Born: July 6, 1977 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Compared with Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, and Annie Ross by professional musicians and critics alike, Sarah Gromko’s vocals “show a deep sense of artistic maturity.” Her debut recording as a bandleader was nationally recognized as “intimate,” “eclectic,” and “undeniably killer.” The attention led to a licensing contract with Universal Records.
Over the years, Sarah has been recorded as a background singer, a featured jazz vocalist, and for both national and international commercials and TV spots (i.e. Showtime, PBS). Under her direction, Gromko’s jazz quartet held residencies at New York City’s Puppets Jazz Bar, Kavehaz/Mannahatta, and Blue Water Grill. Her live work focuses on original and jazz standards, and she enjoys surprising her audiences with clever, yet subtle, original arrangements.
Sarah has been singing professionally since age 15 and has been trained vocally by teachers from the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, and jazz stages. She also has a film-scoring degree from Berklee College of Music.
Awards:"Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring," New Line Cinema; 2001 (Music Crew, Assistant Music Editor) • 2002 ACADEMY AWARDS – Best Music (Original Score) • 2002 GOLDEN GLOBE – Best Original Score • 2003 GRAMMY AWARDS – Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, TV or Other Media • 2001 LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD – Best Music • 2002 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD – Best Original Score • 2002 SIERRA AWARD – Best Score • 2002 GOLDEN REEL AWARD – Best Sound Editing - Music - Feature Film, Domestic and Foreign • 2002 PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS – Best Original Score • 2002 WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARD – Best Original Soundtrack of the Year "Suburbia," Nicu’s Spoon Theater Company; 2004 (Sound Designer) • 2004 OFF-OFF BROADWAY REVIEW AWARD – Sound Design "Burning the Old Man," Boomerang Theater; 2004 (Sound Designer) • 2005 NEW YORK INNOVATIVE THEATRE AWARD BERKLEE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP; 6 semesters
Sarah Gromko’s husky vocals are a solid contribution…delivering an upper-echelon change of setting. —Mark Sabbatini, All About Jazz
[Sarah’s] music is truly inspired/inspiring. [She is] such a complete musician. —Javier Arau: Saxophonist, Acclaimed Educator, and DownBeat magazine and ASCAP Award winner
“...some brilliant jazz numbers which in time are bound to become not only standards but also classics...Overall for a debut project this album shows a deep sense of artistic maturity not often found the first time out. Let's hope for a long and successful career for this young lady and her musical ensemble.” -Grandfather Rock, WCWP
“With listed influences ranging from Brahms to Dream Theatre, you expect something pretty quirky, and GromKo. delivers, with a mix of jazz and folk pop. I loved the vocals, and the great accompaniment...”
“Certainly eclectic and will probably win over some new converts in this tasty Christian pop jazz...”
“Season the Host is undeniably a killer song, done by a pretty amazing talent.” -www.c0nsensus.com
Afroskull, To Obscurity and Beyond (2012)
GromKo., Convert Augustine (2007)
Grand Central, A Beautiful Friendship (2006)
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New Orleans, LA
Willing to teach:
“Sarah has reinvented our group by challenging us to stretch our abilities rather than keep us in our ‘comfort zone.’ We learn something new at each rehearsal and she keeps it fun. She is patient but demands the best from us all, and makes the best use of our limited rehearsal time.” —Michael Economos, Singer, Actor and Member of MMC Chorale Your situation: • You are part of a band that needs a reliable, outside musical opinion with concrete ideas on how to improve. • You are a musician who wants to work on your voice. • You aren’t a singer, but you love to sing and want more confidence at it. • You are a singer who needs a coach. • You are a non-singer who wants to sing in a group of like-minded individuals. • You are part of a band that needs to perfect (or come up with) some vocal harmonies. Why me: • In vocal coaching, I use the same basic breathing and vocal techniques for all styles, and let the feels of the genres branch into different territory. • My innovative techniques as choir director and vocal coach cater to each singer’s personality to acquire the most positive result. • As a bandleader, I emphasize the group dynamic as the key to an engaging musical performance. • I use unique vernaculars and techniques for instrumentalists, singers, and non-musicians. • Even if you gig regularly, it’s important to occasionally have a critical outside ear/eye. I can come in to one rehearsal and give critical tips to give your performance that extra edge. • I am a professional singer who began her singing career in 1993 and has been a bandleader/conductor since 1998. • I trained classically, moved to Broadway, and currently focus on contemporary and jazz genres.
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