Her playing led to singing, which led to composing, and now, with a masters degree in piano performance from UCLA, this upcoming singer-songwriter knows her way around a piece of music.
Her first album, Haunted Heart, released Fall 2006 on Runt One Records, includes five originals and seven not-so-standard standards from the '20s and '40s. Recorded in New York City in February 2006, the other musicians on the album include: Pete McCann, guitar; Mark Ferber, drums; Phil Palombi, bass; Tim Albright, trombone; Dave Smith, trumpet.
Some of Sarah’s most salient influences include Jo Stafford, Dinah Washington, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, and Dianne Reeves.
Haunted Heart is a wonderful debut album by New York City-based singer/songwriter Sarah Lynch. Lynch, a classical singer with a Masters degree in piano performance, took up jazz some six years ago. She has been likened to a young Peggy Lee and lists Lee among her influences, along with Jo Stafford, Dinah Washington, Anita O'Day and Diane Reeves. Actually she has a distinctive voice and the ability to sing (and swing) clearly at all tempos. Runnin' Wild proves the point. This is no easy task; we have all heard classical singers overwhelm popular music with their oh-so-perfect diction. The program is made up of standards and interesting originals and, with few exceptions, backing is provided by a nice tight group of guitar, bass, drums, trombone and trumpet. Pete McCann on guitar seems to be everywhere!
Lynch has an affinity for vintage standards. The title tune salutes Jo Stafford. She is wistful on Tell Him I Said Hello, a tune only recorded by Betty Carter in 1955 until revived by Linda Ronstadt in 2004. Her rapport with her fellow musicians is evident whether it's visiting New Orleans on You've Got to See Momma, trading fours with trumpeter Dave Smith on Comes Love or making room for a strong bass solo by Phil Palombi on Ellington's All Too Soon. I have often thought that there should be a law requiring compositions by Duke and Jobim to appear on every vocal album, so thank you, Sarah. It just doesn't get better than her version of Chega de Saudade.
Lynch's expressive voice fits the intimate setting of her original compositions. On two she provides solo piano accompaniment. On another pair it's guitar and soft rhythm. Varying in style and mood, these songs, while very personal, deal with emotions and life situations that are universal.
Progress, the upbeat opener, is the key to Sarah Lynch's philosophy. Spurred on by Tim Albright's down-home trombone, she sings of grabbing at what's out of her reach, wondering what's around the corner. Based on this disc I expect she'll find good things there.
Tracks: Progress, Tell Him I Said Hello, Comes Love. Gone for Good, Chega de Saudade, All Too Soon, You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mamma At All), Haunted Heart. You're the Thing, Runnin' Wild, Miami Boy, My Blue Sky.
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Over eight years of experience teaching all levels, private, and classes, all ages. Masters degree in Piano Performance from UCLA.